This, our 28th neighborhood letter, is full of news and happenings for the holiday season, plus a rambling about our fun design process and some new or improved amenities. As always, we are honored that you choose to be our guests at our restaurants and/or hotels and that you choose to receive these letters. If you don’t want to continue to get them, please just email us at email@example.com. Conversely, if you wish to receive more frequent news and ramblings electronically, please sign up here or our visit out Facebook pages at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Green Valley Grill, Print Works Bistro, O.Henry Hotel and Proximity Hotel.
These letters are written in first person by me, Dennis, but many people
Cheers! Dennis & Nancy King Quaintance
Print Works Bistro
Green Valley Grill
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
Print Works Bistro
Christmas Dinner-to-Go: Give yourself the gift of a hassle-free celebration at home! Let Chef Leigh Hesling, Chef de Cuisine Carrie Longnecker and their amazing team prepare your “Christmas-to-Go.” Place your order by 10 PM on Saturday, December 22, and stop by on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to pick up your holiday feast. You’ll be impressed by the offerings. To learn more or to place your order, call
Breakfast: We are thrilled with the evolution of the breakfast menu at Print Works Bistro. Take a culinary tour of Europe with quiche Lorraine, eggs Norwegian or crepes. And don’t forget those crème-filled warm beignets!
Mussels-Wine-Music: We dared not dream that our Wednesday night special would be such an important tradition for our community. Thank you! We’ll keep on having Chef Leigh Hesling’s Mussels (more for less, with our house-cut fries) for $15, five wines from $10 to $15 a bottle and live acoustic music from 7 until 10 PM by AM rOdeO, featuring the extraordinary talents of Evan Olson and Jessica Mashburn. Talk about great flavors and a wonderful vibe! Reservations recommended.
New Year’s Celebration at Print Works Bistro: On New Year’s Eve, we serve our full dinner menu plus a prix fixe menu. From 10 PM to 1 AM, enjoy the musical delights of DJ and singer Jessica Mashburn of AM rOdeO with no cover charge. On New Year’s Day, we open at 7:30 AM for breakfast, lunch at 11:15 AM and dinner at 4 PM.
Green Valley Grill
Turkey-to-Go: This has become a tradition for many, including us! Enjoy Chef Leigh Hesling’s amazing rotisserie turkey at home. Place your order by 10 PM on Monday, November 19, and then stop by on Thanksgiving Day (10 AM–3 PM) to pick up your juicy, wood-fired, rotisserie-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, including sides, salads, bread and dessert. To learn more or place your order, call 336-854-2015 or visit greenvalleygrill.com.
Nutcracker Tea at O.Henry Hotel: This holiday tradition continues to grow, so you can now choose from
Holiday Hours: On both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, Green Valley Grill is open 12 Noon–8 PM (serving our dinner menu plus traditional favorites), and the bar is open until 10 PM.
Chef Leigh Hesling’s Cooking Classes: Here’s a great gift idea! Chef Leigh Hesling presents six cooking classes in 2013: three at Print Works Bistro (February 16, July 13 and October 12) and three at Green Valley Grill (January 19, June 15 and September 14). Tickets are $75 per guest, or mix and match a three-class package for $200. Enjoy a seasonal beverage during a cooking demonstration, then savor the food during a three-course meal with wine. Leigh is amazing. I promise that you’ll have fun, and you might even learn something! For tickets and reservations, contact Lee Healy at 336-478-9126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Event Spaces: Our new White Oak Room is amazing! Together with our 22-foot-high lobby, it can accommodate up to 250 people, which is more than we’ve ever been able to handle for our extraordinary bespoke events! Nearby is the new Latham Room event space. Read more about these in my rambling insert.
Seasonal Packages: These will definitely make you happy for the holidays. For more ideas, please visit proximityhotel.com or call 336-379-8200 for package
Accolades: We are tickled pink with the recent national awards that Proximity has received: Travel+Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best Award for Top 50 Hotels in the USA (wow… that is a big deal!), Entrepreneur Magazine named Greensboro (with Proximity) for “Best Small City for Business Travel,” we were awarded “Best of Weddings” by The Knot magazine, and received the AAA Four Diamond Award for the fourth year.
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
Skillet-Fried Chicken: From 4 PM ‘til we run out on Wednesdays in Cary and on Tuesdays in Greensboro (except New Year’s Day), indulge yourself with Chef Jay Pierce’s wonderful, cooked-to-order skillet-fried chicken. We also have some beers and wines at special prices and, as usual, we serve our regular menu.
Tuesday’s Live Music in Greensboro’s Bar: The fantastic chicken is topped with amazing live music by the very talented Laurelyn Dossett or some of her friends (or both!), from 7–10 PM with no cover charge. November: 6th Molly McGinn, 13th Martha Bassett and Friends, 20th Laurelyn Dossett and Scott Manring, 27th Martha Bassett and Friends. December: 4th Laurelyn Dossett and Scott Manring, 11th Molly McGinn, 18th Holiday Extravaganza.
