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Rachael Volz

CEO & Owner

Rachael Volz

CEO & Owner

Rachael lives and breathes A Fare Extraordinaire. She landed her dream job at AFE in 2005, and quickly fell in love with the company. She worked her way up from the front desk to the head of the sales department, became co-owner with AFE’s founder Karen Lerner, and eventually sole owner in 2014. Rachael loves being a mom to her two young boys and along with her supportive husband, has gracefully established a work-life balance. She’s competitive, driven, warm, genuine, and fashionable. Rachael is a dreamer but also pragmatic and realistic. She continually drives AFE with her inspiring vision and infectious energy, encouraging a creative, supportive, and seriously fun company culture. A fourth-generation Houstonian, Rachael’s love for her hometown shines through in her service to the community. She is actively involved with Second Servings of Houston and founded the Young Associates Council (YAC) for the Houston Symphony. She has helped raise millions of dollars for local non-profit organizations by chairing the 2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala, Dress for Success’s Cuisine for a Cause in 2016, and the 11th Annual What’s Up, Doc? Dinner. Rachael continues to pave the way in catering and events, earning individual and company accolades including the Harvard Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Fresh Faces of Fashion, The Houston Chronicle “IT” girls, the 2017 ACE Best Event award, and the honoree of Dress for Success’s 2016 Cuisine for a Cause.


Ryan Bouillet

Executive Chef

Ryan Bouillet

Executive Chef

Ryan thrives on A Fare Extraordinaire’s encouragement of the creative process of cooking and loves the challenge of presenting classic dishes in a new way. Born into a military family with a Japanese mother and French father, Ryan’s appreciation for cultural and culinary diversity grew throughout his childhood across Europe and the United States. Ryan spent countless hours with his maternal Japanese grandmother and attributes to her his love for culinary creativity. When cooking for his family, he enjoys marrying the flavors and traditions of his Japanese, French, and American roots with those of his wife’s Jewish heritage.

After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2003, Ryan immediately moved to California to begin his career at the prestigious Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel where he trained in the art of traditional French cooking. Seeking to expand his career, Ryan shifted to the Lake Austin Spa and Resort, perfecting clean, healthy, and special dietary cuisine. Again looking to diversify his career, Ryan moved to New Orleans as the Sous Chef at acclaimed Café Adelaide, a Brennan Family Restaurant, and honed his Creole and Southern style cooking. Provided with the opportunity to cook for various palettes and themes, Ryan builds on his diverse culinary experience to explore new flavors, techniques, and presentation ideas.

Ryan’s talents have earned him an invitation to cook at the nationally acclaimed James Beard House and garnered AFE local accolades such as winning the Draughts and Dogs Hot Dog Challenge and the nationally recognized Go Pig or Go Home People’s Choice Award, as well as leading a live cooking demonstration during Super Bowl Live and preparing dinners for the King of Swaziland, Queen of Ethiopia, and Princess of Belgium.


Ricky Cruz

Executive Sous Chef

Ricky Cruz

Executive Sous Chef


Natalie Allaz

Director of Culinary Operations

Natalie Allaz

Director of Culinary Operations


Chris Wolff

Sous Chef

Chris Wolff

Sous Chef


Paige Branam

Director of Sales

Paige Branam

Director of Sales


Carolyn Bowen

Executive Event Producer

Carolyn Bowen

Executive Event Producer


Ali Guarino

Executive Assistant to Carolyn Bowen

Ali Guarino

Executive Assistant to Carolyn Bowen


Becky Mahon

Event Coordinator

Becky Mahon

Event Coordinator


Allison Thibodeaux

Event Producer

Allison Thibodeaux

Event Producer


Chrissy Jones

Event Producer

Chrissy Jones

Event Producer


Shelton Elwood

Event Coordinator

Shelton Elwood

Event Coordinator


Mariah Malone Glover

Event Coordinator

Mariah Malone Glover

Event Coordinator


Rachel Glasscock

Event Designer

Rachel Glasscock

Event Designer


Emily Dewberry

Event Designer

Emily Dewberry

Event Designer


Michelle Stelzer

Event Designer

Michelle Stelzer

Event Designer


Brittny Campbell

The Revaire Venue Director

Brittny Campbell

The Revaire Venue Director


Chelsea Fred

The Revaire Senior Event Producer

Chelsea Fred

The Revaire Senior Event Producer


Melissa Clark

The Revaire Event Producer

Melissa Clark

The Revaire Event Producer


Lindsay Ede

Director of Staffing

Lindsay Ede

Director of Staffing


Guy Bowers

Director of Warehouse Operations

Guy Bowers

Director of Warehouse Operations


Adrian Tracy

Beverages and Logistics Manager

Adrian Tracy

Beverages and Logistics Manager


Chris Sengele

Logistics Coordinator

Chris Sengele

Logistics Coordinator


Ali Montgomery

Director of Operations and Human Resources

Ali Montgomery

Director of Operations and Human Resources


Stephanie McKeever

Operations Manager

Stephanie McKeever

Operations Manager


Randy Post

Controller

Randy Post

Controller


Naddy Paz

Accounting Assistant

Naddy Paz

Accounting Assistant


Christina Kassi

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Christina Kassi

Marketing & Communications Specialist