Derby Day Gala, Rockledge, Roanoke, Virginia, 2016

 

Mary Ellen hat original

My bubbly friend rocks in her one-of-a kind Derby hat from St. Barts.

Orange hat

On Saturday evening we celebrated the Kentucky Derby with 200 friends at Rockledge on Mill Mountain, Roanoke, Virginia.

 https://www.facebook.com/DerbyDayGala

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Celebrity Bartender ~  Hunter Johnson, owner and  mixologist Extraordinaire,  Lucky and Fortunato Restaurants, Roanoke, Virginia, prepared these signature cocktails for us. JP Powell, owner, Lucky and Fortunato Restaurants and  the fabulous Brittany Nicole Jones, mixologist, Lucky Restaurant, also donated their time and expertise at the “Lucky Celebrity Bar” that evening:

http://fortunatoroanoke.com

http://eatatlucky.com

celebrity drinks

Orange hat

derby bartender vest and bow tie

Festive Kentucky Derby Vest!

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Hand-Painted Kentucky Derby Shoes!

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Pink Flamingo Derby Socks!

Proseccochampagne glass

Derby Day Gala at Rockledge Signature Welcome Prosecco ~ Via Del  Milleri Extra Dry “Mille”~ 85% prosecco, 15% verdiso perdra and bianchetta grapes from Veneto region. Nice, affordable bubbly. Notes of bright green apple.

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Gorgeous centerpiece ~ ornate sugar sculpture by Chef Extraordinaire John Schopp.

pimento cheesePimento Cheese delightfully displayed on charred wood planks.

Derby Day Gala at Rockledge catering donated by the talented Southwest Virginia Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Chapter President Ted Polfelt, Vice President Darla Mehrkens.

dessert derby

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Happy Derby Day!

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6 Comments

  1. kate says:

    Wonderful post. Your words and photos are terrific and share the fun, flavor and spirit of this annual event! Thank you!!

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