Our People

Our Owners

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With a background in Marriott Hotels, David Rubin and his business partner purchased A Spice of Life catering in 1995. David has managed the growth of his company from four full-time employees to our current staff of 150 full and part time employees. David oversees all sales and event co-ordination. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award by University of Delaware’s College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy, and has held a seat on the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional and Management Alumni Board. He has served on the Boulder Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, and on the Board for the Small Business Development Center. As a business owner David is very involved in the community volunteering his time and his company’s talents to many local community charities and fundraising efforts.

David Rubin

CEO/President
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After graduating from the University of Delaware’s School of Business Administration, Dan relocated to Boulder to pursue his dreams of living the Colorado lifestyle. After years of gaining experience in the service industry, he discovered his abilities and interests in making people happy. As Director of Operations, he has built a ‘well-oiled machine’ that executes all aspects of services flawlessly day after day. Dan oversees the operational aspects of all catering deliveries, full serviced events, and corporate dining, ensuring the success of 18 to 30 events daily.

Dan Bruckner

COO/Vice President

Our Culinary Team

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Andy is a dynamic chef who focuses on seasonal ingredients and making sure A Spice of Life utilizes each season’s bounty. Whether it be an herb, vegetable, or animal, it drinks water and grows to the sun, and Andy feels very fortunate to work with it. His unique flavor profiles come from extensive traveling. Andy’s culinary career led him to Mataam Fez where he honed his skills with Moroccan cuisine, then to Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the Teatro Hotel where he learned to appreciate the whole animal in French cooking. Andy has led culinary teams at Chautauqua Dining Hall, Palettes at the Denver Art Museum and The Dish Gourmet before taking the reins at A Spice of Life.

Andy Ribelin

Executive Chef
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Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and worked in a university lab before embarking on a culinary career. She brings the same precision and eye for detail necessary for research into the kitchen to bring out the best of every ingredient. Elizabeth graduated from New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, and is passionate about cooking sustainably with ingredients at the height of their flavor in season. Before she joined the Spice Family as the production sous chef, she honed her skills at Hen of the Wood in Burlington Vermont, before moving to Colorado and joining The Kitchen’s team in Boulder. She has also worked and volunteered on a number of small organic farms in the Midwest and in Boulder, bringing a wealth of knowledge of local and seasonal ingredients.

Elizabeth Drolet

Sous Chef
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Patty is a Texas native raised in Oklahoma. She learned to bake from her mom and grandma, who gave her many of the recipes she uses today at A Spice of Life. Patty started out as an accountant for 12 years, then decided to trade in her suit for a chef coat and follow her passion. She attended the Art Institute of Dallas where she earned her AAS – Culinary Arts. Patty has created pastry delicacies at Whole Foods, Central Market, Hilton of Southlake, Ritz Carlton Dallas, and also owned and operated Patty Cakes Bakery and Catering for 4 years.

Patty Wilson

Pastry Chef

Our Sales & Marketing Team

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Desra came to Spice 10 years ago after hanging her hat on the high seas with Cruise West for a year managing the customer service team that made guests’ stay the most memorable trip ever. Prior to that, she worked for Junipine Resort in Sedona Arizona as the group event planner. She graduated from NAU in Flagstaff with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. When she is not helping her Spice team plan and sell events, she is out and about enjoying the great outdoors with her running shoes or bike or backpack.

Desra McDonald

Director of Sales
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Blaire Segal joined the Spice family after being born and raised in sunny California. She graduated from UC Berkeley, receiving degrees in both Cognitive Science and Linguistics while playing bass drum in the Cal Marching Band. Blaire is the glue that holds our sales team together; she is a constant beacon of creativity, helpfulness, and morale-boosting wisdom. In addition to maintaining sanity in the sales office, Blaire participates in many inter-departmental projects, helping create new menus, and monitoring our social media accounts. Her hobbies include reading, playing video games, dancing hip hop, and cuddling with her pet hedgehog Amelia.

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Office Manager
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Kathy is a renowned bridal consultant who creates unforgettable occasions. When she started her own business in 1994, she began exclusively planning weddings. Although Kathy continues to expand her personal company, she is excited to contribute her talents to A Spice of Life. Kathy truly understands the love and romance that goes into a wonderful wedding, and marriage, because she found true love at an early age. In her freshmen year of college at the University of Colorado, Kathy met her husband B. Wray. The two have established their lives in Boulder and have four biological children, one adopted child with special needs, and six grandchildren.

Kathy Vaughan

Event Specialist
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Dawn Meitz is a highly respected event coordinator at A Spice of Life. She began her career with Spice in August of 1998, after a 13-year career in event planning at the Boulder Country Club. Dawn prides herself on her unparalleled experience and her ability to make her clients feel at ease. The aspects of her job at A Spice of Life that she loves the most are the people, the venues, and to see the completion of fantastic events. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University. When she is not working, Dawn enjoys skiing, wake boarding, camping and being outdoors, as well as spending time with her adult children and granddaughter.

