Yeskey, eventual accidental TV star, grew up in Gaithersburg. (Random Mary Alice factoid: her brother Neil is lead singer of the band Clutch.) She met Duff Goldman in 1994, during the very first week of her freshman year at UMBC, when she dropped her mother's pearl necklace down her dorm room sink's drain. "Duff was working as the dorm maintenance guy to get discounted tuition, and he showed up to dismantle the pipe and rescue my mom's necklace, which she didn't even know I'd taken," she says. "I referred to him as my hero for a long time." The two formed a close friendship, which endured even as Duff went off to culinary school and stints at restaurants all over the country while Yeskey stayed close to Baltimore, working a series of marketing and communications jobs for local nonprofit organizations. Goldman eventually made his way back to Baltimore to launch Charm City Cakes in 2002 and, five years later, hired Yeskey to help manage the enterprise.