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Cupcake Craze Hits New High: Frederick High School in Maryland is banning shared snacks after a 16-year-old student got sick from a friend’s cupcake that authorities suspect was laced with something, possibly marijuana. (WAMU via DCist)

Bad Apple Martini: How ChurchKey became a revered beer mecca by doing things the opposite way that they were done at the former Brickskeller, according to ex-Brick suds-slinger Nahem Simon: “One of the things we learned was what you don’t do when running a business. You don’t sit on your laurels, you don’t cast aside your clientele, you don’t tell them, ‘Oh, we’re a beer bar, we’re not going to get you this and that.’ Why can’t you make a martini, why can’t you instruct your staff to be able to be as knowledgeable about the beer as they would about the wine, as they would about the spirits?” (We Love DC)

Chew On This: A local Top Chef alum is returning to TV. Bravo? No. ABC. (WBJ)

Destination Building: Taverns and cafes haven’t detracted from other retailers along Barracks Row. Quite the opposite. Synergy! (Greater Greater Washington)

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