Monday, April 27, 2015

Kentucky Derby Afternoon Tea at Boone Tavern Hotel

 We are just one week from the Kentucky Derby.  
The Derby Festival officially began a few days ago. 
Folks in Louisville and the state of Kentucky are celebrating. 
Boone Tavern Hotel held their 2nd Annual Derby Afternoon Tea yesterday.
Our family and neighbors, Joyce and Mary K. enjoyed a lovely afternoon.

The tea service began with a choice of 
Boone Tavern Blend 
English Breakfast Decaf 
Earl Gray 
Strawberry Kiwi

A "spoon" of Boone Tavern's specialty, Southern Spoonbread
was served to begin the afternoon tea.
 The first course was served plated and Chef Liz described the foods. 
Derby Bourbon Shrimp
Roasted Chicken Salad Tart
Toast Pints with Kentucky Beer Cheese
garnished with Carrot and Celery Ribbons
Kentucky Hot Brown Bite
Horsey Deviled Egg

The Scone and Desserts were served on the three-tier server
Again, Chef Liz described the menu items.

Country Ham, Cheddar, and Chive Scone
served with Savory Boone Tavern Cream
Mini Race Day Pie (aka Derby Pie)
Bourbon Ball
White and Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry
Woodford Berries and Cream
Mint Julep Mousse Cup

Chef Liz received applause after describing the beautiful desserts.
Below, my gluten free version of the same foods everyone else ate.
Everything on my plates were made with gluten free products. 

Below: Haley with her mother and grandmother.
You may recognize Haley from my Austria, Germany and Switzerland photos. 
Valerie and Rachel, tea servers
who did a fantastic job keeping tea cups filled and more!

The Kentucky Derby festivities will continue all
week with various events.
The race, known as "The Run for the Roses"
is always held the first Saturday in May.


Miss Merry said...

What a wonderful event! The food look absulutely delicious, both regular and special gluten free. What a great chef! It looks like a great time was had by all! I would love to visit the Boone Tavern someday.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a special annual event. I am so happy you enjoyed yourselves, Linda! The menu looks so delicious.

Have a fun week. My sister graduated from The U of K and I learned much about the Derby traditions through her. This Yank knew very little prior to her attending a Kentucky university!

Thanks for sharing this special day with all of us!

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

What an original tea menu! Everything is Derby or Kentucky inspired. Visitors will really appreciate it. I would love to go to the Derby one day. I love all of the traditions and fanfare behind it.

Rosemary said...

Wow! It looks like they upped their game!

Bernideen said...

What a fabulous meal and delicious. Those scones sound "over the top"!

martea said...

What fun to see they are still serving A "spoon" of Boone Tavern's specialty, Southern Spoonbread and the Kentucky Brown Bites!
Everything looks great and I love their attention to garnishes.

Wish I could have been there to taste it all.

Joy said...

Ah, yes, it is Derby time again. So glad you and your friends could enjoy this special tea, and that you could have gluten-free treats.

Marilyn Miller said...

How I would love experiencing this special tea. It looks wonderful. Enjoyed seeing two members of your family. My but your granddaughter is growing up.

~ Mari said...

is this something they still do? i'd love to go!


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