While the event began as a celebration of cuisines from traditional thoroughbred track destinations, this year’s roster continues to think outside of the “track.” The Taste of Derby 2012 has gone international with one chef representing Dubai. Attendees will enjoy unique wines paired with signature dishes, and meet celebrities in the thoroughbred horse racing community.
Lisa Kartzman, Director of Public Relations for American Roland Food Corp. said: “Roland Foods is honored to once again participate in the Taste of Derby and the joint effort to end hunger.” The event also raises funds for hunger relief through Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation, which to date has raised $121,000.
American Roland Food Corp. will be providing specialty and high quality items for the chefs to use on site. Troy Guard of TAG restaurant in Denver is using Roland® Farro under his chilled and grilled vegetables and hand stretched burrata. Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans is using Roland® Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a finishing oil on each plate of tabasco cured royal red shrimp with heirloom cherry tomato salad.
Modeled after the highly successful Taste of the NFL event, the Taste of Derby was founded by renowned restaurateur and 2010 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, Wayne Kostroski. Much like its derby companion, the original football inspired event raises and distributes money to hunger-relief groups, positively impacting the lives of families and dozens of new hunger projects.
Roland Foods’ success is based on decades of innovations and setting trends in the food industry. Making food available to those less fortunate is paramount and one of the primary reasons they are thrilled to be a part of the Taste of Derby.
For more information on how can get involved with the event, please go to www.kentuckyderby.com/tasteofderby/. For a complete breakdown of the chefs participating in this event go to http://www.kentuckyderby.com/tasteofderby/chefs/2012. The Taste of Derby is an official event sanctioned by Churchill Downs.
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