Graylyn Estate News

July/August 2013 Vol. 05.05
Graylyn International Conference Center


Buy food locally. Farmers markets are great places to shop, and ensure that the veggies you're eating hot off the grill or mixed in a salad haven't traveled thousands of miles just to reach your plate. That cuts down on the use of fossil fuels, which leads to significantly reduced levels of pollution and resource depletion over your typical tomato bought at the local supermarket.
Sunday July 28th
Sunday August 25th

4:30p to 6:00p

$20.00 per person
Includes a guided tour, two glasses of Graylyn wine and a fruit and cheese reception.

Tour dates will take place on select Sundays and will be posted each month at

After the tour, we would love for you to stay and enjoy Graylyn Dining, a tempting four-course experience created for our guests by our award-winning culinary staff.

For more information, to book a tour, or to make a reservation, please call 336.758.2425 or visit

Your Journey Awaits.
Don't forget. Graylyn dining is available every night. Celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or whatever the occasion.

Call 336.758.2425 or complete a reservation request online.
Graylyn Scholar Ken Meyer Graduates from
Wake Forest University

What is the mission of Graylyn International Conference Center? Providing a flawless meeting experience, yes. Ensuring our customers receive impeccable service and depart Graylyn having felt true southern hospitality, yes. What many don’t know is that Graylyn is also dedicated to supporting Wake Forest University by providing a student scholarship annually.

This year’s Graylyn Scholar can be summed up in one word, ambitious. Ken Meyer, the recent 2013 graduate has stepped off the Wake campus (but hopefully not for the last time) and has hit the ground running. We spoke with him about his past and current goals, and here's what he had to say:

What impact did Graylyn have on your four years at Wake Forest?
I had never been to Graylyn before I got the scholarship, but it basically made my decision to go to Wake. I've stayed at Graylyn many times since I've been here and am very thankful for everything they have done for me while I was in school.
What is your background? (where are you from, high school, sports, family, etc.)
I grew up in Randolph, New Jersey. It's a suburb about 45 minutes outside of New York City. I graduated there from Randolph High School. I have two brothers, one older who graduated in 2011 from Boston University with a degree in physics and one younger who is about to enter high school.

Why did you choose Wake Forest? What is your major, and why did you choose it?
Growing up my whole life in the northeast, I wanted to see a different part of the country. Wake Forest not only offered me a chance to live in a southern city for four years, but it also gave me the opportunity to study in a state at the heart of the country's current political divisions. Combining a Political Science major with Economics and Middle East Studies minors, I got to study at Wake the political questions of our time in a North Carolina swinging between red and blue.
What type of campus organizations are you in (if any)?
When I started at Wake, I joined a bunch of different groups. I played percussion in the band and orchestra. I traveled as a lawyer and witness for the mock trial team. I went to meetings of Amnesty International and the College Democrats. I spent an alternative break cleaning up after flooding in Nashville. However; by the beginning of my sophomore year , my work with the Old Gold & Black campus newspaper took up the largest part of my time at nearly 20 hours a week.

Did you have any leadership roles in these organizations?
Of all the organizations of which I was a part, I'll always most remember a time with the Old Gold & Black. I traveled up to the office my freshman year simply to accompany a friend to their first meeting. That meeting turned into my making graphics for the newspaper, and I then began to climb the editorial ladder serving eventually serving as the first-ever Managing Editor for Online Media. We built out a new online program that included a new website, new social media accounts, and a new mobile application. For someone who never planned on working in newspapers, I’m very proud to say that our staff and this program won Best of Show for Online News at the 2012 North Carolina Statewide College Media Awards.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The fifth floor of Benson University Center. It's not a place many Wake Forest students ever find if they're not involved in campus media, but at night it has an incredible view of the Winston-Salem skyline.

Have you studied abroad?

