Lovers of mystery novels and whodunnit movies are in for a treat at these murder-mystery dinners hosted throughout the year at different Cape Town restaurants – at the end of which the murder culprit will be revealed.
How it works
Once you have booked for one of the dinners, you will receive an email a week before the event with information about your character (personality, profession and background). At each table there are eight characters (suspects), while inspectors (the organisers of the dinner) walk around, offering clues and facilitating the process.
A minimum of two is required when booking: you can get a few friends together to form your table of eight, or you can join some strangers to make a group. On arrival, you are offered welcome drinks (which would be for your own account) during which the dead body is discovered (no staged crime scene, as that would be a little too grim), and the mystery party begins. Clues are presented with each course and, by dessert, the murderer is revealed.
So go ahead and book your table! Someone has to solve these dastardly murders.
Murder Mystery Calendar for 2018
Last Flight of the Pink Swan
The setting is Palermo, Italy, where the Sicilian Mafia rules with an iron fist. You’ve been invited to watch the talented Cara Basi, aka ‘The Pink Swan’, perform at a gentlemen’s club that happens to be a popular hangout for mobsters, but when the beloved singer falls to her death from the rooftop, you get an offer you can’t refuse. Help find the person responsible, or you’ll be sleeping with the fishes (after dinner, of course).
Date Friday 28 September
Dress code Burlesque
Dinner Five-course tapas menu, and a mystery to solve
Venue Fork Restaurant
Halloween Special: An Enchanted Nightmare
The last will and testament of Dr. Jack Ripper is set to be unveiled, and as per his final request, all beneficiaries are required to attend one last dinner at his estate before the event. After gathering in the library for drinks, guests suddenly start feeling drowsy.
They lose consciousness, and wake up to find the dead bodies of some of their fellow guests scattered throughout the mansion. Is this a hangover from hell, or does their host have something hellish in store for them?
Date Friday 26 October
Dress code Halloween Theme
Dinner Three-course meal, and a mystery to solve
Venue Knife Restaurant, Crystal Towers, Century City
Halloween Special: The Haunted Masquerade
You have been invited to attend the birthday masquerade of one David Cohen, in a Venetian castle he recently inherited from his estranged father. Rumours abound that the castle is haunted, but guests think nothing of it…until the lights suddenly go out, and the host disappears under mysterious circumstances. Prepare for a murder mystery in a venue beset by paranormal activity…
Date Saturday 27 October
Time 6.30pm for 7pm
Dress code Masked 1920’s
Dinner Welcome drink, four-course meal, and a mystery to solve
Venue La Petit Manoir, Franschhoek