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Motown the Musical at Leatherby’s

We dined as a guest of Leatherby’s/Affiliate link included


One of my favorite things to do when taking my kids to see a show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts is to expand on their theatre experience by having a themed dinner at Leatherby’s. When going to see Motown the Musical at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, we experienced the Motown themed menu at Leatherby’s before the opening night performance.


Not only do my kids love the themed dinner, but Chef Ross makes gourmet kid-friendly food that inspires my children to be more adventurous and try new things. Normally, I would bring my mini gourmet foodie, Ella, along with me to dine at Leatherby’s, but my older son was dying to see the show, so he joined me for dinner. With my older son, Andrew, having severe food allergies I was a little nervous at first about dining at Leatherby’s with him. Chef Ross took the time to come out and talk to us about the menu to ensure that he would not be exposed to any of his food allergens.


With just a few small ingredient adjustments, my son and I were able to enjoy eating the two different Motown themed menus. For the first course, my son ordered the “ABC” yellow tomato gazpacho with burrata cheese. It was a chilled soup that he said tasted just like summer pasta salad. While he was sipping on his soup, I savored the fresh flavors of “The Supremes” salad. The chopped salad came with fennel salami, bocconcini, heirloom tomatoes, radishes, and crispy shallots tossed with a red wine buttermilk vinaigrette.




It was the “I Second that Emotion” pasta that won over the hearts of our taste buds during dinner. The pasta featured a housemade fettuccine, spring vegetables, and a kale pesto sauce topped with parmesan cheese. It was rich, heavenly, and pure perfection. While my son devoured every bite of the pasta, I enjoyed the “Motown Sound” smoked pork porterhouse. The dish was prepared medium/well and paired with a rich lobster mac and cheese, roasted vegetables, and rosemary jus. The sauce brought out the rich flavors of the meat, and the vegetables tasted like they had just been picked from the garden.



Before leaving to go see the show, we couldn’t leave without enjoying dessert. I savored the goodness of the “Berry Gordy” which was a chilled “Berry” soup with pistachio panna cotta and short crust cookie. While I was sipping on the chilled soup, my son enjoyed the “Baby I Need Your Lovin'” that featured ice cream, berries, and a short crust cookie.


The special menu at Leatherby’s is priced at $45 per person for a three-course meal, and will only be available until June 28th. It is one of the most affordable dining options in the area, featuring high-quality gourmet food. Reservations are filling up quickly for the pre-show Motown the Musical dinner at Leatherby’s, so I recommend making your reservations today by calling (714) 429-7640.


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