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TODAY’SW Don’t MissWineFest! p.48


The Emoji Speaks p.78


They’ve Got Style p.70

Derby Hat Genius p.14 HER FAVORITE GALA p.52

Eat, Play, Linger p.84

It’s a Dessert Cocktail


Bare Your Arms Attractively p.76 DERBY FLASHBACK p.72



Get Golden Skin







Hooray for Pink! p.16

At the Track p.70 In Her Shoes p.50

HER BEST DECISION p.42 Running Toward a Challenge p.46 Cool Quenchers p.62

Cooking Up Success p.40 A Derby Party Outfit p.52 DERBY DRINK RECIPES p.58

Sweat-Proof Your Makeup p.74

SARAH SHANKS IS WEARING: Dress available at Nordstrom Rack, 4600 Shelbyville Road, 502.899.4940, $160; Shoes available at Modern Elegance, 3921 Chenoweth Square, 502.883.4721, $68; Earrings available at Chartreuse, Westport Village, 1301 Herr Lane #152, 502.409.7082, $13; Fascinator by Gloriela’s Designs, 502.510.6052,, $209.

NATHAN SHANKS IS WEARING: Shirt available at The Shirt

Shop, 3900 Shelbyville Road #8, 502.744.6001, $90; Slacks available at Dillard’s, 5000 Shelbyville Road, 502.893.4400, $50; Bowtie available at The Shirt Shop, $55; Shoes available at Nordstrom Rack, $190.


ant your Derby season to be the best ever? Preparation is the key and this month, we’re leading you through the entire process — whether you’re preparing for a day at the track or entertaining friends and family. You’ll find tips for picking out a stunning Derby outfit, styling your hair, and whipping up something delicious. Let the festivities begin!


On Our Covers

Suzy Hillebrand

The princesses from the Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court stopped in to model hats for our covers.

Photos Melissa Donald Styling Alissa Hicks Makeup Denise Cardwell; Hair Tiffany Baker (both from Blades Salon & Spa)

Joyce Inman GRAPHIC DESIGNERS April H. Allman Kathy Bolger STYLIST Alissa Hicks CIRCULATION MANAGER W. Earl Zion

ADRIENNE POOLE of Brandenburg is a freshman at the University of Kentucky with a double major in marketing and management. “The Kentucky Derby Festival embodies the spirit of Louisville, kicking off with Thunder in the spring — one of my favorite events.” ADRIENNE IS WEARING: Hat

by Designs by Tony Léon, 502.389.0250, designs_, $195; Earrings available at Davis Jewelers, $750; Necklace available at Davis Jewelers, $675.


STEPHANIE DOOPER of Owensboro is a senior majoring in political science and liberal studies at the University of Louisville. “I love the Derby because it brings people together from all across the world and celebrates Kentucky.” STEPHANIE IS WEARING:

Fascinator by Kenzie Kapp,, $275; Earrings available at Clater Jewelers, Necklace available at Clater Jewelers.


MILLICENT CAHOON of Louisville is a junior and psychology major at the University of Kentucky. Millicent says attending the events leading up to the Derby is the biggest thrill for her. “I’m definitely looking forward to interacting with the children at the Children’s Tea.” MILLICENT IS WEARING:

Hat by Attitudes by Angie, 502.419.3600,, $625; Necklace available at Davis Jewelers, $599.

MADISON ORMAN of Prospect is a junior at the University of Louisville majoring in business finance and management. “Last year was the first time I attended Derby, and I am excited to do it again.” MADISON IS WEARING: Hat by Christine A. Moore, 212.279.1775, camhats. com, $725; Earrings available at Davis Jewelers, $750; Necklace available at Davis Jewelers, $2,400.

ANDI DAHMER of Fisherville is a freshman at Western Kentucky University majoring in economics, international affairs, Spanish and Asian Religions and Cultures. Being a Kentucky Derby Festival princess, Andi says, has been her dream since age 6. ANDI IS WEARING: Fascinator

by Designs by Tony Léon, 502.389.0250, designs_, $175; Earrings available at Davis Jewelers, $240; Necklace available at Davis Jewelers, $599.

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ike an impending high school reunion, Derby prompts us to step up our beauty routines. Here are five beauty treatments Kristy Owens, cosmetic coordinator at Associates in Dermatology, recommends to give you a glow for days at the races and nights on the town.

cosmetic division of Associates in Dermatology) uses Vanquish, a domeshaped body-contouring device that uses radiofrequency to heat deep tissue. The result? A tightened and toned body with no pain. “Most people take a nap during the procedure,” Kristy says.

1. Skin-brightening chemical peel. If you immediately picture the skin on your face coming off in sheets, you’ve got an outdated view of the chemical peel. “We don’t have to burn people anymore,” Kristy says. “Skin may be pink, and you may have a couple days of flakiness.” Average cost: $50-$150

The most popular areas to “Vanquish” are the abdomen and back (think the bulge around your bra). Kristy recommends four sessions spaced one week apart. Average cost: $500/session.

2. Dermaplaning. This on-trend service uses a scalpel to remove dead skin cells and a fine veil of peach fuzz. The scalpel may sound a little scary, but Kristy confirms she’s never heard of anyone coming out of the service with even a little nick. Dermaplaning will help your makeup go on smoothly and your skin absorb antiaging products. Average cost: $75 3. Body contouring. “With all the hustle and bustle before Derby, no one has the time to go under the knife,” Kristy says. Aesthetic Alternatives (the

4. Skin tightening. Tired of a sagging jaw and neck? This no-downtime service uses radiofrequency to tighten skin. “We use Exilis, the sister machine to Vanquish,” Kristy says. This service can also lift the brow, she adds. Average cost: $400/session, recommended four sessions. 5. Botox and Dysport. “There’s a reason these treatments are popular,” Kristy says. Expect the full effect to take up to two weeks with some potential for bruising. Average cost: $200 Bonus for ladies on a tight budget: Wear sunscreen, drink lots of water, and splurge on the dermaplaning.


Laser Skin Tightening. Ultimate Vein Care’s deep-heating laser starts a regenerative process which lays down layers of new healthy collagen. Changes in the appearance of fine lines and laxity can be seen after three to six treatments Sciton Joule. This is a multi-use laser that Dr. Garrett Crabtree uses to treat brown spots and even out skin tone. It can also be used for laser-assisted liposuction.


