By Anita Oldham and Melissa Donald

Looking for some great Derby dishes? Whether you cook or not, we have some great ideas for your spring party.

Get a Theme
A couple of years ago we planned a Hot Brown bar — a fresh take on the famous Hot Brown that turned out beautifully with some well-planned items from local food.

Pretzel croissant from Klaus Bakery, Asiago and Caraway Rye Bread from Breadworks, biscuits, ham, Makers Mark gourmet sauce available at Taste of Kentucky, Sungold Tomato Jam, Apple Butter with Woodford Jam and Red Onion Rosemary Jam by Beth Fowle at Full Heart Farm, Accessories available at Taste of Kentucky.

Tulips from Nance Floral Shoppe, Inc., (624 E. Spring Street, New Albany, 812.945.5225). Mint Julep Sugar and Kentucky Mint Julep Mix available at A Taste of Kentucky (11800 Shelbyville Road, 502.244.3355). Bourbon Barrel Red wine from Old 502 Winery (1205 10th Street, 502.540.5650) for those who want something besides a julep. 

Stock Your Bar
Offer your guests the traditional liquor, but you can also offer them a twist if you aren’t really a Mint Julep fan (gasp!).

Bourbon Bellini (left); Bourbon Mint Iced ChiaTea (right).

Pick up food
A great way to make a party more manageable is to stop by one of our local bakers and pick up food -— you’ll be supporting local businesses and taking the pressure off of yourself!

Order and pick up a delicious torte or casserole from Teri Lynn’s Catering.

Delicious Savory Cheddar Pecan Torte topped with raspberry jam (left). A great spread! Blueberry Trifle — a great brunch item or serve as a dessert (middle). Terri Lynn’s Hot Brown Casserole — turkey, cheese, bacon, breadcrumbs, and tomatoes (right).

Order your Derby Box lunch from the Cheddar Box — read more here.
We loved these Mint Brownies!

Make Something New
Local foodie Paige Rhodes came up with these great Derby recipes — something new.

Simple Asparagus recipe!
Get the recipe for these Corn Cakes with BBQ Pork.

Yum — Chocolate Bourbon Tarts!

Or these crazy mint julep jello shots!