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.

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]