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Bob’s Big 7-0 Birthday Bash

July 20, 2017

By Kath Dedon


There’s no recipe today. I decided that I wanted to write about Bob’s Big 7-0 Birthday Bash, mostly so we can remember all of the details later and relive the fun day. I also wanted to give a shout-out to Café Turko so Seattle area people will know about this great Turkish restaurant and what a fine job they do with catering. My next post will feature a new recipe!


Clockwise, starting on the left: Byron, Bob, Kath, Rhett, Carrie, and Laura (Thanks to my sister, Joan, for taking this picture. And a big thanks to Laura for taking almost all of the rest of the photos. I took the one of Byron and his ribs, and the final photo of the festive room two days later.)



A few months ago Laura and Carrie were at our house and they said, “Dad, you have a big birthday coming up. You need a party and we’ll do everything!” And they did!

Bob came up with the guest list and gave it to Laura. She designed and sent out the evites. She kept track of the RSVPs. Laura also secretly made a fabulous poster board of photos of Bob, “70 Years of Bob”. He was totally surprised and loved it.

Carrie contacted the caterer who had done such a fabulous job at the party she and Rhett hosted for their out-of-state wedding guests last year. So we had Café Turko cater Bob’s party, too.

On July 10 we had a beer tasting at The Beer Junction in West Seattle and decided to order a half barrel of Fremont Brewing Company’s Lush IPA and a quarter barrel of Georgetown Brewing Company’s Manny’s Pale Ale. Everyone seemed to enjoy the beer selections.

The owners of Café Turko are the nicest people! Gencer and Süreyya Gökeri obviously take great joy in sharing their Turkish food and culture with the people of Seattle. Süreyya is the accomplished chef behind the homemade food. She started catering even before they opened the Café and she has taught Turkish cooking classes. I know that they both work hard delivering the catered food. Süreyya brought the food to our house for Carrie and Rhett’s party, and Gencer delivered the food for Bob’s party last Saturday. (He mentioned that they were catering 4 events that day!)

The food at Café Turko is exquisite! Here’s what Carrie and Süreyya chose for Bob’s party:


Muhammara (A red pepper and walnut spread)

Watermelon Salad with Cherries

Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Rainbow Hummus (3 kinds: chickpea, yam, and beet)

Snowballs (a delicious cauliflower and Brussels sprouts salad)

Ali Nazik with Chicken (Grilled spiced chicken served with yogurt and grilled eggplant sauce and Antep seasonings. Ali Nazik means “made with gentle hands”.)

Wholesome Aegean Musakka (Eggplant, onions, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes, Turkish red pepper paste, parsley and olive oil and spices.)

Pita bread


On the day of the party (July 15) Carrie and Rhett stopped at Costco for wine and bottled water. Rhett and Byron picked up and set up the kegs. Rhett was a helpful bartender, pouring glasses of wine and beer.


It didn’t really feel like 91 people. People came and went at different times and they spread out in the yard and upstairs and downstairs.




Gencer and one of his sons delivered the food right on time. We had so many people comment on how much they liked the food!

Some of the food. Gencer hadn’t brought all of it in yet.



Byron had his own surprise for Bob’s birthday dinner. He smoked 20 pounds of pork ribs  – 6 racks of St. Louis-style spare ribs! (Byron has become an incredible grill master and smoker. His home-cured home-smoked bacon is the best!) I believe he used a dry rub on all of the ribs, and then he made a BBQ sauce that he brushed on half of them. Both versions were fantastic!

Byron cutting up his ribs


For dessert, Laura ordered a full sheet cake from Safeway. She chose Safeway mainly because they could use a photo of Bob from his 60th birthday and turn it into an edible photo on the cake. Very festive, but I didn’t really expect people to eat much cake. But it was actually very good and most of it got eaten. We were glad we decided to order a full sheet cake (serves 80 – 100) instead of a half sheet.




After dinner Byron set up the trebuchet. Because it’s not a summer event at Chez Dedon without seeing how far you can toss potatoes with the trebuchet. (A few years ago Byron ordered the plans to build a 3-foot trebuchet, but he and Bob decided that it had to be 6-feet tall so they scaled it up. Bob built it and they still have fun with it.)




And after the party, Laura, Byron, Carrie, and Rhett did the clean-up. Rhett did all of the hand washing. Byron returned the kegs a couple of days later. 🙂

We ended up having a total of 91 people at Bob’s Big 7-0 Birthday Bash! We were touched and humbled to have so many people come, including friends and family from California and Oregon. Bob’s a “people person” and we are blessed with so many great friends. There were friends at the party that he has known since junior high! We had an absolute blast and everyone else seemed to have a good time, too.

Thank you to all who joined us, and a huge thank you to our remarkable “kids” who made it happen!

And a tip to all who live in the Seattle area or plan a visit, do try Café Turko in Fremont! Their food is amazing! And definitely consider them for your catering needs. They’re very professional, easy to work with, and are very reasonably priced.

Happy 70th Birthday, Bob!


Still festive two days later!

Still festive.jpg




6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2017 1:23 am

    Happy Birthday to Bob!
    Kath, I really enjoyed your post. When we’re next in Seattle, (next summer) we’ll make a point of checking out Café Turko, it sounds fantastic.
    OK, so how far can the 6 foot trebuchet throw a potato?

    • July 21, 2017 7:15 am

      I think you’ll love Cafe Turko, Ron! The best trebuchet launches go all the way down to Puget Sound. We can hear the potatoes splash. That’s about 500 feet.

      • lostinapot permalink
        July 21, 2017 8:47 am

        500 feet, now that’s impressive. Have they tried yams?

        • July 21, 2017 8:49 am

          Nope. A 5-pound bag of russet potatoes is pretty cheap ammo.

  2. July 28, 2017 4:44 am

    Looks like a fun time! Best wishes to the birthday boy.

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