Winter 2018

 Dear Neighbors,

I hope you enjoy these letters as much as we enjoy writing them. There is something cathartic about distilling what is happening and then sharing it with friends. Sweet feelings … How about a hug?

The O.Henry and GVG were hatched 20 years ago! We are celebrating by giving both some TLC, as in about $5 million worth! You’ll read about that in this letter and notice the improvements as they are completed over the next year. Further on, you’ll get to some fun holiday season activities, some information about our cooking classes and a recipe, plus you’ll stumble upon an atypical Rambling about QW’s collaborative processes.

Enjoy the Season of the Magi at O.Henry

O.Henry Don Rives Cloister Garden in the season of the Magi

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Just an aside: Writing “we” and “us” seems appropriate because, though I (Dennis) write a good deal of the articles, many contribute.

— Cheers!!

Read 2018 Winter Rambling: Collaboration: When 2 + 2 Can Equal 5 or 6 or More (Part 1)

A dinner for 40 under a QW crafted arbor

Ordinary Events made Extraordinary…
Extraordinary Events made Legendary!

More than meat loves salt, we love planning and pulling off everything from a rather routine meeting to an over-the-top gala. Please indulge us by letting us help with your special event. We love every aspect of getting to play restaurant and hotel, and catered events bring us extra-special excitement. We can help make memories with everything from simple events to lavish dinner parties to amazing shindigs for 500. All that and you’ll get chef-centered restaurant food. Please stop by or call 336-478-9111. Seasonal packages are available for weddings, meetings and other events; see them at and Visit to see design tips, trends and some wonderful photos of recent weddings.

Having your event elsewhere but need accommodations for your out-of-town guests? Learn about our group rates by calling 336-478-9111.

The O.Henry Hotel “After 20 Years” (OH2O)
and GVG 20.0 TLC Projects!

Milestones are wonderful. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the O.Henry Hotel and Green Valley Grill, we are going deep to improve both. This is tricky because they are not goofed up. We just believe a little love will do them good. We are doing things that we are confident will cause you, our guests and or our colleagues, to enjoy these wonderful places even more!

OH2O: Have you had a design and building project take longer and cost more than you’d planned? Us, too: This one! Nonetheless, we are still delighted and hope that you will be as well! It makes our hearts sing when we stay in the guestrooms where we’ve completed Phase 1 of this effort (we have finished levels 1 through 4). We’ll get to the 5th and 6th floors later this year, then tackle the 7th and 8th floors early next year. Phase 1 includes some really neat stuff:

New O.Henry Bathing Rooms

OH2O Story Contest!
If you have a meaningful or fun story about
your experiences at the O.Henry or Green
Valley Grill, please consider telling us
about it. Our intention is to cause delight,
so it’s wonderful to hear about instances
when that happened. You’ll be entered to win
dining, hotel or catering vouchers.

Please share your story at

Bathing rooms: Floor-to-ceiling architectural ceramic tile with gently inset, stylishly grooved mirror | It’s magic! The shower will be about 30 percent larger without expanding the room or cramping it | Our new favorite shower head and hand-held wand | A carefully placed ledge in the shower that will help with the leg-shaving game | A soaking tub set into an architectural alcove | Amazing and dimmable lighting | A Bluetooth sound system with stereo speakers in the bathing room | New thrones | Phase 2, which will be completed in 2019, will include: Artist-painted ethereal sky scenes on the sleeping room ceilings | QW Craft Guild (QWCG) built wood and brass robe and convenience hooks at the entry and dressing room mirror frames | QWCG Magic Wand (our name for an amazing ultra-violet wood finishing system) treatment on the desk, headboard and chest of drawers that will cause these handcrafted pieces to retain their charm and patina after they are lovingly restored | New customdesigned embossed wall coverings | New drapes | Improvements for our in-room coffee and tea | Some surprise new accessories and amenities (Isn’t a warm bath even better with a rubber duck?)

As for GVG 20.0: New custom dinnerware inspired by Chip Holton’s 22-foot semi-circular culinary-based still-life over the kitchen entrance | Amazing crewel drapes and custommade lamps in each of the 10 arched windows | New velvet drapes | New carpet (don’t panic, the “stone mosaic” pattern that QW’s Don Rives designed will be used) GVG Bar: QWCG-made antiqued mirrors | QWCG-made lamps on the granite bar | A few surprises!

 Proximity and Print Works Bistro New Year’s

For reservations, please visit or call to book at 336-379-8200. For dining reservations, visit or call 336-379-0699.

