Gray's Journal

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Chef Rollins Named Fan Favorite at Spring House's Luv Luv Culinary Festival

Graylyn’s Executive Chef, Greg Rollins was named the “fan favorite”  in the 9th annual Dr. Brownstone’s Sweet Summer Luv Luv Festival presented by Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar last Tuesday, August 15.

Nearly 100 people attended and voted on the cuisines that were presented during the “culinary walkabout.” Chef’s Summer Vegetable Curry Stew, Green Tomato Chutney, Caribbean Rice and Peas, and Hibiscus Jerk BBQ Pork Shanks were enjoyed by many guests.

Touted as Winston-Salem’s most creative culinary event, Dr. Brownstone’s Sweet Summer Luv Luv Festival was originally launched in St. Louis Missouri during the summer of 2010 by Chef Timothy Grandinetti, now Chef/Partner of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar. His original goal was to bring friends together - Chefs, Farmers, and Artisan Producers - to create, to cook, and to celebrate the bonds of “culinary brotherhood.”

The festival was a collaborative chefs dinner featuring Jeff Bacon of Providence Restaurant, Chris Fulk of Quanto Basta, Mark Grohman of Meridian Restaurant, Tina Hodges of Quanto Basta, Mark Little of Bib’s Downtown, Shane Moore of Foothills Brewing, Travis Myers of Willow’s Bistro, Jared Tipton of Spring House, John Wilson of Sophie’s Cork & Ale, and our very own Chef Greg Rollins.


Friday, August 10, 2018

A Graylyn Signature Cocktail: The Bee's Knees

This late-summer, early-fall cocktail was inspired by the prohibition era, during which the Graylyn Estate was built. It's a little-known secret that there is a hidden beverage compartment in the Library, where the Gray's frequently entertained.

In keeping with the Gray's commitment to supporting local business, we set out to create a seasonal cocktail that stars a local spirit. Featuring Sutlers Gin and Golding Farms Honey, this beverage will refresh and delight any palate.


2 ounces Sutlers Gin
3/4 ounce Chamomile Golding Farms Syrup*
Juice of 1 Lemon


1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker.
2. Pack with ice.
3. Shake until shaker is frosted over.
4. Strain into a Martini glass.
5. Garnish with an orange peel. (optional)

*Chamomile Golding Farms Syrup

1 cup chamomile tea
1 cup Golding Farms honey


1. Place ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
3. Transfer to container and place in refrigerator to chill.