99: Meet Nick Leopoulos

Foodie, beer fan and arts advocate Nick Leopoulos is painting a better world in Argenta.

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1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood. Nick Leopoulos, Assistant Director of the Thea Foundation, I've been back in Little Rock for four years--in Argenta and Park Hill in North Little Rock.

2. Finish this sentence: My job is awesome because...every day I get to discover just how invested many Arkansans are in the arts and their interest in seeing it grow in importance.

3. If you ate a different meal at a different local restaurant for a day, what would they be? It's Saturday morning. Let's start at The Joint in Argenta for a Red Eye. If I'm lucky, they'll have some Bourbon or Tanzanian Peaberry brewed. For breakfast eats, it's up to Mugs Cafe for some $5 pancakes. Lunch is across the river on South Main at Boulevard Bread Company for a smoked turkey sandwich on eight grain with jalapeño chips. Dinner and drinks would be at Big Orange -- a Maytag Blue burger with bacon and house fries would be what I would eat, Boulevard's Rye on Rye (two or three) would be what I would drink. I'd round out the night with a visit to Mylo Coffee Co. in Hillcrest to grab a cappuccino from my Mediterranean brethren.

4. What are some of your favorite annual events in the LR area? Of course, I LOVE to attend the Thea Arts Festival that is coming up on Saturday, April 26th from 10am - 4 pm. Its free!

I also enjoy the Governor's Culinary Challenge. This year, It will be on Monday, April 28th from 6:30 - 9 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Thea Foundation's Scholarship Program. People can find out more and purchase tickets at www.governorsculinarychallenge.com.

I also love going to see the Travs. North Little Rock and Little Rock are fortunate to have such a beautiful stadium in such a great location.

5. What do you think is Little Rock's best kept secret? I think the best kept secret in Little Rock is Caper's creme brûlée. It is the real deal. What it is not is some white, vanilla-like flavored, shallow-dished dessert that you might find elsewhere. To everyone else: step your brûlée game up.

Thea programs are designed to help kids find confidence, self-worth and perspective through creative expression, from experiences in many arts-related activities both extra-curricular and in-school.