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Revelers at Maxie's Derby Day party.

Each week on This Bites, dining critic Ann Christenson from Milwaukee Magazine and Radio Milwaukee’s resident foodie Tarik Moody dig into the city’s culinary and restaurant culture to help you find new spots, old favorites and the best ingestibles around Milwaukee.

They call horse racing the sport of kings — probably because owning a horse ain’t cheap. Fortunately, you don’t need to be royalty to get in on the pomp and circumstance surrounding horse racing’s biggest event: this Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Even better, you don’t need to go all the way to Louisville. On this episode of the podcast, we give you two opportunities right here in Milwaukee to put on a big hat and watch those ponies run.

Over at Maxie’s, they’ve been doing Derby day in a big way for 16 years. This time around, the three-day event starts May 4 and culminates with a May 6 party that starts at 2 p.m. and features food, drinks, tunes from the Jackson Park Jazz Orchestra, a silent auction, raffles and best dressed/hat contests. You can also enjoy a derby-inspired menu all three days with dishes like Kentucky hot browns, fried bologna sandwiches and bourbon BBQ salmon. Best of all, the whole thing benefits the Hunger Task Force.

Palomino Bar has their own raceday party that gets underway just a bit later, running from 5 to 9 p.m. with a grill-friendly menu, chocolate pecan pies and mint juleps. As for what else is going on around the city’s culinary scene:

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