When Au Bon Pain introduced its Portions menu in March, it believed part of its popularity would center on the items’ portability. All 14 Portions choices are sold from self-serve refrigerated cases for immediate consumption or takeaway. Portions creators also knew that off-premise consumption of any food, even when cooked, presents a risk that customers might not handle it safely, such as refrigerating leftovers. Knowing this, Joe Kubik, ABP’s Boston-based regional executive chef, ...

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