7-11 to Sell Its Own Beer; Courage the Dog Gets His Own Cupcake

• 7-11, the country’s third largest beer retailer, is launching a new brand of beer called Game Day, made by Wisconsin contract brewers at City Brewery. [MSNBC]

• Virginia’s The Cupcake Ladi created a cupcake for Courage, the rescued dog who nearly starved to death in Bellflower. [OC Pet Tales]

• A new crop of hybrid tomatoes claim to mimic the taste of heirlooms without the fuss, but heirloom purists are not impressed. [WSJ]

• Starbucks will introduce vegan Frappuccinos on May 5. [Quarry Girl via Consumerist]

• Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House in Boise, Idaho, is the only U.S. restaurant with its own on-site worm composting program, with about 200,000 of the wriggly creatures beneath its foundation. [MSNBC]

• Private chefs must deal with the mercurial whims of the rich and famous. [NYP]

• Russia’s elite are unhappy that the Icelandic volcano has limited their access to oysters and peaches. [Reuters]

• Durham, North Carolina’s local food scene is better than ever. [NYT]

7-11 to Sell Its Own Beer; Courage the Dog Gets His Own Cupcake