Potatoes in the Cafeteria Under Attack; Dragon Fruit Is All the Rage

The USDA is proposing to eliminate the "white potato" -- as in, any variety that isn't a sweet potato -- from federally subsidized school lunches. And it isn't going down too well in places like Maine, where potatoes are part of the culture. [Wall Street Journal]

McDonald's restaurants in Europe will soon be swapping out staff for touch-screen computers from which customers will be able to order and pay with credit cards. [MSNBC]

Murray Handwerker, who helped transform his father's hot dog business into what we now know as Nathan's Famous, has died at age 89. [NY Times]

If you ever wanted to know, in cringe-worthy detail, how Donatella Arpaia landed her man, read on. [NY Times]

Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the executive chef and manager of Eleven Madison Park, will run the dining side of the forthcoming NoMad Hotel. [Diner's Journal]

Dragon fruit is cropping up everywhere these days -- in flavored vodka, herbal infusions, fruit juices, and cream liqueurs. [NY Times]

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