It's time: we're starting the countdown till Kentucky Derby 2016, and we're kicking it off with a first look at Churchill Downs' official menu for this year's race.

After a year of research, Churchill Downs' head chef David Danielson picked dishes that showed off international takes on Southern classics from green beans sprinkled with bourbon-smoked sesame seeds to bourbon ball ice cream over white chocolate crepes. Yeah, there's definitely bourbon involved with this menu. Chef Danielson also sourced many of the ingredients, including the 300 crates of mint for all those juleps, from Kentucky farmers.

Wait, this is the menu for VIPs right? No, friends. Every dish on this year's menu is served throughout the racetrack's dining areas for Derby's more than 170,000 attendees thanks to the help of students from Pennsylvania Technical College who have traditionally assisted with the menu for over 25 years.

Check out the menu below and check back to The Daily South, Facebook, and Instagram for more Derby updates.

The Official 142 Kentucky Derby Menu

Chef's Appetizers

Black and Blue Salad

Heirloom spinach, chicory, blackberry, blue cheese, toasted pecan

Garden Salad of Petit Lettuce Gems

An array of baby lettuces, lemon poppy seed dressing

Watermelon Radish Salad

Arugula, almond and mint with Riesling vinaigrette

Chef's Sides

Green Beans

Louisville sorghum and bourbon smoked sesame seeds

Bourbon Pickled Peaches

Chef's Entrees

Shrimp and Grits

Louisville smoked grits and tasso gravy

Roasted Chicken Breast

Moonshine spiked raisin sauce

New York Strip Loin

Truffle sea salt crust

Smoked Turkey & Brie

Apple butter on rosemary bread

Chef's Desserts

Blackberry Cobbler with Lemon-Rosemary Biscuit Top

White and Dark Chocolate Verrine

Warm Chocolate Crepes, Bourbon Ball Ice Cream & Caramel Pecan Sauce

Bourbon Crème Brulee Tart