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Jessica R. Monette
Jessica learned to appreciate the everyday joys of great food, beverages, and service from an early age. She happily served as the culinary sidekick to her blue-collar father and learned to appreciate finely tuned steps-of-service from her mother – often prepping up baked goods alongside her using up the USDA “commods’ “ supplied through their tribe (Ojibwe, Turtle Mountain band – Belcourt, North Dakota). At 14, she kicked off her official industry experience at a local greasy spoon, first as a dishwasher, then as a line and prep cook, and eventually as a catering manager.
A music scholarship from the University of Minnesota brought Jessica to the Twin Cities, where she worked at some of the most beloved restaurant concepts of their time. Upon graduation, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Wine, which led her to an internship at a Croatian winery and a position providing digital content and strategic communications to online independent wine importers. From there, she traveled to London, where she studied wine and spirit management at the esteemed Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) – Bermondsey Street, interned under an esteemed sommelier and mentor, and worked at a top-ranked gastropub. These experiences informed Jessica’s dynamic understanding of service styles and professional hospitality management.
After returning to the States, Jessica pursued restaurant management and independent wine and spirit consulting positions before her curiosity and skillset led her to recruiting with EHS. She spends her downtime enjoying the local arts and music scene with her partner, bicycling both for fun and with a local philanthropic bike racing consortium, and assisting progressive grassroots organizations with their campaigns.
Pro tip from Jessica: “Just as you would entrust in your server’s recommendation, you should also trust your recruiter’s career advice. Our success lies in balancing both our candidates’ and our clients’ best interests. As such, we only recommend jobs to our candidates when we see a good fit. In the end, of course, it’s YOUR experience and move – but we’re here to do the heavy (and strategic) lifting.