Churchill Downs Unveils Official Menu for the 142nd Kentucky Derby

Food prepared to feed more than 170,000 guests

Dishes showcase the essence of southern food, with a modern twist and international garnishes.

Churchill Downs Racetrack has announced the official menu of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, presented by Yum! Brands, giving us a first look at what the more than 170,000 fabulously clad guests will be dining on. Hold on to your hats!

The menu showcases the essence of southern food, with modern twists on well-known Derby traditions and infused with international garnishes, according to a release. Ingredients were hand-picked from local farmers and international partners, traveling over 27,000 miles in total.

“Local sourcing is as much of a tradition at the Kentucky Derby as the mint julep,” says chef David Danielson, executive chef for Churchill Downs Racetrack since 2013. “Our first objective when crafting the menu is to spotlight the taste of the south by reinterpreting the bounty of local farms and producers and then instilling touches of international delicacies.”

The Derby, North America’s oldest continuously held major sporting event, will take place on Saturday, May 7.

Churchill Downs Racetrack is enlisting the help of students from the Pennsylvania Technical College to help prepare the ingredient-driven menu.

Here’s the Official 142nd Kentucky Derby Menu:

Chef’s Appetizers

Black and Blue Salad: Heirloom spinach, chicory, blackberry, blue cheese, toasted pecan

Garden Salad of Petit Lettuce Gems: An array of baby lettuces, lemon poppy seed dressing

Watermelon Radish Salad: Arugula, almond, and mint with riesling vinaigrette

Chef’s Sides

Green Beans: Louisville sorghum and bourbon-smoked sesame seeds

Bourbon Pickled Peaches

Chef’s Entrées

Shrimp and Grits: Louisville smoked grits and tasso gravy

Roasted Chicken Breast: Moonshine-spiked raisin sauce

New York Strip Loin: Truffle sea salt crust

Smoked Turkey & Brie: Apple butter on rosemary bread

Chef’s Desserts

Blackberry Cobbler With Lemon-Rosemary Biscuit Top

White and Dark Chocolate Verrine

Warm Chocolate Crepes, Bourbon Ball Ice Cream & Caramel Pecan Sauce


Bourbon Crème Brûlée Tart