Proximity is near. The Holidays are around the corner. The Kitchazoic
Era is dawning. And better beef est arrivé! Cryptic enough?
Cheers! Dennis & Nancy King Quaintance
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The Proximity Hotel is nearboth chronologically and geographically.
This new hotel and its yet to be named restaurant will be built in the
next 18 months just a stones throw from their sisters. In fact
(and we dont recommend this), if you stood at the O.Henry Hotels
motor entrance and tossed a stone toward our Lucky 32 restaurant on
Westover Terrace, but could only get it halfway there, it would land
on the site for the Proximity Hotel!
We are hoping you will help us make some important decisions by completing
a questionnaire at www.proximityhotel.com/survey.
As something like a bribe, well give the 50 most helpful responses
a complimentary nights stay in the first six months that the hotel
is open. Plus, the ten best will get a Proximity Package
stay, and the top five will get all that plus a stay at the O.Henry.
But wait, theres more (I hope the Ginzu Knives people dont
have that line copyrighted)
The first-prize winner will receive
ten complimentary rooms over the next three years plus all of the other
To state it less flamboyantly, wed really like your ideas on
design details for this new hotel and for some improvements that were
planning for the O.Henry. Since you know us (and hopefully you enjoy
getting news from us), we thought you would give us the best ideas!
Instead of singing the 12 Days of Christmas over and over until you
chase us away, we thought we would offer 12 Ways that we
might help make your holidays a little less hectic and a little more
happier. (Angst, angst go away and dont come back another day!)
1. Thanksgiving Day Dining: While Lucky 32 wont be open
for Thanksgiving Day, well have plenty of turkey at Green Valley
Grill. For the first time, you can bring your clan to the Green Valley
Grill for Thanksgiving dinner (starting at 4 p.m.) Also, if you
want to dine at home, your family can still enjoy Green Valley Grills
wonderful cooking with Thanksgiving-to-Go. Place your order by
10:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, then stop by the Green Valley Grill
on Thanksgiving Day to pick up your juicy, wood-fired, rotisserie-roasted
turkey with all the trimmings, including sides, salads, bread and dessert.
To make your reservation or to place your order, contact Green Valley
Grill at 336-854-2015 or visit greenvalleygrill.com.
2. Gift Certificates: Our gift certificates are (we say, not so humbly) wonderful holiday gifts. You can order gift certificates for all four Luckys, the Green Valley Grill or the O.Henry Hotel by going to qwrh.com or calling our Gift Certificate Hotline at 336-370-0966. Well take your credit card number and mail them to you (or to the recipient) promptly.
3. Recipes: If you are looking for ideas for holiday cooking
at home, go to lucky32.com
and sign up for our luck-E-news. After you sign up, you gain access
to our secret online recipe book of our 60 most requested
recipes from Lucky 32.
4. Group Gatherings at Lucky 32: At each Lucky 32, you can order
from our full menu in our private and semi-private dining areas. Plus,
we offer reservations, call-ahead seating and a pre-ordering service
that expedites service for larger parties. In North Raleigh our
Starlight Room seats up to 32 guests, and in Cary
our elegant semi-private dining room seats up to 50. Our Greensboro
Luckys private dining room seats 8-10, and in Winston-Salem
up to 40 guests can enjoy semi-private dining. Call one of our Luckys
for more information or to make reservations, and visit lucky32.com
for our full menus.
5. Get Lucky & Go to a Party! Too busy to prepare that perfect
covered dish? Let Lucky 32 cook for you. You call, we cook,
and we bring your order right to your car. In addition to our current
menu, we have larger party size portions of some of the
favorites and Family Dinner options. The One Stop
Wines are priced low. For complete Get Lucky & Go menus
6. Online Reservations for Green Valley Grill: Now you can conveniently reserve a table online for lunch or dinner during the bustling holiday season, including Christmas Day starting at 4 p.m. Simply go to greenvalleygrill.com. For each reservation, you receive 100 points, and points add up to rewards! And dont forgot to have your own private wine tasting with one of our flights of wine.
7. Run Away During the Holidays: Escape the hectic pace of the
holiday season by running way for a weekend to the O.Henry Hotel.
There are plenty of fun events in Greensboro during November and December
(see our Top Ten list at ohenryhotel.com). And if you need to do a little
shopping, we are right beside the popular Friendly Shopping Center.
For our Best Rate, go to ohenryhotel.com. Our best Best Rates
are typically on weekends and around the holidays, when you can save
up to $50 a night!
8. Send Your Family Away: If you live in the Triad and your
house is getting a bit crowded with visitors, send them to the O.Henry
Hotel! We will pamper them and make them feel at home. You can use
our Social Lobby as an additional living room, and let us do some of
the cooking. Remember, go to ohenryhotel.com
to get our Best Rate.
9. Group Parties at the O.Henry Hotel: Planning to entertain
an intimate gathering of 15 or a big bash of 150 (or something in between)?
The O.Henry Hotels attentive staff, gracious amenities
and elegant banquet facilities will make your party a success. Go to
ohenryhotel.com to see photographs of our party spaces and check out
the menus. Contact one of our catering consultants at 336-544-9604 or
10. Party at the Office: When you are too busy to leave the
office for a group lunch, order our handy boxed lunches from Get
Lucky & Go. Just call us before 10 a.m. and you can pick them
up between 11 and 11:30. If you would like more than 12 lunches, please
give us 24 hours notice.
