Run for the Roses 2018

Lynn Horton is a freelance writer and editor who in another lifetime taught English and Creative Writing at McIntosh High School and later worked in the Starr’s Mill High School Media Center.

“Thou shalt not covet.” I know very well that this is one commandment I must work day in and day out not to break, for I indeed have a covetous nature. But I truly, truly just really, really want the recipe for Jared Reeder’s fabulous Bread Pudding with Caramelized Bourbon/Pecan Sauce.
Jared, who performs the duties of head chef at his excellent restaurant Knife and Stone in downtown Newnan, once again provided the fabulous buffet at his parent’s home in Senoia Saturday night for the annual Run for the Roses. Among the delicious smoked and grilled meats that would make your taste buds dance like a filly at the starting gate, there were sumptuous sides and some of the best pimento and cheese spread I have ever tasted. Wouldn’t mind having the recipe for that, too.
One hundred and fifty-seven thousands folks cheered on their horses in the 144th Kentucky Derby as the day’s favorite pick, Justify, made winning on a muddy track under three inches of rain look easy. Guests of the Reeders were comfy and dry as we watched the most beautiful horses on the planet speed by in what is definitely the most exciting three minutes on television. Senoia ladies in wide-brimmed hats and gents in handsome bowties and blazers were just as festive as the Kentucky crowd who were attending horse racing’s most exciting day while we enjoyed the excellent hospitality of this delightful family.
Steph and Dale are a fine addition to this community, not only entertaining in their home but in sharing her very creative party-planning talents with her new hometown. This past March, they made their vision for an evening on “The Love Boat ”a reality for members and guests at the annual fundraising party for the Historical Society of Senoia; she conceived a 1920’s Jazz Age dinner and dance at The Veranda back in 2016, I believe it was? Oh my. Bill and I agree that Time flies almost as fast as some of those sleek race horses, and our memories are getting just about as muddied as the goggles on those colorfully glad, jockeys last Saturday evening.
Earlier Saturday afternoon we enjoyed a fabulous BarBQ prepared by one of Sharpsburg Baptist Church’s’ most talented cooks. David Bearden can turn a brisket into the tenderest, the juiciest and the sweetest plateful of pulled beef this side of heaven (or pork for that matter, if he decides to smoke up a big ole Pork Butt or two…or three).  David always cooks up enough to feed not just the 150 or so members, but also the neighbors who surround our church on Highway 54.
I went easy on the sides at our Annual Church Picnic held at the beautiful Sharpsburg City Park Pavilion knowing that what awaited us at the Reeders would not be something to which I could say “No”. As I said earlier, Jared is also a grill master “par exce-lance!”
Oh my. I just had a great idea!! We should have a huge party and invite David and Jared to pit their skills and talents against one another for the title of BarBQ King of Coweta County! Folks, that would be a Win/Win for everybody who came to eat. Just don’t make me a judge. Anyway, don’t forget to head over to Newnan and sample lots of great menu items at the Knife and Stone till we can get this BBQ contest on the calendar.
Of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention that we first enjoyed Jared’s fare at The Tomato House in Senoia, and even though he has opened his own place, our beautiful friend Tracey Brady, who owns that very classy establishment, continues to serve some of the most beautifully plated and most delicious meals anywhere for miles around! Tracey was also at the Reeder’s Kentucky Derby party looking especially beautiful in a full-skirted black and red cocktail dress with a black lace bolero top. Hats were, of course, fun additions to almost every ladies’ outfit.My own black and red straw with up-turned brim was nearly as large as a sombrero but fit snugly down on my brow and was quite comfortable until I tried to greet another lady with a social “air kiss” who was also wearing a large chapeau. Then our hats would collide and we would erupt in laughter at the silliness of the situation. What fun!
While I made Jane Arnold promise not to tell, I can’t stand not sharing that I found my gently- worn Derby creation at an antique shop in Woodbury just down the street from the Blackbird Cafe where we had gone for lunch. Both the hat and the menu at the Blackbird were very reasonably priced! I love a bargain almost as much as I love a good horse race!!
Now just one more note about last week that also has to do with racing, but of a very, very different kind. Bill and I along with Bob Duell, another transplant who now lives in Tyrone and raced for twenty years himself, had the great pleasure of spending over an hour Thursday afternoon visiting with Bill Massey owner and operator of the historic Senoia Raceway. Bill along with #44 Clint “Cat Daddy” Smith will be speaking at the Historic Museum on May 10th. Mr. Massey’s stories about the dirt track raceway, which has seen almost every big name in racing come through there over the past five decades, were fascinating. I could have stayed all afternoon, but he was fielding calls from folks with questions about the big weekend and the races that would draw over 2500 fans! May 19th is the next big race day.
Wonder if he could use Dale Reeder and his bugle?

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