By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald

Lash extensions can look as natural or dramatic as you wish. Here, we went for the natural look. Can you see the difference of fullness between the left (with extensions) and right (without)?



“Lash extensions are tailored and specialized. I look at each client and learn first the shape of their eye, color, curl, thickness of current lashes.” says Tracy Gary, a registered nurse who is certified to apply faux semi-permanent eyelash extensions at her business, The Lash Dance of Louisville. Clients can go as natural or as extreme as they wish. You can choose the color, length, thickness, curl, and even be specific on placement. “For example, some clients like to put the emphasis on the outer corner to give the cat-eye illusion. Tracy says, “Most of my clients are in their 30s-50s. It can really help make you look younger!” Because the extensions are carefully placed one at a time, it can take up to three hours to apply them. “For every lash that you have, we try to put an extension on each one. After the

initial application, people most always come back for touch-ups or a ‘re-lash’ every two to three weeks. Prices are based upon stylist — $250 is about average for a full set and $75 for a re-lash. “They’re addictive! Best thing is when you’re on vacation and you don’t need any makeup at all but your eyes are still bright for all of those photos,” Tracy says. “A lot of brides love them because they make their eyes look bigger and brighter, but they can still look natural. If you’re a busy woman or gal on the go, they’re perfect for rushing out the door with little to no makeup. Also, they are fantastic for older clients because they feel it makes them look 10 years younger.”

SEARCH: Eyelash Extensions

SEARCH: Derby Hats

MAKE YOUR OWN HAT Photos and story by Sunni Wigginton


he countdown to the Kentucky Derby has begun, and that means the race is off to create yo r own personalized Derby look. Dee’s Crafts is a locally owned craft, gift, and home shop in Louisville. For years, it has been a go-to source for custom-made Derby hats and accessories. Take a look below as Anna Cooper guides us through a step-by-step process on how to create your own Derby hat.

STEP 1. Choose your supplies There are plenty of colors and different hat styles to select from, so choose the embellishments and colors you like best.

STEP 2. Add a ribbon band. After determining your hat of choice, glue on a ribbon band that will hold the embellishments. Most embellishments are off-set from the center, but you can choose to place them wherever you like.


STEP 3. Add netting When adding netting, make sure to work in sections so that it is easier to fold and gather, creating loops to add to your embellishments. Next, use a cloth-covered wire to piece it together — just like a twist tie. Add hot glue to the wire and place it on the ribbon.

Make sure to choose a ribbon that has wire so that it does not buckle when you glue it to the hat.

STEP 4. Add crinoline Crinoline is similar to netting but adds a fuller and more dramatic look to your creation. Add the crinoline by pulling the gathering string out at the end and fold in half to create full loops. Once you are finished, hot glue the wire and place with the netting.

STEP 5. Add flower Choose a flower that best complements your creation. Glue to the middle of your accessories and hold until completely dry.

STEP 6. Add feathers The feathers are the final touch. You can personalize your feathers by creating a smooth and graceful angle by breaking the spine of the feather, or use a curling iron to add a curl and finalize your Derby hat.

Big Brims and Fancy Trims If you need a hat, make your own at the Big Brims and Fancy Trims Annual Hat Sample Sale at the Kentucky Derby Museum on April 7, 4-7pm.

By Mary Ellen Bianco Photo by Melissa Donald

Ticket prices vary by entry time: 4-5pm: $15; 5-7pm: $10 ($5 for Derby Museum members)

“I’m here in the museum during most of the KDF events, but every day of Derby week, I come in extra early to sit trackside and watch the morning training.”

What else you’ll find: free parking, two complimentary glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live music, and local boutiques and stylists including Alissa Hicks of Today’s Woman, Talbots, Primp Boutique, and Blush Boutique.

— Katie Stephenson, director of retail operations, Kentucky Derby Museum via

More than 200 Derby hats will be available along with the Kentucky Derby Museum 2016 hat collection. No sample hat will be priced at more than $75 and many will be as low as $29.99.

STEPHANIE IS WEARING: Hat by Madam Foo Foo, 502.807.5887,, $590; Earrings available at Clater Jewelers; Necklace available at Clater Jewelers.



SEARCH: Kentucky Derby Museum

SEARCH: Oaks Dress available at Monkee’s of Louisville, 3624 Brownsboro Rd, 502.897.1497, $290; Necklace available at Merci, 3911 Chenoweth Square, 502.893.4252, $130; Shoes available at Modern Elegance, 3921 Chenoweth Square, 502.883.4721, $110.


By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald MADISON ORMAN IS WEARING: Fascinator by Designs by Tony

Léon, 502.389.0250,, $200; Earrings available at Davis Jewelers, $899.

A beautiful, rich tan is the perfect complement to your Derby outfit and makeup. But if you’re searching for an option outside of using a tanning bed, here’s one from Miranda Popp, contributing editor for Today’s Woman and former Mrs. Indiana winner:

MIRANDA’S CHOICE: Banana Boat’s Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion in Deep Dark.

COST: $8-$10


WHY SHE LIKES IT: “It’s affordable, By Keri Foy

“The sea of pink at the Oaks is an emotional and uplifting experience for everyone at the track,” says Sara Brown Meehan, director of lifestyle communications at Churchill Downs. “Breast and ovarian cancer are critical health issues that have impacted many of us at Churchill Downs, and we are proud to support breast and ovarian health on Oaks Day.”

How to wear pink Now that you’re convinced wearing pink is the right thing to do, how do you pull it off? Style U stylist Juli Larson shares her advice on how to wear pink with confidence

• Steer clear of your skin tone. If you’re fair, opt for a brighter pink. “You don’t want to look nude,” Juli says.

• Be creative. You don’t have to wear head-to-toe pink to join the Pink Out. Wear pink nail polish, jewelry, and shoes. “A hot pink clutch, dangly earrings, or shoes will make your outfit stand out,” Juli says.

• Match your makeup. If you’re wearing bright pink, opt for bright pink lipstick.

