On a dark and stormy night in Monrovia, CA, LA East Elites gathered at Opera for a drama-free 5-course, Three Olives cocktail pairing dinner, when all of a sudden a mysterious murder occured in the middle of enjoying a gorgonzola, bacon, and pear salad. Poor Lou Zarr didn't know he was in for a dose of good old kitchen knife to the stomach stabbing and poisoning that evening. Guests were immediately thrown into a whirlwind of consipiracy theories involving sketchy characters close to the victim. In between gathering the back story on Dixon Cocks (Lou's number 2 and secret FBI agent), Eric the Enforcer (Lou's muscle, aka Albert W), Amanda (Lou's sometimes girlfriend), The Milk Man (aka Javier J) and a gaggle of other folks who all had motive and opportunity to take Lou's life, Elites found time to indulge in Bruschetta, Linguini with Spicy Fiesta Chicken Sausage, Rosemary Chicken, and a decadent Chocolate Bread Pudding.
In addition to trying out the new Three Olives Supercola flavor to start the night off right (not available anywhere else in California at the moment!), Clue-inspired Three Olives cocktails paired with each course (Miss Scarlett made with Three Olives Pomegranate, Mr. Green made with original Three Olives and Midori, Professor Plum made with Three Olives Purple and Peach Schnapps, Colonel Mustard made with Three Olives Dude, and Mrs. White made with Three Olives Loopy and topped with Fruit Loops) had everyone feeling a little fuzzy by the end of the night, but more willing to spill secrets and share clues. The Murder Mystery Company kept everyone on their toes with a two-hour display of colorful acting in '20s mobster roles, and awarded those that took their interactive duties to the next level with Best Actor (Grandpa, aka Vince V), Best Actress (Trish Fish, aka Maria O), and Best Team (Team Trish Fish). Lucky for us, Pirouette Photography was on site to capture the murder, along with many other intimate moments that night. All of the photographic evidence can be seen right here and here (courtesy of The Murder Mystery Company and nosy journalist April K).
Fedoras off to the entire staff at Opera for choreographing such a smooth dinner service and the incredible actors from The Murder Mystery Company for showing us a killer time!
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