Our Views: Baking path to stardom

In New Orleans, apparently, there’s a level of celebrity greater than that of a Hollywood star.

In the June Smithsonian, Roy Blount Jr. offers a lengthy profile of Dwight Henry, the proprietor of a New Orleans bakery who played a troubled father in the critically acclaimed feature film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Henry has been working in other film roles, but he’s not prepared to give up his perch at The Buttermilk Drop, his bakery and cafe at St. Bernard and Dorgenois. In fact, Henry is expanding his culinary reach to a new eatery in New York City’s Harlem.

That’s a hearty testament to the Crescent City’s insatiable appetite for baked goods ­­— ­an enthusiasm eagerly shared by visitors to the city. No wonder that Henry, already the toast of New Orleans, could soon be the toast of New York as well.