Get To Know Your Dinner Guests

To Live and Di(n)e in LA is based on four figures in Los Angeles' true crime history, with a dish and cocktail paired to each. Get to know your dinner guests for the upcoming show. 


Elizabeth Short: The Black Dahlia

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Elizabeth Short was an American woman who was found murdered in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1947. Her case became highly publicized due to the graphic nature of the crime, which entailed her corpse having been mutilated, her organs removed, and severed at the waist.

A native of Boston, she had spent her early life in Massachusetts and Florida before relocating to California, where her father lived. It is believed that she was an aspiring actress before she was murdered. She would later acquire the nickname of the Black Dahlia posthumously, as newspapers of the period often nicknamed particularly lurid crimes.

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After the discovery of her body, the LAPD began an investigation that produced several suspects, including Dr. George Hill Hodel; his extensive training as a surgeon was cited as circumstantial evidence. Hodel was rumored to have built a secret murder dungeon in the Sowden House, a now-infamous Hollywood landmark built by Lloyd Wright, and his last place of residence before fleeing the country.

Our chef has based the tray passed appetizers on Elizabeth Short’s origins, showing the versatility of Beantown dishes such as Boston Baked Beans, Chowdah, and regional items like blueberry and maple syrup. The cocktail, Hollywood Babylon, is based on the original Don the Beachcomber Zombie, which gained popularity in Los Angeles in the post-war years, and named after Kenneth Anger’s infamous book of lurid Hollywood scandals, including Elizabeth Short’s morose tale.


Harvey Glatman: The Glamour Girl Slayer

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Harvey Glatman was born in the Bronx and raised in Colorado. He exhibited extremely antisocial behavior and sadomasochistic sexual tendencies from an early age, including attempted autoerotic asphyxiation when he was 12. His mother took him to the family physician and was told that he would “grow out of” his behavior.

Glatman moved to Los Angeles in 1957, and put out ads for aspiring models to pose for pulp fiction magazines. He would then take them to his apartment, bind and gag them, and sexually assault them, taking pictures all the while. He would then strangle them and dump the bodies in the desert. His three known victims included Shirley Ann Bridgeford, who he met through a Lonely Hearts ad, and two women he met through modeling ads: Ruth Mercado and Judy Ann Dull.

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Judy Dull was one of Harvey’s first victims, a nineteen-year-old single mother desperate for cash. According to Glatman’s testimony, he tied her up in his apartment, photographed, and raped her; he then drove her out to the desert, leading her to believe he was going to release her in Blythe, California, and put her on a bus. Instead, he hogtied her, strangled her, and dumped her body in a shallow, sandy grave.

Later, Glatman confessed to his killings, even going as far to lead police to the dumping grounds. He was executed via gas chamber at San Quentin, on December 18, 1958.  

Our chef has crafted the first course after Harvey’s dumping grounds in the desert, using ingredients one would typically find there: cacti (nopales), and prickly pear. The cocktail, Rope Burn, is a twist on the Old Fashioned, utilizing tequila, mezcal, and cinnamon as key ingredients, matching the southwestern, desert inspiration of the main dish.

Charles Manson and Susan Atkins: The Sharon Tate Murders

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Charles Manson grew up in and out of the prison system, and by the time he was 32, had spent more than half his life behind bars. He was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, mainly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson, one of the founding members of the Beach Boys.

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Susan Atkins grew up in Northern California, to a pair of abusive, alcoholic parents. When she was in her early teens, she moved with her father to Los Banos, California, only to leave custody of her father towards the end of high school, living with various relatives. She eventually met Charles Manson in the late sixties, and moved in with him. She earned the nickname Sexy Sadie during this time.

In the late 1960s, Manson attracted a quasi-communal cult based in California that was later dubbed as the Manson Family. He began first in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco, known as the hub of the hippie lifestyle during 1967’s “Summer of Love,” and later moved down to Los Angeles with his followers, including Susan Atkins, in an old school bus. He later established a base for the group at Spahn’s Movie Ranch, a dormant movie set for Western productions, not far from Topanga Canyon. Manson was known to routinely force drugs to his family members, initiating them with his violent philosophies and often coercing them into sex.

Manson’s desire to start “Helter Skelter” (an apocalyptic race war) was the alleged motive for his crimes, including the murders of Bernard Crowe and Gary Hinman.

On the night of August 8, 1969, Manson sent his followers Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to 10050 Cielo Drive, the current home of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski (who was not there at the time), and told them to “totally destroy everyone in it, and make it as gruesome as you can.” The members, including Atkins, stabbed Tate (and consequently, her unborn child) and four other house guests to death.

Watson later wrote that as she was being killed, Sharon Tate cried: “Mother…mother.”

Our chef has taken inspiration from Manson's infamous usage of mushrooms and LSD. The mushrooms will be made with different preparations (pickled, powdered, caramel), and "L.S.D." is an acronym for Lentils, Shallot confit, and Duck breast. The cocktail, the Spahn Ranch Mule, is a sophisticated twist on another (alleged) Los Angeles classic: the Moscow Mule. 

Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker

Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer and rapist. His highly publicized home invasion crime spree terrorized greater Los Angeles in the mid-80s. Prior to his capture, Ramirez was dubbed “The Night Stalker” by the news media.

He used a wide variety of weapons, including handguns, knives, a machete, a tire iron, and a hammer. During his crime spree, he killed over ten people, breaking into their homes late at night and brutalizing his victims.

An avowed Satanist, never expressed any remorse for his crimes, and the judge who upheld his thirteen death sentences remarked that Ramirez’s deeds exhibited “cruelty, callousness, and viciousness beyond any human understanding.”  Ramirez died in 2013, of complications from B-cell lymphoma, while awaiting execution on California’s death row.

Our chef has taken inspiration from Richard Ramirez’s mental state for his final dish, a beautifully prepared milk tea cheesecake that has been butchered or brutalized, providing a graphic and vivid ending to the night.

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Serial Killers and Supper

Bonsoir, mortals! Your friend, the Drunken Devil, is delving into a different type of territory with a brand-new, theatrical dining experience: To Live and Di(n)e in LA. This special event will be part of Think Tank Gallery’s latest art show, Drinkin’, Smokin’, and West Coastin’ – billed as a "group love/hate letter to the city," with a creative take by local event producers each night.

To Live and Di(n)e in LA is an intimate, 45-person supper club, where guests will sit down for dinner with the ghosts of the most infamous figures in Los Angeles’ true crime history, as they navigate the city’s sordid past through cuisine, cocktails, and cabaret-type performances.

“While we’ve had such great success with our past parties, Bloody Gras and Curse of the Jungle Drums, I want to return to my roots by providing something much smaller and much more sinister than anything we’ve produced as a company,” says Matt Dorado, the Creator and Executive Producer of Drunken Devil. “I’ve been craving the opportunity to produce a dining experience, and I think this will be a phenomenal first entry for the company.”

In To Live and Di(n)e in LA, guests will sit down for dinner with the dead, as they come face-to-face with Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia; Harvey Glatman, infamously nicknamed the “Glamour Girl Slayer” for his harrowing methods of killing aspiring young models in the late 1950’s; Susan Atkins, one of the most prominent members of the Manson Family (although Charles will not appear, his ominous presence will be noticeable throughout the event); and Richard Ramirez, also known as the “Night Stalker,” who terrorized suburban Los Angeles for years.

The menu will be created by Felix Barron, executive chef of KTCHNLA. Each course will be based off of a different figure and different era, with thematically appropriate cocktails paired to each dish. “For example, as you sip cocktails and enjoy hors d'oeuvres inspired by the Black Dahlia and frenzy of the city circa 1947, you’ll be mingling with Elizabeth Short and a host of characters from that time period. Then, you’ll sit down for the first course and find yourself in 1958, as Harvey Glatman’s story unfolds before you,” says Dorado. “The food interweaves with the theatrical and interactive elements, creating an entirely unique narrative.”

In between courses, guests will experience dark burlesque, performance art and more that will help guide the the story. “Theatrical, cabaret-type performances are integral to the Drunken Devil experience, and we have a number of eye-popping acts that we’re excited to bring to the event,” Dorado says.

To Live and Di(n)e in LA is the first in what Dorado hopes to be a recurring series. “My goal is to have this show serve as a launching point for us to produce more intimate, terror-tinged experiences, bringing the distinct horror edge of Drunken Devil to the dinner table.”

Guests will be required to sign a waiver of consent, as some of the interactive moments may involve contact with actors. Audience members should also note that To Live and Di(n)e in LA explores mature subject matter including violence and disturbing sexual content.

The event will take place at Think Tank Gallery, 939 S Maple Ave, Los Angeles, 90014, on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The show begins with a cocktail hour at 7:00pm. Tickets are $165.00 each and include the four-course meal, cocktails, and performances. Only 45 tickets are available. 21+.

Join the Club!

Good day, mortals! Have you ever wanted to be a part of something sinfully special? Now's your chance! For the remainder of 2017, I present to you something extraordinary and new for my parties: the Sinner’s Social Club, an tré exclusif membership that promises to elevate the party-going experience for a select group of participants.

Membership includes tickets to the next two of my sinful events, on Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, October 21 (a very special Halloween edition). In addition to party entry, Club Members will gain access to private pre-show cocktail hours, featuring exclusive cabaret performances, delicious small bites, and specialized craft cocktails, all tied together with the theme of the main event.

In addition, membership includes a private event in a secret location, taking place on Saturday, December 9. This clandestine gathering will feature a highly unique dining experience, consisting of a mouth-watering three-course meal, unlimited craft cocktails and wine pairings, live music, and mesmerizing theatrical experiences throughout the evening. This event will be accessible for Club Members only and will not be available to the public. Foolishness and debauchery will be in full force, my friends.

Membership to the Club, which is limited to only fifty people, is $250.00 paid in two installments. The first payment of $100.00 is due upon signup, and the remaining $150.00 is due on or before July 1. There is also the option to pay the total membership up front. Throughout the year, expect me to send you devilish details including hard-copy invites, special swag, and more, that only members can access.

