Neighborhood: Spanish Oaks, Austin, Texas

When we got the call to whip up a delectable menu for a murder mystery dinner party, we knew we were in for an evening to remember. But what to serve for the occasion? The menu certainly needed to hint at high crime. 

Then inspiration struck. What better way to start a murder mystery dinner party than with an eye-catching appetizer: tuna tartare, dahhhling

Hor D’oeuvres

While the murderous antics were afoot, we simmered up mischief of another sort. It came in the form of pineapple coulis, paired with pork rangoon, crackers, and roasted beet (to give just a dash of red to the plating, of course). 

Course I – Local Austin Greens

A salad featuring seasonal greens was up next. Never ones to find salad boring, we threw in a bit of shaved fennel and aged balsamic vinaigrette. 

Course II – Land & Sea

Finally, the main event of the evening. The dastardly villain was exposed against the backdrop of the main course of sous vide petite filet, halibut, au jus, melted leek risotto, and wild mushroom au jus. 

Course III – Death by Chocolate

For dessert? Why, death by chocolate, of course. The chocolate panna cotta and crumble, paired with an orange whip was worth dying for (or so we were told). 

By the end of the evening, the whodunnit was solved, and the delicious food was demolished. 

Didn’t receive an invitation to the party? The Austin Artisan would be pleased to be the private chef at your next murder mystery dinner party or other evening fete. We’ll design a menu that is so delicious, it is almost criminal.  

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Guests dress up for a murder mystery dinner party in Austin, TX.