Gray's Journal

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Support The Home Team - Graylyn International Conference Center

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chef Rollins' Fall Sweet Potato And Black Bean Quesadilla With Bacon Sour Cream

Yield: 4 to 6 servings


For the quesadillas:
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1⁄2 inch thick*
3⁄4 teaspoon salt, divided
1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄4 teaspoon oregano
1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
1⁄2 tablespoon olive oil
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 can of 12 to 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
6 to 8 large flour tortillas
2 to 2 1⁄2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese
1⁄2 cup raw diced bacon
3⁄4 cup sour cream

For serving:
Bacon sour cream salsa, optional


1. Add the sliced potatoes to a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the potatoes. Add 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt to the pot. With the heat on high, bring the water to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Drain the potatoes and then add to a large bowl. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. Add the remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano and chipotle peppers. Mix until well combined.

2. In a medium heated skillet, sautéed diced bacon until crispy, drain off grease.

3. Sautéed black beans and green onions until hot.

4. Place the tortillas on a work surface. Use a spatula to smear about 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 cup of the filling on half of the tortilla. Top with about 1⁄4 cup of the cheese (or to taste). Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the filling to form a semicircle. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

5. In a medium to hot skillet, spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Place an assembled quesadilla in the pan and cook, flipping once halfway through, until both sides are browned and the cheese is melted.

6. Cut into triangles and serve with bacon sour cream or salsa.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Graylyn Launches New Online Booking Capabilities

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

5 Tips For Incoming WFU Freshmen!

By now you should have all of your belongings packed up and in the car heading to your new home, Wake Forest University. Congratulations Class of 2018, you've finally made it to college!

A brand new adventure full of excitement and learning lies ahead, but going off to college for the first time can be one of the most terrifying experiences of your life. You may be moving to an entirely new place with a lot of unfamiliar faces while learning to live completely on your own.

Don't know where to go for advice on that first year at school? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are some tips we've compiled to ensure that you milk your freshman year for all it's worth!

1. Make as many friends as possible
You will find that you will meet all kinds of people in college. The friends that go eat frozen yogurt with you at midnight. The friends that really aren't your friends after all. The friends that will be with you throughout your four years in college and even after post-grad. This is probably the most important piece of advice for your college years. Make friends! Oh, PS, it will also build your network when job-hunting after graduation. 
2. Go to class and form a relationship with your professor
We repeat, GO TO CLASS. It may be tempting to skip when you've been out late the night before, but consistently going to class will keep you from getting behind on what the professor has been teaching. We know that the professor creates his notes straight from the textbook, but he may also add in his own personal flair as well. Sometimes perfect class attendance even earns you bonus points on those exams!
3. Join a club, join a sorority or join a sporting team
This goes back to tip #1. Sometimes it's difficult getting out there and making new friends. Joining something extracurricular will help bring you together with other people who have the same likenesses that you have. 
4. Learn the fight song and go to the sporting events
Don't be the freshman that is sitting on the bleachers while everyone else has stood up yelling the fight song. It's just embarrassing! Also, learn the clapping rhythm that goes along with it. Not a sports fan? Give it a try anyway, you will most likely have fun and begin living for game-days. 
5. 12pm is the WORST time to go to the Pit
We know there's no stopping hunger. And when 
you're sitting in class at 11:50am and your stomach is out-talking your professor there's only one thing on your mind - the Pit. But do yourself a favor, choose a better time than 12pm. Go at 11:30am or 1pm, because otherwise you'll just be standing in a never ending line. 

We hope these tips help you during your first year at WFU. Best wishes for a fantastic freshman year! 

Have tips of your own for incoming Wake Forest freshmen? Share them with us on our Facebook page! 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Chef Rollins' Feature Recipe: Corn & Avocado Salsa

This summertime classic can be eaten with almost anything. Serve it as a snack with tortilla chips or with grilled chicken or fish as a refreshing summertime meal.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Tribute To Dr. Maya Angelou

This weekend our community and friends around the globe joined Dr. Maya Angelou’s family to celebrate her life. Graylyn was privileged to host the luncheon that followed the memorial service held on campus where she invested 32 years of her life.

"The Graylyn Estate, a place where Dr. Angelou and her friends have gathered on many special occasions, provided a fitting location to honor and celebrate her life.  It was our privilege to serve the family and friends that gathered in Winston-Salem,” stated John Wise, General Manager of Graylyn.

Many thanks to Dr. Angelou and her inspirational wisdom. Her legacy is strong and will offer valuable insight to everyone for years to come.

"My mission is life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, with some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Dr. Maya Angelou

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Monday, June 2, 2014

What's Father's Day Without Brunch?!

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11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
*$34.95 per person
*$15.95 children 12 and under
Children 4 and under are free.
June 15, 2014

**$139 Overnight Rate
Available Friday, June 13, 2014 to Sunday, June 15, 2014 Reservations are required.
To reserve your table contact Graylyn Reservations
800-472-9596 or visit for further information.

Reservations are required. Subject to tax and gratuity

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