It’s just like murder mystery dinner theater, without all the hammy acting, rubbery chicken dishes and, you know, murder.

Hosted on the first Monday of each month starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 6 with chef Jeff Kraus of Crepe Bar, Crudo’s new Blank Space dinner series is a creative and no-holds-barred culinary throwdown. For $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included), guests will receive a time, date and the name of the celebrity guest chef, and that’s about it. Make sure to call 602-358-8666 to save your seat and pay in advance.

The rest, from the gourmet multi-course meal to the handcrafted cocktail or fine wine pairings, will be left to the discretion of Crudo’s chef Cullen Campbell and his talented chef co-host.

It’s the ultimate leap of faith for daring diners, but also a great way to get inside the head of your favorite local chefs, to see what they’d make if they had no rules or parameters or a set menu to follow. The lineup includes: Kelly Fletcher of The Revival on Jan. 5; Special Out of Town Guest on Feb. 2; Paul McCabe of T. Cook’s on March 2; Josh Herbert of POSH Restaurant on April 6; Gio Osso of Virtu on May 4; and Kevin Binkley of Bink’s Midtown on June 1.

Crudo is located at 3603 E. Indian School Road, on the back side of the Gaslight Square shopping center. For reservations, call 602-358-8666. For a full list of guest chefs through May 2015, visit