About the Bakery Science Club
About the Club
The Bakery Science Club at Kansas State University began in the 1970’s, started by Grain Science students. In the first years the club only made fruitcakes at Christmas. Since then, the club has evolved into a mini-business with over 100 products and over 40 members.
The club meets every Tuesday night in Shellenberger Hall Baking Lab, where club members do everything from scaling up ingredients to baking to bagging! The following Wednesday members conduct a sale from 3-5 p.m. in the hallway of Shellenberger Hall’s first floor.
These baked goods are produced primarily, using donated ingredients. Other than the weekly sales, Bake Club has two seasonal sales for Christmas and Open House. Both of these sales require a week or more of baking and result in sales of almost 10 times what a weekly sale brings in.
For the Christmas sale, Bake Club makes many holiday favorites like gingerbread houses, cobblestone bread, and Christmas shape sugar cookies. All of the holiday items can be pre-ordered or purchased during the sale.
Open House is a university-wide event that takes place one Saturday each Spring. Shellenberger Hall is open for visitors and tours of the Baking Lab. Bake Club hands out samples of Purple French Bread. The Bake Sale lasts all day and a complete line of products is offered including: Monster Cookies, Foccacia, Cinnamon Rolls, Brownies, Breads among many other things.
So what does the bake club do with the profits from these sales? Take trips!!! Every year Bake Club pays for airfare and hotel costs of all qualifying member to attend the American Society of Baking Convention in Chicago, Illinois. To qualify for the trip members must have worked a specified number of hours and earned a certain number of club points. Bake Club has sent as many as 24 members to Chicago to attend the convention, giving them the opportunity to interact with people throughout the Baking Industry, attend seminars to learn about the latest issues facing the baking world, and visit vendor’s booths to view the latest technology available. It is a great way for students to get a foot in the door and has many times led to an internship or full-time position. And, of course, there is plenty of time to enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of Chicago!
The club’s officer team will attend another chosen convention each year as well as a thank you to the officers for their extra hard work each year.
Every three years the club has the opportunity to visit the International Baking Industry Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the largest convention, with the widest array of vendors from all over the country. Company personnel come from all over the world to attend this Expo.
So who are these lucky members that get free trips to fun places like Chicago and Las Vegas? Bakery Science Club members could be any student at KSU! All majors are welcome, graduate or undergraduate students. Bake Club has had members from a wide range of curricula, any where between Grain Science to Accounting to Education to Interior Design! The general feeling is the more the merrier when it comes to baking! Previous baking experience is by no means required, each new member is trained on any machinery they may have to run and there is always an experience member around to help out!
Every year the entire bake club votes on the 8 member officer team which consists of a President, Vice-President, Production Managers (2), Treasure, Secretary, Marketing Representative and Agriculture Council Representative. These officers have many responsibilities; for example they oversee the bake, decide on what is made for each sale, run the sale, find donors, manage the finances, plan the trips and advertise for the club just to name a few! The Bakery Science Club is a wonderful way for KSU students to make lasting friendships and learn about the baking industry first hand!