Happy Holidays from Gourmet Detective!

This year I am so happy to be surrounded by the people I care about most.. From family to friends to puppies.. It's been a blast and I'm very grateful to be an entertainer and to do what I love every day. Here's to another year of love and laughter.. You can never have too much of either! RM I know sappy.. But it's the holidays lol -Rachel M.

Plans are for new beginnings, maintain amazing relationships, spread joy and laughter, and be happy!!!! - Ralph G.

All I want for Christmas is NYE at Gourmet Detective! - Robert M.

For growth in our minds, peace in our hearts, justice in our hands, kindness in our mouths. - Liz C.

 I wish to help bring happiness this Christmas for people! - Veronica O.

Humbug (just kidding, don't print that) - TRW (I printed it!)

I wish for everyone's troubles to last just as long as everybody's New Year's resolutions. - Mike E.

I wish for everyone's heart to grow three sizes. - John S.

I wish everyone a lifetime of love and happiness - Kayla T.

 I wish for everyone to full fill there dreams. And remember "no man is a failure who has friends. " Clarence Oddbody, angel 2nd. Class - Karl J.

I will be on the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade this Friday at 8pm on The CW! - Nathan P.

Cats are awesome and I like Tuna - Lionel S

Enjoy the love and the spirit of the season. Lisa M.

To quote a song " let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." ... and a hula hoop- LeeAnne R

After my trip to Walt Disney World I feel like my wishes & dreams already came true. I am thrilled to have started performing with Gourmet Detective this holiday season. I look forward to many more. I hope we all enjoy family & friends this holiday season and remember that "all you need is love". - Judy M-B

Much love and gratitude for all of our cast, crew and audience. May the new year bring you beauty and happiness.

 

"Live By Night" with us!

Gourmet Detective is partnering once again with Warner Brothers Pictures to bring you a movie promo night!

On Saturday night, December 17th, in both our Riverside and Newport Beach locations, we will be giving away prizes and movie passes to Ben Affleck's new film, "Live By Night". Join us for this exciting, one night only event!

"It's the Roaring `20s and Prohibition hasn't stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve, and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules, and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll."

Supporting American Veterans #22pushups for #22kill

Our amazing cast member, Ralph Griffey, received a request for his last day of the challenge to complete it on an aircraft!

"Pushing for Awareness!!
Day 20 of 22, ‪#‎22pushups‬ for ‪#‎22kill‬. I am pushing in an attempt to raise awareness to the fact that 22 American Vets will commit suicide today."
Today we challenge our fans at Gourmet Detective to join Ralph on his mission to raise awareness! 

Directions at this link:

https://www.22kill.com/22-honor-pushups/

 

Flabob Airport in Air and Space Magazine

The People and Planes of Flabob:  This California airport is hallowed ground for homebuilders and Hollywood stunt pilots alike.    

One of the most beautiful restorations hangared at Flabob is a 1928 Stearman C3B owned by Ron Alexander. (Chad Slattery)

One of the most beautiful restorations hangared at Flabob is a 1928 Stearman C3B owned by Ron Alexander. (Chad Slattery)

FROM THE AIR YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THAT THE NEW FLABOB AIRPORT is taking over the old one. Lines of shiny new hangars have sprouted among the old buildings, and the runway, taxiways, and ramps have a fresh look to them.

The old Flabob started its life in 1943, when pilot Flavio Madariaga and his business partner, Bob Bogen, purchased a dirt airstrip nestled between the small town of Rubidoux and the city of Riverside in southern California. The two men combined their first names to create "Flabob," but it was Madariaga's personality and talent that shaped the airport. For 40 years he built it up, often with his own hands, making it a mecca for people who are passionate about building and flying airplanes. When Madariaga died in 1984, his son, Don, took over.

During the next 16 years, Flabob fell on hard times and seemed destined for closure, but in 2000, as a new century began, so did a new Flabob. The Thomas Wathen Foundation, founded by Thomas W. Wathen, the former head of the Pinkerton security company, purchased the 82-acre airport, saving it at the 11th hour from commercial real estate developers. Today, the Wathen Foundation uses the newly renovated airport and its resources for educational programs, enlisting aviation to teach science, math, and technology to young people. And a small general aviation community still calls the airport home.

Despite all the spiffing up, Flabob still has a vintage charm, thanks in large part to Madariaga's wheelings and dealings. Not only a master machinist and a skilled pilot, Madariaga was also a brilliant scrounger who bought, sold, and traded airplanes—and nearly everything else. An old gas station canopy that he salvaged still serves as an open-air shelter for aircraft. And he once paid a dollar for a building that had housed a defunct nightclub and moved it to the airport, where he reopened it as a nightclub, restaurant, and social center.

Don't Miss: The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter One's monthly barbecues; all fly-ins, drive-ins, and walk-ins welcome. Talk shop with such legendary Chapter One members as Ray Stits and Clayton Stephens. For calendar of events, visit www.eaach1.org and www.flabob.org, or write to EAA Chapter One, P.O. Box 3667, Riverside, CA 92519; phone (909) 682-6236. Annual membership is $12.
 

Read more:

http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/the-people-and-planes-of-flabob-5280478/#m5DQMElPTgfohXBx.99 

Super Mom Fitness Inspiration

Kudos to longtime Gourmet Detective actor and supermom, Liz Casey, whom you may have seen in the roles of Frances in “Get Cartier” or Marjorie in “Darling, You Slay Me!” 

Liz began her fitness journey 18 months ago in an effort to gain control of things she could control.  With the help of Riverside trainer, Karla Adams, she made some lifestyle changes.  At 44 years old, nutrition and exercise changes enabled her to lose 25 pounds and 10% body fat.  She is now preparing for a new onstage role : herself. It is rather daunting as she is accustomed to portraying other characters on stage.  She will be entering her first fitness competitions on Memorial Day weekend.  

Her three fabulous children (Zach, 20: Victoria, 17: Madeline, 14) bring her immeasurable joy.  "Mom" is her favorite job.  Being able to work in theatre while raising her children has helped to illustrate for them the joy of pursuing one's passion.  Creativity is a given.  Create your own life.  Her own mother's theatrical pursuits fed Liz’ acting education and endeavors.  A mother's love from one generation to the next cannot be underestimated.

Thanks to her mom and thanks to you Liz, for the inspiration!

Gourmet Fashion

Love what our ladies are wearing? You can dress in the same vintage-style outfits! Most of our gorgeous '60s couture was created by the great folks at www.pinupgirlclothing.com

Our 1920s inspired gowns are  from www.unique-vintage.com

So, if you're thinking to yourself, "I'd like to dress up, but don't know what to wear!", both of those sites will give you a lot of fun ideas. 

Extra, Extra!!

Good guy Ralph Griffey has been cast as the bad guy (Marshall Bart Mathers) in a melodrama in Riverside. He has also been challenging all of us to do push ups in an attempt to raise awareness of the fact that 22 American Vets will commit suicide today. 

(I told you he was a good guy!)

 

Rachel Mclaughlin will be performing in Mary Poppins at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater

Rachel as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha

Rachel as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha

Tom Royer is doing three roles in "Gypsy" at TheatreOut in Santa Ana beginning May 27th (until July 2nd).

Robert May is directing "Rations", a new play by Mark Bowen, for New Voice one-act play fest at Stage Door Rep opening June 11.

Mike Eastman is directing "The Murder Room" at Riverside Community Players. It opens Friday, May 20th, and runs through June 5th.

Travis Rhett Wilson has been cast as Narrator/Mysterious Man in "Into The Woods" at the California Theatre, and in "The Snow Queen" at the California Theatre.