• Find flattering color combinations.“I love a monochromatic look, so don’t be afraid of wearing various shades,” Juli says. If you’re wearing a pastel pink, pair it other pastels such as powder blue. If you’re going with bright pink, accent it with royal blue or other jewel tones. “If that’s too outside your box, try mixing pink with cream, black, and white,” Juli says.



but the best part is that it gives a natural tan color to the skin rather than an orange glow. Self-tanners can last for five-seven days. It’s best to exfoliate before applying the tanner. I apply it in the evening before bed about once a week; this ensures that the freshly applied tanner doesn’t get rinsed off in rain or sweat during a workout. Plus, the bronzer will be rinsed away in the shower the next morning, and what remains is a beautifully developed, natural-looking tan.”

TIP: Choose a self-tanner that has a bronzer in it. This will help you know where you’re placing the color, and you won’t miss any spots. The bronzer will rub off on clothing a bit, though. There are tanners out there without bronzers, but if you’re new to using self-tanners, you may not apply it evenly, and you won’t know until the tan has developed. Also, wash your hands and scrub the palms of your hands and in between your fingers with a soapy washcloth after applying the self-tanner. SEARCH: Tanning



I Karen Crittendon is wearing: Dress available at Clodhoppers, 3725 Lexington Rd, 502.891.0079, $338; Shoes available at Nordstrom Rack, 4600 Shelbyville Rd, 502.899.4940, $40; Necklace available at Monkee's of Louisville, 3624 Brownsboro Rd, 502.897.1497, $US; Cuff available at Monkee's of

Louisville, S225; Earrings by Summer Eliason, 3702 Lexington Rd, 502.387.9901, $42; Fascinator by 0ee路s, 5045 Shelbyville Rd, 502.896.6755, $159.














he first ears in business for blue-chip caterer and restauranteur Susan Hershberg were really lean. Some might remember the first little place she had, Chef’s Choice on Frankfort Avenue, where a hundred people a day would crowd in for the food. It was 1988.

Things began to change in 1995. It was her seventh year of business, and she owned Wiltshire Pantry in St. Matthews on Wiltshire Avenue. She was working on her own, having bought out her business partner. That year, revenue doubled. “We had all these years of barely seeing any growth in sales and once we survived the five-year mark, all of a sudden people realized we were legitimate,” she says. Fast forward to 2016. Susan, 52, has long ago outgrown the space in St. Matthews and now owns the Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Cafe on Breckinridge Street in the Highlands, Wiltshire on Market in NuLu, and the new Wiltshire at the Speed Art Museum. In 2015, she generated revenues of $3 million, a 50 percent increase from 2014, and with the addition of the restaurant and catering service at the Speed, she will double her full-time staff this year from 28 to nearly 60 employees. How’s that for a history major who loved to cook as a little girl and helped her mother roll out dough to make appetizers for parties? SEARCH: Hershberg

Susan’s business and catering tips:


What was your first break? When we got added to the approved list of caterers for Gardencourt (a wedding venue). That made a huge impact. Suddenly we had this flow of brides coming to us for their weddings. That was about 1993.

What sets you apart? We change How did you get our menus start-up capital? constantly. When I borrowed from family, you call us for and I paid it back in the an event, we first five years. When customize each Mini potato latke with house I bought the property menu from scratch cured salmon, fresh dill, and on Breckinridge, I had — what you love caper crema. to borrow again. I had and what style you used all my money buying the building want based on what is locally sourced for Wiltshire on Market. I also got a lowand available. We provide products interest METCO loan. (The Metropolitan from our bakers — our breads, pastries Business Development Corporation and desserts. Everything we bring to manages Louisville Metro Government’s the table is artisan-made. small business loans for facade, accessibility and gap financing.) APRIL 2016 / TODAY’S WOMAN

What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Don’t borrow more than you can afford to pay back. I was always cautious about the way I expanded my business. When I opened Wiltshire on Market, I got another METCO loan to put in the kitchen. But I also needed heating, air conditioning, and dishes, so I maxed out a credit card with zero interest to pay down in 14 months. It was tight. I worked that cash flow every week. It’s about paying attention to the numbers. Until two years ago, I did my books myself. I write and sign every check myself. You have to pay attention to the amount of money coming in and the money going out. Don’t buy anything you don’t need. The other advice is never get behind in your taxes, even your sales tax. You collect it all month long and turn it in on the 20th of the next month. People who get behind are often unable to recover.


A SIMPLE DECISION = A BIG CHANGE By Lucy M. Pritchett Photos by Patti Hartog

Other Fun KDF Kid Events

(besides the spelling bee Shanna helps with, at left) THE FILLIES, INC., CHILDREN’S TEA

Meet the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses at The Crowne Plaza Hotel on May 1 at 1pm. COST: $35. CONTACT:


When Shanna looks back at the start of her career — a car ride — she notes, “Sometimes the simplest decision turns out to be the one to change your course in life. It’s not always the big moments that make for change. The little decisions can have a big impact, too.” SEARCH: Shanna Ward

Winner of this year’s Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee is Tara Singh from Louisville Classical Academy, pictured above with Shanna.



s a senior at the University of Louisville majoring in political science, Shanna ended up sharing a ride to Frankfort on her first day there as a legislative intern. The driver was Carol Butler, who then served as director of special events and projects at the university. The upshot of their conversation during that car ride to the Capitol was that Shanna accepted an intern job in Carol’s department. Goodbye to a life in politics; hello to the world of event planning. “Once I started working with Carol, I really got the bug for planning big events and special functions, and I realized that I was better at that than politics,” Shanna says. After graduation, Shanna, now 39, interned with Kentucky Derby Festival


for two years and then was offered a full-time position as an event manager. Although she has worked on many events during her time with the Festival, one of her favorites is the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee. “These kids come from all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana,” Shanna says. “They are amazing. The Spelling Bee is open to students in fourth through eighth grades. The ones who make it to this event represent their home counties.” The day of the Spelling Bee, Shanna works with the students to put them at ease. “I pretty much act as a cheerleader to the kids. This can be stressful for them. I let them know that whatever the outcome of the competition, ‘You are already winners.’”

