Happy Silver Anniversary, Gourmet Detective!

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!


New Riverside Venue: Giuliana's Trattoria

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

Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Special Promotion

We're very excited to participate in the promotion of Warner Brothers upcoming movie, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.  Visit our Facebook page to participate in a contest to win passes to a special screening in Los Angeles.  We'll have movie passes and swag at our very own 1960s murder mystery, Get Cartier! in both Newport Beach and Riverside.  Check FB for more details.  Many thanks to Camilla Prada-Rey for including us in this event!

Genderbender: Death of a Diva!

Look out, Riverside! We're cooking up some hot summer fun with David St. Pierre of The Menagerie to bring you our 1920s Broadway murder mystery, Darling, You Slay Me: the Genderbent Version.  Our talented cast will swap gender roles to perform this Gourmet Detective favorite for two murder mystery brunches:  Sunday, 7/12 and Sunday, 7/19.  Join us and see your favorite male actors playing the female roles, and vice versa. A delicious brunch by Ubaldo of Pannatoni's Catering makes this a Sunday outing to die for.  Get your $60 tickets while they last!  Ticket price includes brunch, show, taxes and ticket fees.

A Fond Farewell and A Show on the Road

It's time to bid farewell to our original Riverside venue, the Avila Terrace.  We will miss our Saturday nights there, but Riverside brides will benefit from increased dates for weddings and rehearsal dinners in the lovely downtown space. We'll be back for special events, while seeking alternate digs for our weekly shows.  (A murder mystery wedding, now there's an idea whose time has come!)

We'll happily spend our summer at the beautiful Hyatt Place Downtown, just spitting distance from the Avila, across the parking lot:  3500 Market, at the corner of 5th and Market. Visit us there to find our talented actors slinging murder, intrigue and Hyatt hash every hot summer Saturday night.

We wish our Avila friends (family now!) all the best of everything, and trust we will see them now and again to enjoy one of their delicious tamales downstairs.

The search for a new long-term home begins.  Stay tuned!