307 Kingsbury Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350-6099
Phone: 219.362.9020

a la carte smallDear Friends & Patrons of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra,

We are very pleased to invite you to take part in our 3rd 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 29th 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!

Bon Appetit!


  • Saturday, July 30, 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • $100 per guest, 100 guests
  • Dress: Holiday Attire Optional
  • HOSTS: V. Michael & Cherri Drayton (In period clothing, of course.)

Only six months until the Christmas season and you might as well begin now! Anyone who remembers the fantastic “Jane Austen” party V. Michael and Cherri hosted two years ago know that we are in for a treat this time around as well.

Eat, drink and be merry! Chef’s Mary and Larry of Portofino’s will ply you with a proper Christmas feast. Roast Goose, Turkey, Ham, as well as authentic Yorkshire and Christmas Puddings along with other proper English fare and of course very proper drink will fill the main hall while you enjoy one of La Porte’s historic Victorian homes decked out for the holiday. Also, enjoy a performance by the LCSO Children's Chorus under the direction of Matt Nelson as well as “Twas the Night Before Christmas” performed by Santa and Mrs. Claus.


Sold Out

  • Tuesday, September 13, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • $60 per guest, 40 guests
  • Dress: Summer Casual
  • HOST: Sally Fischer

What happens when you combine an incredible hostess with an incredible chef?  You get an incredible party!

Host Sally Fischer and Chef Brad Hindsley of Spire invite you to join them for an evening of Italian cuisine not soon to be forgotten.   

Gather your friends and sign up for this event where Chef Brad will demonstrate his recipes for your evening meal. You will then be served hor 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.

Sally and Brad guarantee a fun, social and delicious evening!


  • Wednesday, August 17, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • $50 per guest, 40 guests
  • Dress:  Summer Casual
  • HOSTS:  Dr. Hester Muller & Jack Allen

Join our hosts as we spend some time at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum on this beautiful day getting reacquainted with the fascinating history of our area.

We will begin with a tour of the facility guided by Historical Society Museum Board Member, Greg Fruth.  Following the tour will be lunch provided by Indiana Deli.  Concluding our visit will be a twenty minute presentation by Jack Allen about his great-grandfather, George Allen, who was dubbed “the Village Architect of La Porte” during his day.  Structures he created include the First Methodist Church, 1200 Michigan Avenue (now GIS Insurance), and Eason Chapel, as well as several schools and homes too numerous to mention!

This is a wonderful occasion to hear about an extraordinary person and his influence and ability to enhance the quality of life in La Porte.


  • Saturday, October 1, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • $125 per Whiskey-Sampling guest (SOLD OUT)
  • $50 per Non-Sampling guest, 12 Sampling Guests/8 Non-Sampling guests
  • Dress: Business Casual
  • HOSTS: Howard Jones & Dionne Lovstad-Jones

Drams Deux - our second visit to the heather, peat, mountain water, barley and seaweed of Scotland.  Yes, we are serving up Scotch Whiskey again.  An evening of Whiskey tasting with food pairings, descriptions of each featured distillery and explanations of how it gets from barley fields and peat bogs to your glass.

We will once again visit the four regions:  Lowlands; Highlands; Speyside and the Islands.  Selected whiskeys will be paired with food that complements the character of the spirit.  

Your hosts for the evening are happy to provide a ride home for guests living in La Porte County. If traveling from further afield - please consider arranging for your transportation home. While this will certainly not be a drinking contest we do encourage guests to plan appropriately.

“NO TALENT REQUIRED” Thaddeus C. Art Gallery Fine Art

  • Saturday, October 22, 6:30 pm
  • Wine & Hors d’oeuvres
  • $75 per guest, 40 guests
  • Dress: Casual
  • HOSTS: Leigh & Marcia Morris, Thaddeus & Laura Cutler

What if we told you that inside everyone is a Rembrandt, a Picasso or a Warhol just waiting to get out?  You probably wouldn't believe us.  Dare to take a risk and Thaddeus & Laura will show you the way to unleash your inner artist!

Join hosts Marcia and Leigh in an interactive group art project that will result in a masterpiece.  We promise “No Talent Required”, but you will be painting up a storm and loving it!  Think Wine and Canvas on steroids!  Throughout the evening beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Portofino's.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more creative, for the last half hour relax, mingle and witness Thaddeus & Laura in a live painting performance that will result in a work of art to be auctioned off for the LCSO!


  • Saturday, November 5, After the Concert
  • $50 per guest, 40 guests
  • Dress:  Whatever you wore to the concert!
  • HOSTS: Tony & Jaime Oss

Have you ever wanted to just sit down and talk to your favorite LCSO musician?  Well, now is your chance!

Jaime and Tony Oss invite you to join them as they host a post-concert reception at the Civic Auditorium following the 2016-17 Opening Concert.

Beer, wine, soft drinks and delicious food catered by Mucho Mas will be waiting for you as you are still humming the tunes from our opening concert of the season.

So, gather up your goodies, pull up a chair and have that chat!

What a great way to come back down to earth after the LCSO provides a sizzling evening of “Latin Rhythms”!


  • Saturday, December 10, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • $75 per guest, 40 guests
  • Dress: Holiday Pops Concert Attire
  • HOSTS: Dr. David & Joanne Gorecki

Join the Gorecki family as they get you into the holiday spirit prior to the annual Holiday Pops concert at the Civic Auditorium.

You will feast on drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres while you take in the grandeur of their beautiful historic home and listen to wonderful musical entertainment.  You can also help them celebrate the home's 100th birthday!  

This home, originally built by the Fox Family, is in the heart of La Porte's historic district.  Stroll throughout the first floor and marvel at the décor, intricate woodwork and the incredible spaciousness of your surroundings while socializing with friends, old and new.  

The Gorecki's have a wonderful tradition of decorating their home, inside and out, for the holidays.  You will certainly get into the holiday spirit at this party, and then you are just a short ride over to the Civic for the concert!