Dawn Meitz

Event Specialist
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Jake Safran graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jake’s passion for catering and working with food has come from many different avenues; from managing market-style groceries to managing a kitchen at a large-scale summer camp and lastly managing a restaurant. Jake grew up in Birmingham, Michigan where he started working in the food industry and exuding enthusiasm and emphasizing the customer experience. Jake greatly enjoys fostering long-lasting relationships with clients that make catering so fantastic. Jake spends his free time camping, running, hiking, skiing and spending time with his lovable dog Yogi.

Jake Safran

Event Specialist
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Amanda Ruebl grew up in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating with a degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, she moved to Vail with the intention of staying for the winter but, like most people, she fell in love with the summer. While in the Vail Valley, she worked for 10 years at Vail Resorts in various roles. Most recently, she coordinated events at the Beaver Creek Club. She enjoys helping clients plan their events by sharing her expertise, which is ensuring what will make their event a successful one. She spends her free time telemark skiing, running and road biking, as well as trips to Wisconsin to spend time with family.

Amanda Ruebl

Event Specialist
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This Montana native studied hospitality and restaurant management in college and has been planning events in Colorado for the past 6 years. She gets particularly excited about wedding planning and catering. Kari is realistic and knowledgeable about all aspects of planning the perfect event, and loves making clients’ visions a reality. In her free time, she fosters animals and coaches Crossfit with her husband.

Kari Kirkendall

Event Specialist
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Todd had no idea how much of an impact catering would have on his life when he started his career in San Diego. For a kid from Wyoming, it felt like being in a movie. Todd has worked in every department of the industry and specializes in high end weddings, galas and corporate events. He spent 20 years working with top caterers in New England, and loves building relationships with clients, and even keeps in touch with brides and grooms from 20 years ago. Todd loves hearing guests say this was the best party they've ever attended in their life. Todd enjoys spending time with his two children, fishing, finding unique new foods to try, and discovering undiscovered restaurants.

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Event Specialist
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Lexie grew up in the Washington DC area and graduated from Liberty University. She spent time working in marketing and events for non-profits before getting married in Virginia and moving to Colorado. Lexie became interested in the catering process from her own wedding planning, and has worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles at A Spice of Life before settling into the Event Specialist position. On her days off, you can find Lexie rushing to the library to return her almost-always-overdue books, going on walks and hikes, and blogging about life as a 20-something.

Lexie Roberts

Event Specialist

Our Operations Team

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Graham Thomas began working part-time for A Spice of Life in 2008 while earning his degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University. Graham now leads the kitchen and operations teams to execute all events from start to finish. Graham specializes in new menu creation and finding creative ways to make logistically difficult events run flawlessly. Our team relies on Graham for his valuable input on all aspects of running the company, from marketing and sales to costing and pricing. During his limited spare time, Graham enjoys traveling (particularly to England), cooking for his friends, country music, video games, classic rock, and agility training with his dogs.

Graham Thomas

Food & Beverage Director
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Louise started with A Spice of Life as a captain at our Event Center, and has filled every gap in our company since 2012. Now as the Operations Manager, she is growing our operations department and company with the wealth of knowledge she has amassed. Louise will do anything asked of her and is an invaluable asset to our team. Louise studied hotel and restaurant administration at Oklahoma State University and remains a loyal Cowboy fan. Louise loves her large family, craft beer, and her sports teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Louise Ivers

Operations Manager
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Jennifer has held every operational position at Spice before finding her true niche as the catering services manager. Jennifer is originally from Florida (Go Seminoles!) and has lived in the Denver area for 2 years. Jennifer served as team leader for Americorps NCCC Southwest Region where she honed her leadership skills and can-do attitude. Spice is grateful to have someone so dedicated on our team. Jennifer loves reading, watching new acclaimed movies, playing tennis, exploring Colorado, and is learning to love the snow…looking at it, that is.

Jennifer Scharps

Catering Services Manager
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Julia Dietz

Operations Supervisor

Other Team Members

Bill

Bill comes to us from Yankee Machine Parts and Inca Inn where he held the position of Financial Manager. Bill was also the owner of his own business, Action Whirlpools, at one time. He graduated from University of Colorado with a BS in Finance & Accounting, Magna Cum Laude. He also received a MBA in Marketing from Seattle University. Bill is the Treasurer for Rotary and Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and he is a volunteer for New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue and handles all Craig’s List and Facebook social media for them. He is a board member and treasurer for Cool Girls, an after school organization for elementary school girls in the Boulder area.

Bill Hendrick

Controller
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Hilarie began at A Spice of Life in July 2010. She is a seasoned human resources generalist with a 15-year track record. She is known for her ability to quickly assess situations and to provide creative, realistic solutions to everyday human resource issues. Hilarie holds a BS and MS from Florida State University and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) accreditation. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).Prior to joining the Spice Team, Hilarie held the position of Human Resources Director and was a member of the senior management team for Inside Communications, a locally based sports publishing company that published niche magazines in cycling, triathlon and skiing. As a member of the senior management team, she contributed significantly in the successful sale of Inside Communications to California based Competitor Group.In addition to her human resources background, Hilarie was the creative talent behind all of the recipes for the best-selling nutrition books Eat to Win, Eat to Succeed, Forever Fit and Eat Smart-Think Smart. In her free time she enjoys cycling, hiking with her dog, and skiing.

Hilarie Porter

Human Resources Director