Barry Skown

The Virtual Cafeteria
Barry Skown, Joseph Sorgent
May 21, 2018
The Virtual Cafeteria

What happens when a company wants to offer foodservice to their employees but their bottom line doesn’t allow for it?  What about the company that wants to bring cutting edge, local food offerings to staff to satisfy their desire for the latest food trend but can’t afford to bankroll a complete overhaul of infrastructure?  How […]

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Come Fly with Me…and Dine!
Barry Skown
October 16, 2017
Come Fly with Me…and Dine!

Americans are certainly a society in perpetual motion.  And nowhere does this seem more evident than in air travel.  Business persons, individuals, families, social groups, sports teams, and more are traveling more now than ever before.  In fact, you’ve experienced it!  You’ve walked through the airport in the past year and become part of the […]

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Fresh Food Subscription Programs – Boom or Bust?
Barry Skown
November 9, 2016
Fresh Food Subscription Programs – Boom or Bust?

Let’s face it, the pace of life gets faster and faster every day.  We constantly struggle to reclaim personal time in a world where “instant” and “now” describe just about everything we do in our lives. And dining trends and purchasing habits in the US are no exception.  A faster pace of life means eating-on-the-run […]

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FDA Nutrition Labeling:  Consumer Information? Or Industry Nightmare?
Barry Skown
July 28, 2016
FDA Nutrition Labeling: Consumer Information? Or Industry Nightmare?

You pull up to the drive-thru menu board of your favorite fast-food restaurant. As you peruse the food choices listed on the board, you notice some new information has been added to each…the dreaded calorie information!  Oh no, you think!  Why would anyone want to see just how many calories there are in a large […]

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How Convenient!
Barry Skown
June 8, 2016
How Convenient!

My generation, along with subsequent generations, has grown up with convenience stores in our lives. First, it was 7-Eleven that popped onto the scene.  They sold anything from packaged candy and snack food to “emergency” milk, eggs and bread for Mom when it was Thanksgiving or Christmas Day, and all the grocery stores were closed. […]

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Variations on a Theme
Barry Skown
February 11, 2016
Variations on a Theme

You’ve probably seen…or at least heard of…the classic movie comedy called National Lampoon’s Vacation, where the Griswold family takes an ill-advised trip to “Wally World” and encounters all kinds of crazy situations before, during, and after the trip to the theme park. (Watch it, if you haven’t already!) Wally World was a different kind of theme […]

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Planning to Dine
Barry Skown
October 2, 2015
Planning to Dine

Every day, and every evening, millions of people around the world venture outside of their home to visit one of the thousands of foodservice operations to eat a meal. Some people visit these establishments while traveling hurriedly on their way from one place to another. Others use them as a social gathering and meeting place […]

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So You Want to Open a Restaurant
Barry Skown
June 3, 2015
So You Want to Open a Restaurant

By:  Barry Skown Senior Associate – Portland You dream of becoming an entrepreneur…owning your own business where you call all the shots and have total control of every decision.  Your secret desire is to open your own restaurant.  Why not, you ask?  You enjoy food, you’ve eaten at thousands of restaurants in the country, and […]

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