HOUSTON – If you’ve been missing parties and meeting your friends for drinks, don’t fret! One local business is bringing the fun to you. The Traveling Spirit is a chic camper turned mobile bar that’s the perfect addition to your next outdoor event. Owner, Rachel Carlson, shared more about how she came up with the unique beverage service concept.
“I always say that everything I did in the past kind of led me to where I am right now,” said Carlson. “I always wanted to be a chef like as long as I can remember. I was always baking pies and making pasta.”
Following her dreams, Carlson attended culinary school in New York City and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2007. She then trained under great mentors all over the country from New York, Washington D.C., Nantucket and Austin before finally returning to her hometown in Houston.
“I was looking for some cool creative way to bring beverage service to Houston, and I found these vintage campers all over Pinterest. Within a month, I bought a vintage camper,” said Carlson.
After seeing the vintage camper bar trend that is popular in Australia, Carlson thought it would be fun to bring the concept to Houston. The 1959 cardinal caravan, which Carlson dubbed Betsy, was in rough condition, but with the help of family and friends, she was able to renovate it within six months. Shortly after, Carlson started using her culinary background to craft some very unique cocktails.
“My background plays a hug role in this business, knowing those flavors that people wouldn’t normally know, like grapefruit rose or a lemon lavender. We try to incorporate a lot of herbs into our drinks,” said Carlson.