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This murder mystery dinner has a twist — it’s all vegan!

Participants learn another clue at the 2013 Vegan Murder Mystery Dinner at Capitol Garage.
Participants learn another clue at the 2013 Vegan Murder Mystery Dinner at Capitol Garage. Capitol Garage

Murder may be on the menu, but it’s likely only beet juice — not blood — will be spilled during the creation of this feast.

It’s the third annual Sacramento Vegan Murder Mystery Dinner, set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Capitol Garage.

“Everyone dresses up and Capitol Garage outdoes themselves every year with decorating for the event,” said organizer Bethany Davis. “It’s a lot of fun, and the food is always fantastic. The past two years, we’ve had 50 to 60 people turn out. It is a great annual vegan social mixer.”

Theme for this year’s dinner: “Murder Mayhem at 614 Scarlet Court — The Block Party to Die For.”

This should be an action-packed evening with a lot of audience participation, Davis said. Reservations are required. When patrons RSVP, they receive a character description and costume suggestions.

The three-course vegan dinner will be created by Capitol Garage chef Raphael Kendall, a longtime vegan himself. Each course is paired with an optional ale from Jack Rabbit Brewing Co. Dinner is $25 without ale, $30 with the ale pairings.

This is what Kendall has in store for his (possibly doomed) diners at this pre-Halloween bash:

First course: Greenleaf salad with Granny Smith apples, avocado, sweet-soy sesame almonds and a cayenne molasses orange vinaigrette, served with Jackrabbit Abbey Ale.

Second course: Smoked saffron tomato cakes, coconut creamed chard and dill breaded fried oyster mushrooms drizzled with balsamic beet reduction, served with Jackrabbit Pub Ale.

Third course: Banana cake layered with coconut-peanut butter filling and topped with dark chocolate ganache over strawberry syrup, served with Jackrabbit Nut Brown Ale.

Capitol Garage is located at 1500 K St., Sacramento. To RSVP, e-mail to capgaragedinner@gmail.com. For more details, call (916) 444-3633.

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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