Monday, May 4, 2009

Kentucky Oaks 2009

Guy Fieri of the Food Network and I at the Oaks Day Brunch.

Visiting with my friend, Tiff, in the paddock area.

Hubby looking sharp at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day

Well, we had quite the weekend, starting Friday morning at the Kentucky Oaks Brunch. It was a fun event, featuring celebrity chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri (who was kind enough to pose for a photo with me), along with pastry chef Gale Gand and master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, who made some tasty cocktails to get the festivities started.

The brunch featured food demonstrations by the chefs. Guy made an incredible cream cheese French toast and bourbon glazed pork chops. So, needless to say, we were stuffed to the gills with French toast, pork chops, omelets and cheese grits. And that was all at 9:30 a.m.! They closed the brunch with an auction, raising money for the Home of the Innocents, a great Louisville organization.

Then, we were off to the track to the Jockey Club Suites, where our host, and good friend of Hubby’s, treated us to a great day in style. Complimentary drinks, more food, and plenty of betting where on the agenda. Hubby hit a trifecta and a couple of exacta bets to make it a somewhat profitable day. After the Oaks, we met up with friends for dinner and then went home to see the kids (thanks Mom for babysitting!).

Derby Day was spent recuperating from Oaks, enjoying the races from the comfort of our home. We certainly didn’t have the winner – 50 to 1 odds, who saw that coming? If you bet on Mine That Bird, I’m sure your wallet is a little thicker today.

So, another Oaks and Derby have passed and the city is recovering from its hangover. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

1 comment:

Pamela's Pink Pencil said...

I am quite jealous and it sounds like an incredible day!