The Daily Dish: December 3, 2015

Dishing out the latest and greatest in food news

Learn more about what is hot and trending in the world of food and drink. 

Today’s first course?

Applebee’s and IHOP Eliminate Soda From Kids’ Menus

Applebee’s and IHOP are taking soda off the kids’ menus. But they aren’t the first; they’re following in the footsteps of McDonalds, Wendy’s, Chipotle, Burger King, Arby’s, and Panera. However, Applebee’s will be the first family restaurant chain in the country to remove the sugary drink from the children’s menu. The move to a more health-conscious approach to feeding families has earned praise from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a rep for them stated that “…a kids’ menu is no place for disease-promoting drinks.”

Patti LaBelle Invited Her Number One Sweet Potato Pie Fan to Thanksgiving

And Patti LaBelle spent Thanksgiving with James Wright, the YouTuber whose review of LaBelle’s sweet potato pie went viral. In the singer’s Philadelphia home, LaBelle and Wright perform a quick duo of “On My Own” by LaBelle and Michael McDonald. Wright must be the luckiest fan on earth, because he also was fortunate enough to spend his birthday with LaBelle and was serenaded with a special performance of “Happy Birthday.”

Donate Money to the (RED) Campaign Against AIDS, and You Could Win a Bike Ride and Ice Cream Date with Bono

Have you ever dreamed about eating ice cream with Bono? Well you’re in luck — a $10 donation to fight AIDS will also give you 100 chances to get ice cream with the famous singer. The (RED) Shopathon campaign, which launched on World AIDS Day, December 1, will last for two months. A lucky winner, plus a guest, will go on a bike ride through central park and get an ice cream date with the U2 star. But if you’re feeling extremely generous you can donate $75,000, which guarantees a meet and greet with Bono, VIP concert tickets, handwritten song lyrics, plus 750,000 chances for that special bike ride.

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