Churchill Downs Hosts “Fork, Cork & Style” With Emeril Lagasse

Also Featuring Top Chef Contestants Brian Malarkey, Eli Kirshtein

Posted by Sharon on Aug 27

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The racetrack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, is best known as the home of the famed Kentucky Derby. But on September 12, the event center will forgo its equestrian roots to cater to an elite group of foodies for "Fork, Cork & Style."

Churchill Downs is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky to make this culinary event a reality. In turn, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit foundation, which organizes celebrity events and special memories for terminally ill children.

The event's featured headliner is celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, known for his numerous TV cooking shows, best-selling cookbooks, and -- of course -- his personal catchphrase, "BAM!"  Also appearing at the festival are two former "Top Chef" contestants: seafood chef Brian Malarkey of San Diego's Searsucker from season 3, along with season 6's self-proclaimed "gastronome" Eli Kirshtein of ENO Restaurant & Wine Bar.

During the event, guests will be able to sample local cuisine and food products, taste a wide variety of wines, and receive helpful tailgate party tips. Additionally, VIP guests will have the opportunity to meet the celebrity chefs and obtain priority seating for the cooking demonstrations.

Tickets for "Fork, Cork & Style" at Churchill Downs are $25 for general admission, $60 to include a wine tasting package, and $500 for the limited-availability VIP package. Prices will rise after Sunday, August 29. More information on tickets and event schedules can be found at

Source: Business First

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