Get a sneak peek of each float during the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party on May 3 from 5-9pm at the Kentucky Exposition Center. COST: Pegasus Pin and parking ($8). CONTACT:

BALLOON FEST (on page 46)


In 2015, Amanda Walukas took her boys, Walker, 5, and Wyatt, 2, to Section 116. It happened to be Wyatt’s 2nd birthday; he was a Derby Week baby, of course. “We were bellied up to the rail, and the kids loved seeing the horses,” she says. COST: free CONTACT:

SEARCH: Derby for Kids


Her Derby

By Brigid Morrissey Photos Patti Hartog

With Stephanie Meyers

Graphic Designer, All Pro Championships and owner of Greenlight Design

We asked our Today’s Woman Inner Circle panel about their favorite Derby highlights.


I help my sister with her Derby “Throwdown” party every year. She lives near the track. We all bring food, she makes THE BEST Mint Juleps, and we do a $1 and $5 pool/drawing for the Derby. We walk over to the infield around 3 or 4pm, then stay until after the Derby once the crowd has died down.



his year is Allison Myer’s first attempt at the full marathon after completing



(bottom) She loves her assortment of Alex and Ani, especially the appropriate engraving, “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”

SEARCH: Marathon

Annually, I go to the KDF Fashion Show, Wine Fest, Festival Unveiled, and Chow Wagon/ Fest-a-Ville. I have run the miniMarathon five times, and again this year. I have also been to others, such as Thunder Over Louisville and Run for the Rosé.

SEARCH: BalloonFest

The U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest is one of more than 70 events that helps kick off the week leading to the most exciting day in horseracing. “The BalloonFest is made up of five main events,” says Anna Miller, events manager at the Kentucky Derby Festival and the person responsible for making this event a success. “Thursday morning, April 28, is the Charity Balloon Race, which is new this year. And then that evening on the waterfront is the Glimmer, which is a mini-glow. Friday morning is the Rush Hour Race followed by the Balloon Glow that evening. Saturday, we conclude the events with the Great Balloon Race.” Go to for details. PHOTO COURTESY JONATHAN ROBERTS

the half in 2015. “It’s my favorite thing about the Derby,” she says. Her training regimen includes about four runs throughout the week that vary in shorter intervals with a long run on the weekend. She gradually increases her distance goals each week. “Two to three weeks out from the marathon, my longest run should be about 20 miles,” she says. Allison credits the Norton Sports Health Training Program in helping her prepare. This free training program features 15 weeks of organized group runs, training tips, and preparation. “They make it easy for anyone to race,” she says. “I’m just a regular person. I’m a foodie. So if I can do it, anyone can. Stop thinking about it, start training, challenge yourself, and take your victory lap with the rest of us.”

(top) Allison is a race ambassador for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon.


Her Derby

With Erin Fowler

Jacket available at Boutique Serendipity, 3706 Lexington Rd, 502.423.0058, $168, Dress available at Modern Elegance, 3921 Chenoweth Square, 502.883.4721, $135; Necklace available at Liv Boutique, 3704 Lexington Rd, 502.654.7337, $48.

Director of Communications Kosair Charities

Favorite Thing?

My favorite part of the Derby season is the tradition. Some of my favorite memories growing up are Derby related: The Balloon Glow, Great Steamboat Race, Thunder Over Louisville, just to name a few. My mom prides herself on growing mint in the backyard, so all of our guests are served with fresh mint in their mint julep. Now this is a tradition I have continued at home with my family.

Churchill Downs?


I have not missed Oaks and Derby more than 10 years. This year, I am hoping to go to the Chamber Jeffersontown Day at the track on May 3, then of course Oaks and Derby. On Derby day, we enjoy going to Audubon Country Club for Brunch, then to the Brown Hotel for a drink after the track. SEARCH: WineFest

By Torie Temple Photo Melissa Donald


orses, rolling hills, and bluegrass have long been symbols for our great state, but lost in history is the story of how Kentucky became the third largest grape and wine producer in the nation. This hidden part of our past isn’t lost with Ann Karsner, owner of Horseshoe Bend Winery, who learned of Kentucky’s history of growing grapes as she planted her own in 1997. “We bought the property in 1987, planted grapes in 1997 and then got our license in 2003,” Ann says. “Our first commercia line was with the 2004 harvest. In 2009 we opened a tasting room — since Washington County was a dry county, we had to wait until after the election to add a tasting room onto the property.” During the two days of the



Kentucky Derby WineFest which will be held on the Belvedere on Tuesday and Wednesday during the week before Derby, visitors have a chance to learn about the many vineyards in Kentucky and meet the Karsner family and sample the vineyard’s wine. “During WineFest, the community will be able to taste a whole bunch of different styles of wines to see what they may prefer,” Ann says. “You will find sweet wines, dry wines, and some sangria. There is no concrete recipe to winemaking. It is up to the discretion of the winemaker to play with different parts of the recipe and give it their own individual stamp. That’s why we say it is crafted — everybody who owns small boutique wineries in Kentucky is crafting their own individual style.”


I have a reputation as the “cooler” when it comes to making a bet, meaning I am a bit unlucky. Therefore my go-to bet is a $2 box trifecta, choosing two favorites and a long shot. Then the winnings are big and the wager does not break the bank. If I am with a group, I also like to “Show Bet,” which is a chance for everyone to join in on the fun!


Outfits can be expensive. Therefore, I will either buy a new dress or a new hat. I will also trade hats and dresses with some of my most trusted friends. My favorite hat was designed by Kevin Swansey and C.K Nobles Millinery Design. It is a beautiful, big tan hat with bright blue and coral ribbons and feathers. This year, Kosair Charities is the benefiting charity at Hats for Hope (April 21,, so I am going there.

Favorite Events?

Besides going to the track, I enjoy Fest-a-Ville, Thunder over Louisville, and WineFest. Leading up to Derby week, I train for the Kentucky Derby Festival mini Marathon, which makes the Derby week festivities my post-race reward. My time to splurge!


Oaks Eve Bash at Woodhaven Country Club benefiting Kosair Charities. Then after Oaks, my friends and I like to attend an event called Sherby located on Sherwood in the Highlands. Both events have live music, are affordable, and draw great crowds!



