Churchill Downs Signs 10-Year Extension with Levy Restaurants
May 4, 2016
Churchill Downs and Levy Restaurants have inked a new 10-year deal that will keep the Chicago-based food vendor in Louisville through 2026. Levy took over the account in 2001.
“It is wonderful timing that the 10-year extension of our food service contract with Levy Restaurants comes just before the celebrations of the 2016 Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, our industry’s premier racing and entertainment events which draw patrons from throughout North America and around the world,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Last year’s renewals of these great races attracted record combined attendance of nearly 300,000 patrons, and a major part of the overall fan experience on those unforgettable days was the work of the Levy Restaurants team."
Levy President and CEO, Andy Lansing, echoed those comments, "2001 was truly a memorable year for us, in beginning an extraordinary partnership with Churchill Down. We are thrilled to continue working side-by-side with Kevin and the Churchill Downs team in reimagining the horse racing experience for the next generation of fans.”
Levy recently remodeled several facilities at the racetrack including the Turf Club, Stakes Room, and clubhouse. One of the main food draws this year is the focus of farm-to-table. Executive chef David Danielson sources product from locally from Courtney Farmsin Shelby County and Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheeses.
The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby will be held this Saturday, May 7th. The Kentucky Derby is the first race of the Triple Crown. The second and third leg are at the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, respectively. Last year American Pharaoh was the first horse since 1978's Affirmed to win the elusive title.