McFadden’s Calls Racism Suit a ‘Work of Fiction;’ Olive Oil Loses Its Flavor When Heated

• Calling accusations of racism a “work of fiction,” McFadden’s cites its former bartender’s “less outgoing personality,” not the color of his skin, for fewer shifts. [Daily News]

• A 39-year-old man was attacked and had his throat slashed at Upper Darby’s Brownie’s Pub. [Daily News]

• Hautre French cuisine and traditional Mexican fare made the U.N.’s recent list of 51 cultural elements in need of “protection amid globalization and urbanization.” [CNN]

• Contrary to common wisdom, red wine can pair well with seafood, especially if you happen to have a 2005 Nebiolo and some lobster with truffle shavings on hand. [On Wine/WSJ]

• The Senate will likely vote this week on a food-safety bill that would give the FDA more leeway with recalls. It would not address meat, however, as that is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. [WSJ]

• That fancy extra-virgin olive oil in your cupboard might not be your best choice for cooking; taste tests found most flavor get “obliterated” when the oil is heated. [NYT]

• Target’s expanded food offerings are partly to credit for the retailer’s third-quarter gains. Similarly, while Wal-Mart Canada’s overall sales slipped in the third quarter, its food business grew. [AP, Globe and Mail Canada]

• Officials in California have created a system to help consumers determine how local food really is. [ABC NEWS]

• Fifteen percent of U.S. households had trouble getting enough to eat last year. [WP]

McFadden’s Calls Racism Suit a ‘Work of Fiction;’ Olive Oil