The Octagon Mode

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Run by Ice3 owner Erika Stone-Miller, this non-traditional restaurant hosts dinner parties several times a week, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays, where about 12 to 18 people mingle and dine at communal tables. The menu changes every week and isn't revealed until you're at the event, which Stone-Miller said gives her the flexibility to change it to incorporate fresh products from the Green City Market and other local vendors. The one dish that is always be present is the European drinking chocolate, served between dessert and coffee. The BYOB dinners run about two and a half hours, though Stone-Miller said she takes cues from the crowd. Local duo The Apuli Brothers are regulars, providing music during meals. Stone-Miller said she also has some other bands lined up. These reserved dinners cost $100, but come prepared--diners get a $15 discount if they share an interesting fact about themselves that Stone-Miller can use to get conversation started. Keep in mind, this seasonal spot closes during the warm weather months so Stone-Miller can run the Ice Cubed food truck.