Happy April, Louisville! We’ve got Derby, Derby and more Derby on our minds, so we thought we’d show a little love to our old Kentucky home with some of our favorite Kentucky FINDS. So saddle up! Here are the 21 FINDS that make us beam with Bluegrass State pride this Derby season.
21 Lucky Kentucky FINDS
Famous, classic and delicious — the Kentucky Hot Brown will forever be an iconic culinary staple in the Bluegrass State. If you haven’t tried it, you definitely should! It comes highly recommended and is worth every penny … and every calorie. Find the hot brown in numerous Louisville eateries and for $22 at The Brown Hotel, which famously invented the beloved dish.
Bourbon and chocolate are like the mac and cheese of Kentucky – the perfect pair. Arrange a platter of them for guests at your Derby party, and be forewarned: they’ll go fast! Find these Kentucky Derby dark chocolate bourbon truffles for $24.72 at Cellar Door Chocolates.
More bourbon and chocolate
What the heck are cacao nibs, you may ask? They’re chocolate, but healthy-ish. Cacao nibs are classified as a superfood that help boost energy and burn fat. So if you’re on a health kick this Derby season, you can have your bourbon-and-chocolate and eat it too! Find these bourbon-smoked cacao nibs for $12 at Celebrations.
There’s no way someone can have a Derby party without benedictine. Just no way! This Kentucky dip is absolutely delicious and necessary on race day. How did benedictine come about? We’re not really sure — but we do know that more people outside of Kentucky need to know about it. Find this benedictine for $6.75 per 8-ounce container at Atlantic No. 5.
We may have made a big hype about benedictine, but we’re making an even bigger hype about Derby pie, because it is the food of the gods. Our hearts genuinely ache when we hear that there are people in the world who have not experienced the magic of Derby pie. Offer your guest this to-die-for dish, and get ready for the compliments. Find Derby pie for $11.98 at Kroger.
Wino tip — wine tastes better when it’s made in Kentucky and aged in a bourbon barrel. The hint of bourbon adds such a rich flavor to this red wine, it might as well have Kentucky written all over it! Oh wait, it does. Find this Bourbon Barrel Red wine for around $12 at your favorite Liquor Barn.
Rack up some luck
If your wine rack is lucky, your wine must be lucky, right? This Derby we’ll take all the luck we can get, and these horseshoe wine racks might just bring it to us. All of Revelry’s items are made by local artists, and these clever wine racks are made by Tim Berry. Find them for $55 each at Revelry Boutique.
MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME
If someone doesn’t say ‘y’all,’ are they really from Kentucky? That’s like pronouncing ‘Louisville’ incorrectly. This candle makes a great addition to any Southern home and is an awesome hostess gift for your upcoming Derby parties. Your hostess will thank you and say, “Y’all come back now, ya’ hear?” Find this Southern candle for $44 at FRESH Boutique 4 Girls.
Keep calm … it’s time to head to Churchill Downs! Grab a quick bowl of cereal with this ultra-Kentucky spoon, then trot off to place your bets. Find this “keep calm and go to the races” spoon for $21 at Red Tree.
It’s not Derby season without a mint julep! With just a few simple ingredients — and the festivity of this horse-racing-themed cup — you’ll feel like you’re at the track from the comfort of your own home. Find this julep cup with embossed race horses for $24 at Stoneware & Co.
We all know that the real race during Derby season comes in the form of cooking and preparing to host out-of-town guests and Derby parties. Strap on your jockey apron, and you’re off! Find this apron for $32 at Home Inspired.
Time to break out the Derby decor! Bedeck your home in accents that evoke the excitement and celebration of the track with this pillow and glass. Your guests will love it, and you’ll feel like a piece of Derby is right in your living room. Find the pillow for $169 and the glass for $17 at Work the Metal.
Coasting on luck
If we had to choose one symbol that represents Kentucky, it would be a horseshoe — and if you’re lucky, your guests will use these coasters instead of making rings on your heirloom coffee table. They’re made from high-quality leather right here in Louisville. Find a set of four for $35 at Clayton & Crume.
There are only three seasons in Louisville — Derby, summer and Christmas. But because summer goes by way too quickly, Derby and Christmas pretty much run this city. We don’t mind, though. In fact, we absolutely love this jockey ornament because it combines the two biggest Louisville seasons. You can find just about any year, and it makes a great gift for a hostess or for your out-of-town guests! Find this Derby ornament for $20 at Etcetera.
Blessed with luck
Welcome your guests this Derby season with a little extra luck. With this front-door decoration as the first thing they see, they’ll know they’re in the presence of true Southern hospitality. Find this front-door horseshoe for $62 at Sycamore Hill.
The fleur-de-lis is an emblem that evokes a special Louisville, KY pride. This versatile bottle opener doubles as decoration, so you can display it on your coffee table or kitchen counter. Grab someone a beer, and pull this baby out to pop off their cap — they’ll love it. Find this fleur-de-lis bottle opener for $5 at Red Tree.
This striking work of art is a great way to show your Kentucky pride. It combines two of our favorite things — Kentucky and the plant behind our state nickname, Kentucky bluegrass. Find it for $105 at LL&A Interior Design.
Ready to place some bets? Bring a piece of the track home with you in the form of art. A true Kentucky home is incomplete without a horse. Find this colorful horse painting for $459 at Merridian Home Furnishings.
Bourbon barrel flag
We have three reasons why we love this flag — it’s American, it’s made from bourbon barrel staves and the company is veteran-owned. The grain of the wood, the rustic white oak and the raised elements of these flags make them a great conversation pieces — plus, they come in multiple sizes! Find a large flag made from bourbon barrels for $395 at Cruise Customs.
A fella can’t attend the Derby without a proper pair of cuff links, and these Stitzel-Weller Distillery links are definitely a Kentucky accessory worth owning. They’re fancy, handmade and show some Kentucky bourbon pride. What more could you ask for in Derby fashion? Find these cuff links for $65 at The Fashion Post.
We absolutely love Oaks because many people choose to dress in pink for breast cancer awareness. If your man is in need of a little touch of pink, this jockey belt will have him feeling festive. Find this Louisville-made belt for $98 at Clayton & Crume.
We wish you all the luck that Kentucky can bring this Derby season!