Happy Tuesday, America. First, some bad news: There are still 202 more days till the election. The good news: That's a whole seven more months to learn about candidates' pizza preferences! In other vital food news today: Another big chain is axing poultry treated with antibiotics; a food critic has thrown in the towel over Donald Trump; it's really hard to make Lucky Charms without artificial colorings; and Hillary Clinton talks about her husband's veganism.
— Another fast food chain is going antibiotic-free: Taco Bell says it will no longer serve chicken treated with antibiotics at its U.S. restaurants as of 2017. Other companies that have already made similar pledges include Subway and McDonald's; can Taco Bell's sister chains KFC and Pizza Hut be far behind? (Taco Bell also recently pledged to switch to cage-free eggs.)
— New York Observer food critic (and frequent Eater contributor) Joshua David Stein has resigned from his position following the paper's endorsement of Donald Trump for President. (The paper is owned by Jared Kushner, who is currently engaged to Trump's daughter Ivanka.) Writes Stein: "To stand with Trump is to stand with hate; what I ate, and what I thought about it, is small beer compared with that."
— Speaking of Trump: The presidential candidate misspoke at a speech last night when he referred to the attacks on 9/11 as 7-Eleven. How inconvenient.
— Big food manufacturers are caving to consumer demand and axing colorings and flavorings, but how do you make unnaturally colored cereal without unnatural ingredients? That's the quandary currently being faced by food scientists at General Mills, who are thoroughly stumped by how to retain Lucky Charms' brightly-colored marshmallows. Nonetheless, they have faith a more natural version will hit store shelves by the end of 2017.
— Uber's food delivery arm UberEATS is rethinking its business model — in NYC, anyway. The popular app has discontinued its "instant delivery" option, which delivered pre-prepared lunch items like sandwiches and salads in about 10 minutes. Its recently launched full-service delivery app offering food from more than 100 different NYC restaurants remains in place; stay tuned to see if UberEATS will follow a similar path in other cities.
— An American chef gone French is returning to the States: Daniel Rose, a Chicago native who opened a restaurant on Paris's Left Bank a decade ago, has partnered with Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr to open Le Coucou in NYC. Rose says he envisions Le Coucou as a sort of "Lutèce reboot," referencing the legendary restaurant that was a NYC hot spot for decades under chef André Soltner. Rose will split his time between New York and Paris, where he owns two restaurants — Spring and La Bourse et La Vie.
— Hillary Clinton recently refrained from eating cheesecake in front of the press, and Stephen Colbert was outraged. He meets the Presidential hopeful at NYC's famed Carnegie Deli to show her the proper way to devour a slice (and to discuss Bill Clinton's veganism and the merits of foods on sticks, among other things):