Drake’s By The River during Derby Week

The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville will be joined this year by a pop-up bar, “Drake’s By the River” which will be open for the entire nine-day run of Fest-a-Ville.

A full-service bar will serve beer wine and whiskey, as well as a special festival-themed drink, Drake’s Thunder Punch, made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Gran Gala, pineapple juice and grenadine.

Drake’s By The River also will have cornhole and giant Jenga games, and a lottery for “The Ultimate Buffalo Trace Bourbon Experience,” which will include a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel head, a tour for four of Buffalo Trace Distillery and a $100 Drake’s gift card.

Derby Social at Farmington tomorrow

Plenty of fun stuff is in store tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, at Farmington Historic Plantation, 3033 Bardstown Rd., at the Derby Social sponsored by Copper & Kings Brandy Distillery. Music will be provided by the Juggernaut Jug Band, there will be a chef’s competition to create the best Kentucky Derby dish, and C&K will offer their Ride the Mule cocktail.

The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Royals Hot Chicken, Chef Maria’s Greek Deli, Fontleroy’s, Kingsley’s and Burning Bush Grille will compete for the best Kentucky Derby dish to be determined by popular vote of the guests. The Derby Social will take place outside, rain or shine, in Farmington’s gardens.

The cost is $50. All proceeds benefit Farmington Historic Plantation. Tickets are available online here.

Save the Glutens — A Public Service Announcement

[Originally Published in the Winter 2015 issue of Food & Dining Magazine.]

I write to you today to bring your attention to a terrible plight, one that exists in plain view, yet remains unquestioned by many in our great nation. I speak to you of the Anti­Gluten Movement. As you may or may not be aware, a vast right­wing Anti­Gluten conspiracy threatens the existence of these remarkable creatures. We ask you today to do what you can to help correct this before it is too late, thereby restoring balance to the Force while simultaneously saving the polar bears. Girded with the facts below, you can make a difference. Continue reading Save the Glutens — A Public Service Announcement

Handicapping lessons and dinner at Bourbons Bistro

Sports and turf writers Jody Demling and Mark Coomes will be the instructors giving advice on how to figure the best odds for your Derby picks at a special dinner Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave. Continue reading Handicapping lessons and dinner at Bourbons Bistro

Vis A Vis Bar & Grill replaces Barasti

The pleasant corner building at 1164 S. 3rd St., on the corner of Oak, has had several incarnations since the Third Avenue Café ended its run a few years ago. The new business there, replacing Barasti Bat & Grill, is now called Vis a Vis Bar & Grill, billed as presenting a Mediterranean and American menu. Continue reading Vis A Vis Bar & Grill replaces Barasti

Finally, Old Louisville Tavern reopens before Derby

F&D reported previously of the reopening of Old Louisville Tavern, 1532 S 4th St., but inevitable construction delays have prolonged the actual event. Now the popular eating and drinking establishment on the edge of the U of L campus is finally set to open t the end of April. Continue reading Finally, Old Louisville Tavern reopens before Derby

Cooper’s Craft, Brown-Forman’s newest Bourbon brand, unveiled

The actual retail rollout of the first new Brown-Forman Bourbon brand is not scheduled until later this summer, but the brand drumming has already begun.  The new brand, Cooper’s Craft,  has been a decade in development, and the marketing gurus have long-term plans to make the new brand as popular as Woodford Reserve, the last new brand, has been. Continue reading Cooper’s Craft, Brown-Forman’s newest Bourbon brand, unveiled

Four Roses sponsors Derby City Brewfest

A Bourbon distillery is sponsoring a beer festival Friday, May 6, Oaks Day, because this year there will be a competition for beers aged in Bourbon barrels – in Four Roses Bourbon barrels, of course. The winning brew will be awarded a trophy made by local artist Wayne Ferguson.

This new competition, which will feature 20 area breweries who have concocted brews just for the special Bourbon aging, will be one of the attractions, along with 100 beers from 28 local and regional craft brewers.  Continue reading Four Roses sponsors Derby City Brewfest

Taste of Derby Festival benefits Date to Care for 29th year

After all the hoopla surrounding Thunder over Louisville, the next big Derby Festival event is Tuesday, April 26, Dare to Care’s Taste of Derby, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Pavilion at Slugger field, 401 E. Main St. Continue reading Taste of Derby Festival benefits Date to Care for 29th year

Butchertown Grocery hosts first Derby party

Derby evening, May 7, Butchertown Grocery, 1076 E. Washington St., will host its first Kentucky Derby party from 7 p.m. to midnight. A red carpet will welcome guests for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the downstairs dining room, and live music and a variety of action stations in the upstairs bar. Continue reading Butchertown Grocery hosts first Derby party

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