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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Today in Food: From ballet studio to bakery


Maggie Austin LaBaugh of Maggie Austin Cake with a three-tier ivory frill cake with sugar roses at her Alexandria studio. (Matt McClain/For The Washington Post)
Today’s Food section tells the story of Maggie Austin LaBaugh, a professional ballet dancer who had to hang up her pointe shoes when injury prematurely ended her career. Her path led her to the world of pastry, and just a few years later she emerged as an up and coming talent in the wedding cake world. Ellen McCarthy looks inside LaBaugh’s Old Town Alexandria studio.

Sharing the cover is a story by Jane Black about the challenges faced by the owners of Sweetgreen, as they attempt to stick by their company’s eco-friendly philosophy while rapidly growing the business.

Jacqeline Church discusses the frustrations of dining with a significant allergy.

Tom Sietsema takes an early look at the North Gate Grill, which recently replaced the venerable Twigs in the downtown Hilton.

Banh mi-inspired sandwiches are on the menu at Bonmi, a new downtown spot profiled by Catherine Zuckerman.

In Wine, Dave McIntyre looks inside Penfold’s re-corking roadshow, an event where wine experts asses the quality of collector’s bottles for potential re-sale.

And in his Spirits column, Jason Wilson talks bitters, and why they matter so much to the construction of classic cocktails.

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