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.