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World’s Largest Burger Chain Will Cut Up Carrots for Christmas Eve

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McDonald’s will offer free carrots in a plastic bag on Christmas Eve

McDonald’s is offering a carrot giveaway on Christmas Eve. Go to a McDonald’s on Christmas Eve, get some carrots, for free, in a bag. Marketed as ‘Reindeer Treats.’ Subject to availability. They’re even pre-cut. A winning alternative to buying a carrot, cutting it, and leaving it out for the reindeer, or buying pre-cut carrots from a supermarket and doing the same.

Neal’s Yard vegan restaurant’s follow-up aims for “winfinity”

Wild Food Café will open a second, larger site in Islington, focussing on celebrating “nature and the wild in a positive, ‘winfinity’ (?) kind of way.” This will include basing things on plants, gluten-free wood-fired pizza, and a “living” vegan laksa. The Neal’s Yard original has been going strong for seven years.

Restaurant delivery juggernaut deconstructs the turducken

Deliveroo continues to mine the food world for ideas, this time deconstructing the turducken (turkey, duck, chicken composite for the avoidance of doubt) and putting it in a burger, because Thanksgiving. “In a salute to all things ‘MERICA’ and its most gluttonous holiday,” the delivery company is partnering with Homeburger to stack bacon on top of duck on top of chicken, before putting it all in a burger.

Wagamama takeover throws up “too many red flags”

Wagamama’s future takes another turn, as another leading investor in The Restaurant Group (TRG) questions the plan to buy the Japanese restaurant chain for £559 million. Columbia Threadneedle Investments, which owns 7.7 percent of TRG, has said that “the size and price of the deal at this point in the cycle throws up too many red flags.” Shareholders will vote on the acquisition — amounting to a £357 million cash payment and £202 million debt assumption — on 28 November. [The Caterer]


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