Organizers, sponsors, and celebrity guests for tonight’s inaugural Rev event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway sat down Thursday evening for a four-course dinner at St. Elmo Steak House that spotlighted a stunning dry-aged New York strip and (of course) that famous shrimp cocktail. Guests included two toques of TV fame—chef Vic Vegas, who appeared on Food Network’s Next Food Network Star, Chopped All-Stars, and Food Truck Face Off; and Spike Mendelsohn of Bravo’s Top Chef Chicago—both in town to participate in the sprawling food-and-entertainment event. Indy’s own celebrity chef, Dave Foegley of St. Elmo, prepared fresh Alaskan halibut in a morel-and-tomato ragout, huge steaks dry-aged for 30 days, and chocolate-chunk bread pudding drizzled with bourbon—served in the historic steakhouse’s below-level private room, The Wine Cellar, which was Peyton Manning’s post-game hangout of choice.
Tonight’s “chic outdoor experience” features headliner Jon McLaughlin as well as several other acts and dozens of local chefs paired with drivers, dishing up everything from squid ink–white truffle ravioli (Peterson’s) to mini cupcakes from Vanilla Bean Bakery.
The main Rev event gets going Friday, May 9, at 6:45 p.m. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For info and tickets visit revindy.org.