ASU Introduces Rise Market + Bakery (2018-11-27 15:49:05)

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.

Article written by Stephanie S. Lee, courtesy of Appalachian State university

Photo by Chase Reynolds