Sports, film, TV, music and fashion A-listers have gathered for decades to celebrate “Derby Eve” at the sweeping Highlands mansion of Patricia Barnstable-Brown. Butlers roam the decorated and stately grounds with champagne and cocktail trays among guests in black ties and long evening gowns. A full bar and gourmet buffet dinner are served as well.
The entertainment can vary based on who decides to hop onstage! Spontaneous performances from Kid Rock, Graham Nash, the Backstreet Boys and Meatloaf have wowed guests such as Aaron Rogers, Ashton Kutcher, Miranda Lambert, Tom Brady and Luke Bryan…you never know who will be there! Get your tickets to this spectacular and legendary event, considered the “best party of the year” early, before they are all gone, as tickets are very limited.
Every year this thrilling party becomes more extravagant. Fans line the streets to catch a glimpse of “Kentucky Derby Glamour”, as limos and private cars drop off the lucky few attending this premier event for charity.
Celebrities, locals, royalty, politicians, horse racing insiders and media outlets from all over the globe make sure to never miss the Barnstable-Brown Gala! Known for its great food, fun and famous guests and whimsical themes the Gala also features amazing live music and lots of liquor service late into the wee hours of the night, making for a magical Derby Eve.
The “Taste of Derby” is a tremendously exciting event held in Louisville each year during Derby week. The inaugural event took place in 2010 and was followed up by another wonderful experience in 2011.
The event is a showcase of signature cuisine dishes paired with unique and interesting wine selections. Award-winning chefs from major racing cities, such as New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, and Los Angeles have been featured at the event. Guests attending the event sample a vast array of food and wine pairings while socializing with celebrities from throughout the thoroughbred racing industry. Taste of Derby also makes significant contributions to hunger relief organizations. The event is typically held on Thursday evening of Kentucky Derby week and is a great way to kickoff your visit to Louisville for Derby weekend. Don’t miss your chance to attend this outstanding event. The event is held at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
- Red Carpet Entry beginning at 7 p.m.
- Food & Wine Tastings and Premium Open Bar
- Cocktail Party Attire
- Complimentary Valet Service