BOONE, N.C. — Helping Appalachian State University’s health sciences community stay fueled for success and good health is a top priority for the new Rise Market + Bakery café located in Appalachian’s Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences.
Rise Market + Bakery offers quick, quality menu items that are intentionally crafted and sourced.
Appalachian Food Services’ executive pastry chef, Charlotte McMullen, led the new concept, brand and menu creation for the café. Her approach to choosing and crafting recipes was to incorporate food trends and highlight some of the staple menu items her team does best.
“One of our menu highlights, the house-made falafel, is vegan and gluten-free,” McMullen said. “We spent the summer perfecting the spices and ratios so that our customers could enjoy a protein-packed meat alternative that gives them the energy they need to conquer the day.”
While the house-made falafel is unique to Rise Market + Bakery, the venue also serves campus favorites delivered daily, such as assorted pastries and house-made biscuits. The entire menu provides fresh, grab and go items perfect for eating between classes or during a study break.
Rise Market + Bakery also partnered with Hatchet Coffee Roasters, a local coffee shop and slow roast bar in Boone, to offer drip coffee and specialty drink recipes. The partnership was a natural continuation of Food Services’ commitment to local sourcing and sustainable practices, which led to Food Services purchasing nearly $1 million worth of local products in the 2017–18 fiscal year.
“Hatchet believes in community through coffee, and we thought that matched well with our hopes for Rise Market + Bakery,” McMullen said. “Their commitment to sustainable sourcing and providing a ‘third space’ for students was something we wanted for Rise Market + Bakery as well.”
Additionally, Rise Market + Bakery supports Food Services’ partnership with the Office of Sustainability toward meeting the university’s zero waste goals. The café’s menu offers items that use sustainable packaging and minimize the use of disposable plastic items like straws and stirrers.
Rise Market + Bakery opened in August with a menu designed specifically for the health-savvy students, faculty and staff of Appalachian’s Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences. Levine Hall houses five of the six departments in Appalachian’s Beaver College of Health Sciences, as well as the Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services.
About Food Services
Appalachian Food Services is owned and operated by Appalachian State University and offers dining services tailored to the campus community’s specific needs. With three dining facilities, 150 vending machines and daily catering events, Food Services provides opportunities for nourishment and also building and fostering relationships over shared meals and experiences. Food Services is committed to serving the Appalachian Community using sustainable practices such as local sourcing and contributing to campus composting and a constantly evolving partnership with the Office of Sustainability. Learn more at https://foodservices.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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