Back by popular demand this event is an unforgettable, immersive mystery dinner experience that takes you back to Asheville, 1929. Dinner, music, singing performances, fine acting, a grand dinner and unexpected twist awaits dinner guests.
It is September 1929 and guests at Lex 18 await the arrival of the evening's honoree, native son Thomas Wolfe. Returning for a brief visit to his childhood home, Thomas has been invited to the former Eureka Saloon, now Lex 18, to dine with guests and perform a reading from the manuscript of his new book Look Homeward, Angel. The manuscript is scheduled to be mailed to the publisher this week, so this is a truly private advance reading. The intimate dinner, complimented by a visiting pianist, takes a dark and scandalous turn. Multiple motives, suspicions and chaos ensues. Fortunately, there is a special guest who can solve the mystery and return peace to the evening while revealing a shocking future..
The proprietress of the Eureka Saloon has made great plans for her guests' enjoyment including securing bootlegged wine, beer and whisky, a four-course dinner affair and a hired jazz musician from Washington, DC to hear and see the young novelist he admires.
After Mr. Wolfe's reading of a rather spicy excerpt from his "tell-all" novel, a lovely dining experience accompanied by live music and song appears to unfold seamlessly. Suddenly, however, in the midst of all this enjoyment the evening takes a dark turn. A deceptive plot, prickled with mysterious motives and unwanted suspicions, is revealed in the chaos.
Luckily, a visiting guest in attendance can turn the evening's digression and resolve the accusations and defensive posturing. While reluctant to step into the role, he may open a bigger can of worms than anyone has bargained for.
STYLE AND ENGAGEMENT
This uniquely designed dinner experience blends historical facts, setting and personages with fictionalized events that are both fun and fascinating. With an integrated cast of 12 characters, guests' interactions and involvement can range from fully engaged mystery sleuths to casual reserved observers. The only instruction is to play your authentic self.
There is one guest requirement which is to dress for dinner in the style of the 1920s and 1930s. If your closet does not offer the option, we do ask our diners to dress semi formal; jacket and tie for men and cocktail attire for women. A week prior, guests will receive a mailed invitation from the proprietress of the Eureka Saloon (present-day LEX 18) providing directions and information detailing the evening's event.
THE MENU & TIMELINE
6:30 - 7:00PM
Your Choice of:
French 75: Calls for gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and some bubbles.
Slippery Slope: Made with Dewar's Scotch, Orange Peel Moonshine, lime and lemon juice and a hint of simple syrup.
Artisan cheese, apple butter, Appalachian chow chow, fresh baked bread, butter
Carrot and sumac bisque
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
NC braised beef, truffle smashed potatoes, asparagus, peppercorn demi OR
Roasted salmon, NC stone ground grits, asparagus, herb cream sauce
Lemon essence Cream cheese custard with berries
(Please contact us for Vegetarian/Vegan options)