11. Tour for the Visitors: Looking for a special outing for
visitors during the holidays? Bring your holiday visitors for a tour
of the O.Henry Hotel. See our beautiful tree in the Cloister Garden
and all of our holiday finery while having afternoon tea in the lobby
(call ahead for reservations).
12. New Years Day Menu: Make sure that 2006 will be your luckiest year ever and join us at Lucky 32 for New Years Day. Well feature our full menu plus some special selections. According to folklore, eating greens on New Years Day brings paper money, black-eyed peas bring coins, and pork brings good health.
The next time you see Jim Slowin, VP of Restaurants, or Wine Director
Julia Schiavone, ask them about pump overs, punch downs, and pomace
dumping (noble work, this). These are a few of the chores they enjoyed
(not) during their first visit to Crush Week in Napa Valley
in September. This was definitely a workingnot a sightseeingtrip.
They also cleaned tanks, took spectrometer readings in vineyards to
measure sugar levels in grapes, and crushed Syrah and pumped the juice
into thousand gallon tanks. Jim and Julia did take a break to attend
the annual blessing of the grapes at the Robert Mondavi Winery as the
first Sauvignon Blanc was coming in.
This was just one step in Julias pursuit for more wine expertise. Earlier this year, she attained the Society of Wine Educators Certified Specialist of Wine rank and spoke at the North Carolina Wine Growers Associations Annual Meeting. She was also selected to take the very challenging Court of Master Sommeliers advanced course in New York. Congratulations, Julia!
As weve mused in letters past, we are planning some changes for
Luckys. By April all four Luckys will have gone through
a beautiful metamorphosis to emerge as Lucky 32: Kitchen and Wine
Bar. It will be the beginning of her Kitchazoic Era
meaning that these restaurants will be even more kitchen (read:
food) focused. Plus, if someone called our M.O. kitchy, we wouldnt
The difference, you ask? Well, lets talk turkey. We are going
to spend more time and effort sourcing and cooking our food. For example,
we currently buy top quality roast turkey, like you might find at a
high-end deli. Once Luckys enters this new era, well buy
whole birds that are raised nearby in Chatham County. Well cut
up our vegetables, plop the bird on them and roast that puppy, showing
it some love now and then by basting. Then well carve it for entrees
and sandwiches and use the pan goodies for soups and sauces. Were
sure there will be an abundance of happy campers when they bite into
these and other new menu selections.
We have similar stories about other stuff on our menu. It will be a new era. But, it seems funny to talk too much about what will be news as opposed to what is new, so well leave this at that.
Bill Niman, well known and respected in food circles for being a pioneer
in naturally grown beef and pork, recently visited all of the Luckys
locations to teach our staff members about Niman additions to the menu.
Come in and enjoy Niman pork, burgers and steaks at all Lucky 32 restaurants
and the Green Valley Grill.
Niman works with more than 300 independent family farmers (including 30 in North Carolina). Great taste is the goal at Niman Ranch, and they make sure all of the farms treat the animals humanely, raise them on all-natural feeds, and mature them without growth hormones or antibiotics.
Four incredible people displaced by Katrina have joined our team. Briana Oesterle will play a leadership role for banquets at the O.Henry and Green Valley Grill. Youssef Mailele (who wins the smile contest) is a member of our porter staff at the O.Henry. Patrick Rossiter will be the Banquet Chef for the Green Valley Grill, and Richard Papier is our newest Sous Chef at the Green Valley Grill. We hope that they all live happily ever after.
Dennis was honored in October by being the first recipient of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship award given by Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina at their annual Business Hall of Fame dinner. We thought you would like to know, so we snuck this in after Dennis finished his edits. ~Mark File
On a brisk winters day, nothing is better than a bowl of chili! Find dozens more recipes on our secret online recipe book by signing up for our luck-E-news at lucky32.com.
Brown off ground beef in a soup pot. Add diced meat. When diced meat has cooked to medium, add all spices and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except beans. Let simmer for one hour, or until reduced to desired consistency. Add kidney beans and cook for 15 more minutes.
©1989-2005 This recipe is property of Quaintance-Weaver, Inc. Unauthorized commercial use is forbidden.
We reserve a limited number of tables at Lucky 32 and Green Valley Grill so that everyone can be accommodated in a reasonable amount of time. Just give a call and make a lunch or dinner reservation. You can also make online reservations for Green Valley Grill at greenvalleygrill.com.
When you don't have a reservation, and you are concerned about waiting, we offer this service. Just Call Ahead and we'll add your name to our waiting list (if we have one) so that any waiting will be kept to a minimum.
With larger parties we offer pre-ordering to expedite service so you have more time to enjoy your visit. Let us know when you make a reservation if you would like to pre-order. Just fax us your orders by 10:30 a.m. at lunch and 4:00 p.m. at dinner, and we'll have your meals served within minutes of arriving. Call the restaurant (or go to the Hours/Reservations section of lucky32.com or greenvalleygrill.com) for a pre-order form.
For the latest progress reports on the Proximity Hotel, be sure to visit proximityhotel.com.