Derby Days

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless @ Macy's in Oxmoor in Louisville, KY

image via Macy's Culinary Council

If you have been reading/following along for a while, know me in real life, or have taken a few minutes to browse my social media you’ll see that I love a few things: my family, being active/healthy, being lazy watching tons and tons of TV, and most of all… food. So when a free event at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center in Louisville comes up and you get the chance to learn cooking techniques from celebrity chefs Rick Bayless and Anthony Lamas and to try their food -- you know I jumped on the opportunity to RSVP!

The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner and there’s a ton of things to do around the city to celebrate it. Since Baby Boy #3 is due any day now, my doctor advised me not to go to the Derby since the hot sun + 9 month pregnant woman = bad time. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy all the fun things to do each day leading up to Race Day. Last week there was Thunder Over Louisville which was a firework and air show (that the kids loved!) to kick off the celebration of the Kentucky Derby. On Wednesday, May 3rd Macy’s Culinary Council is celebrating the Derby with a cooking demonstration from Chef Rick and Chef Anthony.

I first found out about Chef Rick Bayless because of Google. I was googling Mexican Cuisine to cook at home and a lot of his recipes were making their way into our rotation of meals. This third pregnancy has me craving anything with peanut butter in it and Mexican food… lots and lots of Mexican food. His recipes are healthy, flavorful, and EASY to make on a weeknight in between school, work, kids, and sports.

For dinner on Tuesday (Taco Tuesday!), we had his chimichurri shrimp but instead of eating it as an appetizer, I put the shrimp in a flour torilla with sautéed peppers and onions.

image via Macy's Culinary Council

When there are potlucks, family parties, or someone is hosting dinner at their house – we always bring this guacamole. I make two batches, one for home and one to bring because this guac is the late at night with some chips or spread on top of some brioche bread and some turkey bacon in the morning.

Life Hack for keeping guac green – put the pit of the avocado that you scooped it from in the guacamole, then take a piece of plastic wrap and smush it directly onto the guacamole and cover. When you do this, there’s no air in the tupperware to oxidize the avocado to make it turn brown! You're welcome :)

After finishing grad school in March, I binge watched hours upon hours of Bravo’s Top Chef Master, where Chef Rick Bayless was the winner – beating out the French and Italian chef’s with his Mexican cuisine. He has a restaurant in downtown Chicago (where I was born!) and two small restaurants at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. I feel like the stars aligned for this event to happen.

So if you’re in Louisville, KY, Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 and you love free Mexican Food, the Derby, Macy’s, or you need to pick something up at the mall at Oxmoor Center – come to the 3rd Floor at Macy’s! The event starts at 6PM.

If you RSVP you get admission to the event and a $10 Macy’s Gift Card just call [1-844-362-5907] with your Last Name, First Name, and how many people you will be RSVPing for.

Kids ARE welcome (mine will be there!). And if you buy kitchen gadgets or cookware from Macy’s and spend $35 or more, you get a free, signed copy of one of their cookbooks. I hope to see you there!

In the comments below, share your favorite Mexican recipe with me or tell me what your favorite late night snack is! Mine is guacamole and chips! YUM.

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