I've been to 10 different countries since coming to Wake Forest. I spent the summer after my freshman year researching urban development in Fez, Morocco. I gave a shot at a more traditional study abroad program when I took the fall semester of my junior year in Cambridge, England. I backpacked through the Spanish island of Mallorca with Wake's Outdoor Pursuits. I found other excuses to see Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, and Canada. I think every student at Wake should make study abroad a priority.
What are your plans for post-graduation?
This summer, I'll be trying a different city on for size working as a fellow for the social good PR firm, Fenton Communications, in its New York City office. And next fall, I've accepted a place at the University of Cambridge in England to study for a Masters in International Relations and Politics. My thesis there will compare political polarization in the United States and the United Kingdom. I'm looking forward to another hop across the pond.
What are your long term goals?
When I interviewed with Wake Forest, I perhaps brashly for a high school senior claimed that my vision for my life was to serve as campaign manager on a national campaign. In four years , I think that vision has only gotten stronger. I'm as committed now as ever to working in our nation's political world. After graduate school abroad, I fully plan to return to the United States and begin working on campaigns - perhaps even right back here in North Carolina.
Overall, how was your experience at Wake Forest?
Walking away after an incredible four years, I know that I'll always have so many close friends and mentors here at Wake Forest. I've grown to love not only this university but Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, and North Carolina. I can't wait to come back to visit.
What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
Take advantage of everything this university has to offer. Dive into the clubs that interest you. Study abroad. See downtown Winston-Salem. Go to professors' office hours. Take that Modern Art class. Meet as many of your classmates as you can. And most importantly: keep an open mind. You never know how Wake Forest may change the way you think and act.
Congratulations to Ken, and may the future take him as far as he aspires!



 FOOD & BEVERAGE: Summer Edition

 Miguel Laurent
Nord Sud Viognier

Laurent produces the “Nord Sud” cuvees from selected blocks of mature, naturally low yielding vines at his family estate, in the south of France.Vines are planted in the optimum North-South orientation meaning that the grapes are exposed to the gentle warmth of the morning and evening rays but protected from the burning effects of the midday sun. Partially fermented in French oak barrels this Viognier has a heady fragrance of honeysuckle associated with apricot and peach aromas.

This is a deliciously perfumed opulent wine with characteristic aromas of white flower and “pêche de vigne”. On the pallet it is surprisingly elegant with delicate apricot and orange blossom but also some citrus character.

Bacon Wrapped Plantain with Mango Chutney and Jalapeño

    Prep Time: 20 minutes      Cook Time: 20 minutes      Yields: 4
2 plantains (ripe)
5 strips of old smoke house bacon
1 fresh jalapeno (diced) no seeds
Plain tooth picks
1 Fresh ripe mango (diced small)
¼ cup of Onion (diced small)
1 garlic pod (chopped fine)
¼ cup white vinegar
1tbps of brown sugar
1tbsp of diced red bell pepper
1 tbsp of golden raisins
1tsp of chopped green onions
Dash of allspice

Directions for mango chutney:
In a small pot on medium heat, sautéed diced mango and onions until translucent. Add sugar, raisins, garlic, red peppers and vinegar and cook until chutney becomes thick. Finish with allspice and green onions.

Directions for bacon wrapped plantain:
Peel plantains and cut into half inch rounds. Precook bacon for about 8mins in a 350 degree oven. Let bacon cool, and then cut each piece into half. Wrap around plantains and hold in place by using plain tooth pick. Return to oven to finish baking, pull from oven when bacon is crispy. Top with mango chutney, diced jalapenos and serve.


Complete Meeting Package
starting at $209.00 per person*

July 1 - 14
July 18th-20th
August 1st-7th
August 24th-31st

CMP includes: Overnight Accommodations, Gourmet Breakfast and Lunch Buffet, Flexible Dinner Options, AM & PM Continuous Brain Food Coffee Breaks and Standard Audio Visual Package.

Promotional rates are also available for our
Complete Training Package

*Per person per night double occupancy estate guestroom. Rate quoted does not include tax or service fees. Rates are based on availability for new qualifying groups that accept the group contract terms and conditions. Cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts.

For more information contact Graylyn Sales at 800-472-9596 

Kellen Yokeley Named New Account Manager

Graylyn is proud to announce Kellen Yokeley as the new Account Manager joining the sales team.  Kellen will be spending much of her time working with Wake Forest University securing meetings and special events.

Kellen has worked at Graylyn for five years holding several roles in sales and catering. In her latest role, Kellen served as a Conference Coordinator, guiding clients from all over the world through a seamless planning process. During her time as a Conference Coordinator, Kellen was awarded Manager of the Quarter for her enthusiasm, service standards and dedication to her position.
We are so excited for Kellen as she takes the next step in her career with Graylyn!
Graylyn International Conference Center | 1900 Reynolda Road | Winston-Salem | NC | 27106


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