The (Kentucky) Derby Day Affair

The (Kentucky) Derby Day Affair | Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 1:00PM – 7:00 PM


The Derby Day Affair – Unbridled Fun for Philanthropy! Join in unparalleled pageantry and excitement to celebration the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 6, 2017 at Nicollet Island Pavilion. Expect the finest fare, fantastic fashions at our endless extravaganza. You will be greeted by miniature horses and military guardsmen. Enjoy a cornucopia of canapés and delectable drinks in Derby style. Best dressed, best couple and best hat competition. Special discounts to The Polo Classic, Raffle and so much more!

Derby Through The Ages Fashion Show
We are presenting three fashion sets combining runway, pedestal, stairway and cafe elements. Each set shows vintage treatments of Derby Attire from the 20’s, 40’s and 60’s and is followed by current interpretation of these eras with today’s designers. All apparel and accessories can be purchased on site.

Lots of Live Horses!
The afternoon features live polo exhibitions, vaulting, horses and huntsmen, carriage rides, hunting and jumping demonstrations, miniature horses and much, much more.

Sensational Sounds & Captivating Cirque
Cameo performances by great local artists Stephanie Varone,

Jaguar Invitational Car Show
A display of vintage and present-day models for your enjoyment.

Champagne, Mint Juleps & More
Receive complimentary bubbly upon your arrival and a voucher for a mint julep or any of our select wines and cocktails, Finnegan’s Beer.

Spectacular Scenes for Photographic Dreams
A dozen professional photographers will be on hand to capture your many moments forever in several fun and floral vignettes designed for photo ops.

Derby Day Menu honoring American Pharoah

Smashtini Bar
Skin-on red potatoes with white cheddar are served in martini glasses. Guests play bartender filling their martini glasses with potatoes and toppings from the “bar”, including curried chicken, mushroom ragout, salsa, salsa, guacamole, chipotle sour cream, pepper-jack cheese, plain sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar and chives

Benedictine Spread & Gourmet Cheeses
including Cotswold, Manchego, Brie, Drunken Goat, 15 year old Cheddar, Cambazola, Grappe, Stilton, Comte, Pesto Torte, Fig Spread, Truffle Honey, Crackers and Flatbreads

Jack Daniels Peach Pork Loin
bourbon marinated pork loin served with brown sugar mustard and fresh sourdough rolls

Kentucky Bourbon Burgoo
A traditional Kentucky spicy stew served with corn bread and whipped butter 

My Old Kentucky Home Hot Brown Biscuit
with glazed turkey, heirloom tomatoes, bacon and a grainy French Dijon Mustard 

Cocktail Petit Sandwiches
Cucumber, Radish and Ham Delights

Chicken Roulade
Layered rolled chicken breast filled with ham, Swiss and peach relish, sliced and served cold with a hot mustard

Penny Chenery’s Favorite Sweets
Pecan bars, dark bourbon balls, lemon thyme shortbread and strawberries & cream.

What to Wear? 
Simply Google “Kentucky Derby Fashion” and you’ll get more ideas than imaginable. Attire can be fun to frolicking to formal, all within the bounds of good taste and fashion. Ladies are encouraged to wear large elegant daytime hats or fascinators in conjunction with a dress, skirt, gown or fashion pantsuit. Men are encouraged to wear a dinner jacket with trousers or shorts, dress shoes, suspenders, suit, tuxedo or kilt, also with an appropriate hat. Equine apparel (hunting, jumping, foxhunt, racing, polo, etc) for Ladies or Men are also welcomed.