IN THE SHOES OF A TRAINER By Yelena Sapin Photos Sunni Wigginton


ary Midkiff goes through a pair of Gore-Tex trail shoes every year. The professional horse trainer and author spends hours in the barn

each day, subjecting her footwear to muck, mud, soap, water, miles of walking, and the occasional trampling by the animals in her care. Not sure you can relate? You might be surprised by how much you have in common. Step into her shoes and see for yourself. Ready? It’s morning. You’re Mary, and the alarm is going off


You hit the snooze button — a couple of times. But your two dogs are licking and pawing at you, so you give up trying to sneak in a few more minutes of sleep. Last year you trained a couple of horses that were racing and had to be at the track before 5am. This year you’re working with two 2-year-olds that aren’t racing yet, so although you’d rather get up a little later, it’s still not so bad. After feeding the dogs and letting them out — or walking them if the weather is nice — you get ready and drive to the HighPointe Training Center in La Grange where your client’s horses are stabled. You might have some toast or yogurt before you go, or make a stop at Starbucks on the way.



With all the walking and lifting you do, you see the barn as your gym. The work is physically demanding and a great way to stay fit. You’ve always been an athlete, but now that you’re 60, staying healthy is more important than ever. First and foremost, however, you’re a horse whisperer. You respect and communicate with the animals and forge genuine bonds with them.


Your dogs are waiting back at the apartment, so after making a stop at the post office, you drive back home. You shower to wash off the barn dust, then eat a simple lunch. It might be a salad, some leftovers, or cheese and crackers and fruit. You’ll spend the next several hours working on your computer. You manage the websites for your businesses, Women & Horses and Midkiff Horse Training; check your social media accounts; and



You’re scheduled to work as a sales associate at Orvis today, so you put on your black or brown flats and head to the Paddock Shops. Starting over hasn’t been easy after your 25-year marriage ended two years ago. Of the divorce, you say you took a jump off a cliff a haven’t quite landed yet. You’d love to get more racehorses to work with and do something that betters utilizes your skills and expertise — maybe finally write that third book? — but for now, you’re doing what you can to pay the bills.

Your assistant has already cleaned the stalls, so you focus on grooming and checking the horses, finessing the details of their care and training regimen, and making sure they’re ready to go when the exercise rider arrives. Having grown up around horses and built a solid career in the equine industry, you find the sounds and smells of the barn familiar and comforting. You’re here six days a week, seven if a horse needs extra attention.


process any orders for your books, DVDs, and The InBalance Horse essential oil blend you sell. You’ll also check in with your 85-year-old parents, who live in different parts of Kentucky.

After work, you make your favorite go-to dinner of gluten-free penne with pesto and chicken. You’re off tomorrow night, so you make plans to meet with friends at a local restaurant. On your next night off, you’ll go visit your mom in Lexington or do something fun with your brother. And your apartment needs cleaning. Again. Between the barn, the horses, your dogs, your work clothes, your car, and your apartment, you feel like you’re always cleaning. You often wonder, do other women clean as much as you do?


You’ve loosened up your muscles on a styrofoam roller, stretched, and taken your supplements. You’re reliant on your body and take care to stay healthy. You didn’t get a chance to do your Pilates routine today, but you’ll have more free time on Sunday. You’ll sleep in a little then, too, and maybe treat yourself to some waffle or pancakes for breakfast. But now it’s time to get some sleep. You’re needed at the barn tomorrow morning. SEARCH: Mary Midkiff



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Go Big — and Try This Gala By Megan M. Seckman Photo Patti Hartog Soon Bahrami wears many hats. This 41-year-old Louisville resident is a certified dermatopathologist, a full-time faculty member at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine, a practicing physician with Associates in Dermatology, and a fitness guru. But her favorite hat this season? The Derby hat, of course.

WHAT TO WEAR TO A DERBY PARTY By Alissa Hicks Photos Melissa Donald


f you’re heading to a Derby party that begins in the afternoon and lasts into the evening, now is the time to dress up a fun spring dress with a pair of wedges or even a hat. When it comes to parties, Derby is one of the rare occasions you can get away with wearing a fancy headpiece, so why not? If you’re not comfortable wearing a large hat, try a smaller fascinator instead to give some Derby spirit to your style.

Dress available at Clodhoppers, 3725 Lexington Rd, 502.891.0079, $795; Shoes available at Nordstrom Rack, 4600 Shelbyville Rd, 502.899.4940, $40; Purse available at Nordstrom Rack, $100.

Dr. Bahrami also works as a celebrity host for the Unbridled Eve Charitable Foundation’s crowning event, Unbridled Eve, which takes place the Friday before Derby. This role gives her a chance to be an ambassador for our town and to show celebrities where they can find a great dinner spot or a gym. A perk of the job? It gives Soon a chance to dress up in sparkly heels and a fancy gown. “This is the best party in town on Friday,” she says. “The celebrities aren’t roped off — the y are seated in the main dining area, and there is excellent live entertainment. It’s such a lovely way to showcase our city to an oftentimes international audience, and it also benefits many charities like Blessings in a Backpack.” For the Gala, Soon tends to wear a gown found online; for the Derby she wears a simple sleeveless sheath dress. Shopping is the doctor’s therapy, so she checks the couture featured on the discount designer boutique sites or or checks out local boutiques at least once every day. But the hat — that is a different story altogether. “One place you can never go overboard, or get at the last minute, is your Derby hat. More is never enough,” Soon says. “My hat lady, Mary Anderson, starts designing my hat in April, and I work the rest of the outfit around the hat. She always asks me ‘Is this enough?’ and it never is. I’m into big, vertical height because I’m petite, so between the hat and my wedges, I can gain 6 inches easy! “ SEARCH: Soon Bahrami






Story and Photos by Paige Rhodes


his time of year brings out a ton of fashion, food, and of course, the classic cocktails: the Mint Julep and the Grey Goose Oaks Lily. We all know that the Mint Julep’s call to fame is bourbon and mint, but not everyone is aware of the inner workings of a Lily. The Lily is the official drink of The Oaks and is as refreshing as it is beautiful. The cocktail is made from Grey Goose vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, cranberry juice, and orange liqueur, with a lemon wedge and blackberry to garnish. The two recipes that follow incorporate the flavors of each cocktail into two completely different dishes that you can be proud to serve at your Derby Day bash.



