Maxie’s Derby Day — Party For Hunger Relief, May 4
Two words that mean spine-tingling sports action, delectable party foods, stylish celebrators, and fashionable fascinators: Derby Day. Talk Derby to me, baby — #TeamMaxies is back at it again with the best Derby Day party in Milwaukee.
Our party benefits the Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s anti-hunger leader organization. Last year, our generous guests raised $11,595 to fight hunger in Southeastern Wisconsin. We’ve raised more than $10,000 in each of the last three years, and more than $50,000 in the last six years, to provide food to people in need.
Your entry fee of $15 goes entirely to Hunger Task Force. Doors open at 1 p.m. and The Jackson Park Jazz Orchestra, our friendly neighborhood Big Band, will lead the party tent in a swinging good time. We’ll have pre-race coverage on screens throughout the restaurant and party tent leading up to coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby, with race time at approximately 5:50 p.m. UPDATE: Derby Day VIP has sold out. This year, we’re adding VIP option with an indoor buffet in the building next door, and dedicated bar and port-o-let (click for more).
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. We’re well aware that this year Derby falls on May 4 — “May The Fourth Be With You” — and we’re adding a best Star Wars-themed outfit. That and this year’s logo is all we’re doing as far as intergalatic goodies — other than that it’s just straight Derby goodness.
We switch out our menu to showcase our take on Derby party favorites, such as… well, Fried Chicken (obviously), Pimento Cheese Flatbread, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Beer Cheese Soup, Bourbon BBQ Salmon, and Kentucky Hot Browns. You gotta have Hot Browns.
We’ll be muddling up Four Roses Bourbon Mint Juleps, as well as slinging Oaks Lily and Peach Vodka Derby Tea cocktails and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, from two full-service indoor bars, as well as an outdoor bar.
Look for raffles, a silent auction, and fantastic prizes, including dining packages and catered parties from Maxie’s. Your 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.
Note: Derby Day VIP has SOLD OUT
New this year is an indoor VIP area in the building next door with a buffet of Derby party favorites, and dedicated bar and port-o-let. $60 includes buffet, two drinks tickets, a Maxie’s Derby Day T-shirt, and three “bets.”
Derby Day VIP Buffet:
• Cucumber and Tomato Salad
• Fried Chicken Thighs
• Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Gravy
• Stewed Beans
• Hot Browns
• Derby Pie Squares
• Key Lime Pie Squares
Private Bar with 2 Drink Tickets (cash bar after)
• Sparkling wine
• Mint Julep
• Derby Tea