Another murder mystery dinner theater? Dead wrong. Washington Platform’s Murder on the Menu eschews melodrama (and awkward audience participation) in favor of the facts. This monthly true crime walking tour and dinner centers on Cincinnati’s oldest unsolved murder: the 1879 death of businessman Harry Baldwin.
Guided by historian and author Michael Morgan, guests tour locations significant to the crime, which occurred just a short walk from the restaurant (Baldwin was an 1870s regular at the bustling pub). Later, they return to Washington Platform for a four-course meal from chef and owner Jon Diebold, who creates a new menu every month. Dishes are inspired by 19th century Cincinnati (think baked oysters and rice pudding) and are paired with a regional beer. Morgan reveals a new theory about the murder with each coming course, weaving a web of prostitutes, unfaithful husbands, and powerful corporations.
Whodunit? There’s nothing open and shut about this case. All theories, no matter
how outlandish (or alcohol-induced), are welcome. You’ll likely leave with more questions than answers, but one thing is for sure: it definitely wasn’t Colonel Mustard, in the library, with the lead pipe.
Sept 20 & Oct 18, Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant, queencityhistory.com