Tue Feb 11th, 2020    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Chef Andy Ruszczyk will guide you through every step of the way as you transform an array of ingredients into a culinary masterpiece- all while having fun! This invaluable experience not only teaches you how to make a delicious recipe, but you will learn healthy cooking techniques you can apply to any meal!

Menu: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Grain Bowls & Baked Pears 

***gluten free & vegetarian options will be provided 


Special Things to Note:

  • The class will be Hands-On where participants are split up into four kitchen stations to prepare the meal.
  • Everyone will be provided recipes and pens to take notes during the class.
  • All participants will be able to enjoy the meal they created at the end of the class.
  • Please wear closed toed shoes like sneakers; hair must be pulled back if long.
  • It's okay to be messy we have aprons for you to use and return at the end of class!
  • A Registered Dietitian from the Healthy Options program will be onsite to talk about the ingredients and menu selection.
  • The class is BYOB- feel free to bring your own beverage of choice. 

Meet Your Chef: Andy Ruszczyk 

Andy’s cooking career started in his hometown of Hamburg, NY, at Hoak’s Lakeshore Restaurant. Hard work, fundamental cooking skills, and a new found love for an industry, were just some of the traits that Chef Ru acquired over a almost a17 year career. “Hoaks’s allowed me to come up with specials and create a variety of dishes. It is where I found my niche, high end comfort food cooking. Talking staple grandma and mom’s dishes and putting lil twists on them.”  It was this thought process that led to his next venture....Ru’s Pieriogi.

It was in 2014 when Andy partnered up with Zack Schneider and Greg Neundorfer to form Ru’s Pieriogi.  Located at 295 Niagara street in downtown Buffalo, Ru’s has a manufacturing facility, restaurant and food truck. It is here where Ru’s combines traditional and contemporary ingredients to create delicious pierogi and creative pierogi themed dishes. You can purchase Ru’s Pieriogi at many local restaurants and supermarkets, including stores like Tops and Wegmans.  In the summer and fall of 2018, Andy acted as the head chef at Alchemy wine and beer  in the village of Hamburg. He assisted in the opening of Alchemy and constructing the tapas style menu. The menu focuses on charcuterie and small shareable plates. “We ordered cured meats and specialty cheese from all over the world. It was a great learning experience and really helped broaden myself as a chef.”

Recently Andy has joined the Independent Health Foundation, particularly in the Healthy Options program. Andy will be working within the community to help gain continued support of the Healthy Options program in local restaurants, food trucks and other food establishments. The goal of the program is to provide easy access to healthy food choices. Chef Andy will also be doing healthy options cooking classes throughout the year too.