Kick off Derby week with an evening of Kentucky traditions during a Bourbon Bluegrass Picnic at the Brown Hotel Friday, April 27. Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests are invited to the Brown Hotel’s renovated Roof Garden for a breathtaking view, live music, craft cocktails and Hot Browns from chefs James Adams and Dustin Willett. In addition, Wild Turkey’s “Buddha of Bourbon” Jimmy Russell will lead a tasting of Russell’s Reserve Bourbon and hold a Q&A session. Tickets, which include a welcome cocktail, heavy hors d’oeuvres and bourbon flight, are $65 per person and can be purchased by calling 502-583-1234.
The cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. will feature a taste of the hotel’s renowned four-star dining including the Hot Brown with watermelon salad, Wild Turkey BBQ pulled pork sliders with spring slaw, and pimento and bacon bites with heirloom tomato and cucumber salad. The bourbon flight tasting and Q&A will follow. Music will continue until 9:30 p.m. and additional craft cocktails will be available for purchase.