Mount Hope’s culinary who-done-it

By on January 18, 2017

Mount Hope Estate and Winery will host its ninth annual interactive, culinary “who-done-it” Murder Mystery Dinner Theater this February and March.

Inside the Mansion, it’s the 1950s, the age of white picket fences, the TV dinner, and the always present anxiety of nuclear attack lurking just below the surface. What can be done? The answer is quite simple –; fallout shelters: the subject on everyone’s mind, of which no one wants to talk.

It is time to stand up as a true patriot and purchase a custom-made fallout shelter. Guests to the mansion are the very people this planet requires. No one wants to be known as the one who turned his back on Shakespeare, Plato, Michelangelo, and the other masters, whose life affirming works would disappear into oblivion. S.A.F.E.R. Vault LTD (Shelter and Family Environment Refuge) has invited specifically selected individuals, through a scientifically-designed patented selection process, to accept this ultra-important calling to save the world. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal amidst the vanguard of fallout shelter technology.

The meal, which is a perfect example of what can be prepared in a new shelter kitchen, will begin with served hors d’oeuvres during the ever popular cocktail hour. Guests can also purchase signature mai tai and whiskey sour libations from the bar. The meal will continue with a wedge salad dressed with a Mount Hope wine vinaigrette. (Wine is a staple for any mother in an underground vault). The main course will be a hearty meatloaf and stuffed pork tenderloin pairing, accompanied by a twice baked potato and roasted vegetables. Individual pineapple upside-down cake is the finishing course. For forward thinking vegetarian and gluten free guests, Mrs. Twardzik’s handmade pierogies will be served as the main course finishing with a dessert of chocolate vanilla Italian bomba. Guests must select their meal choice when purchasing tickets.

Murder at Mount Hope Mansion runs Fridays (7 p.m.) and Saturdays (1 and 7 p.m.), Feb. 3 through March 25. Sunday performances are available at 1 p.m., March 5 through 26. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is $43.95 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by visiting or calling the box office at 665-7021 x231.

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