While fried chicken is the focus at Split-Rail Wednesday through Sunday, award-winning Chef and Owner Zoe Schor has reserved one night a week—Tuesday—to go slightly off the rails.
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Schor will host a dinner party in the main dining room at Split-Rail, the first in an ongoing experience meant to foster conversation and connection. The dinners won’t be every Tuesday, nor will Schor’s menus repeat, but each will have a free-flowing, intimate vibe, with plenty of food, drink and ambiance.
For the first dinner, which starts at 7 p.m., guests will be greeted with a cocktail, the Split-Rail Martini, served up. Oysters with Bacon Breadcrumbs, Potato Croquettes with Dill Cream and other snacks will be set out to encourage mingling. After guests choose their seats, a seafood-focused spread will be served family style, with four wines poured to match. Spanish and Italian influences run deep through this first menu, in dishes such as Paella with Shrimp, Clams and Braised Squid, and Braised Escarole with Preserved Lemons. Desserts will be served communally as well, with an after-dinner drink of Dark Matter Cold Brew, Fernet, Laphroaig and Chocolate Bitters.
Tickets for this and future dinner parties will be sold on Split-Rail’s website and will cover all food, drink, tax and gratuity. The price will vary based on the menu. The Oct. 16 dinner is $100 a person and limited to 24 guests.
Upcoming dinners will be held on Oct. 23, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13. Schor will release the menus about two weeks before each event.
For more details about the Split-Rail dinner party, to view the full menu for the Oct. 16 dinner and to buy tickets, visit: https://www.splitrailchicago.com/store/event/tuesday-dinner/