Double trouble birthday |

Double trouble birthday

Vicki KahnSpecial to the Sierra Sun
Courtesy of Vicki Kahn/Sierra SunPianeta owner Robyn Sills holds the birthday cake as Mike Sabarese, right, prepares to blow out the candles and Tom Hobday smiles.

When friends Mike Sabarese and Tom Hobday of Truckee found out recently that their actual birthdays were just a day apart they had a light bulb moment and decided to throw a joint birthday party for their BIG milestone 65th birthdays.They chose the perfect Truckee spot the upstairs of Commercial Row Italian trattoria, Pianeta, and invited friends, most of them mutual, to come join in the fun.Now that Mike Sabarese has become an expert in the Truckee Rotarys wine preferences he was the winning bidder of the Cadillac Balls wheelbarrow full of wine he made sure there was plenty of the Nectar of the Gods for all to taste. Robyn Sills, owner of Pianeta, was on hand to attend to every delicious dinner detail including an outrageously decadent homemade Amazon chocolate birthday cake that she baked up herself.

The rich chocolate cake was layered with organic raspberries and white chocolate mousse, then frosted with white chocolate cream cheese frosting, and completely coated with a rich chocolate ganache. Now THAT was a cake for the Gods!The birthday boys were toasted by friends, not roasted, with accolades for all they do for the community.

Their wives spoke with love for them, and Toms daughter Heather (who is expecting his third grandchild) reminisced fondly of her dad.Joining in the birthday festivities were the birthday boys wives Pam Hobday and Carol Sabarese, Patti Powers and friend Tim, Barbara Kramen-Kahn, Martha and Jim Simon, Colleen and Art Chapman, Dr. Larry Heifetz, Lynn and Ken Weakley, and Heather and Anthony Griffin.In her spare time, Vicki Kahn is a Realtor with Prudential California Realty in Tahoe City. You can e-mail her at

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