Proximity to Midnight Package: Snuggle up in a romantic loft-like room, and toast 2019 with fantastic sparkling wine. Let the romance continue the next day and enjoy a late checkout of 2 PM. $309 plus tax.*

Proximity Cheers to 2019 Package: Check in extra-early (at noon) and unwind with housemade treats and sparkling wine in your comfortably appointed loft-like room. Take advantage of priority dinner reservations at Print Works Bistro, then join the New Year’s Eve Pop-up Dance Club from 10 PM – 1 AM. The next morning, enjoy breakfast in bed and an extra-late checkout of 4 PM. $364 plus tax.*

Print Works Bistro New Year’s Celebration: Order from our full dinner menu, plus get your groove on at our Pop-up Dance Club at 10 PM featuring DJ Jessica Mashburn. The party won’t stop until 1 AM. No cover charge! (Arrive early for a seat!) January 1, nosh on brunch from 7:30 AM – 4 PM. For table reservations, please call 336-379-0699 or reserve online at

Slip away for a memorable New Year’s. Order room service, dine in bathrobes, enjoy a tea-for-two tub … and hang out the “Do Not Disturb” sign (wink, wink).

 O.Henry and Green Valley Grill New Year’s

For room reservations, please visit or call to book at 336-854-2000. For dining reservations, visit or call, 336-854-2015.

Ring in the New Year Package: Cozy up in a king room and toast 2019 with a bottle of sparkling wine. The
next day, enjoy a full Southern-style breakfast buffet and a late checkout of 2 PM. $309 plus tax.*

O.Henry Cheers to 2019 Package: Celebrate with a bottle of sparkling wine and delish housemade sweet treats in your oversized guestroom after an extra-early (noon) check-in. Enjoy priority reservations at Green Valley Grill, then watch the arrival of 2019 in your room, snuggled up with your honey, or come to the lobby for live jazz. The next day, enjoy breakfast in bed and an extra-late checkout of 4 PM. $364 plus tax.*

Greensboro Symphony Package: Here’s an idea! Enjoy Greensboro Symphony’s “The Dukes of Dixieland” New Year’s Eve performance in style. Package includes a $30 credit toward dinner. Then, with two tickets in hand, you’re off to the symphony in one of our nifty livery vehicles (we’ll pick you up afterward). On your return, share chocolate truffles and sparkling wine in your room. The next morning, enjoy a full Southern-style breakfast buffet and a late checkout of 2 PM. $339 plus tax.*

Jazz at O.Henry: We’re hosting two special New Year’s Eve performances in the Social Lobby for those who want to celebrate early (from 5:30 – 8:30 PM) or late (from 9 PM – 12 AM). Arrive early for a seat! Visit for artist details. No cover charge!

Green Valley Grill: Enjoy our dinner menu and the bar will be open until 1 AM. On January 1, we’ll serve brunch from 9 AM – 4 PM. For table reservations, call 336-854-2015 or reserve online at

*Keep the celebration going … stay an additional night for 20% off our best rate (either Sunday, December 30, or Tuesday, January 1). Breakfast in bed and/or dinner reservations are based on availability, so reserve early!


See all our happenings at,,, or

Green Valley Grill Thanksgiving-to-Go 
We’ll prepare your entire meal, which includes our juicy, wood-fired, rotisserie-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, including sides, salads, bread and dessert, or just part of it. Order online at by midnight, Monday, Nov. 19, for you to pick up, take home and enjoy.

O.Henry Afternoon Tea
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Noon – 5 PM;
Monday – Wednesday, 2 – 5 PM and Thursday, 11 AM – 3:30 PM
Nov. 28 to Dec. 31, Noon – 5 PM
(Thursday, 11 AM – 3:30 PM only)

O.Henry Live Jazz
Every Thursday • 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Select Saturdays • 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Jazz, cocktails and tapas-style eats. See the full schedule, including our special Christmas Eve and New Year’s shows at We also offer a hotel Jazz Package that includes preferred seating plus a special rate and amenities!

Print Works Bistro
Pop-Up Dance Club
First Friday of each month • 10 PM – 1 AM Shake your groove thing! DJ Jessica Mashburn will spin dance tunes. No cover charge…can you dig it? Learn more at

Lucky 32 Greensboro
Songs from a Southern Kitchen

Every Tuesday from 6 ‘til 9 PM A series of live performances curated by Ogi Overman. Enjoy an evening with fine area musicians, Southern snacks and a wide selection of libations. Make yourself at home! No cover charge. See the lineup at

O.Henry Nutcracker Tea
Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23 11 AM and 3 PM each day
A magical holiday tradition! Enjoy crafts, special treats and storytime with Clara and the Nutcracker. Purchase tickets online at

Lucky 32 
Skillet-Fried Chicken
Greensboro: Sundays from 3 PM ‘til we run out.
Cary: Sundays starting at 3 PM and Wednesdays at 4 PM ‘til we run out.
Get a breast, leg and a wing, served with mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, collard greens and cornbread.

