The 2022 Preakness Race increases the allure of celebrity chefs

    Race number 147 for the Preakness Race is set for Saturday, May 21, with more than one serious horse talent on the Pimlico track.

    This year, invites the famous Thoroughbred horse race in Baltimore top chef Judges Tom Colicchio and Jill Simmons and Top Chef Masters Winner Marcus Samuelson to personally cook for his big-ticket guests at both Friday’s Black Eyed Susan and Saturday’s Preakness Stakes premiere. The star-studded culinary menu also includes Saon Brice from BLK Swan in Baltimore and Mario Moise from Miami’s Bar ONE.

    Preakness LIVE Culinary, the new Art & Music Festival on Friday, May 20 is a celebrity-filled extravaganza (presumably to appeal to younger fans), with demonstrations from these star chefs at cooking fairs on the main stage as well as a Grammy-themed concert – She won rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

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    top chef Judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons fed Preakness fans in top-tier divisions this year.
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    Marcus Samuelsson will join Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons over the weekend at the Preakness Race in Baltimore, where he offers expensive meals and cooking demonstrations.
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    Menus from Colicchio, Samuelsson, and Simmons for the two-day event include both custom-made motion stations in the race’s VIP Finish Line Suites, as well as buffet service items, which can be found in the Turfside Terrace and Home Suites that span the racetrack, located Along the inner rail of the grass course.

    The new Finish Line Baler suites offer extended views of the house and private attendees.

    Items from celebrity chefs are only available as part of certain First Class ticket packages. For example, a main seat on the Turfside Terrace costs $324 on Friday and goes up to $756 on Saturday.

    On Friday, Colicchio, founder of Crafted Hospitality, will serve duck pastrami breast with cherry salad, plus a buffet-style short rib for more group eating. Samuelsson, host of Eater’s On the Rise video series, will prepare hot honey fried chicken and mac and greens in Finish Line wings as a nod to the South. His presentation will appear on shrimp and grits at the Turfside Terrace and Home Stretch Suites. Chef and cookbook author Simmons is the only one going in the seafood trend, serving seafood scallops with peas, asparagus, mint gremolata, and polenta at her workstation; and orecchiette with swiss chard, lemon and smoked chicken sausage at the buffet.

    The rest of the crowd with general admission tickets ($60) can find a variety of Maryland-made meals at an area dubbed “Row Restaurant.” Options include Detroit-style pies (Underground Pizza Company); Cheesecakes (Codeta Backshop); Island restaurants (Blue Caribbean Bar & Lounge); seaside snacks (boardwalk fries); vegetable ice cream (cashew creamery); seafood (the famous Jimmy’s Fishnet and Seafood); Halal Wraps (Sharif Grill) and more.

    The Black-Eyed Susan has long been the official Preakness Cocktail.
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    For Saturday’s main event, Colicchio turns up the heat with a wagyu with spicy onion and pepper salad, plus buffet-style porchetta to keep energy levels high throughout the race. Samuelsson, on the other hand, has Barbary salmon with corn mash, shaved fennel, and honey mustard vinegar on his workstation menu, as well as farro risotto with steamed seafood, carrots, and peas for the buffet. Simmons will pair lettuce cups filled with tea-marinated duck breast with an Asian herb salad, and, at the buffet, chicken cheesecake and mushroom macaroni pie with cauliflower for some freshness.

    Diners can also throw away plenty of Black-Eyed Susan cocktails – the iconic racing drink that shares a name with the Marquis Friday Race. This storied drink dates back nearly five decades and was first introduced in 1973 at the Race Preakness when it was catering by Harry M. Stevens Co. Vodka and pineapple juice.

    The alcohol content later came to include whiskey, bourbon later, and whiskey again later. All this to say that Susan Black Eyed’s identity changes as frequently as the winner of the Preakness Race.

    This year, Preakness-goers will enjoy the following recipe: Pour 1 ounce of Bulleit Bourbon, Ketel One Vodka, and Peach Schnapps Liqueur, and 2 ounces of fresh orange juice and sour mix. Shake mixture over ice, and strain into a glass, filled with crushed ice, and topped with a garnish of an orange slice and cherry. This pot, at least, has stood the test of modern times.

    The 2022 Triple Crown series kicked off May 7 with the second biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history at Churchill Downs. Rich Strike skips the 80-1 Preakness winner to rest at Belmont Stakes in June.

    Live coverage of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course begins at 4 p.m. on NBC.

    – Adele Chapin and Tierney Plumb contributed to this report