— Another day, another recall: Dole is voluntarily recalling cases of bagged spinach over a possible Salmonella contamination. The affected spinach was distributed in 13 states including Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. So far, no illnesses have been reported. Consumers who have the contaminated spinach in their fridge should call Dole at 1-800-356-3111.
— Nothing goes together like hospitals... and doughnuts? The University of North Carolina's School of Medicine is renaming its N.C. Children's Speciality Clinic to the Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Speciality Clinic. The doughnut chain will help the school raise $133,333 a year through the Krispy Kreme challenge, which is an annual road race in which runners must run 2.5 miles to a location of the chain, eat one dozen doughnuts, and run to the finish line in under an hour.
— Food critic Mimi Sheraton weighs in on the growing popularity of restaurants eliminating tips:
New automatic service charge trend means servers must report full earnings to IRS. How will they like that? Wait,see, do not tip extra.— Mimi Sheraton (@mimisheraton) October 15, 2015
— Pizza Hut pulled some inspiration from the frozen food aisle at Trader Joe's and created a naan pizza. A location in the UK is selling two "naan curry pizzas" — one with chickpeas and one with chicken — in celebration of National Curry Week. The food holiday may be fake, but the naan pizza — which features the Indian flatbread as the crust — is very real and comes with chutney, raita, and "mini poppadoms."
— Shortly after chef Grant Achatz and restaurateur Nick Kokonas announced that they would close Alinea's door's next year to reinvent it, the restaurant was named the second best in the U.S. by review website TripAdvisor. The restaurant plans to "overhaul the store front... and revamp the multi-course menu" that helped it garner the award.
— Dallas is getting its very first Shake Shack. The location will open next year and will be built "under a verdant canopy of trees... just steps away from a corner park complete with lawn furniture and bocce ball." There will also be three different concretes on the menu made with local ingredients.
— When not being sued from all directions, Whole Foods is working on becoming a "trailblazer in tech." The grocery chain announced a partnership with business enterprise software company Infor this week. Together they will build a "cloud-based platform for Whole Foods to help with its merchandising and supply chain."
— Pumpkin Spice-flavored drinks are not going anywhere anytime soon — no matter how ridiculous they are. New data from research firm Technomic shows that the number of non-alcoholic pumpkin spice-flavored drinks on restaurant menus has increased by 42 percent since last year.
— Finally, the only diet book you'll ever need, courtesy of The Onion: