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Kentucky Derby Menu Ideas

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One of my favorite occasions to celebrate and entertain is the Kentucky Derby. For years I’ve gathered people together to celebrate, in some form or fashion.

For me, it really isn’t all about the horse racing, although I love thoroughbred horses. And while I love the hats, and the fanfare … what captivates me most is celebrating the southern charm, southern hospitality. Warmth and generosity and refinement and beauty. And nothing, in my mind, embodies that spirit more than the Kentucky Derby.

I’ve shared further reflections on my personal blog, but below is a menu that when I am lucky enough to entertain on that day, I like to use variations of.

This is a day when I love to bring out my lacy linens, even the Battenburg lace saved from the 80s when I was still filling a hope chest. Of course, my most pastel china, Wedgwood crystal goblets, and silver. And roses … it isn’t a celebration of the Kentucky Derby without roses!

Kentucky Derby Menu Ideas

Mint Juleps (see below)
Spiced Nuts
Toast Points

Kentucky Burgoo
Green Mixed Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
Fruit Salad
Garlic Cheese Grits
Buttermilk Biscuits

Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie

Mint Juleps
Non-Alcoholic Version

1  1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cold water
1  1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1  1/2 quarts Ginger Ale, chilled


Mint and Lemon Slices

** Sunshine preferred.

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