Marriott Oaks Brunch to feature Guy Fieri

| March 23, 2011

Marriott Oaks Brunch Invite

Guy Fieri, NBC’s “Minute to Win It” star and celebrity chef, will return to join forces with the Louisville Marriott Downtown to present the third annual Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch on Friday, May 6, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital.

The multi-course, bourbon-infused brunch draws a crowd of close to 700 guests who want to enjoy a fabulous kick-start to their Derby weekend.

“The Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch is becoming as much of a Derby tradition as mint juleps and extravagant hats,” said Michael Howerton, vice president and general manager of the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

Howerton is thrilled to partner with Fieri and Kosair Children’s Hospital.

“Marriott is excited to be able to host a benefit for a great organization such as KCH, and the fact that we can partner with Fieri, who shares our passion for great food and entertaining, is the perfect way for us to do what we do best and give back to the community at the same time.”

Fieri, known for his culinary and comedic entertainment during his television cooking shows, including “Guy’s Big Bite,” “Ultimate Recipe Showdown” and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” brings the same spontaneity and charisma to the brunch event.

“Guy will be front and center during the entire event,” said Hailee Lampert, event spokesperson.

After VIP photos with guests (and mimosas, of course), guests will take their seats and Fieri will take the stage for his electrifying cooking demonstration, where he usually auctions off items as he cooks. From items such as trips to France and Napa Valley to the cooking utensils he is using, Fieri will auction off whatever he can get his hands on.

Janet and John Conti at last year’s Oak Brunch.

Janet and John Conti at last year’s Oak Brunch.

“Last year, he has even auctioned off the stovetop at the end of the demo, just pulled it out of the kitchen set, sparks flying and signed it with his big sharpie marker,” Howerton said.

The fun will continue as several lucky guests will be chosen to compete in a live “Minute to Win It” contest.

Tickets are $150 per person, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Kosair Children’s Hospital. The meet and greet will begin at 8 a.m. with brunch starting at 9 a.m. Getting to the track or various other Oaks Day obligations on time won’t be a problem, with taxis in abundance and a shuttle service, which stops less than a block from the Marriott’s Jefferson Street entrance.

Guests are welcome to stick around because Fieri will not be whisked away to the track but will continue to autograph copies of his book, proceeds of which will also be donated to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Extend your stay

The Louisville Marriott Downtown’s “Winner’s Circle” Derby package includes these highlights:

  • Three nights overnight deluxe accommodations
  • Two tickets to Marriott Oaks Bourbon Brunch with Guy Fieri
  • Breakfast for two at BLU Italian Grille on Saturday and Sunday morning
  • All amenities included in Derby weekend (welcome lobby reception, roses on Derby Day, passed Champagne and Bloody Mary’s on Oaks and Derby Day, complimentary photo taken on Derby Day)

The offer is valid through May 8, 2011. The promotional code is “SPE.” Rates start at $1,459 per night with a three-night stay required.

Derby Menu at BLU Italian Grille

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Shari Baughman
In addition to her duties as a society columnist and photographer, Shari Baughman handles business and community relations for The Voice-Tribune.

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