Flames, food and high-end cocktail party fashion filled Pagoda Plaza on May 9 along with more than 1,500 who attended the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s inaugural Rev soiree.
The party, which continued late into the night, offered guests tastes of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ favorite foods re-imagined by more than 40 Indianapolis-area chefs. Revelers snapped photos of the racers and were offered hors d’oeuvres-sized dishes, including prosciutto goat cheese bruschetta created by Bluebeard, Indianapolis, made for Charlie Kimball, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. Board Chairman Mari Hulman George’s jalapeno cornbread and French canapés created by McFarling Foods, Indianapolis, in honor of Sebastien Bourdais.
Two celebrity chefs – Vic Vegas, a self-trained chef who appeared on “The Next Food Network Star” and Spike Mendelsohn, who was a runner-up on “Top Chef” – came to town for the event.
The pair of restaurateurs dined at Indianapolis’ famous St. Elmo Steak House, took rides in a two-seat Indy car and toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Rev.
“Spark the flame,” was the party’s theme, so its décor came in red, orange and chrome. Contemporary torches burned outside. Hoosier rocker Jon McLaughlin entertained, as did locals Endless Summer and DJ Lockstar, Blair Clark and Chad Mills. Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon and his wife, Emma, served as the event’s honorary chairs.
Plans are already in the works to bring the party back next year.
“It was one of the best events I’ve attended,” said Bronte Tagliani (wife of Verizon IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani), who wore a shimmering blue and green mini dress to the event. “Everything I expected for the food, the fashion and the music was far above and beyond.”
The Methodist Health Foundation event that benefited IU Health Statewide Trauma programs, including medical services for the drivers and patrons of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was planned to kick off the month of May at IMS with a new party. It celebrated Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 and all of the IndyCar pageantry that happens here annually.
“It is exactly what this series needs to kick off the month of May,” said Tagliani.
Megan Krisiloff (wife of IMS Senior Director of Marketing Jarrod Krisiloff) looked to be having a great time in a cream Zara midi top and matching pencil skirt and carrying a checked Kate Spade bag with silver closure shaped like a vintage Indy car.
“It’s a nice new event,” she said. “It brings the Indianapolis community out.”