(Edited press release)
When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 5, they will enjoy a meal fit for a queen.
In honor of the British royal family’s visit, executive chef Gil Logan of Levy Restaurants, the official caterer for Churchill Downs, will showcase authentic Derby cuisine made with the finest, freshest ingredients, many from Kentucky Proud producers in the Bluegrass State.
“By incorporating so many locally-grown products into his Churchill Downs menu, chef Gil Logan has become a leading goodwill ambassador for Kentucky Proud,” said Kentucky agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer, who heads up Kentucky Proud, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing program to promote Kentucky-grown farm products.
In preparing the menu, Logan visited farms in the surrounding Kentucky countryside and hand-selected the ingredients to ensure the highest quality.
“We really want to provide Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with quintessential Kentucky Derby cuisine, done regally,” said Logan, who personally will prepare the meal. “The Queen will sample the fan favorites that will be enjoyed by everyone, and with the phenomenal ingredients from Kentucky farms, the flavors, and freshness will be at their peak.”
The Kentucky-inspired classics on the Queen’s menu include: Kentucky Bibb salad; roast chicken breast, topped with wild Kentucky shiitake mushroom cream sauce; barbeque shrimp; western Kentucky-style pole beans, flavored with onions and ham hocks; country cassoulet, a mix of chicken, duck, country ham, black-eyed peas, and vegetables; silks cookies; and mint julep strawberries with spring biscuits.