Our Owners

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David Rubin

CEO/President
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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 120 full and part time employees. David oversees all sales and event co-ordination. Rubin received the Outstanding Alumni Award by University of Delaware’s College of College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy in 2002, and has held a seat on the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional and Management Alumni Board. He has served a term on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and on the Board for the Small Business Development Center. As a business owner Rubin is very involved in the community volunteering his time and his company’s talents to many local community charities and fundraising efforts.

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Dan Bruckner

COO/Vice 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 producing 18 to 30 events daily, both deliveries and fully serviced events.

Our Culinary Team

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Andy Ribelin

Executive Chef
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Andy is a dynamic chef who focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients and making sure A Spice of Life utilizes each season’s bounty on our menus. 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 throughout his life. He particularly enjoys cooking with Southwestern American and Mexican flavors and has a strong French cooking background.

Andy’s culinary career lead him to Mataam Fez where he honed his skills with Moroccan cuisine, and then to Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the Teatro Hotel where he learned to appreciate the whole animal in traditional French cooking. Andy has lead culinary teams at Chautauqua Dining Hall, Palettes at the Denver Art Museum and The Dish Gourmet before taking the reigns at A Spice of Life.

Andy enjoys spending his free time hunting trout in the rivers of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.

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Michael Gerhardt

Sous Chef
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Michael has a myriad of experience working with unique ingredients in kitchens serving Japanese, New American, Latin, and Organic cuisine. He served as Sous Chef at both Centro Latin Kitchen and Sushi Sasa before coming to A Spice of Life. No matter what style of cooking is at hand, he executes dishes with precision and extreme attention to detail. Michael enjoys cooking small plates and New American dishes with traditional French techniques.

Michael strives to cook with passion and purpose every day. “You can’t go wrong cooking from the heart with fresh, local, ingredients”, says Gerhardt about his goals to expand A Spice of Life’s menu to offer more seasonal selections.

Outside of cooking, the Wisconsin native likes to explore the live music scene, play golf, and ski.

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Patty Wilson

Pastry 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.

She and her husband have 3 cats and love living in the mountains of Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys running, bikram yoga, and cooking for friends and family.

Our Sales & Marketing Team

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Desra McDonald

Director of Sales
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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.

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Blaire Segal

Office Manager
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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 including captaining off-site events, 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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KATHY VAUGHAN

Event Specialist
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Kathy Vaughan has been part of the wedding planning industry for over a decade. When she started her own business in 1994, she began exclusively planning weddings. Kathy is a renowned bridal consultant who creates unforgettable occasions. Some of Kathy’s weddings have featured performances by the famous Kenny Loggins and Tony Bennett. 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 of 41 years, 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 is excited to bring her level of expertise and creativity to Spice.

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Dawn Meitz

Event Specialist
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Dawn Meitz is a highly respected event coordinator at A Spice of Life, specializing in weddings as well as corporate and social event planning. 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. She is married and has two adult children, Nicole and Keenan; when she is not working, Dawn enjoys skiing, wake boarding, camping and being outdoors.

Jake Safran

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 of success; from managing market-style groceries to managing a kitchen at a large-scale summer camp and lastly managing a team of workers at 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, biking, skiing and spending time with his lovable dog Yogi.

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Amanda Ruebl

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, a private club for Beaver Creek homeowners. 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 her family.

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Kari Wyrick

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 is a total fitness enthusiast.

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Todd Eads

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.

Since then, 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 the top caterers in New England, and loves building relationships with clients, and even keeps in touch with brides and grooms from 20 years ago. One of his favorite moments is hearing guests say this was the best party/wedding they’ve ever attended in their life.

While not at work, Todd enjoys spending time with his two college-aged children, fishing, laughing with friends and family, finding unique new foods to try, and discovering undiscovered restaurants. A perfect day winds down with a good cigar and good bourbon.

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Lexie Roberts

Marketing Coordinator & Sales Assistant
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Lexie grew up in the Washington DC area and graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations.

She spent time working in marketing and events for non-profits before getting married in Virginia and moving to Colorado – a place she’d never visited, but now never wants to leave. Lexie became interested in the catering process from her own wedding experience, and now spends her days at Spice assisting the sales team and overseeing the marketing and communication efforts.

On her days off, you can find Lexie rushing to the library to return her almost-always-overdue books, going on local walks and hikes with her husband Jake, and blogging about life as a 20-something.

Our Operations Team

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Graham Thomas

Food & Beverage Director
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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.

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Louise Ivers

Operations Manager
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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.

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Jennifer Scharps

Catering Services 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.

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Julia Dietz

Operations Supervisor
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Other Team Members

Bill Hendrick

Controller
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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 afterschool organization for elementary school girls in the Boulder area.

Hilarie Porter

Human Resources Director
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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.

Are you seeking employment?

Please download our application and send to Hilarie Porter at hporter@aspiceoflife.com along with your resume and cover letter.