Gourmet Symphony Feeds Souls with Taste Your Music

August 19, 2015


Our guests and volunteers had a wonderful time at Gourmet Symphony’s Taste Your Music events in SOME’s Dining Room on August 19 and July 24! Taste Your Music is a project that brings culinary concert programs to organizations like SOME that serve low-income DC residents.

The first event lifted spirits and fed souls with a New Orleans themed lunch and a jazz trio. The music played by Alex Jacobsen, string bass; Danny Villanueva, drum set; and Jon Ozment, piano perfectly complemented the menu planned by renowned Chef Andrew Markert (right) of Beuchert’s Saloon. Guests enjoyed delicious jambalaya, a side of muffaletta panzanella, and a bread pudding dessert.


Jodi, a SOME volunteer, helped to serve the meal and said, “A regular client came up to me as he finished his meal. He had tears in his eyes and his face lit up as he told me, ‘you made me so very happy today. The music has made me very, very happy. The bass playing is reminding me of when my girlfriend used to play for me. The music brings happiness back to my life.’ The spirit of the event had a resounding effect on this man and lifted his spirits.”

John Coco, Business Director & Founder, Gourmet Symphony, said “Working with the SOME team to create a fun and enjoyable culinary and concert experience for over 430 guests was a joy for all of us involved with the Taste Your Music program. Chef Andrew Markert and the musicians were thrilled to participate, and the smiles that lit up the room made the entire event a big success.”


Taste Your Music was back on August 19 with a Kentucky Derby theme. Chef Markert created an equally delicious menu: Kentucky barbequed pulled pork and chicken, ribs, collard greens and peach bread pudding. Chef Markert prepared the food with the help of our Dining Room staff, even slow roasting the pork for eight hours! The classical music performed during the meal by Capital City Symphony’s Sarah Byrne, violin; Rebecca Keeley, cello; and Deborah Edge, bass relaxed our guests and created a peaceful ambiance.

Thank you to John Devlin, John Coco, Chef Andrew Markert, the talented musicians and everyone at Gourmet Symphony and Capital City Symphony for providing such incredible experiences for the people we serve.