Sure, your job is kinda cool because you get things like a salary, benefits, and a lunch break... if you're not super busy. But believe it or not, there are some people in Houston whose jobs are even cooler! Crazy, right? So we found 10 of them, not to make you question your life choices thus far, maybe just to give you hope for your future career path.
Leslie Ross, bar director for the Treadsack Group, HBIC at Canard in the Heights
How she got the job: "I started working with Treadsack a little over a year ago, after 14 years of working as everything from a dive bar cocktail waitress, a hostess at a wine bar, at Texas' oldest and largest craft brewery, to hand-selling a portfolio of boutique spirits. I worked in few of Houston's best cocktail bars and restaurants, and am now overseeing six unique concepts, including my own bar Canard."
What she does: "My first project with Treadsack was helping to develop the program that is now Johnny's Gold Brick. I wrote the bar program, and handed it off to one of the best bar teams in Houston! A few months later, we rolled out three restaurants with bar programs in three months. I wrote all of those menus and programs as well, and helped to build the talented teams of bartenders that are now behind those bars. Finally, after 15 years in the industry, I am getting ready to open a bar of my very own! Behind the stick is where I feel most at home. I love hosting guests and helping to create incredible experiences. I love showing people the liquid history from the shelves behind me by telling stories inside a glass. I have seen and done some incredible things, I have traveled all over, and I have met the most amazing people, all for the love of the cocktail. It's amazing to look up at a wall of spirits, and to see more than a brand or a label, but to be taken back to a wheat field in Picardy, or an ancient monastery in the Chartreuse Mountains, or even just an old rickhouse in Kentucky. When I make you a drink, I'm doing more than just mixing. I'm sharing an adventure, and I think that's pretty neat. I am so fortunate to be in such an incredible industry with so many wonderful people!"