Kentucky Derby Parties Mark Fourth Annual Tavern Event for High Style Fun and Southern Charm on Saturday, May 3

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KAN. (March 27, 2014) – Both Tavern in the Village, located in The Village Shops in Prairie Village, and Tavern at Mission Farms, located in Leawood’s Mission Farms, will bring classic Southern charm to Kansas City for its Kentucky Derby Day Parties, Saturday May 3, 2014 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

 2014 marks fourth annual Tavern Kentucky Derby Day Party. Traditional Kentucky Derby dishes and locally owned Dark Horse Distillery cocktails will join each restaurant’s existing menu with its handcrafted Thai Tavern Julep and an extended happy hour. Honoring Southern traditions and adding to the fun, guests will draw names of horses every 30 minutes for chances to win prizes at the conclusion of the Derby Day Party. Fun giveaways for the biggest and most fashionable hat and other prizes will be given away throughout the event as well. 

Derby Day Parties



  • Dual Derby Day Parties Celebrating the Kentucky Derby Races - The public is invited to the parties hosted at both locations from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and are encouraged to dress to impress in the finest spring fashion.


  • Hats. Bowties. Bold colors. Frilly frocks. Dashing suits, suspenders or preppy. Embrace the Southern tradition. 


  • Saturday, May 3 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Specials: 

Special Derby Day Drinks: The Thai Tavern Julep is the featured Derby Day Party drink, along with other custom handcrafted cocktails and Kentucky Derby favorites. Locally owned Dark Horse Distillery is partnering with the Taverns to bring its local DHD Reserve Bourbon, DHD Reunion Rye Whiskey and Rider Vodka in addition to the premium liquors served at both Taverns

Traditional Dishes: The Taverns will serve traditional Derby dishes including the Kentucky Hot Brown Turkey Sandwich, Shrimp and Grits, and Kentucky Derby Burgoo Stew, available throughout the event. Similar to mulligan stew, burgoo is Kentucky’s most famous stew.

Outside and Inside: In addition to the bars, the patios are open to guests for mingling and enjoying the event. All TVs in both bars will feature the Kentucky Derby and events for guests to cheer on the horses and chances to win prizes throughout the event.

Kentucky Derby Contender Contest: Each guest attending will randomly draw a name tag that coincides with a contending Kentucky Derby horse name. Each half-hour guests will draw additional horse name tags for more chances to win prizes. Randomly throughout the event, guests will receive prizes for the fashions and Kentucky Derby-inspired fun. Prizes include a tasting party for ten at Dark Horse Distillery, gift certificates and merchandise from local businesses and boutiques, and gift cards from Tavern in the Village and Tavern at Mission Farms. Winners of the Contender Contest will be chosen immediately once the winning horse is officially announced. Guests must be present to win.

Extended Happy Hour: An extended happy hour will feature drink specials that include $2.50 bottles of beer, $5 select glasses of wine, $5 martinis and $5 manhattans; happy hour food specials include $5 BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, Calamari, Fajita Steak Sliders, Hummus with Pita, and Italian Meatball Sliders

 About Tavern in the Village

Tavern in the Village is part of a neighborhood dining renaissance in Prairie Village, Kan. focused on food, friends, and family with a spirited twist for a community destination. Tavern in the Village is locally-owned and operated by Kelly Manning with 20 years experience in the restaurant industry, bringing his vision for a comfortable neighborhood dining establishment to life at 3901 Prairie Lane in the Village Shops in Prairie Village. Tavern in the Village combines a classy casual atmosphere with an American style cuisine to create a dining experience of convenience, assortment and high-quality. The 4,400-square-foot restaurant features 17-foot ceilings, natural stone and a spectacular fire display separating the bar and dining room. Lunch serves Monday –Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dinner serves Monday – Thursday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, dinner serves until 11 p.m. with Sunday dinner service until 10 p.m. Brunch serves from 10am -2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. A special happy hour food menu of $6 appetizers and sliders is offered daily in the bar from 4 – 6 p.m. and late night from 8:30 p.m. – close. Daily drink specials are offered during the earlier happy hour, featuring $5 glasses of wine, $2.50 beers, $5 martinis and Manhattans. For more information, visit or call 913-529-2229. Learn the latest by liking Tavern in the Village on Facebook at or following Twitter @Tavern_Village. Priority seating reservations can be made at the website.

About Tavern at Mission Farms

Tavern at Mission Farms is a locally-owned upscale-casual neighborhood restaurant that combines a stylish atmosphere with classic American style cuisine. Tavern at Mission Farms offers a gathering spot to experience first-class cuisine with superior hospitality at 10681 Mission Road at Mission Farms in Leawood, Kan. Tavern at Mission Farms is the second Tavern location in the Kansas City metro area in addition to its sister location, Tavern in the Village, which was opened by owner Kelly Manning and operating partner Anthony Zarate in February 2011. The Tavern team brings the same community and family-friendly atmosphere to Tavern at Mission Farms in a 6,380-square-foot space offering a variety of dining options for families, intimate diners or large groups. Tavern at Mission Farms is open Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. A weekend brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dinner is served until 11 p.m. on Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday. An early and late bar food menu joins a regular handcrafted drink list daily from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 – close. For more information, visit or call 913-215-6588. Learn the latest by liking Tavern at Mission Farms on Facebook at or following on Twitter at @Tavern_MFarms. Priority seating reservations can be made at the website.