Chef’s Night Off is a new series of pop-up dinners held at Red Door. The series features relative unknowns who have put in time in the kitchens of Chicago’s finest restaurants. It’s an opportunity for them to release some creative steam and showcase their own menus.
The name of the first dinner is ¡Chingon!, and features Mexican bar food through the Modern American culinary filter of cooks Steve Newman and Graham Stein. The menu is impressive, with dishes that include smoked duck enchiladas, peanut butter and Ancho chocolate sauce with duck egg; Horchata-braised pork shoulder; and fried poblano ice cream, sweet corn with queso fresco cake and rum raisin sauce.
The cocktails available for the evening may look familiar, because they are created by mixologist Jay Schroeder. Sip on the grapefruit tarragon paloma with Milagro blanco tequila, house-made grapefruit soda and Mineragua or the Guapichosa Sketches with El Tessoro Blanco, jalapeno, smoked paprika, Dolin dry vermouth, cilantro and lemon.
The dinner takes place on Monday and is divided into four settings. The 7:30 PM seating has already sold out but tickets are still available for the 6, 9 and 10:30 seating. Reserve a seat for $50 here.