Friday, May 5, 2017

Atlanta Restaurants Run for the Roses with Kentucky Derby Specials May 6

The Kentucky Derby gallops ‘round the bend this Saturday, and while we can’t all travel to Churchill Downs, we can throw on our big hats and jockey up to the bar for a mint julep and grand views right here at Atlanta restaurants.
 Food 101 in Sandy Springs saddles up spiffy specials for the three big Triple Crown races, centering on each race location. May 6, all eyes focus on Kentucky-themed cocktails: Bulleit bourbon mint juleps, The Oaks Lily, The Crown of Roses flush with Crown Royal and amaretto, and a strong Kentucky B&B teaming bourbon and Benedictine. Louisville-style eats include Benedictine tea sandwiches, bourbon-glazed hot sausage links, Kentucky burgoo, those famous Kentucky Hot Brown open-face turkey sandwiches with tomato, bacon and Mornay sauce and wedges of deep-dish Kentucky Derby chocolate pecan pie. Dress to impress! Remaining Triple Crown special events will be the Preakness (May 20) and Belmont Stakes (June 10). Watch all three races in Food 101’s Barrel Bar. Taco Mac tethers Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day into a two-day “Derby de Mayo” holiday featuring $4 select Mexican beers with new Brewniversity credits, a Herradura Barrel Select flight and traditional, black cherry, watermelon and strawberry margaritas. Catch a selfie in your best Derby and/or Cinco hat to enter in the “Derby de Mayo” hat social media contest. Winning photo scores a Taco Mac party for up to 20 people.  The Southern Gentleman doesn’t horse around when it comes to hosting a Derby Party. Wager in at $35 per person (plus tax) for the 3:30-7 p.m. party for two tickets for spirited drinks and a buffet spread including confit chicken Hot Brown, pickled shrimp toast, chicken salad slider, shrimp and grits, cheddar cheese pimento pork rinds and more. Excitement builds through multiple screen viewing, giveaways and the thoroughly delightful Derby Day hat contest with prizes. Add a little horseplay to the day by sampling the Elijah Craig Bourbon Smash snow cone. Get your genteel on with a mint julep, Brown Derby or bourbon punch. Purchase advance tickets here. Valet parking is available. Guests may redeem $5 off an Uber ride either to or from the event in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta by clicking this link.

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