Mennel Supports Virtual Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange
December 23, 2020
The Society of Bakery Women (SBW) did not let the fact that they were unable to gather stop them from hosting a holiday cookie recipe exchange in 2020.
Excited to be a part of creating a new tradition for their peers and especially women bakers, members of the Mennel Research and Development (R&D) team partnered with SBW to sponsor the first annual Virtual Holiday Cookie Recipe Exchange and Toast on December 17.
More than 30 women attended online representing a wide variety companies including milling, baking, publications, ingredient suppliers, and baking enthusiasts too. The event was held using the Microsoft Teams platform.
In addition to reviewing the recipe submissions, the ladies networked, shared company updates as well as plans for the holiday season. They also enjoyed chocolate chips cookies, which were mailed to each attendee in advance of the event. The cookies featured Mennel's Xpress Pregelatinized Wheat Flour, which made them fluffier, lighter and helped control the spread as well. Although we may be a bit partial, the cookies were a delicious surprise and a great addition to the online event.
Christine Odom, an Associate Product Development Scientist on Mennel's R&D team had this to say about SBW and the event:
“Lee Sanders, the current president and one of the founders of the Society of Bakery Women (SBW), introduced me to the baking industry in 2013 when I was just a sophomore in high school. Later, as a freshman at Kansas State University (KSU) studying both Bakery and Milling science, I attended the American Society of Baking BakingTech Conference in Chicago with the KSU bakery science club. The SBW invited the students to their annual breakfast event at the convention; that is where I was first introduced to the group and started forming relationships I still have today.
The SBW does so much for their members. They provide networking opportunities for women in the baking industry. Another key component of SBW is to mentor students of baking and milling science that are entering the baking field as a career, the majority of which are currently women. The SBW events enhance these connections, while also providing new information about the baking industry, trends, etc. I am very excited the Mennel is now a sponsor for this wonderful organization, as it will allow me to continue to be an active part of the society.”
For a copy of the 2020 Society of Baking Women Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipes, click below.