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:


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 and, or write to EAA Chapter One, P.O. Box 3667, Riverside, CA 92519; phone (909) 682-6236. Annual membership is $12.

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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

Our 1920s inspired gowns are  from

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.

Thinking about using us for your corporate event?

We bring excitement and class to any affair!  From sales trainings to retirement parties to holiday celebrations, we'll make your event an evening to die for.

Check out these bits of "Darling, You Slay Me!" at the Prado restaurant in Balboa Park:

Murder, mystery, dinner and magic!

Elegance, style, class ... that's us!

Gourmet Detective takes flight at Flabob Airport!

Extra! Extra!

Gourmet Detective debuts their latest va-va-voom venue, Flabob Airport Cafe! The stars were out Saturday night at glamorous Flabob Airport in Riverside! Gourmet Detective’s debut in its latest location was a runaway success.

Yvette flashes screen goddess glamour.

The Ackermans arrive on the tarmac, dressed to kill!

The Ackermans arrive on the tarmac, dressed to kill!


And what did the audience say?


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review from Rosanne Sanchez!

"Had an absolute fabulous time at Flabob Cafe with the Gourmet Detective. Small intimate group of diners that made you feel you were part of the mystery. A must see. Loved, loved, loved it!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review from Katharine Showman!

"The play was fun.  The Flabob food and cast were remarkable. They make the night memorable. We had eleven people and had a lovely time."

Hey, party planners!  Flabob Airport is a fabulous spot for a private murder mystery dinner - intimate, antique, unique …!

Be sure to get in on the fun.  Check calendar for dates.  Saturday, April 30th is our next "Nite on the Tarmac" at Flabob! Use discount code:  FLYAWAY and receive $10 off per ticket.

April Showers bring Plenty of Flowers.

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News on the Rialto:

Many exciting things going on in April.  Check out what our fabulous actors are doing when not wowing audiences with murder mystery dinner theater!

Daniel Hunt will be in Dog Sees God at Stages Theatre in Fullerton. 

Karl Jaecke is in the bubble show at the Safari Park in Escondido. He plays the Swedish rock star "Uncle Sven." He will be there 7 days a week until the 10th of April. Swing on by and enjoy the Butterfly exhibit and the new Tiger area.

Elizabeth Casey took 30 of her middle school drama students to their first live theatre experience this spring on two outings in Riverside.

Lisa Shannon will appear in Chino Community Theatre's production of Good People in May.