Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Celebrate the 137th Kentucky Derby With Derby-Pie®

Over 50 years ago in the small kitchen of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Ky, a culinary legend was born: Derby-Pie®. In 1954, Melrose Inn manager George Kern developed the recipe with the help of his parents, Walter and Leaudra. The three spent hours taste-testing the blend of ingredients that would become the family recipe that remains a secret to this day. Today, the pie is a staple of Kentucky cuisine and a must-have for any Derby celebration. The Kern family supplies the pie year-round to over 200 restaurants and retail locations all over the state. On Derby day alone, Churchill Downs will serve over 25,000 slices of Derby-Pie® chocolate nut pie.

"There is no better time than the Kentucky Derby to enjoy a slice of Derby-Pie®," said Alan Rupp, president of Kern's Kitchen, Inc. "The Derby is a time for Kentucky natives to share our time-honored traditions with the world. We are proud that Derby-Pie® is part of the Kentucky Derby experience."

Derby-Pie® chocolate nut pie is a decadent combination of dark chocolate chips and crisp English walnut pieces suspended in a sweet, custardy filling. The pie is baked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection in Kern's own signature delicate and buttery crust. The name for the famous pie was literally luck of the draw when George, Walter and Leaudra, along with some family friends, put their favorites in a hat and pulled out the winning name: Derby-Pie. While select members of the Kern family know each delicious ingredient and how they go together, Walter and Leaudra Kern's grandson Alan Rupp and their great-grandson Jon Rupp are the driving forces behind the family business. Protected by a federally registered trademark since the 1960s, Derby-Pie® is a name that has endured several court battles and won them all. Ordering information is available at
About Kern's Kitchen, Inc. Kern's Kitchen, maker of the world-famous chocolate nut Derby-Pie®, is a small family operation in Louisville, Ky. The iconic recipe was born over a half century ago as the specialty pastry of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Ky. By 1968, Derby-Pie® had become so successful that the name was registered with the U.S. Patent Office and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In the fall of 2010, Kern's Kitchen introduced their first new product in over 40 years, Golden Pecan pie. The heritage recipe for the Golden Pecan pie was pulled from the same source as Kern's world famous Derby-Pie®: straight from Great-Grandma Kern's personal recipe box. Today, the Kern grandchildren take the same pride in preparing Kern's Kitchen products that their grandparents did over a half century ago. For more information, visit www.derbypiecom.

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