October 2, 2015
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Ruel is a National Restaurateur, Author and Culinary Consultant

BOULDER, Colo (September 30, 2015) – The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts located at 637 South Broadway in Boulder is proud to announce that Connie Ruel, national restaurateur, cookbook author and hospitality consultant will be the commencement speaker at the school’s graduation ceremony scheduled for October 4 at the Macky Auditorium at University of Colorado Boulder.

ConnieConnie grew up in her family’s famed Italian restaurants, “Casa D’Amore” and “The Villa Capri,” in Hollywood, California. In 1998, she opened and managed “Laslow’s Broadway Bistro,” “Laslow’s Northwest” and “Malanga Cocina Cubana” which quickly became established as benchmark eateries in Portland, Oregon.  “Laslow’s Northwest” was named one of “America’s Best Restaurants” by GOURMET magazine and Connie traveled to Manhattan to represent Laslow’s at the James Beard House. Connie moved to Colorado in 2005 where she developed the unique concept of “TUTTI, a restaurant for everyone” in Lafayette. By 2012, after the successful sale of her restaurants, she authored her first memoir/cookbook “Passions of a Restaurateur.” In 2014 she appeared as a contestant on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Now with “Follow the Ruel,” a restaurant consulting, education and specialty dinner company, she uses her decades of experience to enhance lives and businesses around her.

“Connie has shared her passion and insights as an adjunct instructor for the school’s Wine Academy and Entrepreneurship courses. And now, we are honored for her to share her story with our graduating students as they make their way from the classroom into the world,” said Kirk T. Bachmann, Campus President of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder.

Enrollment is currently open for new classes beginning this November. To learn more about the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, visit Escoffier.edu, call 877-249-0305 or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/escoffierschool.

 About the Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts

The Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts offer professional culinary arts programs based on the methods, principles and systems of Auguste Escoffier, the international culinary icon and the source of modern cooking. Students have the opportunity to learn history and context directly from the Escoffier family, and expert chef instructors.

The Schools’ Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts certificate programs offer rigorous industry skills training, the Farm To Table ® Experience as well as, grounding in the standards of professionalism and excellence sought by employers. Campuses are located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas. www.escoffier.edu

In addition to ground campuses, the Escoffier Online Culinary Academy is the first-ever online culinary school, offering professional culinary training for aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts alike. Modeled after the most prestigious culinary institutes in the world and inspired by the world-renowned Escoffier name, Escoffier Online offers a comprehensive curriculum of cooking techniques and fundamentals. www.escoffieronline.com