Brunch, Bourbon, and Bets

Whew! The weekend is over and the 142nd runnings of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby are in the books! 

 
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Since I will be moving later on in May, this was my last Derby season living just a few blocks from Churchill Downs, and I tried to make the most of it by hosting my second annual Oaks brunch. It's one of my favorite gatherings of the year and the perfect way to kick off all of the weekend's festivities with some of my closest friends.

 
 

I still consider myself a novice in the kitchen, but no matter your skill level, cooking for 15+ people can be a challenge. I tried to keep my menu simple, yet also Kentucky-themed. Here is what I served:

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders

Garlic Cheese Grits (Family recipe, similar here)

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

Tea Biscuits with Assorted Jams (The biscuits were frozen, by my mom and sister swear by Mary B's!)

Fresh Fruit Salad, provided by a friend

Triple Crown Pie Shooters (Recipe from Bluegrass Gatherings, the Junior League of Louisville cookbook. The cookbook can be purchased directly through the Junior League or at several store locations throughout the Bluegrass!)

Mint Julep Party Pitchers

Overall, the brunch was a great success! Ryan and I were able to host several of our friends, serve delicious food, and have some luck at the races!