It’s the magic season of Derby in Louisville – a time to enjoy entertainment of all sorts along with special eats and drinks. Why not do it in a roof garden? The Brown Hotel, 335 W Broadway, is offering an evening of Kentucky traditions during a Bourbon Bluegrass Picnic in the renovated roof garden  at the Brown Hotel this Friday, April 27.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a breathtaking view, live music, craft cocktails and Hot Browns from chefs James Adams and Dustin Willett. In addition, Wild Turkey’s “Buddha of Bourbon” Jimmy Russell will lead a tasting of Russell’s Reserve Bourbon and hold a Q&A session. Tickets, which include a welcome cocktail, heavy hors d’oeuvres and bourbon flight, are $65 per person and can be purchased by calling 502-583-1234. For more information, visit

The cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. will feature a taste of the hotel’s renowned four-star dining including the Hot Brown with watermelon salad, Wild Turkey BBQ pulled pork sliders with spring slaw, and pimento and bacon bites with heirloom tomato and cucumber salad. The bourbon flight tasting and Q&A will follow. Music will continue until 9:30 p.m. and additional craft cocktails will be available for purchase.

 Located at the corner of Fourth and Broadway, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America. It’s been named to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best list, Conde Nast Traveler’s “#10 Hotel in the South,” and Southern Living’s “Best Hotel in Kentucky.” For more information, isit or call (502) 583-1234. Follow the Brown Hotel on Facebook and Twitter.

Photography of Hot Brown by Chris Witzke