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New Derby Experience with Inaugural Culinary Kickoff at the Muhammad Ali Center

Curated, one-of-a-kind food and beverage offerings at event

Proceeds benefit the Ali Center

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 2, 2017) — Partygoers looking for the ultimate Derby experience are invited to attend the Inaugural Culinary Kickoff on Thursday, May 4th at the Muhammad Ali Center. The event will offer lavish food and beverage offerings prepared by celebrity chefs.

The Inaugural Culinary Kickoff will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center at 144 N Sixth Street in Louisville on Thursday, May 4 from 6PM – 2AM. Celebrity chefs Todd English, Beau MacMillan, and Damaris Phillips will prepare a three-course meal for an intimate group of food and wine enthusiasts. Wine pairings will be provided by elite vintners AldenAlii, Tuck Beckstoffer, Charles Woodson, and The Withers. The evening will conclude with a special live music performance inspired by music partner, Take Me To The River (TMTTR) Educational Initiative, whose mission is to bring history to life and create a deeper understanding and relevance of civil rights, music history, and cross-generational collaboration. Event proceeds will benefit the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. Tickets may be purchased here until May 2 or sellout. Esquire will serve as the official media partner of this inaugural event. 

The dinner menu features a “Mint Julep” Wild Caught Salmon Poke by Chef Todd English and Bourbon Braised Beef Short Ribs by Chef Beau MacMillan. For dessert, enjoy bread pudding with Bee Pollen blackberries, sorghum caramel and orange blossom curd by Chef Damaris Phillips.

The party continues on Derby eve with Esquire Derby held at the 21C Museum Hotel at 700 W Main Street in Louisville on Friday, May 5 from 8:30PM – 1AM. Esquire Derby will offer an over-the-top evening of food and drink. Acclaimed head chef Mike Wajda of Proof on Main will prepare world-class hors d’oeuvres. Cocktails will feature Rabbit Hole Distilling’s bourbon and rye and will be poured by Proprietors LLC, the company behind Death & Co., a world-renowned cocktail industry leader.

About King Sixteen
King Sixteen is a collective of event producers and talent agents who have been involved in notable events including The Hermitage Grand Gala, Vanity Fair at 21C, and the last 10 years of 21C Museum Hotel Derby events.

About the Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit


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Jeanie Kahnke
Muhammad Ali Center
(502) 992-5301

Elizabeth Post