NC Pride concluded its four-day weekend of Triangle-wide festivities yesterday with a performance of classical Liszt piano pieces performed by Dr. Thomas Otten at UNC’s Kenan Music Hall yesterday to an audience of twenty or so.
Unfortunately, this particular classical music lover and Chapel Hill newbie was not a concertgoer yesterday due to a general confusion and lack of direction which, unfortunately, is completely in character for me. Somehow I got it in my head that what is actually Fetzer gym was in fact Kenan Music Hall where I knew the concert to be held. When finding a parking space near “Kenan Hall” proved dismally unsuccessful I parked in the parking deck on Rosemary (free on Sundays!) and figured I’d get in a nice little walk before the concert. As soon as I walked into the gym I had one of those “oh, nevermind!” moments but was given very good directions (a very hard thing to do with UNC’s campus, I’ve found) to Kenan Music hall and found out that, of course, I overshot it by a good five minutes of walking. By the time I did arrive, the concert was wrapping up and there was nothing left for me to do but hand out cupcakes and look pretty. Thankfully, as marketing coordinator, I have a good deal of experience in this area and managed to do both with no problem.
That would be Chocolate Caramel Fleur de Sel, Lotsa Lemon, and Cherry Cobbler from top to bottom. Sugarland also provided our delicious Sugarland Blend coffee and all-natural Boylan sodas for the event.
One of the advantages of the small crowd in attendance was the opportunity I had to discuss Sugarland with a very small, but very interested crowd. It is this sort of personal, vested interest in local business owners that embodies the foodie culture of the Triangle to me and it is definitely one of the things I love most about this area. There are lots of places to buy a cake in the area but very few where you can shake hands with the person who made it or sink your teeth into a cupcake and actually taste the freshness, knowing that what you’re eating was made by hand about twelve hours ago. “Voting with your dollars,” therefore, means spending your money on what matters most to you. We do that here at the bakery by spending a little extra to get cocoa specially blended for us, to seek out organic and local ingredients whenever possible, and to provide our staff with pay and benefits enough to give them the peace of mind to come to work every morning and truly enjoy what they went to school for: a love of baking. There aren’t many places where living out your passion is rewarded, but Sugarland Chapel Hill is one of them. I love to bake myself and to me producing something delicious is about so much more than the food itself. Delicious food is a common language which bridges all sorts of barriers of age and culture. I love good food because good food brings people together the way very few things in the world have the power to do.
Next time you’re in the neighborhood, grab a few of your closest friends, pick out your favorite cupcake or two and take the time to linger over a cup of coffee and see if the conversation doesn’t flow a little more easily than usual. Good food does that to good friends. Stop by the next time you have a minute and see what I mean.