The Dinner Detective

Posted by Kelly Holck on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 1:20pm.

Hello all! 

Kelly, AKA the Marketing Guru for Madison Neighborhoods, here.

 If you're a Madison, WI dweller, a Wisconsin vacationer, or simply an intrigued world traveler, then you're in the right place. As most of you know, Autumn is approaching rapidly which means cooler days are on their way. If you're unfamiliar with Midwest weather, then you've never experienced the bone-chilling freeze we get to enjoy in our Fall and Winter months. Because of this, many of us Wisconsinites often seek the comfort of the indoors before subzero temperatures fully emerge. Though the cooling off period doesn't begin for another month or so, it's never a bad idea to have some fun events planned for those wintry weekends. Take it from a professional hermit: if you don't get these plans in place, you'll end up allowing yourself to be stuck inside your house until April, watching reruns of Friends and Criminal Minds, and binge-eating whatever canned foods you can pull out from the back of your pantry. 

 Because I'm not a Madison native, I decided to do a little research to get a few events on my barren wasteland of a calendar before I revert to my reclusive winter behaviors. The first thing that caught my eye was a website titled "The Dinner Detective". After a little investigatory work, I think I'll be signing up for every available show. This highly rated comedy/murder mystery show encourages audience involvement in catching the criminal connected to a clue-filled crime, with the help of hired actors of course. Geared towards adults, this one-of-a-kind event utilizes humor, loud sound effects, and "mild content" (whatever that implies, I'm in) to keep you on the edge of your seat.


The tickets, starting at $61.75/person plus tax, include entry to the show, participation if desired (not required), a four-course delectable dinner (dietary restrictions can be accommodated), prizes for the top sleuth, and a cash bar for those who may need some extra help from spirits for investigative inspiration. If you're going with a group of friends, you can each pitch in a few extra dollars (total of $19.95+tax) to covertly make the Ross Geller of the group into a prime suspect! Unlike other shows in a similar capacity, the actors aren't dressed in cheesy costumes, so you won't know who's actually an audience member like you and who's being paid to be there. 

Occurring weekly on Saturdays, from 6:00-9:00PM at the DoubleTree by Hilton Madison, there are plenty of opportunities to get a group of friends together to head downtown and impersonate Detectives Aaron Hotchner, JJ Jareau, and the rest of the BAU crew.

However, you might want to get your plans set soon, because seats are selling fast! 

To purchase tickets to this exhilarating experience, click here. If you're not in Madison and don't plan to be anytime soon, check out their website for more locations of this hilarious, engaging event. Feel free to contact for more information.  

If this doesn't sound like the way you'd like to spend a frigid winter day, then check out the rest of the events on Madison's calendar for the coming months. There's plenty of variety for every breed of Madison squatter.

Thanks for tuning in! See you next week for more of "All Things Dane County"! -K

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