— Picky eaters' nightmare show Bizarre Foods is about to air its 200th episode on October 20, and Travel Channel commemorated the occasion by presenting host Andrew Zimmern with this crazy cake. It features many of the stranger creatures Zimmern has dined on over the years, including a warthog, a giant spider, and various other creepy-crawlies.
— Fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands, which owns KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, is splitting up: Its Chinese division will be spun off into a separate company. The move follows pressure by activist investor Keith Meister, who "has said the company’s Asian market could be better served with a more focused business and that the move could boost Yum’s value by $7 billion."
— Asia's 50 Best Restaurants will be crowned at an awards ceremony in Bangkok on February 29, 2016. This will be the fourth year for the awards, which have previously been held in Singapore. The World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2015 were announced in June, with El Celler de Can Roca again snagging the number one spot.
— Plenty of people fantasize about owning a restaurant in paradise, but here's a chance to actually make it a reality: The owners of Outback Jack's Beach Bar N Grill in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica are retiring, and they're giving the restaurant away in an essay contest. Whoever writes the best 300 words on why they should own the restaurant will become the new owner, replete with a lease paid a year in advance, $10,000 for operating costs, a trained staff, and all the necessary permits.
— Food halls are everywhere, even in Ohio: A 20,000 square-foot food hall is coming to the northeastern city of Shaker Heights. It's part of the Van Aken District redevelopment project that also includes retail, office, and residential and is intended to give the city "a walkable, workable and livable" downtown district. The food hall promises restaurants, food stands, and artisan vendors; confirmed tenants include Rising Star Coffee and two new concepts from Ohio's Luna Bakery. Anchoring the hall is a non-food tenant, Detroit-based watch maker Shinola.
— Disney Springs, the gigantic shopping and dining district at Orlando's Walt Disney World, is getting a fancy new chocolate shop. Called The Ganachery, it will feature freshly made ganache made from a chocolate custom-blended just for Disney; expect flavors like hazelnut and chipotle and bars made to resemble Disney characters (natch). It's slated for a late 2015 opening.
— Look everybody, it's chef Rick Bayless's yearbook photo! Sweet 'stache, Rick.