Welcome to our new website! We hope you find it fun and easy to use. Be sure to check out the Shop, where you can buy Gift Certificates, Martini Glasses and more for all your family and friends. You'll also want to investigate our cast pages to get the scoop on the talented actors who bring our murder mystery dinner shows to life.
Yikes! Our friends Eddie and Crystal have run into some restaurant ownership transfer red tape, and are unable to host us for New Year's Eve. We wish them Godspeed as they work to resolve the problem, but in the meantime we will be taking our show temporarily back on the road!
Happily, we are able to celebrate our New Year's Eve show at The Hyatt Place Downtown, 3500 Market, Riverside, 92501. The Hyatt is a venue we know and love, located steps from the Convention Center and the Mission Inn.
January and February shows will be in venues To Be Determined (TBD). If you have any great ideas for us, please email or call the box office: (949) 423-5311.
In the meantime, ticketholders, please check your email closely for updates on venue and show information. We apologize for any disruption this venue transition creates in your plans.
The holidays are here, and we are performing back to back public murder mystery dinners and private corporate events. As we gear up to head into 2016, we wish you and yours a Very Happy Holiday Season. May your celebrations, like our shows, be filled with mystery and mirth!
Giuiliana's is under new ownership and management! (A name change is in the works as well: keep your eye out for Knockout Italian.) We are very excited to work with Crystal and Eddie, the captains of our new kitchen team. Their famous family recipes for Chicken Alfredo and Lasagna with Meat Sauce will knock you out as our new chicken and beef menu options. We're looking forward to working with our new "cast" members, who will perform the dinner portion of our murder mystery dinner show. Welcome, Crystal and Eddie!
Darling, You Slay Me, our crowd-pleasing 1920s Broadway murder mystery, which first debuted in Newport Beach in 2008, returned triumphantly to Orange County last Saturday. Our review of opening night? A smash!
From our fantastic director Phillip Gabriel come these kudos to the cast:
Congratulations everyone on a great opening night of Darling You Slay Me in Newport!
Robert May did a great job of steering the boat as always!
Mallory Kerwin, a wonderful debut as April June!
Kurtis Reed, you looked perfect as Skippy.
Mike Eastman, you were an insufferable bore...which makes a perfect Rafe!
Rachel Elizabeth Levy, you are a force of nature and delivered a tour de force performance. Brava.
Stevie Rose, a wonderful turn as Marjorie.
Travis Rhett Wilson, You sir, nearly made me choke on my cheesecake! You created a great piece of theatre with XXXXXXXXXX (oops, almost had a spoiler there!)
It was a smooth running show thanks to the capable whip-cracking of Emerald Gonzalez-Castillo.
Special thanks to Krystian Hill for assisting with quick changes.
And last but certainly not least, kudos to the maestro Tom Shelton for creating and playing a great score and underscore that ties it all together so brilliantly. Our musical score and original scripts by Shelton and Canann are what sets us far above other murder mystery companies.
Well done, everyone!
We've much to be grateful for here at The Gourmet Detective, having just celebrated our 25th year producing award-winning interactive murder mystery dinner theater.
We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, full of gratitude and the joy of the season.
Here's a look back to where we were a year ago, celebrating Thanksgiving with our very special Rat Pack Cabaret:
We're 25 years old today! In 1990, we opened as Mystery Cafe, becoming The Gourmet Detective in 1998. Since our first show on 11/2/90, we've produced eleven original murder mystery plays, six of which were written in-house. We've won numerous “Best of” awards from Orange Coast Magazine, Sunset Magazine, FoxLA, OC Metro and CBS LA, and played host to over two hundred thousand murder mystery enthusiasts.
We owe our success to a most talented group of actors, directors, stage managers and playwrights, with whom it is a joy and a privilege to work. We don't think you'll find a more lovable and professional group anywhere in southern California!
Thank you, wonderful cast and crew. Here's to another 25 years together!
What holiday says murder mystery dinner show better than Hallowe'en? It's our favorite!
Come and enjoy the SPECTACULAR FOOD at our newest venue in Riverside at Giuliana's Trattoria! We'll perform our first show there this Saturday, 10/17: 6060 Magnolia, between Jurupa and Elizabeth.
We're excited about welcoming our new catering cast members: Brooke and Joe!
Pre-grand opening discount this weekend $15 off with code ITALIAN