The family of Blandon Dillon will hold a memorial service Saturday for the chef and owner of Creole Café, a southern restaurant that specialized in food from Louisiana.
Dillon, who died July 11 of heart disease, was known for his affinity for fresh crawdads and his gracious hospitality. Here’s a link to his obituary. A guest book is linked to the obituary for friends to leave messages for the family. Click “more” to read about Dillon’s service Saturday.
Dillon’s service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1223 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma.
Dillon was featured in several stories here and in The News Tribune, including this review of his restaurant I wrote in April 2009, and this Mardi Gras cooking story Rosemary Ponnekanti wrote in Feburary 2010.
Peggy Walton, a Tacoma resident and friend of Dillon’s said she met him 20 years ago. She said his friendliness was what drew people to him. “To the misplaced Southerners here, there are so many people from the bases here from the south, they would look to him; it was kind of a meeting place, his restaurant,” said Walton.
Creole Cafe has been closed and it looks like it will remain that way. Dillon’s brother Dwight Dillon said he doesn’t think it’s likely that Creole Café will re-open.
Blandon Dillon told me last year, when I asked him about his cooking background, that his family was military and moved often for his father’s Army assignments. But no matter if he was in the kitchen cooking with his mother Perceal Dillon in Maryland, Germany or Tacoma, he said the food they prepared was always the food of his mother’s native Louisiana.
Dillon and his mother operated the Creole Cafe solo or jointly in various forms since 1994. The restaurant previously was located on Puyallup’s South Hill, but the family moved it to Pacific Avenue and 108th Street South in 1999. Dillon’s grandmother, Cloteal Belletty, also was involved in the restaurant. She baked Southern-style cakes for the restaurant.
Blandon Dillon Memorial Service
When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11
Where: Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1223 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
More details here