Hartford’s got a new entertainment option on the horizon come January.
Chef Tyler Anderson, weHartford, TheaterWorks Hartford and the Goodwin Hotel are trying to bring a new possibility to the table for Connecticuters starved for a diversion — a mash-up between quality dining and a sort of mystery-based adventure.
The event, to be held at the Goodwin Hotel on Haynes Street starting Jan. 8, is called “Yes-or-No Morgan” — a nod to financier J.P. Morgan.
“Each party will enjoy a theatrical, interactive three-course dinner experience, curated by Chef Tyler Anderson, with clues, hints, and performances that unveil details and secrets about the life of the historic American businessman JP Morgan, a Hartford local and frequent visitor to The Goodwin Hotel,” according to a news release.
Anderson said the mystery would be “a little easier than normal,” given that people would be chowing down at the same time the entertainment aspect is unfolding. The items on the menu would also “be from the era,” he said.
“We’re doing era dishes with a twist,” Anderson said. They’d have dishes such as “crab-crusted baked sole,” “a beef short rib Wellington,” a roast chicken dish and a to-be-determined vegetarian option, he said.
Thus far, “the feedback’s been really good,” he said, and he’d like to potentially have other mystery options in the future, such as one focused on the Titanic.
Attendees have options for what their interaction level is with those running the event, Anderson said — they can opt to not interact with anyone, or, they could see a masked actor that’s been tested for COVID-19.
“I think there are going to be so many people who are looking for safe things to do to get out of the house,” Anderson said. “... these people will be some of the only guests in the entire hotel.”
Prices for those participating range from $124.42 for each attendee to $196.45 if wine and cocktails are also tacked on, according to a webpage with details of the event. People could also stay the night for an additional fee.