Maxie’s 11th Annual Derby Day Party for Hunger Relief

Join us on Saturday, May 5 for Milwaukee’s best Derby Day party. We’re working on making the party bigger and better as always, after more than tripling the space of the event last year and enjoying a truly special day. Proceeds from the fun will go to support the Hunger Task Force – Free & Local. Through the generosity of our guests, Maxie’s Derby Day party raised more than $10,000 in each of the last two years, and more than $40,000 in the last five years, to prevent hunger by providing food to people in need.


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An entry fee of $15 goes entirely to Hunger Task Force. Doors open at 1 p.m. The Jackson Park Jazz Orchestra, our friendly neighborhood Big Band, will perform jazzy tunes before and after the race. Screens throughout the restaurant and party tent will show coverage of the 144th Kentucky Derby.

Get your outfit ready — our guests certainly dress for the occasion. Show off for the photo booth and enjoy photo strip prints for a suggested donation of $5. The photo booth will be the entry point for Best Dressed contests, with categories including Best Hat Most Elegant, Best Hat Most Creative, Best Dressed Family, Couple, Gentleman, Lady, and Gentleman.

Looking for a hat? The Hen House and The Brass Rooster Hat Company have generously donated prizes for the party, AND offered a 10% discount for all guests who are referred by Maxie’s to buy a Derby hat. Tell ’em Maxie’s sent ya!

We’re remaking our menu for the big day with Derby party favorites and Kentucky-inspired specials amongst Maxie’s menu classics. Look for Pimento Cheese Flatbread, Bourbon BBQ Salmon, Fried Chicken, Kentucky Hot Browns, and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese Soup.

Drink specials will be available at our two full-service bars, as well as at an outdoor bar. Enjoy a Four Roses Bourbon Mint Julep, Oaks Lily and Peach Vodka Derby Tea. Beer specials include Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

The party includes raffles and a silent auction, with fabulous prizes including hotel and dining packages, gift baskets and catered parties from Maxie’s. Entry includes a $5 “bet” on the race (correct selection of Win, Place & Show are entered in a raffle for prizes). Additional “bets” are $5. All Derby “bets” are for prizes only; no cash will be tendered. All entry, raffle, auction and “betting” proceeds go to Hunger Task Force.

Note: Maxie’s daily Happy Hour special will not be available on Derby Day. Maxie’s will serve its special Derby Day menu only on Derby Day; regular menu items may not be available. Maxie’s does not accept reservations, call-aheads, or remote NoWait/Yelp app check-ins for our Derby Day party.

VIP Reserved Tables

This year, we are adding a very limited opportunity to enjoy a reserved table for 10 in the party tent at Maxie’s Derby Day Party for Hunger Relief. This exclusive offering is limited to 4 tables for $1,000 per table, which goes entirely to the Hunger Task Force. (UPDATE 4/13: only 2 VIP Reserved Tables still available.) Tables include 2 bottles of bubbly set at the table, 2 drink tickets per person for featured drinks, a family-style meal, and admission to the party. Buy your table below, or inquire at Maxie’s.

Derby VIP Reserved Table Menu: Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Gravy, Stewed Beans, Coleslaw, Biscuits, Kentucky Hot Browns, Derby Pie Squares, Key Lime Pie Squares.

Race time is approximately 5:24 p.m.

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