Murder and mayhem on the menu at Riverside Hot Sulphur Springs
September 26, 2008
Dinner guests at the Riverside Hotel in Hot Sulphur Springs may want to keep their steak knives when their plates are cleared if theyre eating there next Saturday night. A murderer will be afoot and guests and visitors are invited to gather clues to solve the case.Saturdays Murder Mystery party and benefit next week is an overflow of a popular event the night before for a U.S. Bank retreat that had enough interested parties to add a second day. The Riverside added Saturday, with room for about 40 people (about 10 spaces remain and several rooms are still available for the nights stay).Dinner includes tea, coffee or Coke products and delectables from Riverside chefs Daniel Walker and Damoun Nikbakht soup (harvest vegetable) or garden salad (with the Riversides signature garlic dressing or balsamic vinaigrette), choice of slow-roasted, garlic and herb-encrusted prime rib (with potato gratin), chicken spedini (with pasta and a light marinara), or vegetable pasta primavera with a champagne creme sauce; mixed vegetable side from whatever Morales Farms has got going, and either panna cotta or individual crme brule for dessert. There will be wine for purchase and the Riversides eclectic antique bar will also be open.The Murder Mystery is in the theme of a 1920s-style mobster murder. Shots ring out and after the commotion dies down, speakeasy (and Riverside) owner Richard Paradise checks the rotgut room (where the bootleg liquor is hidden and stored) and finds a dead body riddled with bullets.The body is that of Ed The Big Cheese Malone, ruthless and notorious Chicago gangster. Whodunit? Well, dinner guests have the run of the place and try to find out by pinning down someone who would have motive to do the dirty deed, someone who had a gun and who was in the rotgut room around the time the shots were fired.This is the first time the Paradises have hosted a murder mystery party and Richard said, It sounds like itll be interesting. He and his wife and Riverside co-owner Julie are really gonna get into it, he said, adding that they have already been gathering really great 1920s music and some attire for the event.The Murder Mystery is a fundraiser for the Business & Economic Development Association (BEDA), which offers business classes, workshops and trainings; as well as small business loans up to $5,000. (The Paradises) have done a great job renovating and yet keeping the historical richness of the venue, said Becky McBride, BEDA executive director and Murder Mystery hostess. The event promises to be fun and full of suspense.Several sponsorship levels are available. Gold sponsors receive several promotions and two free tickets for the evening event (silver and bronze sponsor levels are also available for the promotional benefits).