Murder Mystery Westin

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa introduces Murder Mystery Dinners featuring four evenings of suspense over a delectable three-course dinner prepared by the resort’s talented Executive Chef Joel Desmond. Presented by the Murder Mystery Company, the country’s most popular dinner theater company, four crime scenes are to be solved by the dinner guests who are turned into suspects and sleuths.

The fun begins with professional actors leading the intriguing three-hour event for the guest crime solvers and mayhem seekers to unearth whodunit. Guests are invited to wear attire to fit the theme of the evening. Over the courses of dinner clues are presented and information is gathered to assist guests in solving the mystery. The killer events are scheduled as follows:

* July 16: A Dance with Death

This 1950’s sock hop is a doo wop disaster! When a death on the dance floor makes this fun night a party foul, it is up to guests to figure out the guilty party and get this dance back on track. This is a chance for the ladies to get all dolled up for dancing in poodle skirts, bobby socks, and a pony tail with a floppy hair bow. The guys will look perfect as Greasers with cuffed jeans, white t-shirts and leather jackets, or as Jocks, complete with letterman jackets! While guests solve the crime they will enjoy a three-course dinner featuring Chilled Asparagus, Beet and Kohlrabi Broth to start, an Earl Grey Steamed Halibut along with Spicy Summer Tomato and Finocchiona Mélange, and will conclude with a Cornbread, Roasted Masumoto Peach and Maple Cream with coffee service.

* August 13: Of Sound Mind and Dead Body

When a magical mishap leaves a million dollar inheritance up for grabs, the next trick will be figuring out who the lucky winner is, and who will end up behind bars. This is an abracadabra disaster, and it’s up to guests to find the murderer before they vanish into thin air. This is an evening spent glimpsing through smoke and mirrors to uncover which hocus pocus hitman offed the poor fellow, and to stop them before this goes down as the most dangerous magic trick in history. Guests are invited to dress as a rival magician, a lovely assistant, or even a detective to this night of magical mystery. The magical menu features a starter course of Petaluma Chicken Liver, Red Wine, Smoky Bacon, and Cherries, a main course of Seared Branzino with Olive, Pickled Grapes and Potato Panzanella, and a delectable dessert of White Chocolate Crème Brulee and Berries with coffee service.

* October 10: Totally 80s, Totally Murder

Poison Ratenstein is in town for a killer concert, but his fans may be looking for a refund after this twisted tour turns tragic with a murder and a mystery to solve. This radical show could be super lame if no one can solve who was buggin’ so we can all cool out and get the show started! Guests help the crowd and the detective figure out who ruined this totally tubular night, so everyone can like, take a chill pill. Fitting dress attire? 80’s concert gear to rock out in style –jean jackets and spandex leggings, big hair, bangles, and don’t forget leg warmers and ripped jeans. These will be all the rage at this rocking night of mystery. For dinner starters guests will be served Teleme, Squash, Onion Galette, Blue Gem Leaves and Fennel Vinaigrette, followed by the main entrée of Spiced Buttermilk Cod, Curried Spinach and Lentil, and closing the evening with Baked Chocolate Ganache, Hazelnut and Orange Oil with coffee service.

* December 3: The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year

Silver bells are ringing at this seasonal standup performance, but the jolly jokester gets upstaged by an event far worse than bad holiday comedy: a murder! With humbug hovering over the holiday, it is up to the unamused audience to unravel the mystery of whodunit like last year’s tacky knitted holiday sweater. While murder is making the night not so merry and bright, information must be gathered, guests bribed for clues, and the crime must be solved before this comedy act becomes a tragedy. What better dress than fitting festive holiday clothes to make this event a colorful spectacle. Festive meaning in the adornment of ugly sweaters, garb gifted from the in-laws fit only for the back of the closet, and garish color clashes! Crime solvers will enjoy Corn Cake, Roasted Beet and an Apple Salad to start, followed by a Maine Lobster Pancake, and completed with a Baked Blue Cheesecake, Pickled Gooseberry and the resort’s own raw honey, along with coffee service.

Each mystery dinner begins at 6 p.m. in one of the resort ballrooms. The cost of each dinner is $59 plus tax and gratuity, with limited seating available. Reservations are required by calling (760) 770-2150 or via email to pinziminips@westin.com

The Westin Mission Hills is located at 71333 Dinah Shore Drive in Rancho Mirage and can be reached at (760) 328-5955. For more information about the resort visit www.westinmissionhills.com