Slideshow: Why people keep coming back for more Taste of Derby
The annual Taste of Derby raises funds for Dare to Care Food Bank. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
The Old Seelbach Bar served a vegetarian option — pureed asparagus with jasmine jelly, pickled mushrooms and a marigold. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Brown-Forman advertised its Old Forester Distillery downtown, opening in June. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Jack Fry’s brought a Mint Julep snow cone to the party. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Food wasn’t the only thing Taste of Derby guests could sample. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
A Kentucky Derby Festival princess chatted with Brasserie Provence owner Guy Genoud. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Rock shrimp ceviche was one of three hors d’oeuvres from Napa River Grill. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Napa River Grill’s chocolate avocado cake was topped with horseshoe chocolates. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Alisha Huff asked Uptown Cafe representatives about their dish. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Uptown Cafe served bourbon mint gravlax. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Bravo! Cucina Italiana’s executive chef handed out meatballs. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
These tarts were modeled after Churchill Downs’ Lilly drink. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Red Herring’s dish was a twist on a traditional hot brown. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Le Moo and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse offered dueling steak hors d’oeuvres. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Bluegrass Brewing Co. reminded guests that it reopened its South Fourth Street location. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Bluegrass Brewing Co. pulled double duty with food and beer samples. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Several wineries and sales representatives were on hand. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Centerplate, which manages food operations at Louisville Slugger Field, served Asiago cheese cups with romaine, maple bacon and bourbon lemon dressing. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
A couple rests in seats at Louisville Slugger Field. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Joy Luck is one of many restaurants that returns to Taste of Derby each year. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Two workers poured Larceny bourbon samples. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Lyndon brewery Holsopple Brewing made its first appearance at Taste of Derby. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
The Comfy Cow debuted two of its four seasonal Derby flavors —The Race Won and Fillies & Lillies. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
The Rickhouse traveled in from Bardstown, Ky., with its steak Bruschetta dish. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
The annual Taste of Derby attracts hundreds of hungry Louisvillians seeking a bite from more than 40 different restaurants. This year, Insider Louisville asked a few attendees why they keep coming back year after year.
Taste of Derby guest Alyssa Huff said this was her second year coming with friends Gayle Ciliberti and Alisha Deatrick. They come “first of all, for Dare to Care, and then we came last year and we loved it, so we said we’d make an annual thing of it,” Huff said.
Deatrick added that it gives them the opportunity to try many restaurants’ food all at once.
All three ladies were carrying Tupperware containers, using them as trays with food from multiple restaurants in them.
Huff said they got the idea after seeing others do something similar last year. “There are so many booths and tables to get the food. We can eat multiple things as we go.”
For husband and wife, Lee Coles and Karen Trowell, it was their fourth Taste of Derby.
“We had a great time last year, we are going to have a greater time this year, and an even greater time next year,” said Trowell, adding that their group grows each year as they invite new people who’ve never been before.
Coles said that “the different restaurants and the people, family friends” has brought them back year after year.