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CULINARY INNOVATORS CONTINUE TO DO
THEIR THING, PLAYING WITH TRADITION AND
MARKING THIS CITY AS A CULINARY DESTINATION.
For a taste, we chatted with two notable names
in the local culinary scene.
At Mrs. Hanes' Hand-Made Moravian Cookies,
those thin, crispy wafers that pack an astounding bit
of ginger in each bite are rolled and cut by hand, then
taste-tested by Mrs. Evva Hanes and her committee
of grandkids before being packaged up and sent to
"It's a family recipe and a family business," says
Hanes. "My mother cooked hers in a wood oven and
sold them in Winston. Many mothers and women in
Winston and Salem had their own recipes and sold
their cookies, too, but I kept on and here we are."
Where we are is making some 120,000 pounds of
cookies a year. That's more than 10,000,000 cookies
baked just a few miles from downtown. "I grew up like
Mom did," says Mona Hanes, Evva's daughter and
one of many family members in the business. "I'd mix
the dough, watch the cookies as they baked, help
pack tins to fill orders."
Mrs. Hanes' has six cookie flavors. While the bestselling ginger crisps are based on traditional Moravian
cookies, the rest are sugar cookie variations. "My
grandmother wanted to make a cookie like no one
MRS. HANES' MORAVIAN COOKIES
CHEF GREGORY ROLLINS AT GRAYLYN ESTATE
else had," says Mona, "so she came up with the
sugar cookie recipe and played with adding some
ingredients." The new recipe - and the old - was
a hit. Oprah Winfrey once named these one of her
"Favorite Things," and after a taste, they'll be on your
favorites list too.
Another of Oprah's Winston-Salem favorites
is the food of Executive Chef Gregory Rollins at
Graylyn International Conference Center. Graylyn,
a stately historic home on 55 pristine acres, opens
dining reservations to non-hotel guests based on
space availability. Here, Rollins has cooked for hungry
A-listers like Oprah, but also rattles pans for any diner
who comes through his doors.
Hailing from Barbados, Rollins says he enjoys
melding ingredients from home - plantains,
mangoes, and white sweet potatoes, to name a
few - with North Carolina flavors. For example, he
recently garnered rave reviews when he combined
curry chicken with an unexpected staple - grits.
"When guests visit the South, they expect Southern
food," he says. "I try to offer Southern food with a
twist. I want to create dishes inspired by classics, but I
also love to experiment with different flavors."
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