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3 events to celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Milwaukee

Kentucky Derby in Milwaukee

Each Friday at 8 am on 88Nine, Milwaukee Magazine’s dining critic, Ann Christenson, and 88Nine foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture.

On this week’s show, we talked about Kentucky Derby events in Milwaukee. We also talked about Gypsy Taco's one year anniversary, Cinco De Mayo, and a recap of the James Beard Awards.

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Kentucky Derby Events in Milwaukee

On May 6, Maxie's will host their 10th Annual Derby Day Party for Hunger Relief.  Maxie's will have a special menu featuring dishes like a housemade fried bologna sandwich, country ham mac n' cheese, BBQ spaghetti and more. Drink specials will include Four Roses Bourbon Mint Juleps, Kentucky Ale Bourbon Barrel Ale, and official Derby beer Stella Artois.

Doors open at 1 p.m., with a $15 admission, which goes entirely to Hunger Task Force, Inc. Race time is approximately 5:34 p.m.

The Iron Horse Hotel will host 'Talk Derby to Me' tomorrow beginning at 2pm.

Festivities include photo ops with our horse, “Smokey”, and handler from Milwaukee Coach & Carriage and a live bugler belting out Derby classics like “Call to the Post.” Catch Milwaukee’s favorite all-female old-school country act, the Whiskeybelles from 3pm-5pm in the Yard.  Visit the Veuve Cliquot-Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar and try a Ketel One Oaks Lily cocktail, a refreshing vodka-cranberry concoction.  Or relax in the Shaker’s Cigar Lounge and puff away just like ol’ Pappy Van Winkle!

Sip on $35 bottomless Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps from 2-6 p.m. that include a copper cup to take home (while supplies last. Sales begin at 2pm in the Yard) Giddy up!

Best Hat – $50 gift card
Best Bow Tie – One bottle of limited-edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Whiskey

The Hilton City Center will also host a Derby party beginning at 2pm. The party will featured cocktails, small plates and more.

Come watch the Kentucky Derby with us in style at The Monarch Lounge — with a high class buffet, drink specials, bourbon tasting, contests and prizes!

Cost: $45 per person, which includes:
-Food buffet
-Three (3) mint juleps
-Bourbon tasting

-Deviled eggs
-Pulled pork sliders with pickles and slaw
-Fried chicken biscuit sliders
-Benedictine cucumber sandwiches
-Crab cakes
-Grilled shrimp skewers
-Spiced popcorn and nuts

-Bulleit Bourbon tasting
-Drink specials (including mint juleps)
-Women's hat contest
-Best dressed contest
-Raffle benefiting the UPAF (win hotel stays, gift cards and more)

Raffle prizes*:
-Milwaukee Chophouse chef food and wine tasting for four (4) people
-Dinner for two (2) at a Milwaukee-area Marcus restauran
-$50 Miller Time Pub and Grill bar tab
*Must be present to win

Reserved areas available for $80 and include:
-Three (3) raffle tickets
-Complimentary snacks
-Bottle service (choice of Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Rehorst Vodka, Rehorst Citrus & Honey Vodka or Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label + three mixers) 

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