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Old 04-02-2013, 09:46 PM   #16
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Our server brought out several plates for everyone to try, first week of March. My nieces 3rd birthday and we were a group of 16, probably why we had more than one! But, I did have to ask and told him it was her birthday. They put a candle in it for her and we all sang, it was really fun!
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:44 AM   #17
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There have been reports of guests asking their servers for it and being told they need to have a celebration. So just asking may work, or it may not.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:04 PM   #18
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Do not count on getting the Gray Stuff just by asking, even if you are celebrating. Not saying it doesn't happen, but we've been there 3 times and only got the Gray Stuff once...and that was unexpected.

Make sure you get the celebration listed on the reservation. We forgot to put our son in law's birthday on the actual reservation...told the waiter we were celebrating his birthday...it really was his birthday! No gray stuff. I even asked again, specifically, at the end of the meal, and the waiter said "Sorry, that is only for special celebrations like birthdays or anniversaries." When I pointed out we were in fact celebrating his birthday, the waiter just shrugged his shoulders and disappeared. They were not busy that night, we were eating around 7:00 PM, and at least 1/2 the tables in the main ballroom were empty, so it wasn't that he forgot or was too busy. In fact, the servers were standing around chatting with each other much of the time we were there...yet out at the check-in desk, they were turning hordes of people away, claiming "totally booked" They were not even busy. When we ate there in January, the table next to us had 3 little girls who had been to BBB...very obviously dressed for the occasion. One of the moms at the table leaned sideways to talk to their server and ask for the Gray Stuff for the little girls...the waiter explained to her it was for special occasions only. 3 dressed up little girls were not "special" enough that time either.

Now in February, we had a late dinner there...we were seated about 20 minutes before park closed. At the end of the meal, the servers came out with large trays of The Gray Stuff and delivered a plate to every table. We assumed it was because they had made too many (don't think the stuff would keep well...it's an oreo-mousse.)
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:39 PM   #19
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We were there the last week of November celebrating my daughter's 4th birthday. I had her bd on the reservation, she was wearing her button and we talked to our server about it. We had to ask for grey stuff 3 times before she actually brought it. I don't know if she forgot or just didn't want to bring it out.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #20
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DH and I celebrated our anniversary there in December and didn't get any - I suppose I should have asked but since the anniversary was on our ADR I kept assuming it would be forthcoming.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:32 PM   #21
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I'd never heard of it before it was put on our table. We were all like, what is that? No special occasion and we didn't ask for it, but we liked it!
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:02 AM   #22
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We didn't have a celebration listed on our reservation but at the beginning of dinner our amazing server asked if anyone was celebrating a birthday or anniversary. My son's birthday happened to be the next day and my sister and her hubs had just had an anniversary. We talked about the grey stuff during dinner so the kids asked for it. Our server was so super awesome and brought 4 servings.

It had a very light a fluffy texture but absolutely NO taste to me--maybe a very slight hint of almond. The kids thought it was super cool since it was somewhat "secretive" and proclaimed that it was delicious! Their excitement was all that mattered at that point!
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #23
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A surefire way to get some is to add a celebration to your ADR, such as a birthday or anniversary. You can also get a free button from City Hall to wear.
Sadly, this is not necessarily true. It sounds like there is no "surefire" way to have it. I went in early March (no rose on it) and we had a celebration (anniversary) noted on the reservation and were wearing buttons. No grey stuff was offered, so I ended up asking the server if we could try it. He was nice and brought a plate, but we wouldn't have gotten it if we didn't ask.

To me it tasted like buttercream frosting. I really couldn't taste the oreos or any almond-taste. Unfortunately, it wasn't really anything outstanding from a flavor/texture point of view. It was very petty to look at...
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:34 PM   #24
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Ask for it. If the server doesn't want to bring it for you then you save money on a tip.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:19 PM   #25
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As said, whether a "first time" visit/button is enough will depend on your server. I had noted a birthday on ours, and she had her birthday button on but our server didn't bring it to us. Instead we asked another server who's also a friend to get some for us and she brought it out!

If you ask, maybe even pull the server aside so that it's a surprise for the rest of the table?
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:01 PM   #26
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We had our son's birthday listed on our ADR at BOG and he received a plate with candle of the "grey stuff".
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:22 AM   #27
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It's funny to me that the 'grey stuff' is desserty. When I watch B&B I always assumed the grey stuff was fois grois. . I like mousse better.
Me too! Never considered the Grey Stuff as a dessert.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:32 AM   #28
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It's funny to me that the 'grey stuff' is desserty. When I watch B&B I always assumed the grey stuff was fois grois. . I like mousse better.
Yeah, I assumed "grey stuff" meant pâté. I think the mousse thing is kind of cheesy.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #29
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We were there in March and we didn't ask for it - our server just brought it out at the end of the meal.
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It actually looks quite yummy, the way it is presented.
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