Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced the official menus of the 147th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, with a special twist to help fans nationwide celebrate from home. For the first time, foodies everywhere will have an exclusive opportunity to learn directly from Churchill Downs’ Executive Chef, David Danielson, through an engaging online cooking experience. By combining the highly anticipated at-home menu with all-new virtual cooking classes, Churchill Downs is making it easy to partake in authentic Derby traditions at home.
This year’s Kentucky Derby At-Home Menu, crafted by the renowned Chef Danielson, is designed to inspire fans and newcomers alike to craft a winning spread in honor of The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports®. Featuring an assortment of easy-to-make, authentic recipes influenced by the dishes served at Churchill Downs, the menu allows people across the country to experience a taste of Louisville. From individually served “Jar-Cuterie” appetizers to kid-friendly takes on classic Kentucky fare, this year’s at-home recipes will transform kitchens and backyards nationwide into a day at the races.
The accompanying virtual cooking class series gives culinary connoisseurs unprecedented access to Chef Danielson and a virtual look inside his kitchen. Foodies can follow along as Chef Danielson dishes out the secrets behind two of this year’s at-home specialties, including Chicken Nuggets with Kentuckyaki™ Glaze for the whole family, as well as delicious Pulled Pork Sliders with a tangy Peach & Vidalia Onion Chutney.
“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,” said Chef Danielson. “Between our at-home menu and cooking demos, we hope to deliver festive Louisville staples to your doorstep.”
As part of the series, Bourbon Ambassador and Industry Leader, Tim Knittel, will host a masterful mixology class for shaking up classic Derby cocktails like the Woodford Reserve Spire and Mint Julep. With the help of these step-by-step demonstrations, hosts and hostesses can wow their loved ones with Triple Crown-worthy dishes on Derby.
New this year, each dish on the at-home menu is paired with a wine and cocktail by the expert Sommeliers and Distillers from Churchill Downs’ partners, giving food lovers a complete, flavorful taste of Derby.
To explore recipes for the Kentucky Derby At-Home Menu and learn alongside Churchill Downs’ top experts via the virtual cooking classes, please visit here. For more Derby at home inspiration, visit www.kentuckyderbyathome.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
The Kentucky Derby 147 At-Home Menu
Black-Eyed Pea & Corn Salsa with Chips, Pork Rinds
Wine pairing: 2019 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay
Cocktail pairing: Old Forester Stone Fence
Wine pairing: 2018 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Cocktail pairings: Woodford Reserve Spire or Finlandia Oaks Lily
Deviled Eggs & Country Ham
Wine pairing: 2019 La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey County
Cocktail pairing: Old Forester Lady Trudy
Tomato & Watermelon Salad
Wine pairing: 2019 La Crema Rosé, Monterey County
Cocktail pairings: Old Forester Mint Julep or Finlandia Fin & Tonic
Shrimp Succotash Salad
Wine pairing: 2020 La Crema Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County
Cocktail pairings: Old Forester Mint Julep Lemonade or Finlandia Finnish Line
Grit Fritters with Pimento Cheese & Green Goddess Dipping Sauce
Wine pairing: 2019 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Cocktail pairing: Old Forester Horse’s Neck
Chicken Nuggets with Kentuckyaki™ Glaze
Wine pairing: G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Brut
Cocktail pairing: Old Forester Pineapple Cocktail
Pulled Pork Sliders with Peach & Vidalia Onion Chutney
Wine pairing: 2018 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Cocktail pairing: Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned
Wine pairing: 2018 La Crema Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Cocktail Pairing: Woodford Reserve Manhattan
Ice Cream Sundae with Woodford Reserve Bourbon Caramel
Wine pairing: Kendall-Jackson, Grand Reserve Piner Hills Estate Dessert Wine
Cocktail Pairing: Woodford Reserve Bourbon Raspberry Sour
The Official Kentucky Derby 147 Menu
Spring Green Salad
Oranges, walnuts & olives
Dandelion Green Salad
Black-eyed peas, pickled Vidalia onion, bourbon sorghum vinaigrette
Apple, Fennel & Radicchio Salad
Blue cheese, Riesling dressing
Balsamic Braised Heirloom Carrots
Seafood Mac & Cheese
Seared Chicken Breast
Mushrooms, Vidalia onions
Beef Short Ribs & Buttermilk Mashed Yukon Golden Potatoes
Red wine demi-glace
Chef’s Selection of Afternoon Snacks
Mini pimento cheese and Benedictine tea sandwiches, vegetables and dip
Gourmet Dessert Display
About Chef David Danielson
Chef Danielson has been Churchill Downs’ Executive Chef since 2013. Classically trained, Danielson studied at the Dumas Pere school of French cooking and later continued at the renowned hotel school Ecole Hotelier Tain l’ Hermitage in France, honing his culinary skills at several Michelin-starred restaurants. Upon returning to the United States, Chef Danielson worked as the executive chef at New York’s United Nations Plaza Hotel and at Chicago favorites the Ritz Carlton and Charlie Trotter’s. He also served as personal chef to the British Consulate General. Chef Danielson has also lent his culinary expertise to a variety of major events, including the Olympics, PGA Championships, the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and the GRAMMY Awards.
About Tim Knittel
Tim Knittel has been the Bourbon Ambassador of Churchill Downs since 2020. A certified Stave & Thief Society Bourbon Steward with over ten years of experience in Kentucky bourbon hospitality and tourism, Knittel founded Distilled Living in 2016 to provide bourbon education and sensory training for individuals, restaurant and bar staff for corporate and fundraising events. Additionally, Knittel is the Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence at The Kentucky Castle and Adjunct Professor at Midway University. Prior to his work at Churchill Downs and Distilled Living, Knittel served as the first Homeplace Host for Woodford Reserve responsible for VIP tours and tastings and representing the brand and master distiller at the distillery.
About the Kentucky Derby
The $3 million Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Inaugurated in 1875, the legendary 1 1/4-mile race for three-year-olds is the longest continually-held major sporting event in North America and the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown series. Also known as, “The Run for the Roses” and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” the Kentucky Derby is the most attended horserace in the nation. This year, the Kentucky Derby will take place on May 1, 2021. For more information, please visit www.KentuckyDerby.com.