Rachel spent her childhood enjoying everything related to food, from reading about food, to watching cooking shows, to experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. Before she came to Penn, she took a gap year to attend Le Cordon Bleu, a rigorous culinary school in France. After completing the program, Rachel knew that while she loved food and cooking, she did not want to work in a kitchen. At Wharton, Rachel decided to pursue concentrations in marketing and management, which connects her strong interests in both business and food. Rachel has combined her two interests and adopted an entrepreneurial approach to her education that will prepare her for a career in the world of food.
When Rachel came to Quaker Days to learn more about Penn, she happily stumbled on Penn Appétit, a student-run, food-focused magazine and blog. During her gap year, she wrote an article for Penn Appétit, Paris to Penn, and decided that joining the club was the perfect fit for her. Rachel has been culinary director and executive director of Penn Appétit and helped launch Whisk, the club’s first cookbook due out in the fall of 2018. Penn students wrote, designed, photographed, and tested the recipes for the book. Rachel also worked with Penn alumni in the food industry, including Penn alumna and founder and co-owner of High Street Hospitality Group Ellen Yin (W’87 WG’93), to write forwards for each section. For Rachel, working on the cookbook from concept to completion combines her passion for food with managing a team and the business side of the food industry.
Food and community go hand-in-hand at Penn. While potlucks on campus are always popular, Penn Appétit’s potlucks garnered particular interest. With 21 issues of Penn Appétit and counting, and a beautiful Instagram page featuring delicious food, there was plenty to be excited about when several members of Penn Appétit’s board decided to launch Supper Club. Seeking to engage more broadly across campus, Supper Club is a pop-up themed weekly potluck on campus open to all. Whether you chose to bring your own dish or just contribute $5, Supper Club guarantees good company and delicious food.
Penn’s 12 College Houses are dynamic communities that reflect the spirit of the University and the varied interests of its people. And with many great dining choices on and around campus, meals are central to collaboration and culture here.
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Among the discoveries that have added to Rachel’s experience at Penn are half-credit, half-semester electives that let her explore what she’s genuinely interested in. One of her favorites was Creativity Idea Generation & the Systematic Approach to Creativity, a marketing class taught by Professor Rom Schrift that takes a hands-on approach to learning how to generate creative ideas. Rachel was also inspired by a course called Digital Marketing and e-Commerce taught by Professor David Bell, who helped launch the socially conscious online eyeglass store, Warby Parker, a business that was started by a team of Wharton MBA students who were part of the school’s Startup Challenge program.
Our campus was created with the student in mind—our four undergraduate and twelve graduate schools, three teaching hospitals, and 100+ research centers are all within a 10-minute walk of each other, so you have easy access to the entire University and unlimited opportunities to explore.