Get a Ticket for 8 Courses at Octagon Mode

With the Ice Cubed truck shut down for the season, its owner is throwing dinner parties with an architectural angle.

Photo by k.fitz photography

A dish with avocado, crispy pigs ears, poblano pepper cream and dried pimento provides a preview of the fare at The Octagon Mode. 

Ice cream sellers have a few options when the weather starts to resemble their product: gut it out, close for the season, or shift gears. Erika Stone-Miller is a gear-shifter. Now that her ice-cream truck, Ice Cubed, has shut down till spring, she has launched a dinner-party-type restaurant, The Octagon Mode (1509 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-575-4084).

Located in the space Stone-Miller originally planned to convert to a stationary Ice3, the Octagon Mode will serve dinner to anywhere from 10 to 18 people on Fridays and Saturdays, prepaid tickets only. The BYO cocktail (half-)hour and music performance portion of the evening starts at 6:30, and an eight-course menu follows at 7. Stone-Miller offers a $15 discount off the $100 ticket price to diners who submit an interesting fact about themselves.

The restaurant is named after a building style conceived of by Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist and amateur architect in the mid-19th century. Fowler’s octagonal houses held heat better and required less building material than rectangular structures. Stone-Miller, who has a degree in architecture but not in cooking, liked the idea of recognizing Fowler’s nonstandard path to success.

Stone-Miller herself will act as chef, now that Adam Harralson no longer works with Ice3. “I prefer to be in the kitchen myself,” she says. “I’m too much of a control freak.”

And even though the truck is parked, frozen treats aren’t totally frozen out. “Ice cream will probably be a part of every dessert,” Stone-Miller says.

 

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