The Sinner’s Social Club is strictly 21+. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Tickets to the next Drunken Devil event, which will be taking place on Saturday, July 8, 2017, will go on sale to the general public towards the end of May.

Don't wait, they have been selling quickly, and only a few remain! I'll see you mortals in July. Until then, stay devilish!

Double, double toil and trouble...

Mortals! You are cordially invited to join the coven at The Witches’ Ball: A Halloween Bacchanal. Inspired by psychedelic, occult-based horror films of the 1960’s and 70’s, this one-night-only party guarantees a hauntingly raucous evening unlike any in Los Angeles this season.

Revel in an OPEN BAR presented by Stolen Spirits, with specialty cocktails highlighting their alluring spiced rum, as well as an array of wine, beer, and all manner of spirits; enjoy complimentary tarot card readings, horror installations, and, as per usual at a Drunken Devil event, performances from top Los Angeles talent.

Scarlette Fox, returning to the Drunken Devil stage for the fourth time in a row, will dazzle guests with burlesque and aerial acrobatics, while The Rigomortettes, a duo of dancers who perform with acid doom rock band Old Blood, will bring their phantasmagorical movement art to the event. In addition, Bob Baker alum Matt Scott, with his company Rasputin’s Marionettes, will enchant audiences with darkly humorous marionette performances, and Go-Go Amy, of the Pretty Things Peepshow, will entice the crowd with a series of decadent and dangerous vaudevillian acts.

DJ Chris Bowen [Cub Scout, Bears in Space] brings an all-vinyl blend of dark disco and techno to bewitch the dance floor. Queen of the disco coven and founder of Disco Dining Club, Courtney Nichols, hosts the evening rituals, alongside the Drunken Devil himself.  

In the spirit of arcane Witches’ Sabbath ceremonies, the clandestine location of the event will be revealed only to ticket-holders the day of the show. Doors open at 9:00pm, with performances from 10:30pm – 11:30pm, with the party coming to a close at 2:00am.

Tickets are $60 and highly limited in number. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Dress to impress. 

Join Me for a Diabolical Disco Party!

Burn, baby, burn! The gates of Hell have opened once more, and I, the Drunken Devil, would love to invite all ye mortals to L'Enfer: An Infernal Discotheque!

Disco meets 1970’s exploitation kitsch in this one night only party, taking place at Superchief Gallery LA in Downtown Los Angeles. The night begins at an open bar, featuring sponsored cocktails and beer, along with complimentary tarot readings, and roaming disco demons ready to terrify guests. At 9:00pm, the show begins, featuring international burlesque superstar Madeline Sinclaire, renowned comedy magician Jimmy H., and Scarlette Fox, performing a fusion of burlesque and aerial acrobatics.

After the show, DJ Aiden Ramos – of Grand Park Sunday Sessions and Disco Dining Club fame – spins the best in disco, funk, and Italo, providing the setting for a diabolical dance party that will last until the morning hours.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk.

Limited presale tickets are available for $35 online until June 1, $40 online after, and $45 at the door. This event will sell out, don't miss out, mortals!

This event is 21+. Dress to impress, and prepare to dance the night away at the hottest party this side of the netherworlds. 

Burlesque, Black Magic, and Booze!

Bonjour, mortals!

I want to tell you about my upcoming event! I am bringing a one-night only burlesque & magic variety show to the ever-so-popular Redline Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. This event marks the our first production of the 2016 Season, and it’s sure to be a hoot!

Vaudeville meets voodoo in this incredible production, entitled Villains & Vixens: A Vaudeville of Vexing Voodoo & Voluptuous Vices. Feast your eyes on my seductive succubi, Scarlette Fox (LA Sirenes) and Harley Harpurr (The Dollface Dames), performing a variety of seductive and sensual burlesque numbers that will delight and dazzle guests. These gorgeous gals appeared at my previous attraction and are the most beautiful girls in the world!

You will, in addition, be asked to open your minds to the power of black magic, as illusionists Micah Cover (a regular performer at The Magic Castle) and Scott Michael (Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor) will bamboozle audiences with unbelievable feats of mysticism.

The fun is all taking place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Redline DTLA (131 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, 90014). Doors open at 7:30pm, and the show begins at 8:00pm, ending at 9:00pm. 

Tickets, which are limited in number and include two complimentary beverages (well liquor, beer, or wine) per guest, are only $27.

This event is 21+, so it’s best to leave the little imps at home for this one.  

I hope to see all your sinners there!

Merci Beaucoup,

The Drunken Devil

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Bonsoir, mortals, 

Consider yourself fortunate—rarely do I open myself up like this, but for you, mes amis, I have decided to make an exception. I will be sharing, hopefully in the most gruesome of details, my exploits this Halloween. We have so much in store for you this season, I do hope you will follow along and keep yourself in the loop. 

So, kindly subscribe here to start receiving e-mails from your good friend ole’ scratch…and make sure you follow us on all of our social channels. In due time, you will see all of the wondrous and horrifying things that only I could conjure. 

Merci beaucoup, 

The Drunken Devil