D211 Post: PHS Student-Run Café Provides “A Latte Sweets” and Savory Treats


Students enrolled in Palatine High School’s Practice in Entrepreneurship class, work in the student-run A Latte Sweets cafe.

            The Palatine High School student-run A Latte Sweets Café held its grand-opening in the school’s media center Feb. 23.  This year marks the café’s seventh operating in the school and second in the recently refurbished media center. 

            Emily Pilguy, the Family Consumer Science teacher who supervises the café said running the café in the media center has helped a lot.

Palatine High School Teacher Emily Pilguy, faculty advisor to the student run A Latte Sweets Cafe, observes students filling orders during the cafe’s 2018 grand opening.

            “We used to work outside of the concession stand by the basketball courts,” she said.  “This café has been a huge help.  It makes us look modern and is a good draw for the rest of the students.”

            Pilguy, who is also an alumna of Palatine High School, said the students are enrolled the school’s Practices in Entrepreneurship course.  She said preparation for each week’s menu begins Wednesday with sorting dry ingredients.  On Fridays, students arrive at 6 a.m. to begin baking.

            The café serves as a draw for students looking to socialize prior to the start of the school day. 

            “It’s nice to get caught up with friends,” said junior Gisselle Neri-Martinez.  “We all have different classes and usually don’t get to see each other very much.”

            Neri-Martinez added she enjoys the café’s French toast, while her friend, Olivia Murphy, said the mocha is what brings her back.

A group of Palatine High School students socialize at the student-run A Latte Sweets Cafe in the school’s media center.

            One item added this year was a vegan omelet complete with a vegan cheese sauce.  Senior Carolina Fragoso said having the vegan option drew her in.

            The Latte Sweets Café will operate Fridays from 7:15-8:05 a.m.  Pilguy said the Friday prior to spring break the café plans to debut cold beverages including iced coffees and lemonade.

Carolina Fragoso, a senior at Palatine High School, orders a vegan omelet during the 2018 grand opening of the student run A Latte Sweets Cafe. Fragoso said she was excited by the addition of a vegan option.