30 Jun

2016 U.S. Mayor’s Conference at Palladium

If you paid attention to any Indianapolis news station over the course of last week and throughout the weekend, you’d be well-informed to know the U.S. Mayor’s Conference descended upon our city with many other events. If you had the opportunity to head downtown, you know our city was hopping with activity. From visits by the Dali Lama and Lady Gaga, to concerts at White River State Park, the annual Indiana Market Festival at Eiteljorg Museum, U.S.A. Diving trials, and an appearance by Justin Bieber – Indianapolis was the place to be.


In fact, we were all over the city catering to nearly 4,000 guests! It wasn’t our busiest weekend to date, but it was up there.
However, the talk of the town was certainly the U.S. Mayor’s Conference. Carmel’s own mayor, James Brianard, hosted all of the mayor’s at The Center for Performing Arts in Carmel on June 24th. At this welcome event, 1100 guests had the opportunity to enjoy Indiana farm-to-table cuisine, take in a private concert by Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Aware nominated entertainer, dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook”, and enjoy live Cirque du Soleil inspired acrobatics.



Due to the size of the event, more space than what the Palladium could provide was needed to host the event. Tents were used to provide additional event space outside of the Palladium where a variety of food stations were set for guests to enjoy Indiana favorites such as pork tenderloin sliders and local Indiana cheeses.

Seafood Station
Jumbo shrimp cocktail
with cocktail sauce and horseradish lime sauce
Stone and snow crab and crab legs
with red pepper remoulade sauce

Shooter Station
Petite mozzarella, arugula pesto, grape tomato, balsamic glaze
Marinated thai beef salad, cucumbers, red onion, basil in a birch boat
Red curry cashew shrimp salad, lotus root cup, cilantro emulsion
Jam jar chopped beet salad, citrus capriole goat cheese mousse, ginger candied pistachios

Grilled and Roasted Meat and Fish Station
Beef tenderloin with fennel peppercorn crust, chianti demi-glace, horseradish cream and dijon aioli
Citrus togarashi spiced loin of tuna with napa cabbage kim chee, honey wasabi glaze
Sunking beer battered pork tenderloin sliders, whole grain mustard aioli

Served with petite brioche rolls

Heirloom tomato caprese, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, balsamic glaze

Farm to Table Station
Mixed greens, cherry tomato, cucumber, red radish red onion,
wild flower ridge honey vinaigrette
White marble farms maple glazed pork belly corn cake sliders
Maple leaf farms spiced duck breast, sweet cherry glaze

Indiana Cheese Display
Capriole goat cheese, fair oak farms sweet swiss, tulip tree brie cheese, and ludwig farms cheeses
with fresh fruit, assorted nuts, and fruit compotes

Lemon shortcakes, local strawberry compote, ginger whipped cream

Skewer Station
Lemongrass & ginger marinated shrimp skewers, cilantro coconut crème
Herb seasoned chicken with pumpkin seed pesto
Marinated portabella, grape tomato skewers, fig and balsamic glaze

Mini Gelato Cone Station
Banana walnut chocolate, vanilla, cashew praline gelato
served with mini chocolate and vanilla cones
and chocolate chip, oatmeal, and peanut butter mini-cookies


Once we arrived at the Palladium, we hit the ground running – setting to work and staying busy until the last guest left. With so much activity and responsibility to ensure this event was a success, we didn’t have the time to take the photos we wanted to. However, we look forward to receiving more photos from the event in the near future from the event photographer. When we do, we will be sure to share them with you!

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