Print Works Bistro
Every Wednesday • 7 – 10 PM
Our chef’s mussels, live music and fantastic wines for $10-$15 a bottle. Evan Olson and Jessica Mashburn of AM rOdeO perform fantastic live covers and original music. No cover charge!

Get Lucky & Go®
We’ve got you covered! Heading to a party and need to bring a dish? Pick up pint and quart options of pulled pork, black bean cakes, collards, pimento cheese, artichoke dip and more. Visit to see the full menu. To place an order, call Lucky’s in Cary at 919-233-1632 or in Greensboro at 336-370-0707.

Holiday Dining Hours:

Print Works Bistro is open 11 AM – 8 PM on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (serving their dinner menus plus a special “traditional favorites” menu), and the bar remains open until 10 PM. We’ll also serve breakfast from 7:30 – 10 AM.

Green Valley Grill is open Noon – 8 PM on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day (serving their dinner menus plus a special “traditional favorites” menu), and the bar remains open until 10 PM.

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen is open on Thanksgiving Day in Cary from 11 AM – 7:30 PM, and in Greensboro from Noon – 8 PM, serving their regular menus plus a traditional turkey dinner. Both Cary and Greensboro Lucky’s will close at 3 PM on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day.

Special Dinners!
Videri Chocolate Dinner
Jan. 26, 2019
Blend Your Own Bordeaux
Wine Dinner: Feb. 8, 2019
Purchase tickets online at

Lucky 32 New Year’s Day-to-Go

On New Year’s Day, we serve “good luck” foods like collard greens, country ham with red-eye gravy, grilled pork loin chops and Hoppin’ John. Please place your order by 5 PM on Saturday, December 29, 2018. You can pick up your order on December 31 (heat and eat) from 2 PM until 6 PM or pick it up on January 1 (hot and ready to eat) from 11 AM until 1 PM. Order online at, or just give us a call at Lucky’s in Cary at 919-233-1632 or in Greensboro at 336-370-0707.

Culinary Classes

Looking for a gift for a foodie? See the schedule, get more details and order tickets online at or

2019 Cooking Class Series
Executive Chef Leigh Hesling will present three courses utilizing fresh local ingredients paired with wine, and share plenty of cooking tips, down-under humor and recipes. Classes are $85 per guest plus tax at Proximity or O.Henry.

2019 Cake Decorating Classes 
Have your cake and decorate it too! Our Print Works Bistro and Green Valley Grill pastry chef Erin McDermott teaches multiple sweet classes. Classes are $60 per guest plus tax at Proximity or O.Henry.

L32 Sweet Potato Cheesecake

For more delicious holiday recipes from our kitchens, visit,, and

1 prepared deep dish graham cracker crust
2 pounds cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1½ cups Sweet Potato Butter (see recipe at
2 cups Greek yogurt

Press crust into a springform pan and chill. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, mix cream cheese until fl uffy. Add eggs one at a time, alternating with additions of sugar. Add vanilla; mix well. Fold in sweet potato butter and yogurt. Pour mixture into crust and bake in a water bath for 60-70 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and chill before unmolding. Makes 1 cake.

© 1989-2018. This recipe is the property of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants, LLC. Unauthorized commercial use is forbidden.


We have lots of special packages to choose from for romantic or “need a break” getaways. See them at or Here are two limited-time special offers.

Proximity Hotel
Sustainable Cheer Special

• Early check-in at 2 PM (or possibly earlier)
• $20 voucher good toward breakfast, lunch or dinner
• Late checkout of 2 PM
From $249 plus taxes per night
Reserve online at
or call 336-379-8200.

O.Henry Hotel
Gift of the Magi Special

• Early check-in at 2 PM (or possibly earlier)
• $20 voucher good toward breakfast, lunch or dinner
• Southern-style breakfast buffet
• Late checkout of 2 PM
From $249 plus taxes per night
Reserve online at
or call 336-854-2000.

Both hotel specials available Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, Nov. 15, 2018 – Feb. 3, 2019. Not available New Year’s weekend. Limited number of packages available.

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Greensboro (On Westover Terrace, just off Wendover) 336-370-0707
Cary (On Tryon Road, between US-64 and Kildaire Farm) 919-233-1632 •

Greensboro (Off Wendover at Benjamin Parkway, near Friendly Center)
336-854-2000 or 800-965-8259 

Greensboro (Adjacent to the O.Henry Hotel) 336-854-2015

Greensboro (Off Wendover at Benjamin Parkway)
336-379-8200 or 800-379-8200

Greensboro (Adjacent to the Proximity Hotel) 336-379-0699

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