Kentucky Derby Gets the KC Treatment

Saddle up for a day of fun on Saturday, May 2.

For a festive fundraiser, head to The Mission Project’s Eighth Annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Gala. Join emcee Mark Alford of Fox 4 from 2:30 – 6 p.m. Saturday at Hotel Sorella for food, drinks, betting and bidding (not to mention southern fashions) to benefit The Mission Project and First Downs for Down Syndrome, which better the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Get your ticket ($100) online here.

Julep is inviting patrons to put on their hats (we love Amina Marie Millinery’s designs) and come out for drink specials all day. Doors open at noon, and you won’t have to worry about missing a second of the action—Derby coverage will be on both the bar’s screens. Prizes will be awarded to the most dapper gentleman and the best hat.

Photo by Aaron Lindberg

Classic southern charm is on the menu at Tavern in the Village and Tavern at Mission Farms from 3 to 6 p.m. Stop by either spot in your best dress or bowtie for Thai Tavern Juleps along with other Dark Horse Distillery cocktails and traditional Derby dishes (think Kentucky Derby Burgoo Stew and shrimp and grits). Regardless of which horse you’re betting on, you have the chance to go home a winner thanks to giveaways.

If watching the horses race gets you feeling a little competitive, play a round of croquet in Char Bar’s new backyard. The Westport restaurant and bar is hosting a watch party with Brown Derby and Mint Julep specials complete with prizes from Woodford Reserve.

Gram & Dun is throwing its Derby Day hat into the ring with special offerings in honor of the Run for the Roses. Sip a mint julep made with Dark Horse Bourbon and dusted with powdered sugar or the Jockey Club, a combination of Kentucky bourbon, sweet vermouth and maraschino liquor, all day and savor pickled shrimp, a Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich and deep fried pecan pie with a bourbon glaze from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (until 6 p.m. in the bar).

Catch the big race from Sullivan’s bar or patio and you can enjoy $7 appetizers and cocktails as well as a special $20 menu of BBQ ribs and chicken, baked beans, deviled eggs and home-style biscuits. Prizes will be given for the best Derby Day attire and winning scorecard, plus donations will be accepted for Heartland Therapeutic Riding Academy, which helps individuals with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy.