Thursday, May 30, 2024

Dwight Henry Will Write “Feasts” of the Southern Wild Cookbook, Open NYC Bakery


As the Oscar season draws to a close, there are a few big winners. One is actor Scoot McNairy, who turned up in three movies– “Argo,” “Killing Them Softly,” and “Promised Land.” Scoot–I’ll run an interview with him this week–came out of Oscar season very hot and in demand with casting directors. But the true overnight stars of the season were the untrained actors from “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” That would be nine year old¬†Quvenzhan√© Wallis and the man who plays her father, Dwight Henry.

Henry may not act in a movie again, but he’s capitalized on his fame beautifully. He’s going to open a branch of his New Orleans bakery in Harlem this spring. Henry’s gone into business with Nobu’s Richie Notar to have a Buttermilk Drop Bakery and Cafe open right next to the famed Lenox Lounge. Notar, who’s first opening Harlow on East 56th St. and Park Avenue, plans to unveil a revived Lenox Lounge in mid to late March. Buttermilk will bake for the Lenox and for customers.

Henry told me the other night at the Harlow tasting–where Matt Lauer and wife Annette were the first guests through the door– that he’s also fielding offers for a cookbook. “What should I call it?” he asked me. I did not hesitate: “Feasts of the Southern Wild,” I replied. Henry promised me free desserts forever. Just what I need!

Meantime, get over to Harlow. It’s opening shortly, and will be a celeb hang most definitely.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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