Best Food Stories Week: Starbucks Straws

All the news and stories you missed this week

We get it, you're busy. We're swamped, too—busy combing the Internet to keep you in the loop amid this fast-moving world, that is. Head into the weekend with these articles, food-related deep dives and Tasting Table reads stored away as dinner party conversation fodder.

All About Food 

• Starbucks announces it's eliminating plastic straws from all stores by 2020.

• The founder of Papa John's steps down after using a racial slur. 

• Costco is pulling a famous item from its food court menu, and people aren't pleased.

• Why The Handmaid's Tale-branded wines were canceled . . . the same day they were announced.

• Reexamining one of the most controversial food stereotypes of all.

• How reusable water bottles became society's latest status symbol.

• Behold, the pecan pie vending machine. Let's hope nothing gets stuck.

• An American state receives three Michelin stars

Around the Web

• Finally, an airline that's giving the people what they want.

• This is the mesmerizing fireworks video actually worth watching.

This Week on TT

• In a move surprising to no one, IHOb announces it's switching its name back to IHOP. 

• Get excited: Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner.

• This beer is brewed specifically for cancer patients.

• How the "Spotify for cookbooks" will bring you thousands of recipes.

• One particular TV show is transforming restaurants as we know them.

• How video games are training the next generation of restaurant workers.

• The kitchen prep station that combines more than 45 tools into one.