Sunday, May 1, 2016

Inside Scoop on What Food to Buy at the Chow Wagon

Kentucky Derby Festival Chow Wagon — What To Eat
By Melissa Donald
Fire-N-The Hole Wood Fired Pizzas: 'Just What The Doctor Ordered' and 'Horsin’ Around'
Photos by Melissa Donald
Looking for something unique and delicious at the Chow Wagon this year?! I checked out these vendors this year and I am here to show you what's new and fantastic!   

Fire-N-The Hole’s individual pizzas. Customize your own, or better yet try one of their specialty pizza's like ‘Just What The Doctor Ordered’ shown above. This pizza has olive oil, Sicilian seasonings, Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, prosciutto, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. The subtle sweetness of the pear with the prosciutto creates a surprisingly good combination with the rest of the ingredients. I really enjoy fruit on my pizza so this was a real winner for me!

Fire-N-The Hole Wood Fired Pizza: 'Horsin’ Around'
Another specialty pizza to try is 'Horsin’ Around'. Mashed potatoes, prime rib, horsey sauce, onion, portobello mushroom and a blend of cheeses. A great combination of flavors! Delicious!

Fire-N-The Hole Concession - Chow Wagon
Fire-N-The Hole Wood Fired Oven
Wood Fired pizzas are ready in a matter of minutes! As you enter the Chow Wagon Fire-N-The Hole is to the left — closer to the river.


Firehouse Ice Cream
Right next door to Fire-N-The Hole you can grab dessert at Firehouse Ice Cream. The only walk in concession in the country. The decor has a firehouse feel.  

Firehouse Ice Cream Interior

Choose between 6-8 different flavors. Not sure which flavor to order? Mix it up and purchase a few scoops together.   

Firehouse Ice Cream:  Cookies and Cream and Butter Pecan

 Firehouse specialty popcorn
Looking for something to snack on later? Try some of Firehouse Ice Cream’s specialty popcorn including caramel corn.


Greek Gyros, Baklava, fries and so much more can be found at Niko's Street Eats. Try the Gyro Bowl. Gyro meat, tomatoes, lettuce, feta cheese, and Tzaziki sauce atop a bed of fries.


Niko’s Street Eats: Gyro Bowl
A great snack to tide you over are Niko’s Spicy Feta Fries. Regular Feta Fries are also available without the kick.

Niko’s Spicy Feta Fries
For a sweet treat, try their delicious Baklava and Cinnamon & Sugar Pita Chips!


Niko's Street Eats: Pita Chips with cinnamon and sugar


Of course there’s iced tea! King’s has a delicious sweet tea — not too sweet but sweet enough! So refreshing on a hot day! Located in the center of it all!

King's Food Ice Tea

This year’s 2016 Deby Burger (which is sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council and coordinated by the Kentucky Derby Festival) is the SmoFried Cheese-Stuffed Burger created by Maurice Williams of Louisville, KY.  This burger is delicious and the recipe is simple and easy to make. Check out the full recipe and story here.  

2016 Derby Burger: SmoFried Cheese-Stuffed Burger - hot off the grill

Stuffed with green peppers, onions, feta and blue cheeses, and seasoned with salt and black pepper, the Derby SmoFried Cheese-Stuffed Burger can be found under the tent next to Cox’s Entertainment concession.  If making this burger at home, check out the meat departments at your local Louisville Kroger stores for the ingredients.

2016 Derby Burger: SmoFried Cheese-Stuffed Burger
And lastly, a real special treat! Save room for dessert or do dessert first! You must try something — really anything at the S’more Mobile! Homemade marshmallows can be found in each item they are selling at this concession.

I started with the S’more Frozen Chocolate. Whole milk blended with their house made chocolate mix, and garnished with their homemade graham cracker, and topped with their homemade toasted marshmallow. Cool, creamy and delicious! S’more Hot Chocolate is also available with the same ingredients.

S’more Frozen Chocolate with homemade graham cracker and homemade toasted marshmallow
S’more Hot Chocolate
Other treats available at the S’more Mobile are S'more on a stick, and grab and go treats, such as their S’more Marshmallows and a rich and decadent Rocky Road Treat (rice krispy treat with homemade marshmallows encased in milk chocolate).

S’more Mobile:  S'more On A Stick

Of course the classic favorite concessions are also available at the Chow Wagon, such as funnel cakes, fried onion rings, turkey legs and corn dogs. There is something for everyone at this year’s Chow Wagon.





Saturday, April 30, 2016

What Are You Wearing Tonight to Opening Night?

By Alissa Hicks

Photo: Courtesy of the Kentucky Derby Festival 


Tonight kicks off Derby Week at Churchill Downs. Opening Night offers more than just live racing — actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and more will perform throughout the track. The night will also feature the inaugural Awards in the Arts. Gates open at 5pm with the first live race at 6pm. Tickets are $10-$125.

But back to what you are going to wear...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Five Things to Pack in Your Derby Bag

By Alissa Hicks

Shelby Stephens is wearing: Dress available at Blu Boutique 12003 Shelbyville Rd #106, 502.384.8692, $230; Earrings available at Chartreuse Westport Village 1301 Herr Ln #152, 502.409.7082, $13; Bracelet available at Sunny Daize, 11809 Shelbyville Rd, 502.244.5580, $20; Handbag available at Blu Boutique, $89; Shoes available at Modern Elegance 3921 Chenoweth Square, 502.883.4721, $68; Hat by The Willow Tree, 657 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, 502.423.9822, $599.
Photo by Melissa Donald


Heading to the track? Planning your bag is just as important as planning your hat! Derby, Oaks, Thurby...a day at the track can be very long, and because your purse can only be so big, it’s imperative that you take the essentials. From my own experience and that of other women, I’ve put together a list of the five must-have items to pack in your purse on race day.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Our May Issue is Out!

Our May issue inspires you with so many fresh ideas:
Clever tips on amping up your party.
What to wear ideas for any occasion.
Last-minute Derby hat and outfit inspirations.

Plus, find out how you can nominate a Way to Go Woman, and celebrate with our Most Admired Women in June.




Win a $100 Giftcard to Baz & Bea!



Add some spring to your style this month. Enter to win…

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Talking Derby Hats With the Hat Designers

By Jessica Alyea

Part 7 — Bridget Early


Hat by Bridget Early of Mixed Media by Bridget, $200. Photo by Melissa Donald 

Hat designers from near and far send us their best creations for our Derby issue. We asked these experts the hat questions you need to know to put your best brim forward this Derby season.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Foodie Runs: “So Can You,” she says

By Brigid Morrissey

Allison Myers loves her assortment of Alex and Ani, especially the appropriate engraving,
"It's not a sprint, it's a marathon."
Photos by Patti Hartog


You’ve probably seen them out and about in the Louisville community. Maybe their faces have stared back at you from social media on your computer screen. They promote, create awareness, and influence the public. They’re race ambassadors…

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