The culinary gods were indeed smiling upon us in November
when deservedly famous cookbook author Patricia Wells visited, wined
and dined with our guests and us. In this letter well tell you
all about that and well share one of her delicious recipes. We
also have some news about the Green Valley Grill and well let
you know how you can Get Lucky & Go.
Our websites are up and running now. Please check them
out and drop us a line at qwrh.com, greenvalleygrill.com, o.henryhotel.com,
or lucky32.com (they are all linked together) were just
a click away.
Cheers! Dennis & Nancy King Quaintance
Our New-New-Old-Old Lucky 32 Restaurant
Modifying our design is scary because fourteen years ago we conceived
our value system then applied it at every juncture in the design, menu
and people aspects of our enterprise. Enough people responded favorably
to it all that we are still around, so whats to fix?
Well, we decided that were not fixing anything; were
progressing. And were ever mindful not to mess up an aesthetic
or logistic positive. It hasnt been easy, but the process has
been fun and fulfilling.
can see the new exterior from this sketch but you cant see Raleigh
artist Matt McConnells handiwork on our light diffusers and tulips.
Nor can you see the secret garden, the inviting bar, or the presence
of this building on a very special chunk of earth. The siting of the
restaurant is great; as the saying goes, You would pick it as
a camp site. There is even an adjacent trail, perfect for an after-lunch
stroll. Please visit us and we promise the highest quality food and
drink at a good value with prompt, friendly attentive service in a clean
and comfortable environment, and an outstanding menu with an impressive
selection of specials
the exact values we started with those fourteen
Our new Cary Lucky 32 is located at 7307 Tryon Road, between NC 1-64 and Kildare Farm Road. Drop in or call 919-233-1632 for reservations or call-ahead seating. Check out our website at lucky32.com.
No Small Potatoes
The Green Valley Grills featured menu for November included recipes
from The Paris Cookbook, and Patricia was our guest of honor at a dinner
in the Caldwell Ballroom of the O.Henry Hotel, catered by the Green
Valley Grill on November 29th. Fine wine flowed as some of Ms. Wells
best recipes were enjoyed by our guests. A few of the dishes served
were Toasty Salted Almonds, Brioche, Domaine Saint Lucs Olive
Cake and Frédéric Antons Risotto with Wild Mushrooms.
Also served were La Cagouilles Sea Scallops with Warm Vinaigrette
and Les Allobroges Braised Lamb Shanks with Garlic. Dessert was
delectable, including Bonbonnerie de Bucis Fresh Lemon Juice Tart
and Chocolate Gourmandise. Recipes for these dishes are in The Paris
Cookbook and are simple enough to make at home. Our copy is already
dog-eared from use!
the talent and graciousness of our guest of honor, its no surprise
that we had as much fun as our guests. As Patricia personalized each
guests copy of The Paris Cookbook, she shared stories about
writing, cooking, traveling and everything in between. She told us about
her early discovery of a passion for words (at age seven) which eventually
lead to her adventures as a journalist in Washington D.C. and New York.
While in New York she began writing about food, her other passion, for
the New York Times.
Patricia now writes the food column for the International Herald
Tribune and is the restaurant critic for the French publication,
LExpress. She loves exploring the restaurants, bistros
and bakeries of Paris, poking her nose in pots, asking questions and
generally sleuthing about. As she put it, Every time I make a
discovery, at least three are happy my audience, because they
learn something new, the restaurateurs, because they get exposure, and
myself, because I found a new treasure then wrote about it.
We would gladly keep Patricia Wells here on staff, but away she went to complete her tour of the United States, with stops in San Francisco, Boston and New York, where she taped appearances on Martha Stewart Television and NBCs Today Show. We cant wait for her next visit when she shares more of her expansive food knowledge and her warm-hearted spirit. For more information about Patricia Wells visit her website at patriciawells.com.
Did It Again