Lily Cake (Lemon Cake with Cranberry Glaze) Yield: 1 9-inch Bundt cake Ingredients

1 c up unsalted butter, plus more for greasing, at room temperature 13/4 cups sugar 22/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1 /2 tsp baking soda 1 /4 tsp salt 11/4 cups whole milk 1 tbsp lemon zest 4 tbsp lemon juice 4 large eggs, at room temperature 2 tbsp cranberry juice 1 tsp orange zest 1 cup confectioners sugar


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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour a 9-inch Bundt pan. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and light in texture, about 5 minutes. While the butter is beating, sift ogether the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, lemon zest, and 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice and set aside. Add the eggs to the butter-sugar mixture, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. Alternate adding the sifted dry ingredients and the wet ingredients (three times) to the butter-sugar mixture, stirring on low until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan or fill each muffin cup two-thirds full with batter. Bake until the center of cake springs back when touched and a skewer inserted near the center comes out clean, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Release the sides and bottom of the cake from the pan with a narrow metal spatula or knife. Invert the pan and turn out the cake. Place a wire rack in a baking pan and set the cake, right side up, on the rack. In a small bowl, combine the confectioner’s sugar, cranberry juice, and orange zest. Stir until very smooth. Add a little more confectioner’s sugar or water as necessary to achieve a glaze consistency similar to that of honey. Spoon the glaze evenly over the cake. When the glaze has firmed, transfer to a cake stand and garnish with blackberries and lemon wedges. Serve at room temp.

AND DERBY SAVORY Story and Photo by Paige Rhodes

Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly Biscuit Sliders with Mint Jelly Yield: 8 Sliders

Ingredients 3p  ounds skin-on, boneless center-cut pork belly Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp vegetable oil 2 12-ounce bottles of Bourbon Barrel Ale 1 cup unfiltered apple juice 1 cup, plus 2 tbsp bourbon 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 c an large flakey biscuits (8 count) baked according to package directions Mint jelly to serve

Using a very sharp knife, score pork in a tight crosshatch pattern to form ½-inch diamonds, cutting through fat but stopping at flesh. Season with salt and pepper, massaging into cuts. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pork with skin side down, turning once, until browned all over, 5–8 minutes per side. Transfer to a crockpot and add beer, apple juice and 1 cup of bourbon. Turn your crockpot to high and set timer for 4 hours. When pork is done, remove from braising liquid and discard the juices. For the bourbon glaze, combine brown sugar and 2 tbsp of bourbon in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until the glaze is reduced to a syrup consistency. Slice the pork into 8 portions and brush with bourbon glaze. Serve on a flaky biscuit with a generous schmear of mint jelly. Serve warm if possible.



BEYOND THE MINT JULEP Story and Photos by Lindsey McClave


et’s be honest: Mint juleps aren’t for everyone. We might feel obligated to partake in this official drink of the Derby when we gather together on the first Saturday in May, but this stout, laborintensive cocktail is rarely at the top of the list of ways we enjoy our bourbon. Being a good Kentucky girl, I have a great love for our state’s liquor and believe that there are few better ways to enjoy a good bourbon than when it is served neat. Bourbon does play well with others and is especially good friends with mint and peach. With that in mind, I’ve crafted two cocktails that celebrate bourbon while offering a more refreshing sipping experience. Both drinks are easy to execute, and the tea can be made in large batches for a crowd. The only thing left to do before the horses burst forth from the gate is to take bets on which cocktail runs out first The first cocktail is dressed up for the occasion with sparkling wine topping of a blend of bourbon, peach liqueur, lime, and bitters. Garnished with a fresh slice of peach and a sprig of mint, this drink is my way of adding a touch of Kentucky to a classic Italian bellini. The second cocktail is ideal for an all-day Derby affair a spicy chai tea sweetened with mint-infused simple syrup pulling on our Southern, sweet-tea-loving heartstrings. Add a splash of bourbon and this tea is ready for the races. SEARCH: Beyond the Mint Julep



Bourbon Bellini Makes one drink


1 shot bourbon ½ shot peach liqueur spritz of fresh lime juice 2 dashes peach bitters prosecco peach slice and mint to garnish

Fill a cup with ice and add the bourbon, peach liqueur, lime juice, and bitters. Stir to combine well, about 20 seconds. Strain into a wine glass or champagne flute. Top with prosecco and garnish with peach slice and fresh mint.

Bourbon Mint Iced Chai Tea Makes one drink

For simple syrup: 1 cup water 2 cups sugar 5 sprigs fresh mint

For cocktail:

1 chai tea bag 1 shot bourbon

Make the simple syrup 12-24 hours in advance. Place water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir well and remove from heat. Continue to stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the mint and refrigerate, allowing the mint to infuse the syrup for 12-24 hours. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour into heat-proof serving glass with one chai tea bag (to batch this recipe, use one tea bag and one cup of water per person). Allow tea to steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bag and pour the hot tea into a large glass of ice to cool. Add one shot bourbon and ½ shot of the mint-infused simple syrup. Stir to combine, garnish with mint and serve.









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Chelsea Powers picked the right outfit for Thurby 2015.

What makes Thurby fun? By Megan Willman


Carrie Stiller says, “The atmosphere really is electric. It’s all about fun fashion, yummy cocktails, and girl time. The horses are beautiful to watch, and it’s exciting to get behind the horse you chose (even if it’s just because you liked the name). It’s a fun annual event we look forward to all year. Most of us know very little about horses or racing, but we still have a blast!”

Placing a Smart Bet By Carrie Vittitoe

With their busy work and family schedules, most women don’t have the time to devote to intensive Derby study, but Joe Kristufek says there are quick ways to gain Derby knowledge. He and Bram Weinstein host a short video blog called 2 Guys and a Crown on Each video post is around three minutes in length, and provides an easy way for Derby attendees to gain some basic information about horses that may make the Derby field. also offers Expert Picks where Joe and his Churchill Downs colleagues offer their selections. SEARCH: Kristufek



Joe Kristufek, a racing analyst at Churchill Downs, says he was lucky to be able to turn his hobby into his career. He spends months scouting horses to see which ones will compete in the Kentucky Derby.



