My desire to be in the culinary world started young. as a little girl, my family and I would go to our favorite Mexican restaurant and I would watch the women pressing fresh tortillas and thought it was magic! I knew I was going to be a chef.
I grew up in north Houston and have been in the restaurant industry since I was old enough to have a job. My mother was an amazing cook. She always supported my dreams to be a chef, buying me cake decorating kits and pasta makers for birthdays and Christmas. I was sent to a camp one summer for aspiring chefs and I was hooked. So, after graduating high school, she dropped me off in Hyde Park, New York where I attended the Culinary Institute of America and my culinary adventures began.
I learned so much in those two years. eating and drinking literally became my job and I loved it! A Chef of mine once told me “ You should learn everything you need to learn in a year, then you should leave and move on to learn something new”. So that's what I did. For the next seven years I worked in hotels and restaurants for great restauranteurs like Jean-George and Mike Isabella in New York, Washington D.C, Nantucket and Austin. After gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience I was ready to come home and try something new. Returning to Houston in 2013, I started working in the “front of the house” in some of the best restaurants in town while also pursuing my passion for craft cocktails, wine and event planning. Never wanting to stay in one place for too long and seeing a need for a one-of-a-kind bar with great cocktails that can be taken anywhere… The Traveling Spirit was born. “Betsy” is lovingly named after my mother who passed away in 2013 and whose love and support always pushed me to pursue my dreams.
Our bar can be tailored to serve your favorite drinks. This includes everything from delicious signature cocktails or mocktails to local brews on tap. Having a culinary background, our cocktails focus on using fresh fruits and vegetables, spices and herbs. We thrive on creating unique events and cocktails for each occasion. The Traveling Spirit services the Houston area but we love a good road trip, too! Take a look at our packages page to see what we can offer you. We are open to any ideas or collaborations you may have in mind, whether it’s a public or private event. We can’t wait to meet you!