Go local, young man!
Horace Greeley popularized the John B. L. Soule quote, Go West, young man, and grow up with the country, in 1865. This notion was a huge part of my (Dennis) youth, growing up (or, at least getting older) in Iowa, Nevada, but mostly in Western Montana. The drive-in theater near Missoula was even called the Go West. Now, with this humble enterprise, right here in the Old North State, we are declaring, Go Local!! Our guests are local, our staff is local, we are local lets be more and more local. (Youre thinking loco, arent you?) We will buy more stuff that is made locally. For us this could mean as much as Go West has meant to many.
Three years ago we started along these lines with our Sustainable Practices
Initiative and now we are formalizing the notion of buying not only
food, but also other things that we need from local artisans and craftsmen.
In this letter, well talk about commissioning objects of art that
are made with love and passion. (Visit our QWRH
website to learn more about our nearer the farm to the fork, the
better the flavor, ideas, and in future letters, well explain
how we intend to take this Go Local mantra further.) Well
also talk about our outdoor dining environments, plus well share
some news about deals at the O.Henry and a spring recipe.
Cheers! Dennis & Nancy King Quaintance
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outdoor dining areas at the Green
Valley Grill and Lucky
32 in North Raleigh, Cary and Winston-Salem are garden-like,
outdoor rooms; soon the Veranda that we are building at our Greensboro
Luckys will be open. These are (or will be) pleasurable spots
for enjoying an alfresco lunch meeting, a leisurely dinner, or a late-night
snack after the theater. Our full menus are available until late
night when we serve a lighter menu.
The Green Valley Grills courtyard is an intimate outdoor dining area, inspired by the hidden urban gardens found throughout Europe. Its focal point is a soothing fountain surrounded by lush plantings. The terrace at our Cary Lucky 32 includes a secret garden, and our North Raleigh Luckys features a covered area, so dining outdoors is comfortable (almost) year-round, rain or shine. If you join us on the courtyard of our Winston-Salem Luckys this summer, youll hear live jazz on Thursdays (exact dates to be announced). Plus, youll soon be able to dine under a wonderful trellis on our Greensboro Luckys Veranda. Chip Holtons sketch demonstratesthe garden-like environment that were creating.
A couple of years ago we decided that we wanted to warm up the feel
of our Lucky 32 restaurants so we installed some small lamps around
the dining rooms to help. They looked OK but they were not us;
they lacked authenticity they bugged me. That was about
the same time that we bought our Field Truck and started
buying more of our food locally. Well, sometimes we are a little slow,
but we have finally connected the dots.
we seek authenticity in our own dining experiences and we
want to offer such to our guests, by golly, lets get some of that
authenticity potion. My experience of authenticity is
linked to being in the presence of (or, in the case of food, consuming)
things that are nurtured with love, cooperation, free ideas and high
spirits. (This is kind of like that infamous quote about a non-related
subject, I dont have a definition, but I know it when I
see it.) So---two years later, we dont have those less
than authentic lamps, we have tulip light diffusers
commissioned from Raleigh artist Matt McConnell.
With our Go Local notion, we are seeking authenticity for our guests, our staff and ourselves. Here is a little bit about some of theauthentic artists (Ill leave it to you to decide what I mean by that!) who create objects for our restaurants and hotel that I sincerely hope brighten your day. (The artists quotations are from interviews conducted by our good and authentic friend, Sara Sherman. Obviously we edited out their less than flattering comments.)
Greensboro artist, Frank P. Holton, III (better known
as Chip Holton)
Greensboro sculptor, Jim
Raleigh artists, Matt
McConnell and Mac Farrior
Day is Sunday, May 9th! Lucky
32 and the Green
Valley Grill will open earlier than usual, at 9:00 a.m.,
to better accommodate everyone who wants to take Mom out for her special
day. Remember, we offer reservations and call-ahead seating. (Phone
numbers are at the end of this letter.)
Get the royal treatment with our Royal Retreat for $249*. This package includes one nights gracious accommodations; a cheese & fruit platter, with a bottle of wine delivered to your room; breakfast in bed; late check-out and a refreshing spa gift basket filled with Cru de Provence milk body lotion, bubble bath, hand cream, foaming milk bath, a decorative canister of foot soak, bath salt, bath tea, scented soap, a thick bath sponge, back scrubber, wooden shower brush and a red candle.
Fulfill your dreams of spending an enchanted night away from home. Take advantage of our Mid-Summer Nights Dream Package that includes one nights gracious accommodations for two, a $30.00 gift certificate for the Green Valley Grill or Lucky 32 and a full, hot buffet breakfast. For an extra special evening, dine under the stars in Green Valley Grill's Courtyard. This package is available June 1 August 14, 2004 for $194*.
The award-winning professional theater, Triad Stage has two plays left this season, Ibsens Hedda Gabler (through May 16) and the Pulitzer Prize winning Driving Miss Daisy (June 13 July 11). Our Thats the Ticket Package makes a night on the town complete. Well provide two tickets to a performance, transportation to and from Triad Stage in our stylish London Taxi, one nights gracious accommodations and a full, hot buffet breakfast for $194*.
Were partnering with the Eastern Music Festival to help sponsor their 43rd Season, from June 26th through July 31. Well offer a special rate during this time for participants and audience members just ask for the EMF rate when making your reservation.
Rates are based on double occupancy, subject to availability and do not include tax.
Many of our neighbors know that the O.Henry Hotel is an elegant setting for weddings. You may not know that we are also able to accommodate smaller gatherings such as rehearsal dinners, bridesmaids luncheons and groomsmens dinners. Our Merchants & Manufacturers Room is especially intimate and elegant. Its design was inspired by the wine-tasting rooms found adjacent to fine subterranean wine cellars and it seats up to 14 guests.
Of course, we can accommodate larger groups, as well. Our banquet space is versatile, our catering team is accomplished and our planning professionals are attentive. Please let us know how we can help plan your next event by contacting Leslie Dupuis at 336-544-9609 or visit the O.Henry Hotel website for more information, including menu samples and room diagrams.
To prepare filling: Combine eggs, yolks, and sugar in the top of a
double broiler or a bowl placed over a pot of boiling water. Whisk over
boiling water until the curd is thick and pale yellow, about 8-10 minutes.
Add the butter, piece by piece allowing each piece to melt before adding
the next. Add zest and lemon juice, whisking about 4 minutes, until
the mixture is thick and custard-like and the first bubbles appear on
the surface. The mixture should not boil. Pour the finished lemon mixture
into the pre-baked and cooled lemon tart pastry. Smooth the filling
with a spatula and set the tart aside to set, for about
©1989-2004 This recipe is property of Quaintance-Weaver, Inc. Unauthorized commercial use is forbidden.
Every month or so our featured menus at Lucky 32 and the Green Valley Grill change to reflect the season. At Lucky 32 each menu features an American regional cuisine, while the Green Valley Grill features menus that are inspired by European regional recipes. Visit our Lucky 32 and Green Valley Grill websites for our upcoming featured menus.
She was dressed with such expensive plainness
that she made you consider lace and ruffles as mere tatters and
rags. But one great ostrich plume that she wore would have marked her
anywhere in the army of beauty