Derby Memories By Cathy Zion, publisher of Today’s Woman


’ve been celebrating the Kentucky Derby for more than 50 years now, and each year has its own memories. I’ve viewed the track from every vantage point: From the infield where I saw a guy streak up the flagpole and didn’t even know who won the 100th running until hours later when I got in the car and heard it on the radio… …To the grandstand where friends took box lunches and hoped for no rain… …To the box seats where I was the guest of a politician running for office in Western Kentucky when I was editor of the Cadiz Record (he was not trying to bribe me!)….



…To corporate tents in Marquee Village on the grounds of Churchill Downs where you could avoid the crowds, enjoy food and friends, and then rush out to your seat at the track to view the races…. …To the time I went out to the paddock area carrying a mint julep and was ridiculed on television for having something made of glass in the area. I knew nothing about it until I got home and saw it on TV. …To using my press credentials which allowed me to go almost everywhere but with no designated seat. So we “borrowed” others’ seats until their owners arrived…. …To the time I went searching for a program and ran right into George W. Bush when he was campaigning for president… …To the time I got seats on Millionaires Row as the guest of a board I was on. This was the ultimate experience with delicious food that was replenished all day, plenty of betting windows, panoramic views of the track, waiters constantly checking on us, and no lines to the restrooms. Enjoy your Derby and start making memories. (Left to right) Diane Gahafer and Missi Weber at last year’s Thurby.

GET YOUR HAIR RIGHT Sure, you can wear your hair slightly tucked behind your ear and put on your hat but take a look at what hair stylist Tiffany Baker from Blades Salon designed for these hats. HATS LEFT TO RIGHT: Fascinator by Designs by Tony Léon, 502.389.0250,, $195. Fascinator by Dee’s, 5045 Shelbyville Rd, 502.896.6755, $169. Fascinator by Dee’s, 5045 Shelbyville Rd, 502.896.6755, $199. Fascinator by Designs by Tony Léon, 502.389.0250,, $175.



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By Keri Foy Photo Sunni Wigginton

Keep the Makeup All Day Denise Cardwell, makeup artist at Blades Salon and Spa and the master behind the makeup of many of our Today’s Woman photo shoots, shares her secrets to sweat-proofing your makeup. 1. M  oisturize first thing out of the shower and allow 10-15 minutes to absorb into the skin. 2. I can’t say enough about using a face primer during the warm months. I use MAC face primer. It’s light, silky, and a great anchor to hold makeup in place. 3. Avoid oil-based foundations and opt for a siliconebased, long-wearing foundation. The silicone acts as barrier to keep foundation from seeping into the pores. Also, make sure foundation contains sun protection of no less than SPF 15. 4. For problem areas or blemishes, use a densely pigmented waterproof concealer.



bout three years ago, Kristin Warfield, a vicepresident at Churchill Downs, had two dresses lined up for Oaks and Derby, but she made a rookie blunder. They hung untouched until two days before the big race. As luck would have it, the garments didn’t fit well weren’t flattering and revealed a little too much. “I would have been talking to COOs and CEOs with my boobs hanging out,” Kristin says. It was too late. At this point in Derby season, Kristin was working 18-hour days, so a lastminute shopping spree was impossible. “I ended up adding a bolero jacket both days,” Kristin says. “I felt very awkward, and the jackets didn’t really fit the weather.” Perhaps Kristin’s procrastination in doing a pre-Derby dress rehearsal can be chalked up to her shopping habits. “I hit a point where I absolutely just cannot try anything else on,” says Kristin, who admits she doesn’t really like shopping. In the past, she shopped online and in stores sporadically.

Cue the Stylist Kristin, also board chair for the Center for Women and Families, bid on a styling session last year at the charity’s largest fundraising event, Celebration of Service and Survival. “I wanted to look more puttogether,” she says. She ended up winning the session with Andre Wilson at Style Icon. Kristin and Andre spent an afternoon shopping together, and he showed her how to buy core pieces that work well together and how to mix and match to make multiple outfits. During the outing at Oxmoor Center and Mall St. Matthews, he also helped Kristin, mom of four, find clothes suited to her body type. “I was born into a family of pearshaped women, so there are several areas I need to hide!” Kristin says. “Now I know what to look for in pants and tops to make me feel comfortable with my hips, thighs, and rear.” SEARCH: Kristin Warfield

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 his spring and summer, try a cream 5. T eyeshadow for a change. Why? Because powder plus sweat does not equal pretty. Read labels and look for waterproof and long-wearing formulas. 6. T  o avoid looking like a raccoon by lunchtime, make waterproof mascara and eyeliner your mantra. 7. Lips: Yes, again with the silicone. Silicone-based lip color, that is. Look for long-wearing formulas as this will also help to keep your lips hydrated. 8. Last but not least, use a finishing spray to set your makeup. This is extra insurance to guarantee all-day wear. My favorite is MAC Fix Spray. All these tips are tried and true. I do a lot of makeup for bridal parties, seniors, and special events. So believe me, if things go wrong, I hear about it!

Photo of Sara Michels by Kelley J Photography. Hair and Makeup: Denise Cardwell at Blades Salon & Spa





By Erin Fust Illustrations Jessica Alyea


erby time is the best time to strut your stuff in a new dress — ideally, one that shows off your best assets and downplays any areas you’re not so confident about. One common ‘trouble zone’ among women is upper arms. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind while shopping if you struggle with dressing your upper body with confidence


• First and foremost in fashion, you must

choose the correct size. This is key to dealing with any trouble area. Every designer and clothing producer has a different pattern, so even if you know you are a true size “X”, you may need to size up or even size down. Never allow the size to dictate how you feel about an outfit — it’s all about the fit.

• Choose a longer sleeve that hits at the

elbow or a bit below. Choosing a sleeve that hits at the widest part of your arm will make it look even larger.

• With sleeveless pieces, drape a scarf or wrap over your shoulders for an extra layer that can both conceal and add comfort. A cropped, structured jacket is a great piece to wear on cooler Derby days as well.

• Choose a thicker strap and a v-neck.

Remove focus from your arms by showing off a beautiful décolletage. Add a statement necklace or choose a dress with a decorative top.

