Dear Friends & Patrons of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra,
We are very pleased to invite you to take part in our 4th annual À la Carte. Over the next several months, you will have the chance to be a part of many parties being planned for the benefit of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.
À la Carte provides a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, enjoy entertainment and experience great cuisine. These unique events will also give you the chance to visit some of the most beautiful properties and unique entities in and around La Porte County.
We would like to thank the Association of The Louisville Orchestra which has been so incredibly generous to allow us to replicate their highly successful fundraiser that is now in its 30th year.
We would like to extend a special thank you to our wonderful supporters for your commitment to the LCSO. We look forward to new and exciting opportunities to help promote our symphony orchestra.
Please join us in this offering of unique and interesting parties. Feel free to sign up for as many as you like. Get your reservations in early, as many of these will be sellouts!
Tuesday, June 6 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$50 per guest
Dress: Summer Casual
HOSTS: Dr. Hester Muller & Jack Allen
Join Hester and Jack in the Clubroom at Portofino's for the tastes, traditions and myths of the “Afternoon Tea”. The traveling teapot will be on hand as we discuss and taste various types of teas. Portofino's will also be serving delicious savory and sweet foods to accompany the tea servings throughout the afternoon.
One lucky person will acquire temporary custody of the traveling teapot to enjoy their own small afternoon tea before handing over the teapot to another for the same purpose.
Also, to add to your enjoyment, our own LCSO Harpist, Meg Rodgers, will be providing beautiful music. The harp is considered to be among the most beautiful and mysterious of instruments in the Orchestra. Meg's command of the instrument will create a perfect backdrop for this enchanting afternoon.
Luck of the Draw
Saturday, June 17 5:30 pm to ???
$75 per guest
32 guests/ 6 to 8 per host
Dress: Dinner Guest Attire
HOSTS: Thaddeus & Laura Cutler Jack Allen & Dr. Hester Muller Greg & Maria Fruth Richar Johnson & Jason Whalen Roy & Jane Langford/Larry & Suzan Wade Dr. Ross & Sue Lawrence
Here is a wonderful new party! Our guests will meet at the Thaddeus C Gallery in downtown La Porte for wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres.
Your dinner location will not be revealed until each guest selects a host's name at a drawing during the reception. Of course, our guests would be lucky to choose any of the above dinner hosts for this evening! Once selected, written directions will be given to each of our guests who will then travel to their selected host location for a lovely dinner. Every guest will be a lucky winner!
"British Invasion!" Reception/Concert
Saturday, July 8
7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
$50 per guest
Dress: Concert Casual
HOSTS: Tim King & Kevin Noland
The Dunes Summer Theatre, in Michiana Shores, will serve as the site for MEET THE BEETLES: a fantastic Beatles Cover Band from Chicago. These musicians will take you back to the 1960s when The Beatles were the rage all over the country.
Guests may arrive at 7:00pm and enjoy hors d'oeuvres along with beer and wine (provided by Spire Catering) on the patio. Then, you will enter the air-conditioned comfort of the theatre and hear your favorite Beatles' tunes beginning at 8:00 pm.
There will be an intermission which will give you time to refresh your drink and return for more fun music! Whether you end up tapping your toes or dancing in the aisles, make sure to put this evening on your calendar!
"An Affair to Remember" Concert/Dinner
Saturday, July 29
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75 per guest
Dress: Summer Casual
HOSTS: Leigh & Marcia Morris
Get ready for an affair you will clearly remember! On Saturday, July 29, Marcia & Leigh Morris invite you to an evening not soon to be forgotten on behalf of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. We will have great wines and a short concert featuring Tim King singing the music of Andy Williams and Henry Mancini with Jim Pickley at the piano. This will be followed by a wonderful dinner alfresco (weather permitting).
This event will be held at Camp Cody (Tim King & Kevin Noland's residence) near Rolling Prairie. Dinner will be designed by Portofino's Grill. With only 40 spots available make your reservations now!
"Wine Notes" Wine Tasting & Music
Saturday, August 19
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$50 per Guest
Dress: Lazy August Afternoon Wear
HOSTS: Jill Klingbeil Tony & Jaime Oss
Hosts Jill, Jaime & Tony have a wonderful afternoon planned for you! Join them for wine tasting and wonderful music. The staff at Shady Creek Winery will share their knowledge of local wines as guests sample from a 5-glass flight and then choose a full size offering. Wines will be paired with several snack selections including cheese, sausage and chocolate.
Treat yourself to a lazy August afternoon (in air conditioned comfort!) and enjoy good company as you listen to music from yesteryear, selected and performed by an LCSO favorite, (Assistant Conductor & Principal Trumpeter) Charles “Chuck” Steck and members of the Northern Indiana Brass.
"Opa! Greek Cafe" Cooking Class & Dinner
Thursday, September 21
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$60 per guest
Dress: Late Summer Casual
HOST: Sally Fischer
Hostess Sally Fischer and Chef Brad Hindsley have teamed up again to present you with a beautiful evening of culinary delight!
Last year, they provided an Italian theme to a standing room only crowd. This year, it is Greek cuisine! Our site this year is Cummings Lodge on Stone Lake.
Chef Brad will, once again, demonstrate his recipes for your evening meal. You will be served hors d'oeuvres, salad, entree and dessert paired with various wines. At the conclusion of the dinner, each patron will receive copies of the recipes presented for the evening so they can be created at home.
This party SOLD OUT at the Preview Party last year. Make your reservations now to be included in this extraordinary evening. OPA!!
Scotch 3.0 - Dinner, Drams & Discussion
Saturday, October 21
7:00 – 10:00 pm
$125 per guest
Dress: Business Casual
HOSTS: Howard Jones & Dionne Lovstad-Jones
This 'spirited' evening will highlight selected Scotch Whiskies, their origins, character, notes and nuances.
In a large roundtable format, sure to be conducive for lively discussion, attendees will taste several Scotches (familiar and rare). Each dram will be paired with a specially arranged five-course dinner.
Unlike in years past, this À la Carte is intended for those that are already familiar with Scotch.
"A Ride Down Memory Lane" Lunch & Vintage Auto Viewing
Wednesday, November 8
$50 per Guest
Dress: Autumn Casual
HOSTS: Marcia & Leigh Morris, PRESENTER: Dr. Peter Kesling
Drive over to the La Porte County Historical Society Museum, enjoy a delicious luncheon and view the incredible vintage auto collection of Dr. Peter and Charlene Kesling. Leigh & Marcia will be greeting you at the door as you enjoy strolling through this incredible array of 30 vintage automobiles. You will view autos from a 1903 Winton to a 1982 DeLorean! Also included on the tour is a 1929 Dusenberg Model J, Auburn Boattail Speedster of 1935 as well as a 1948 Tucker “Torpedo” as featured in the 1988 movie “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” starring Jeff Bridges.
While you enjoy your luncheon catered by Portofino's, Dr. Kesling will speak about their collection, how they came to purchase some of the automobiles, as well as the connection that many of them have to the state of Indiana.
This is a “must-experience” event!