WHAT: Murder On The Menu: A 19th Century Murder in Four Courses
WHERE: Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202
WHEN: May 17 starting at 6:00 pm
TICKETS: $48 all-inclusive available at QueenCityHistory.com
Murder On The Menu is a dining experience unlike anything else in the region, combining a short walking tour, 19th century cuisine, and craft beer pairings with each of four courses. Murder On The Menu begins on Thursday, May 17 at 6PM. It occurs every third Thursday of the month through November.
The Crime: Cincinnati's Oldest True Unsolved Murder
On a spring night in 1879 a gunshot rang out near the saloon and restaurant now known as Washington Platform. Shortly after, Harry Baldwin, a respected young businessman, was found dead in an alley across from City Hall. Wealthy brewer William Schaller was immediately arrested and charged with murder, but the case against Schaller unraveled as the list of suspects grew. The investigation exposed an incompetent police force and rampant corruption. It drew unwelcome attention to the brothels surrounding City Hall, sullied the names of prominent families, and turned Washington Platform into an integral part of a crime that transfixed the city. Today, Harry Baldwin’s death remains Cincinnati’s oldest unsolved murder case.
The Tour: Tracing the Steps and the Clues
Guests depart from Washington Platform on a brief walking tour of the crime scene, and then return for a four-course meal inspired by 19th century local cuisine. Each course is paired with a specific beer, and a further installment of the Baldwin murder mystery is revealed. A special, savory menu features dishes that were common in Cincinnati in the late 1800s; each course is paired with a local craft beer. Each month highlights a different menu and a different brewery.
Because this is a truly unsolved crime, there is no pat or simple conclusion to the evening. Instead, guests will take a trip back to 1879 and emerge with their own theories and haunting questions. Whether you are interested in local history, historic cuisine, just enjoy a good story--or if you are searching for a date with plenty of natural conversation-starters, Murder on the Menu promises to be unique and stimulating.
The event – entertainment, dinner and beer pairings – is an all-inclusive experience for $48. Tickets should be purchased in advance at QueenCityHistory.com. Food allergies, dietary restrictions and non-alcoholic alternatives are all accommodated with advance notice.