Friday, June 18, 2010

Espresso, Gelato, Music!

Shari Fulton is a former student at DSM where she studied saxophone, flute, and even sang with the Student Jazz Ensemble. Unfortunately, life and work had her relocate to CA,  but her passion for music still burns! 

Shari and her husband Tom are the proud owners of Zia's, a gelato, espresso, dessert and pastry restaurant in Placerville, CA.  Aside from making great gelato in such interesting flavors as Pineapple-Passion-fruit and Cucumber-Mint, Shari finds the time to hear and book local musical talent for special evenings at the cafe. 

"We've had everything from a traditional Irish group celebrating St. Patrick's Day to classical guitarists, folk singers and of course, all sorts and sizes of jazz combos!" she says enthusiastically.

Shari is an interesting and multi-faceted lady.  The grand-daughter of Italian immigrants, she lived for four years in northern Italy and speaks the language fluently. Her passion for music is equally rivaled by a thirst for knowledge and the simple pleasures that most Italians pursue... "la bella vita" or "the beautiful life".  These interests include gelato, espresso, fine wines, wonderful food, and of course, great music!

We miss her here at DSM but wish her great success with Zia's.  Be sure to visit  Zia's Facebook page and if you're a MusickEd-er in her area, stop by for a fantastic latte or unique gelato.  Be sure to tell Shari we said ciao!

1 comment:

Shari & Tom said...

Un bacione to you Eugene! (A big kiss!)...grazie mille, and thank you for all the wonderful memories from DSM - I had nothing but great experiences and friendships there from some amazingly talented people. You all are what I miss most about Dallas, and I still talk about you often! Hope you'll find your way to Northern California to see us one of these days! Until then - jam on!!