Veggie Cart: For years, we’ve been buying great food from local farms. Now, we set some of this good stuff out on an honor system cart. The carts are usually out front at both Lucky’s. When it’s raining or too cold, we move them inside.
Farm-to-Fork Blog: We’ve had a blast this year following Chef Jay Pierce’s new blog, especially his series “Locavore’s Delight,” which explores farm finds through his eyes and palate. He also shares recipes and cooking tips. I think you’ll be glad if you check out the many past features, and “follow” the blog at lucky32southernkitchen.com to receive email alerts about new posts.
Cooking Classes & Beer Dinners: Chef Jay Pierce’s cooking classes in Cary have become legendary. Turn off Food TV and tune in to Jay in person! He’s planning more classes in 2013, as well as several beer-themed dinners in both Greensboro and Cary. His Farmers’ Appreciation Dinner is November 11 in Greensboro. They fill up fast, so sign up for our email updates be the first in the know.
Thanksgiving: Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary will serve Thanksgiving dinner 11:30 AM–7:30 PM. Lucky 32 in Greensboro will be closed on Thanksgiving. Both will close at 6 PM on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.
Get Lucky & PARTY: If you are invited to one of those shindigs where they ask you to bring a covered dish, we’ve got you covered! You call, we cook, and we bring your order right to your car. Pick up half-pint and pint options of collards, soup, beans and greens, whipped sweet potatoes, creamy grits, pimento cheese, and artichoke dip, and don’t forget the black bean cakes! For complete Get Lucky & Go or our Holiday Sides & More Menus visit lucky32.com.
New Year’s Day Menus: Get our full wonderful menu plus some “good luck” food like collard greens, country ham with red-eye gravy, grilled pork loin chops and hoppin’ John. If you are entertaining friends and family at home, take advantage of our “New Year’s Day-to-Go” with family-style portions of traditional side dishes to bring and pass off as your own!
Voodoo Sauce: If you haven’t noticed, you can now get jars of our Voodoo Sauce to add to your recipes at home! We call it “table sauce for grownups” because most of us have a place for it next to salt and pepper. This really is good stuff. In addition to buying it at both Lucky’s, you can now find it in all Fresh Markets and at lucky32.com. It makes a great holiday gift. Find plenty of serving ideas and recipes at lucky32.com. We hope you’ll enjoy some sweet spice in your life!
Special Packages: There’s so much to do in Greensboro during the holiday season, including musical performances, art shows, theatre and shopping. Consider tying in those sorts of activities with a pampering package like the ones listed below (there are more at ohenryhotel.com). To reserve a package, please call our reservations team at 336-854-2000.
Accolades: We are honored that TripAdvisor consistently rates O.Henry the top Greensboro hotel! Plus, AAA awarded us the Four Diamond Award for the 14th year in a row. And Our State magazine ran a wonderful feature in their July issue on our artist-in-residence, Chip Holton. If you missed it, ask for a copy at the front desk or click here to read it.
Update: 1929 Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem
Many ask: What is happening with our work in Winston-Salem to convert the iconic Art Deco 1929 Reynolds building into a hotel? Well, a lot! But, oddly, there isn’t much to report. We hope that by New Year’s we’ll have more to say about it. For now, we are continuing to gather information about the strength of the market, and we are going deep with what it would cost to make this dream a reality. Until we get all of our information together, we are staying disciplined and not “calling the question.” More on this soon, but we can say we are as enthusiastic as ever about what a wonderful hotel it could become. (We just need to make sure it is practical!)
Group Holiday Celebrations
You’ll be glad to know that we offer reservations, call-ahead seating and even a pre-ordering service at all of our restaurants to expedite service for parties (including parties of one or two). At Lucky’s in Cary, we can handle groups up to 70 people in a semi-private dining area. In Greensboro, the private Starlight dining room seats 10, and we can host larger parties in the dining room. To enjoy the extraordinary food from Green Valley Grill or Print Works Bistro in the beautiful private event spaces of the hotels, please contact the events team at 336-544-9615 (O.Henry) or 336-478-9111 (Proximity).
Great news! We can customize a gift certificate for you with a hotel night stay (or even a variety of packages) for your fortunate recipient. Just call the Proximity at 1-800-379-8200 or O.Henry at 1-800-965-8259. All of our businesses offer gift certificates for purchase seven days a week, or you can order online here.
Menus & Reservations
Visit printworksbistro.com, greenvalleygrill.com and lucky32.com for the current seasonal menus, the latest wine list and online reservations. With larger parties we offer pre-ordering to expedite service so you have more time to enjoy your visit.
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