A snapshot of what’s going on with food in the news…

Around town…
Spending a Sunday afternoon getting lunch and a movie at the Arlington Cinema N’ Drafthouse is a favorite activity. Looks like our Maryland neighbors will have the opportunity to do the same with the new Montgomery Drafthouse. We can’t wait to try out the adorable sounding Locke Modern Country Store, especially if their pear, goat cheese and leek tart is available.

Big food… 
Have you tried the oatmeal at Starbucks? It’s their most successful food launch in the company’s history. If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, you know Pez. If you’re especially cool, you may have even had a Pez dispenser collection. Make a little room on the shelf: Chick-Fil-A is teaming up with Pez for an Eat Mor Chikin Pez dispenser. Krispy Kreme is testing new factory stores in Arizona to deliver their donuts to “neighborhood donut shops.” After the jump, news from food on the road and how the economy is taking a toll on dining.

On the road…
The Toronto Star points out sustainability hasn’t made it to the sushi menu yet, except at Tataki in San Francisco. Curious about the history and culture of food in NYC? Check out this chat from the New York Times with the editors of Gastropolis: Food and New York City. While you’re there, maybe you’ll want to check out the $1,000 paella at Sofrito. On the other coast, some small batch vineyards in Ramona, California are struggling to get new tasting rooms approved after neighbors worry about road safety from those who taste a few too many.

The economy and your wallet palate…
Heiress and reality TV star Ivanka Trump is shilling for brown bag lunches. In case your grandmother never taught you, Frozen Tropics gives us a heads up on a canning class in Mt. Vernon. A number of grocery stores are teaching shoppers how to stretch their dollar and grocery budget. Casual dining chains like Ruby Tuesday and Applebees realize they need to change their strategy if the want to compete for the shrinking pile of diner dollars.