Starbucks Is Angling for the Wellness Crowd With a New Line of Kombucha

Plus, Queer Eye merchandise is coming, and more food news

  • Starbucks is wading into the fermented-tea waters. The Seattle-based coffee giant has announced its own line of kombucha, offering six flavors under the Evolution Fresh label. The bottled beverages, available at grocery stores and markets, will initially launch in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and New York City. A broad release across America is expected next spring. Starbucks acquired Evolution Fresh, an organic juice company, back in 2011.
  • A public ceremony will be held for iconic French chef Joël Robuchon, who died Monday at the age of 73, near his hometown in France’s Vienne region, reports Agence France-Presse.
  • Rick Astley of “Never Gonna Give You Up” and, more recently, rick-rolling fame is opening a craft beer bar in the United Kingdom. Astley is partnering with Iconic Copenhagen brewery Mikkeller, per Eater London.
  • Famed Spanish chef Joan Roca has announced a forthcoming pop-up in New York City. Roca, co-owner of the three-Michelin-starred Catalonian restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, will cook at Cipriani Wall Street on September 18 and 19. BBVA Compass is putting on the dinners, which will be served to “select attendees.”
  • Restaurant-reservation platform OpenTable has added more booking options to its operation. Now, users can choose between bar, patio, and dining room seating, among other customizations.
  • A Late Show superfan accepted host Stephen Colbert’s challenge and incorporated the phrase “an almond doesn’t lactate” into his wedding vows.
  • One lucky McDonald’s enthusiast will soon be living their best life for the rest of their life. Mickey D’s is planning to give away one McGold card, which entitles its owner to a lifetime of free food at the Golden Arches, according to Food & Wine. Hopeful contestants can enter the sweepstakes via the McDonald’s app.
  • Regulatory rules in the United Kingdom have an inconsistency problem, per the New York Times. In an effort to keep kids off junk food, Kellogg’s cannot advertise its Coco Pops cereal during children’s shows. McDonald’s Happy Meals are fine, however.
  • The Washington Examiner is gunning for those sweet anti-millennial pageviews with this headline: “Pigging out: 49% millennials spend more eating out than saving for retirement.”
  • Start saving your pennies: Netflix’s extremely popular Queer Eye reboot is launching a line of merchandise, reports Variety. There’s no word on what, exactly, will be available for purchase, but fans can expect some Antoni-branded cookware and foodstuffs.
  • A good take from New Yorker roving food correspondent and former Eater editor Helen Rosner: Iceberg lettuce is the best lettuce.
  • Finally, in a desperate attempt to give her young children a meal with Garfield, a sweet and likely exasperated Oklahoma mom has posted a request to borrow an orange cat for a lasagna dinner.



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