À la Carte 2018

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 31st year.

Dear Friends & Patrons of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra,

We are very pleased to invite you to take part in our 5th 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!

Culver Caravan

Thursday, June 7 Noon – 5:00 pm
$50 per guest
40 guests
Dress: Summer Casual

HOSTS: Dr. Hester Muller & Jack Allen, Jill Klingbeil, Maj. Bill Browne, (ret.) Jeff Kenney

Join Hester, Jack and Jill as they whisk you off in a Royal Excursion Charter to the beautiful town of Culver, In., which is about 45 minutes from La Porte.

Upon arrival, Culver historian Jeff Kenney and ourown Bill Browne (LCSO Horn Section) will expand your knowledge with incredible bits of history and facts of this hidden gem of a town and the Culver Military Academy. You will experience a guided tour on the water around the lake as well as take in the grounds of the Military Academy and its beautiful Chapel. Sallie’s By The Shore Ice Cream Shop might even make an appearance!

By the time you board the bus for La Porte, we guarantee that you will be thinking of a return trip.

Falling Waters at Willow Run

Saturday, June 30 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$100 per guest
32 guests
Dress: Shabby Chic

HOSTS: Tom & Sheryl Edwards


Don your shabby chic attire and join Tom & Sherylfor an evening of eclectic proportions! Tempt your taste buds and raise your mallets, wine glasses and beer mugs! Blue gems of the Chesapeake await! Yes, a Maryland Crab Feast right here in La Porte County!

A Cheese Fondue Fountain at the Koi Pond; Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks at the Pergola Bar; Entertainment on the Pergola Deck with Sheryl and Tim King accompanied by Carey Scheck. (Tom might even get in on the act!!) Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs with accompanying
vegetables; Crab crack’n tutorial by Sheryl and Dessert at the Waterfall will add to the
“crab”araderie! All of this in a beautiful, tranquil country setting to benefit our wonderful La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.

Sign up and let’s get crack’n!

Motown Reception/Concert

Saturday, July 14
7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
$50 per guest
150 guests
Dress: Concert Casual

HOSTS: Tim King & Kevin Noland

The Dunes Summer Theatre, in Michiana Shores, provides a wonderful venue for Chicago’s amazing Motown cover band, “Fantasy Band Featuring Lady Patice and the Motown
Reflections!” Dance, sing along, or tap your toes to tunes from the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes, and Tina Turner. These musicians will take you back to great memories from the Motown glory days.

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 Motown songs 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!

Dinner in the Secret Garden

Saturday, August 4
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$75 per guest
40 guests
Dress: Summer Casual

HOSTS: Damon Cates & Gabriel Stanek


This home was the setting for THE SECRET GARDEN during the 1st year of our Series and was our very first SOLD OUT party.

New owners, Damon & Gabe, have renamed this homestead “Twin Pines” and have made many updates to both the home and acreage. Enjoy cocktails on the patio and take your time strolling through the three acres on the paths through their beautifully landscaped grounds ; much of which cannot be seen while driving by. Then, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner around the pool while enjoying live soft jazz music. As the evening darkens, you will be amazed at how the property transforms with the beautiful lighting which encompasses the entire property. This is guaranteed to be a memorable evening!

Bonjour Cafe Cooking Class & Dinner

Thursday, September 20
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$60 per guest
40 guests
Dress: Late Summer Casual

HOST: Sally Fisher

Why mess with a good thing?

Hostess Sally Fischer and Chef Brad Hindsley have teamed up, for the third year, to present you with a beautiful evening of exquisite food. The theme this
year is French cuisine!

We return to Cummings Lodge on Stone Lake for this special evening.

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 has SOLD OUT at the Preview Party three years running. Make your reservations now to be included in this extraordinary evening.

Whiskies 4.0 from the Four Corners of the World

Saturday, October 13
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
$125 per guest
15 guests
Dress: Business Casual

HOST: Howard Jones & Dionne Lovstad-Jones

Our fourth installment will expand the offerings from Scotland to the World with food pairings
representative of each location.

In a large roundtable format sure to be conducive for lively discussion and debate led by Howard, attendees will taste various whiskies from around the world. Add the incredibly delicious food prepared by Dionne and you will have an amazing feast for your palate!

Once again, this À La Carte event is intended for those already familiar with whiskey.

Luck of the Draw

Saturday, October 21
5:30 pm – ???
$75 per guest
24 guests
Dress: Autumn Casual

HOSTS: Thaddeus & Laura Cutler, Kathleen & Alan Lang, Leigh & Marcia Morris,
Bill Quick, Jack & Margaret Rich, Adam Rich, Bert & Adi Veenendaal


This very popular event from 2017 is back!

The Cutlers and the Morrises will begin the evening with a reception at Thaddeus C Gallery where our guests will find out where they will be going for dinner by drawing dinner locations out of a hat! There will be eight guests per location.

The Dinner offerings are as follows:

Alan & Kathleen Lang

This dinner will include authentic German food, a variety of beers for tasting (as well as other drinks and libations) and, of course, music. After a few rounds of German food and beer, you might even test your own musicianship on one of the instruments provided!

Bill Quick/Jack & Margaret Rich, Adam Rich

Join Margaret, Jack, Adam and Bill for a wonderful and informative culinary extravaganza featuring authentic Japanese cuisine. Margaret’s family lived in Japan for a time, and she has had a lifelong interest in all aspects of Japanese culture. Dinner will feature the delicious creations of Chef Naoko; a treat not to be missed!

Bert & Adi Veenendaal

At the Veenendaals, guests are going to enjoy a nostalgic, favorite from the 70’s; a meat-fondue party! Using the fondue pots, plates, forks and recipes from a 1971 cookbook, all of which will be dusted off by the time the guests arrive! Sorry vegans and vegetarians!