Elevate your Kentucky Derby at home menu thanks to Churchill Downs’ chef

Kentucky Derby at Home menu, photo provided by Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby at Home menu, photo provided by Kentucky Derby /

While the Run for the Roses might just be two minutes, a delicious Kentucky Derby at home menu will make the whole afternoon enjoyable. From sipping on the perfect mint julep to iconic Kentucky favorite food, the feast is worthy of the legendary sporting event. With the help of Churchill Downs’ Executive Chef David Danielson, everyone can enjoy a taste of Kentucky.

For many people, the first Saturday in May represents a tradition. This year marks the 147th Running of the Roses. Although many people focus on the horses and the stunning fashion at the race, the phrase my Kentucky home might apply to some delicious regional bites instead of the tune of the iconic song.

This year, everyone can join the celebration via a Kentucky Derby at home menu. Chef David Danielson will be hosting a virtual cooking class series. During the special events, viewers can learn the secrets behind some iconic dishes including Chicken Nuggets with Kentuckyaki Glaze and Pulled Pork Sliders with a Peach and Vidalia Onion Chutney.

Chef Danielson said, “As more fans will be watching the Kentucky Derby from home this year, we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the culinary traditions of this iconic event. Between our at-home menu and cooking demos, we hope to deliver festive Louisville staples to your doorstep.”

What is on the Kentucky Derby at home menu?

While Top Chef might have offered a glimpse of Kentucky favorites in Season 16, the reality is that Kentucky food blends down home favorites with some nuanced flavors. From dishes like Black-Eyed Pea & Corn Salsa with Chips, Pork Rinds to Shrimp Succotash Salad and even Kentucky Burgoo, these dishes have robust flavors without being too fussy.

Kentucky Derby at Home menu from Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby at Home menu, photo provided by Kentucky Derby /

Many of these dishes and recipes are stepped in tradition. It is one the reasons why people go back year after year to get a taste.

While the flavors might be traditional, Chef Danielson appreciates that recipes need to adapt to current trends. It is one of the reasons why Jar-Cuterie is on the menu. From the popularity of grazing throughout an event to individual servings, it is always important to make dishes that appeal to everyone.

Although the Kentucky Derby at home menu differs from the Kentucky Derby Menu at Churchill Downs, there are some similarities in flavors. In some ways, the at home menu is more robust.

At the same time, many home cooks will be able to accomplish these recipes. After a year of home cooking, many people are more comfortable in the kitchen.

The full Kentucky Derby at home menu can be found online. In addition, information about the virtual cooking classes, beverage pairings and more can be found at the Kentucky Derby website as well as its social media accounts.

Get your best hat ready, your ice crushed for that mint julep and bring your appetite. The Kentucky Derby might be the most exciting two minutes in sports but the delicious Kentucky inspired food will last all day long.

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Do you have a Kentucky Derby day tradition? What is your food and sports favorite pairing?