If the topic of local food comes up at any conference I attend, inevitably someone will say “but of course chain restaurants can’t use local food.” In fact they can, and some do. Quick-service burger chains Burgerville of Vancouver, Wash., and Good Times Burgers of Golden, Colo., use local beef suppliers, and Burgerville is well-known for its seasonal milk shakes that use local produce. Eat’n Park, a family-dining chain based in the Pittsburgh area, has some local ingredients on ...

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