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    It's Derby Week. You're signing off emails with your signature and Happy Derby! You're getting your Oaks Day outfit all finalized. You're wearing pins to work that say "Talk Derby to me." And you're probably planning a festive Derby party at home or going to a friend's party and need that little something special to serve or bring with you. Make it a sweet treat made locally here in Louisville. You can bring your typical Derby pie-and that is a great choice! But here are several other options for you. (You may not have thought of these!) These ideas are compilations of friends and acquaintances who are longtime Louisvillians or those who have moved away but still love Louisville and Derby time!

    The question: If you were to pick up a Derby treat for a Derby party, name your local place and treat.

    -The Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen has awesome Derby cookies! Or (if they are not already sold out), pick up a custom made Derby Cake Hat! 
    -Head to A Taste of Kentucky to pick up some fabulous treats and other Derby-themed items for your party.

    -Go to Kern's Korner on Bardstown Road to pick up Derby pie!

    -Benedictine from Paul's Fruit Market.
    -Bristol Bar and Grille can provide you with many items, plus they cater! 

    -Derby City Chicken Salad from Kroger

    -Check out Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

    -Definitely Derby Pie from Kern's Kitchen!

    -Stop over to The Café on Brent Street and pick up a delectable cake, pie, or cinnamon rolls(!) to bring to your party or serve for your guests.
    -Bourbon balls and other custom chocolates from Cellar Door Chocolates, as well as chocolate jockey silks, horse heads, balloons and more delicacies.
    -Take out from The Cheddar Box Cafe and The Cheddar Box Too.
    -Chocolate horse shoes or those famous Modjeskas from Muth's Candies

    -White Castles always show up at one friend's enormous Derby party and they are always a hit. Thoughts?

    -Custom made and adorable cupcakes from Gigi's Cupcakes.
    -Ribs anyone? Bring some takeout from Feast BBQ.
    -Other candy shops to consider are Dundee Candy Shop and Ghyslain Chocolatier. Look at these chocolate roses from Dundee!
    -Check out Tittles Cake Dots and the Sure Bet! box with 15 bourbon tittles and 15 mint julep tittles.
    -A friend absolutely vouches for her father-in-law's mint juleps, served with crushed ice only, fresh mint, homemade simple syrup and served only in sterling mint julep cups. You'll have to ask for her contact for the recipe! Check out The Mint Julep Diary page from Her Kentucky.

    -Pick up some flavorful goodies from Annie May's Sweet Cafe. You'll find fine selections in gluten free, vegan, soy free, and nut free options.
    -Some people make their own Derby Pie, and bring burgoo and Benedictine sandwiches, country ham and cheese biscuits, and mini hot browns.
    -Art Eatables has a wide selection of cute Derby treats.
    -I have a friend whom I consider one of the most Louisville city travelled  people I know and well-versed in all things LouLife who says when she thinks of standard Derby food she pictures country ham, beaten biscuits, cheese grits with garlic and Derby Pie. Always put out a bowl of Modjeska candies because they were invented here.

    -An obvious choice comes in last: Bourbon, wink wink. If you need some tips or advice on choosing bourbon or where to go, tweet our writer @LouGirl502. She is a plethora of information. See her Bourbon section here. (Photo: FeastBBQ Instagram)

    Where would you go to pick up a sweet treat for a Derby party? Leave a comment or tweet us @Louisvillecom

    Photos credited within article; cover photo courtesy of Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, Facebook

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    About Erin Nevitt

    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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