So Many Hats… Photos Melissa Donald HATS LEFT TO RIGHT:

Fascinator by Designs by Tony Léon, 502.389.0250, designs_by_tony@, $195. Fascinator by Dee’s, 5045 Shelbyville Rd, 502.896.6755, $199. Fascinator by Headcandi,, $252











erhaps you are having out-of-town guests for Derby this year. Or, as Louisvillian Abbey Mueller did, you have taken the plunge and rented your home to visitors from out of town. If your guests are here for more than just the Oaks/ Derby weekend, you might find yourself playing tour guide or offering suggestions to Eat, Play, Linger Abbey, founder of Abigail Academy, has rented her St. Matthews home to Derby goers for several years and often plays the role of concierge. She gives us a few recommendations for value-added hosting.


•B  lue Dog Bakery — This is a great spot to enjoy breakfast or brunch before spending a long day at the track. Abbey recommends the poached egg and bacon pizza, or you might go for the fried egg, bacon, and avocado sandwich — a sure winner. •P  lehn’s Bakery — Just walking into this staple of sweet delights is a treat in itself. Decorated cakes, pastries, and cookies — and, yes, there are horseshaped ones to celebrate the day — fill the glass cases. And the donuts are to die for. Get your sugar on here for sure. •P  aul’s Fruit Market — For boxed lunches to take to the racetrack, Abbey says Paul’s deli department is her go-to spot. Lunches include a sandwich, pasta, fruit, and a sweet. Order ahead so you won’t be an also-ran. •P  at’s Steak House — After a day winning (or losing) at Churchill Downs, step into the historic atmosphere of Pat’s Steak House. In addition to the main dining room with its wood paneled walls and horse racing memorabilia, there are private dining rooms, an outdoor patio, and three bar areas to either celebrate or drown your sorrows. For a sure thing, make reservations early.





• Saints Pizza Pub and Sky Bar — Another favorite place to hang out with local folks. There are plenty of television screens to watch not only the races — in case you didn’t make it to the infield — but other sporting events during that week. Baseball, anyone?

• Joseph’s Salon & Spa — Here is the place to get your toes and fingertips shining for your day at the track with a manicure and pedicure. Or maybe a facial or massage is what you need to take a break from all the Derby festivities. Ahhhh.

• Diamond Pub and Billiards — Do your guests fancy a game of billiards? This is the place to relax and get to meet some local folks. Eat, drink, and be merry.

• Cherokee and Seneca Parks — Louisville has marvelous parks for walking or running off those Derby week treats, tossing a Frisbee, or just taking in the natural surroundings. If you have kids to entertain, find your place under a tree and let them burn off energy at one of the playgrounds. Tiny Willow Park, in the heart of the Highlands, is a gem. Be happy.

•B  lades Salon and Spa — Whether you need a quick trim or a complete makeover for that special Derby party, the stylists at Blades will make sure you are the belle of the ball.

Poached egg and bacon pizza at Blue Dog Bakery.

•C  olonial Designs Boutique — Don’t panic. If you need a last-minute accessory — jewelry, scarf, or handbag — this boutique offers a variety of fashion choices. You might even find the perfect sundress too. •T  he Vogue Center — If you have an inclination to do some casual shopping, the boutiques and shops at The Vogue Center offer just about everything from fine jewelry (From the Vault) to bath and body products and fashion accessories (Dandelion) to pie a la mode (Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen).

Go to the Vogue for some last-minute shopping.

Plehn’s Bakery offers lots of special sweets.






Romper available at Chartreuse, Westport Village, 1301 Herr Lane #152, 502.409.7082, $65; Hat by Designs by Tony Léon, 502.389.0250, designs_by_tony@, $395; Belt available at Chartreuse, $13; Shoes available at Blu Boutique, 12003 Shelbyville Road #106, 502.384.8692, $89; Bracelets available at Sunny Daize, 11809 Shelbyville Road, 502.244.5580, $10; Earrings available at Chartreuse, $13.

Photos Melissa Donald Styling by Alissa Hicks CAROLINE NAUERT IS WEARING: Dress

by Camilyn Beth, $280, available at; Shoes available at Modern Elegance, 3921 Chenoweth Square, 502.883.4721, $130; Necklace available at Blu Boutique, 12003 Shelbyville Road #106, 502.384.8692, $59; Earrings available at Sunny Daize, 11809 Shelbyville Road, 502.244.5580, $20; Bracelet available at Blu Boutique, $59; Hat by Designs by Tony Leon, 502.389.0250, designs_by_tony@, $310.

“Being from the Louisville area gives you a sense of how deep the roots of the Kentucky Derby go and the feeling it gives you can’t really be explained. It is such a fun time of the year.”

— Caroline Nauert

Are You Invited to Her Party? If you are the owner of the burgeoning 21c Museum Hotels, a The collector of more than 2,000 works of contemporary art, own a Hermitage historic horse farm, and have familial ties to the Brown-Forman Grand Gala is on spirits and wine company, chances are you’ll be throwing one May 6 with cocktails hell of a party this Derby season. starting at 7pm. Go to “The purpose of the Hermitage Grand Gala is to celebrate the to purchase tickets. Derby and provide our visitors from around the world a unique Presenting Sponsor: opportunity to enjoy our famous Southern hospitality,” says Laura 21c Hotels. Lee Brown. “Steve (Wilson, Laura Lee’s husband) never likes to do

the same thing twice, and there will always be surprises at the events we host. He even surprises me sometimes. This year, 21c is going to be the presenting sponsor, so we will host it at the hotel. People can count on a delicious dinner created by Proof on Main chef Mike Wajda. We have some great friends joining us, like actor Adrian Grenier, whom we met during a Derby some years ago.”



By Megan Seckman




Sarah Mutinsky at Derby

Photos by Melissa Donald and Miranda Popp

Jane Mott at Derby

Whitney George at Derby

Alicia Hurle at Thurby Matthew Biberman with son Vincent at Thurby

Carrie Cooke Ketterman at Derby

Farrah Hatfield at Derby

Nicole Atkins and family at Derby





Today's Woman April 2016  

Want your Derby season to be the best ever? Preparation is the key and this month, we’re leading you through the entire process — whether yo...

Today's Woman April 2016  

Want your Derby season to be the best ever? Preparation is the key and this month, we’re leading you through the entire process — whether yo...