I created a simple Status-bar application in Swift that dynamically creates a menu of Applications in the Utilities folder and opens the Application when the corresponding menu item is clicked. I use simple NSThread for the collection and use image assets for the icon. There is not a lot of error handling since it is an example and it could be tweaked for speed but it should be enough to get most people started. Hope someone finds it useful.
Here’s a link to the full project.