China food scandal hits Starbucks (Time)
Starbucks is the latest global chain to be implicated in the food scandal involving Chinese meat supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. The Seattle-based coffee company joins McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut among brands that received products from the factory, which was charged with using expired meat and other food safety violations.

—Lisa Jennings

Fox Restaurant Concepts expanding Culinary Dropout concept (Arizona Republic)
Fox Restaurant Concepts, the Phoenix-based parent to True Food Kitchen, Sauce, Olive & Ivy and other brands, is taking its Culinary Dropout to Tempe, Ariz., to anchor a multiuse warehouse conversion.
 
—Ron Ruggless
 
Coi restaurant in San Francisco to sell tickets in lieu of taking reservations (San Francisco Business Times)
Coi is the latest in a small but growing number of fine-dining restaurants selling non-refundable tickets instead of taking reservations. Eater reports that Coi is using the ticket selling system developed by Chicago restaurateur Nick Kokonas, who pioneered the strategy with his restaurant Next.

—Bret Thorn

Umami: The taste we love but can't describe (The Japan Times)
The experience of umami, typically described as the fifth taste, encompasses an array of sensory perceptions.

—Marcella Veneziale