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CHS students design new seasonal menu items for local coffee shop

Paper City Coffee will be adding new seasonal menu items created by students from Chillicothe High School. According to Ms. Colleen Kline, Family & Consumer Sciences teacher at CHS, students in the Global Foods course participated in Paper City Coffee's Recipe Design Challenge though the Chillicothe STEM program, gaining a new appreciation for and meaningful perspective of the food services industry in the process.

Students began working on their recipes in February, using an engineering design process to create the winning recipe that would ultimately become Paper City's newest menu item.

According to Kline, the process began with an idea and concluded with the marketing the finished product.

"Students went to Paper City three times to learn about the background scenes and how a business uses the engineering design process," Kline said. "The kitchen manager -- Ronda Green -- spoke to the kids about food safety, the customer experience, marketing and communications, and recipe development. By going to Paper City students felt the vibe of the coffee shop, and they tasted current menu items so they could make sure their recipes fit right in with Paper City."

In mid-April, a panel of judges tried each group's recipe and scored them on the following criteria: presentation, aroma, flavor, texture, and consistency.

"They worked so hard and made lots of changes to get their recipes just right," said Kline.

The Recipe Design Challenge victor was the Apple Cinnamon Bake by Tiana Wingo, Kaden Montgomery, Packard Russell, Shiann Stewart, and Gaten Miller, according to Kline.

"First, it started off as a fruit bake with blueberries, bananas, and peaches, but it evolved as we had people trying it," CHS sophomore Tiana Wingo said. "They gave us feedback that it should have apples instead. Then, when we changed the recipe, they said we should add cinnamon, and that's how it ended up the Apple Cinnamon Bake."

According to Wingo, the recipe is a soft pastry with apple baked into it, topped with a sweet crumble and cinnamon-sugar sauce.

Kline said that although the Apple Cinnamon Bake won the challenge, Paper City Coffee wanted to recognize all student efforts, so the Strawberry Pop Tart Cake (by Carter Boltenhouse, Bella Flores, Juan Miller, and Haylee Light) and Breakfast Toast (by Chase Brown, Raeley Coil, Kaydence Melott, and Blisk Shepherd) will also appear on the menu.

"The Apple Cinnamon Bake is on the menu already; it started 5/8," said Kline. "The Breakfast Toast will start 5/15, and the Strawberry Cake will start 5/22. They will all be available for purchase at Paper City Coffee for 1 week."

"I hope everyone will like it," said Gaten Miller. "Maybe it can become popular and come back -- like the McRib."

Paper City Coffee is located at 47 S. Paint Street in downtown Chillicothe, and it is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"I am so excited for the students," said Kline. "The most rewarding part for me was watching the students work together throughout the entire process -- the way they supported each other's ideas and worked towards improvement."

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