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. Saddle up! Here are the FINDS that make us beam with Bluegrass State pride this Derby season.
Lucky Kentucky FINDS
Derby party platter
Many locals know that what’s even better than going to the Derby is going to a Derby party where there’s still betting, mint juleps and lots of delicious food! This fun Derby party platter is perfect for bringing your favorite dish to any potluck you may attend. Find it for $18 at Darling State of Mind.
Bring some luck home with you this Derby season with a jockey tea towel that will make your home feel festive and Derby-appropriate. This simple touch will really give your house that “old Kentucky home” vibe. Find it for $10 at Apricot Lane.
Bourbon barrel jockey
Looking for a statement piece for your home? This gorgeous bourbon barrel jockey is made by local artist Seth Winstead. Our favorite part is that it’s painted in pink for the Kentucky Oaks. Find it for $85 at Tunies Boutique.
Looking for a clever way to add a Kentucky feel to your decor without going over the top? These clever repurposed stirrup candleholders are such a cute way to do just that. Find the small size for $45 and the large size for $55 at Rabbit in the Moon.
All things bourbon
Derby season is here, so it’s time to break out the bourbon — as if we don’t all year! This decanter is perfect for holding your favorite bourbon to share with your party guests. Find it for $11 at Merridian Home Furnishings.
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 calorie. Find the Hot Brown in numerous Louisville eateries and for $22 at The Brown Hotel, which famously invented the beloved dish.
Cooking with bourbon
Give your family dinner an upgrade this Derby season with this cinnamon maple bourbon balsamic vinegar. It’s great for marinating meat or adding additional flavor to your desserts. Find it for $25.99 at Zi Olive.
Bourbon and chocolate combine to create the ultimate Kentucky flavor combo in these decadent truffles. Arrange a platter of these sweet treats for guests at your Derby party, and be forewarned: They’ll go fast! Find this package of 16 Kentucky Derby dark chocolate bourbon truffles for $24.72 at Cellar Door Chocolates.
There’s no way someone can have a Derby party without Benedictine — just no way! This classic Kentucky dip is absolutely delicious and necessary on race day. Find this Benedictine for $6.75 for an 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 this chocolate pecan pie, because it’s the food of the gods. Our hearts genuinely ache when we hear someone has yet to experience the magic of this Derby dessert. Offer your guests this to-die-for dish, and get ready for heaps of compliments. Find a full pie for $11.98 at Kroger.
Wino tip — wine tastes better when it’s made in Kentucky. If you love a classic sweet white wine when the weather warms up, this Sunset Kiss wine from Springhill Vineyards is the one for you. Find it for $12 at Westport Whiskey & Wine.
Double the luck
The Kentucky Double is a one-of-a-kind patented whiskey coaster and cigar ashtray. Crafted using only the finest quality materials — 6061 American-made aircraft-grade aluminum and wood from Kentucky sawmills — it’s not only perfect for Derby season, it makes a great gift for any cigar-and-bourbon-loving fella in your life. Find it for $119 at The Kentucky Double.
The party doesn’t start without the bottle opener! And what more perfect way to celebrate the season that with this horse head opener? Find it for $22 at Summer Classics.
FOR THE DRINKS
Keep calm … it’s time to head to Churchill Downs! Stir up your cup of coffee 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 racehorses for $24 at Stoneware & Co.
Coasting on bourbon
If there’s ever been a drink that represents Kentucky, it would be a mint julep — and if you’re lucky, your guests will set theirs down on these adorable 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.