“Whether it is in the coffee cafe, a POP UP event, catering event, winemaker dinner, brewmaster dinner, distiller dinner or any of the many other things do at Follow the Ruel, it’s really all about bringing people together to enjoy food made with great ingredients and prepared with the soul,” Connie Ruel said. “My goal is to touch each person experiencing Follow the Ruel on some sort of visceral level that other venues just can’t reach.”
From her time working with the Boulder campus, Ruel said she recognized the benefit a setting like Follow The Ruel could have. The community space is as much a venture for her as a learning space for up-and-coming culinarians. The first Escoffier collaboration dinner took place May 16th with culinary arts graduate Christine Ardinger. More dinners are planned for June and July.
“It was a great experience that really pushed me as a young chef,” Ardinger said about the event. “Working with Connie provided me an opportunity to grow and learn…it was a perfect next step from culinary school.”
Connie Ruel is a longtime partner and instructor of Escoffier Schools. Working with the institution since 2012, she always observed that students could benefit from the challenge of a pop-up restaurant. When she decided to open Follow The Ruel, she already had the idea for the POP UP OP in the works.
“We are so delighted to partner with Connie on the exciting Follow the Ruel project,” said Kirk Bachmann, Boulder campus president. “She fully supports and embraces our mission of student success here at Escoffier Schools.”
The Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts offer professional culinary arts programs based on the methods, principles and systems of Auguste Escoffier, the culinary icon and source of modern cuisine.
Kirk Bachmann, Campus President, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Boulder