Behind the Scenes at the Kentucky Derby

I am back from a crazy five days in Kentucky. Chef Rick Tramonto and I flew down on the Wednesday before the Derby to cook in The Mansion at Churchill Downs. We spent countless hours discussing menu, product, service and more and it will go down as one of my most memorable culinary experiences ever.

About the Mansion

From the moment you arrive at the Mansion’s private entrance, you will be surrounded in luxury. The elegant, private space flows like the rooms of a stately home where you and your guests will enjoy exceptional views, food, and service. Take a virtual tour here.

About the Menu

Oaks Day

Prosciutto de Parma, Melon Toast, Mascarpone Smear
 Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Quail Egg Benedict 

Escarole and Sausage, White Beans
Salmon BLT, Lemon Aioli, Arugula, Roasted Tomato, Smoked Bacon, Grilled Ciabatta 

Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, Truffle, Pretzel Bread Crumb
Burrata and Caviar

Kentucky Derby Day

Mint Julip Donuts
Frittata with Asparagus, Pancetta, Mushroom, Herb Crème Fraiche

Lobster chopped Salad
Veal Meatballs, Caramelized Onion

Spicy Rock Shrimp Popcorn, Old Bay Salt
Waffle with Foie, Smoked Scottish Maple Syrup Drizzle
Watermelon cube with 50 year Balsamic


About Levy Restaurant Group

Founded 1978, Levy has pioneered premium sports and entertainment dining and remains one of America’s fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies. Named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine, Levy’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants, iconic sports and entertainment venues, convention centers as well as like the Super Bowl, World Series, US Open Tennis Tournament, Kentucky Derby, NHL, MLB and NBA All-Star Games. For more, visit their home page.

Derby Stats

•    20,000 meals served on Oaks and Derby Days in premium areas
•    14,000 lbs of chicken used
•    11,000 lbs of turkey used
•    9,400 sticks of butter used
•    2,600 gallons of dairy used
•    More than 1,000 culinary and support staff employed 

Last year, fans at the Kentucky Derby consumed about:
•    127,000 Mint Juleps
•    600 lbs of diced tomatoes
•    500 crates of strawberries
•    400 lbs of green beans
•    300 lbs of cheeses
•    300 crates of mint for Mint Juleps
•    25 lbs of Bourbon smoked salt