Kentucky Derby Crawfish Boil

MB Roland Distillery recently hosted its 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Crawfish Boil, combining elements of Co-owner Paul Tomaszewski's Louisiana upbringing with his current role on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail.

“This is the second year for our Derby Crawfish Boil,” Merry Beth Tomaszewski said. “It's a little bit smaller than last year, but this time we actually held it on the day of the Kentucky Derby, so we're competing with a lot of Derby parties.”

The culinary team prepared more than 1,000 pounds of crawfish, and 500 pounds of sides, corn on the cob, red potatoes, and more for the event. Some guests were seen enjoying multiple plates stacked high with crawfish. And, being that its Derby, lots of Juleps and Kentucky Mules were flowing too.

“We have a very special guest with us tonight,” Tomaszewski said. “Our friend, Nancy Jones, widow of George Jones came out to join us. Nancy is here, signing photographs of her and George. She's also signing bottles of MB Roland products.”

Tomaszewski says that Pickin' on the Porch starts Memorial Day. Tim Lynch will be kicking of the popular outdoor concert series that runs through August.

“It's going to be an exciting year.” Tomaszewski said. “We have so many new things in our gift shop. We have finally gotten to the point where our aged whiskeys and bourbons are being showcased. We have wheat, malt whiskeys, and we're always rotating Dark Fired Bourbon. Our array of spirits is really becoming well rounded.”