Friday night was another gorgous evening for a stroll through the neighborhood. It also became a lovely date night. I had received an invitation from the Turkish American Association (TÜRK-AMERİKAN DERNEĞİ) for one of its special events. It was walking distance so we headed on over. (Still shopping for a car!)
The TAA , with 7 branches, provides both Turkish and English language courses at reasoneable prices. They sponsor events from art shows, to plays, to social gatherings. Many branches also have libraries available to the public.
On Friday evening, the TAA threw a party. The Sausage and Shots Party was co-sponsored and catered by Greg “The Sausage King” Blood. Greg is a British chap who runs a catering business in both Bodrum and Ankara. He makes 54 varieties of sausage. In Ankara, he does a lot of business with the Embassies. He also delivers lunches to businesses and schools and caters private parties.
This was my first event at the TAA and I didn’t know what to expect. Although I had also received an invitation and flyer from Greg I must admit, they had me at “Sausage.” I couldn’t read anymore after that. Mmmmm. Sausages. I wondered if Greg ever heard of Scrapple, or as I like to call it, the other grey meat?
The evening began with a demonstration of making sausages. Greg and his assistant needed a volunteer for this. Kathy was involuntarily selected. She was a good sport and did a fabulous job!
The demonstration was followed by dinner. There was a delightful display of numerous types of sausages made from beef, chicken, turkey, seafood, and veal. Rats! No pork! Side dishes included a fresh tomato salad, coleslaw, and a pasta salad. Naturally, Turkish ekmek (bread) was also available.
Beer, wine, and cocktails were available for purchase. Greg also visited tables offering shots. My new friends and I sampled the British-style Kamikaze.
The TAA has lovely facilities. There was a large banquet room on the second floor. (That’s the first floor in almost every country other than America.) Tables were set up for both indoor and outdoor balcony dining.
The weather was so nice that everyone rushed to the outdoors. That didn’t cause a problem as there was plenty of room to sit on the side walls when the table seating was full.
We had a great time, chatting with Americans, Turks, and Brits while others swayed and danced to the music.
By the end of the night, I realized I wasn’t the only one on a date. . .
The walk home felt like any other Spring night in Philly.
To learn more information about the TAA, stop by or call: TÜRK-AMERİKAN DERNEĞİ / TURKISH-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
Cinnah Caddesi No:20 Kavaklıdere/Ankara
Tel/Phone: (312) 426 26 44 / E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org/ Website: http://www.taa-ankara.org.tr
To contact Greg Blood for catering:
Deli-Licious Outside Catering
Birlik Mahallesi, 78 Sokak (458), Tokgoz Apt No10/A, Cankaya
Tel (312) 4960516
Mobile English 0534 6506154
Mobile Turkish 0533 3428479