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Kentucky's traditional foods shine at Derbytime

Kentucky's traditional foods garner as much prestige as the Thoroughbreds at Derbytime. Menus for Derby parties and breakfasts often feature local foods with a gourmet twist. Here are a few upcoming Derby-related events. Maybe they'll provide you with some menu items for your party.

Elkton Farm is the site of this year's Scott County Woman's Club pre-Derby party. The farm, 2404 Frankfort Road, Georgetown, features structures from the 1790s and 1860s and is the home of Stewart A. Smith. This historical home was previously known as the Suggett House.

The party begins at 6:30 p.m. April 29. Entertainment will be provided by David & Lisa. Tickets are $75; proceeds go Amen House, Georgetown-Scott County Senior Citizens Center, Georgetown Readiness Preschool and Quest Farm. Call (502) 863-6891 or (502) 863-5390.

Here's the party menu, from Selma's Catering of Lexington: chicken salad in phyllo shells; beef tenderloin on yeast rolls with Henry Bain sauce; goat cheese torte with pesto, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes; homemade beer cheese; baked brie in pastry with honey and walnuts; shrimp shooters; mini hot Browns; tomato, basil and pine nut bruschetta; smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers; country ham on biscuits; fresh asparagus with red and yellow peppers, cucumbers and olives; and an assortment of desserts.

Winston's does Oaks, Derby

Chef John Castro and his culinary team at Winston's in Louisville are serving a special menu for Oaks and Derby days, April 30 and May 1.

Entrees include pork chops with kale and white beans finished with a bourbon glaze; sea bass with braised red cabbage and mustard cream; beef filet with gruyere cheese gratin potato; and a "not Brown," made with fried green tomatoes, crab, shrimp and Mornay sauce, finished with bacon, tomatoes and chives.

Dinner hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call (502) 456-0980. Winston's is a teaching restaurant for Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies.Derby-goers can begin the day with a traditional Southern buffet at the 32nd annual Historic Homes Foundation Derby Breakfast. The party will be at Farmington Historic Plantation, 3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon May 1. Tickets are $125. Call (502) 452-9920 or go to www.historichomes.org.

The party, catered by Louisville's Wiltshire Pantry, will benefit the operations of Farmington, Thomas Edison House and Whitehall House and Gardens, in Louisville.

Share a healthy recipe

Often, preparing healthful mid-week dinners is a chore. We're looking for recipes to help busy mothers make smart choices. If you would like to share recipes that work for you, post yours at www.bluegrassmoms.com or e-mail it to me at swthompson@herald-leader.com with "healthy recipe" in the subject line. Names will be entered in a drawing for a copy of my cookbook, Flavors of Kentucky, in its third printing, and a $100 Kroger gift card.

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