Fisher Center at Bard Conservatory
Brad Smoak and Alexandra Loutsion

During what turned out one of the most rewarding contracts I have had in quite some time, I found myself in Winston-Salem, NC singing the title role in Piedmont Opera's production of Donizetti's comic romp, Don Pasquale. During a podcast I recorded as a guest promoting the performances, the host asked me about my favorite foods. This was due to the fact that the character is noted for being quite a bit older (70's) and *ahem* rounder than I happen to be at this stage in my life.

My answer included several local spots that I have loved since my childhood (I grew up only a couple hours from Winston-Salem), and then concluded with the fact that baked goods - in particular, cinnamon rolls - are an absolute favorite of mine. The host was quick to plug a local coffe shop/bakery, Louie & Honey's Kitchen, with what he called a very 'unique' cinnamon roll.

Piedmont Opera's Don Pasquale was a huge hit with audiences! Check out a stellar review by Voix des Arts here: Don Pasquale review.

To everyone who has ever loved breakfast foods, baked goods, cinnamon rolls, or even has the slightest of sweeth tooths (sweet teeth?) you HAVE to check this place out. This cinnamon roll was, in fact, unique. But even moreso, it was the most delicious cinnamon roll I've ever had in my life. No joke. It's not for the faint of heart, mind you, and took me three sittings to finish. But oh my goodness were they the most amazing and intoxicatingly delicious three sittings I have ever had the pleasure to experience.

So, if you're ever in the Triad region of North Carolina, or even within a couple hours drive, catch a performance at Piedmont Opera - you will not be disappointed. While you're there, you owe it yourself to stop at Louie & Honey's Kitchen. And bring your appetite.