Memo to RedEye: The Kentucky Derby Is Not Held in Louisiana


I just received this e-mail this morning from the clueless but well-intentioned folks at RedEye and Brownstone Tavern & Grill.

As a native Kentuckian, Louisvillian and survivor of many a Kentucky Derby and KY Derby parties, I can assure you of the following:

– Crawfish, gumbo, corn bread, beans and rice and funnel cakes are not served and have absolutely nothing to do with the Derby. I am willing to make an exception for the funnel cakes, however. Those things are just too good to pass up.

– The Mint Julep is THE signature drink of the Derby; Hurricanes and “Saratoga Sunrises” (whatever the fuck those are) are NOT Derby drinks.

While I laud their efforts to raise money for Katrina victims, I just have to point out that a “Derby Day Crawfish Boil,” held in in Chicago, no less, makes about as much sense as serving hot dogs for Thanksgiving dinner.

4 Comments so far

  1. Bill V (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

    Pretty funny! There are some Thanksgivings where a plate full of hot dogs would fit in just fine. I’ve been to a couple of Derbys and think these folks are pretty confused on their food and drink choices!

  2. steven (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    This post leads me to another thought: a Metblog outing at Arlington Park. Ohhhhhhh.

  3. nikkos (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

    Now THERE’S an idea! I’ll bring a homemade jug of mint juleps.

  4. Will (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    Because let us not forget that the goal of any event is to eat exactly and only like people would at that event? When did that custom become affixed to the television? Can I only eat mangoes when I watch Lost now?

    I, for one, would gladly eat good hot dogs for Thanksgiving. They’d make me think of home.

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