Chefs Anthony Lamas of Seviche and Aaron Stordeur of The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel have been chosen by a panel of judges to represent Churchill Downs and the city of Louisville at the inaugural Taste of Derby™ presented by Yum! Brands on Thursday, April 29.
Churchill Downs’ inaugural Taste of Derby will kick-start Kentucky Derby weekend for local culinary enthusiasts and out-of-town visitors with an evening of entertainment and some of the finest cuisine prepared by nationally known chefs and restaurants from popular horse racing destinations around the country.
The premier chefs, representing a major racetrack and its respective culinary region, include:
· James Beard Award winner Michelle Bernstein of Miami’s modern bistro Michy’s (Calder Casino & Race Course);
· Levy Restaurants’ executive chef Jo-Jo Doyle (Churchill Downs)
· Stephen Lewandowski of Manhattan’s landmark restaurant Tribeca Grill (Belmont Park);
· James Beard Award nominee Nancy Longo of Maryland’s Pierpoint Restaurant (Pimlico Race Course);
· Tory McPhail of New Orleans’ famous Commander’s Palace (Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots);
· James Beard Award “Best Chef” nominee Ouita Michel of Midway, Ky.’s historic Holly Hill Inn (Keeneland);
· James Beard Award winner Carrie Nahabedian of Chicago’s Naha (Arlington Park);
· James Beard Award nominee Kent Rathbun of Dallas’ Abacus (Lone Star Park);
· James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton of Los Angeles’ La Brea Bakery and Pizzeria Mozza (Santa Anita Park); and
· Alumni from Bravo’s hit television program Top Chef.
Area restaurants were invited to submit a dish they’d serve to best represent Louisville’s culinary flavors. Following a Feb. 23 tasting of the finalists’ menus with six industry expert judges, Seviche’s Lamas and The Oakroom’s Stordeur were chosen to represent the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, respectively.
Lamas, a recent James Beard Award nominee, will be serving Adobo Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Kenny’s Gouda – a blend of country ham, Wiesenberger grit cake, chipotle orange Woodford Reserve glaze and local pea sprouts.
“Not only am I proud to have a restaurant in Louisville, but now to be chosen to represent our region and ‘The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports’ is truly humbling,” Lamas said. “I look forward to cooking alongside some of the best chefs from across the country.”
The winning dishes by Stordeur, The Oakroom’s executive pastry chef, are tasty desserts: Pecan Petit and Smoked Bourbon Balls. The Pecan Petit is a pecan and fuilletine crust with a rich layer of dark chocolate infused with golden caramel and a mirror glaze of grand cru dark chocolate. It’s accented with toasted meringue, molasses powder and a baked gaufrette. Meanwhile, the Smoked Bourbon Balls are a 74 percent dark chocolate tempered shell filled with a semi-liquid filling of premium bourbon, sealed and sprinkled lightly with authentic bourbon barrel smoked salt.
“I am greatly honored to be chosen as a representative for Kentucky Oaks 136, and am very excited to work with a group of professionals who are so dedicated and accomplished in their crafts,” Stordeur said.
Taste of Derby, also featuring live entertainment and a charitable live auction, will be held on the eve of the Kentucky Oaks from 8-11:30 p.m. (with a VIP reception from 7-8 p.m.) at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center. (Please note the event time change: 7 p.m. VIP arrivals and 8 p.m. general admission).
Tickets are on sale at http://Tickets.ChurchillDowns.com. General admission is $250 (cocktail party attire) and will offer patrons tastings and wine pairings from each premier chef station as well as the opportunity to mix and mingle with famous horse racing personalities and celebrities. The VIP ticket package for $350 also includes admission to a special VIP reception at 7 p.m. and a commemorative gift bag. Additionally, a limited number of reserved tables of eight (8) will be sold for $4,000.
A portion of proceeds raised will benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank and the United Nations World Food Program.
For more information, please visit the event Web site at TasteOfDerby.com.
About Churchill Downs Incorporated
Churchill Downs Incorporated, (“CDI”), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates four world renowned Thoroughbred racing facilities: Arlington Park in Illinois, Calder Casino & Race Course in Florida, Churchill Downs Race Track in Kentucky and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in Louisiana. CDI operates slot and gaming operations in Louisiana and Florida. CDI tracks are host to North America’s most prestigious races, including the Arlington Million, the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, the Louisiana Derby and the Princess Rooney, along with hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5-6, 2010. CDI also owns off-track betting facilities, TwinSpires.com and other advance-deposit wagering channels, television production, telecommunications and racing service companies such as BRIS and a 50-percent interest in the national cable and satellite network, HorseRacing TV, which supports CDI’s network of simulcasting and racing operations. CDI’s Entertainment Group produces the HullabaLOU Music Festival at Churchill Downs Racetrack which premieres on July 23-25, 2010. CDI trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
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