- A new generation of Star Wars geeks are finding new ways to celebrate their geekdom. In Austin, Italian restaurant Cane Rosso is serving up ravioli that bear a striking resemblance to the Death Star, a dish that celebrates this Friday’s release of The Last Jedi. This isn’t the first time Cane Rosso has expressed its love for Star Wars in the form of impressive novelty foods. The restaurant created a specialty pizza to coincide with last December’s release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it has another theme pizza in the works this weekend: The C-3PO features three kinds of cheese, pepperoni, and oregano.
- Arby’s has commissioned the creator of the infamous “Sad Pop Tarts Cheese Sandwich” to create a new menu item for the chain. The “Big Iowa” sandwich includes ham, turkey, brisket, bacon, smoked cheddar, three mozzarella sticks, Parmesan-ranch sauce, and red onion on an onion roll, and it will be available at one Ames, Iowa, location for one day only.
- For those who enjoy drinking pickle juice straight from the jar, Amazon now sells juice by the gallon, sans pickles.
- Regal Cinemas hopes to draw a few more moviegoers by serving Cheetos popcorn, a concoction comprised of popped kernels coated in Cheetos dust and mixed in with actual pieces of Cheetos.
- McDonald’s has been testing a vegan burger — appropriately called the “McVegan” — in the city of Tampere, Finland, and it’s such a hit the chain is making it a permanent menu item in Finland and Sweden. Mickey D’s currently has no plans to bring the McVegan to the United States to compete with its polar opposite, the McRib.
- Taco Bell is launching a new dollar menu in 2018. The chain is teasing a few menu items, including tri-fold quesadillas, a “Cheesy Crunch Melt” that includes half of a Mexican pizza shell, and “Dollar Grande Burritos.”
- California vintners are worried wildfires in the northern part of the state will leave their wines tasting of smoke and ash.
- Cheesecake Factory is expanding its delivery operation with GrubHub, making it easier for Drake to order in from his favorite restaurant.
- Meanwhile, 7-Eleven is testing a delivery app in Dallas. No more leaving the house for that Slurpee.
- Anyone with the means to drop a cool grand on a new iPhone is already familiar with the idea of facial recognition. Soon, fast-casual chain restaurants will introduce the technology to the public at large.
- Residents of states where recreational marijuana use is legal can look forward to drinking weed-infused wine. While these varietals will boast a dose of THC, sadly, they won’t contain alcohol.
‘Star Wars’ Fans Can Geek Out With Ravioli That Look Like the Death Star
Amazon is selling pickle juice by the gallon, and McDonald’s has introduced a vegan burger
Eater’s holiday banquet celebrates the food traditions we return to in memory, time and time again