McDonald’s Eyes Beverage Market; Gourmet Readers Disappear

• McDonald's hopes to seriously beef up its share of the beverage market by adding frappes and smoothies. [USA Today]

• Half a year after Gourmet's final issue, its readership does not seem to have transferred to other high-end food magazines. [NYT]

• Endicott Meats plans to sue Gordon Ramsay, charging that he owes $190,000. [NYP]

• When Andrew Cuomo announces his candidacy for governor, girlfriend and Food Network star Sandra Lee will be beside him. [NYT]

• Taco Bell will roll out a $2 meal deal today. [NRN]

• Bacon from the Mangalitsa (or "sheep") pig can cost up to $82.99 a pound. [NYDN]

• Black produce, including garlic, chickpeas, and walnuts, is all the rage this season. [NYP]

• Richard LaMotta, inventor of the Chipwich, died last week at 67. [NYT]

• Onetime Food Network host Juan-Carlos Cruz was arrested last week for allegedly attempting to hire a homeless man to murder his wife. [HuffPo]