Here are some caterers and cafes that offer boxed lunches for the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Be sure to order in advance, ask if their packaging complies with Churchill Downs's rules regarding food packaging (clear box or bag no bigger than 18"x18") and be sure to ask when you can pick up your order. Some places offer delivery with a minimum order. Plan your morning accordingly- give yourself enough time to eat breakfast, don your Derby finery and pick up your lunch! Gates open at 8 am and first post is 10:30 both days.
Cheddar Box Cafe
- offers box lunches from $18-20, also has a "snack box" that feeds up
to 6 people for $60. Pick up only, all boxes are in compliance with
Churchill Downs rules regarding food.
Lotsa Pasta - Box lunches start at $9.50
Red Clover - Box lunches starting at $18. Place orders by noon April 25, pick up hours are 9-12 Friday or Saturday.
Paul's Produce - Box lunches start at $12. Order by Thursday May 2. Four locations to choose from for pick up.
Anchorage Cafe Box lunches are $11.50.
Victoria's Catering - $12, scroll down for small box lunch menu.
Stricker's Cafe - Located in Jeffersonville, IN so it's a good option for anyone coming from the north.
Another option is to bring a big, clear ziploc bag from home, pick up a sub from somewhere like Subway or Penn Station or even a grocery store deli, and put it in the ziploc bag. Voila! Instant "boxed" lunch!
Here's a map with all the places I've listed- the A on the map is Churchill Downs. And here's a link to the same map if you want to punch in the address of your hotel and see which place works best for your route to Churchill Downs.