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C O N T E N T S

July / August

2015

IN FLU E N C E And The Winner Is? .....................................................08 PHILANTHROPY

Hotel Van Zandt Reveals Dazzling Design ......................12 TRAVEL

There's Monaco & There's Austin and That's Just Fine ....14 TRAVEL

TĂŠo Gelato Celebrates National Ice Cream Month In a BigWay .22 FOOD & BEVERAGE

Market Memories .........................................................24 FOOD & BEVERAGE

2015: Top Outdoor Patio Trends ....................................26 LIVING WELL

The Season Of Sensuality .............................................30 Chef Judd Servidio

FEATURES

HEALTH & WELLNESS

New Faces of The Campbell Agency ..............................32 FASHION EDITORIAL

DINING WITH CHEF JUDD SERVIDIO ..............18 The popular chef plans for a delicious expansion.

LEND ME YOUR EAR ..............................................42 What do you plan to do with that captivating voice?

Looking Cool & Professional in the Summer Heat ..........38 FASHION & STYLE

The Golden Age of X Games .........................................46 SPORTS

IN NE T WOR K People You Should Know ...........................................11, 16, 28

Spanish InFluential Eduardo de las Casas De Peru Para el Mundo ................50

IN THI N GS What's Hot & Cool This Summer ........................................48

IN S OC I E TY Creating Your Own Toast Experience ..................................58

Teen InFluential Keeping It Cool ...........................................................54


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

D A N I E L L E C R E S P O Founder | Suite Pass, LLC + Austin Race Events | Austin, Texas | www.suitepass.com + www.austinraceevents.com A native Texan who makes it her business to keep in tune with global motorsports. Danielle’s involvement with Formula 1 racing has grown into the hospitality business Suite Pass, which caters to guests in Austin, Monaco, Mexico, and other top-tier destinations around the world. She also follows the World Endurance Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, and the new Formula E race series on journalism assignments for E-Racing Magazine. When not at a racetrack, she's either on the jogging trail with her pup or planning a trip to the next race.

M I A D E D E A R | Austin, Texas Mia is studying Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recent graduate from Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, where she served on the staff of the school literary magazine. She is currently searching for a socially acceptable way to carry her camera everywhere to document the highlights of her life. Aside from film, her other interests include theatre, dance, violin, and aspiring to someday become as popular in the field of entertainment as Neil Patrick Harris.

S TA C E Y H A R R E L L P h o t o g r a p h e r a n d J o u r n a l i s t | A u s t i n , Te x a s w w w. s t a c e y h a r r e l l . c o m As the society columnist and photographer for West Austin News, Stacey attends the events that appeal to Austin's most affluent and philanthropic. Since joining West Austin News in 2011, Stacey has covered over 500 events benefitting hundreds of local nonprofits. Stacey brings some of her personal favorites to InFluential Magazine. Stacey's own photography clients include the St. David's Foundation, bestselling author Sharon Schwitzer and a number of small businesses.

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Chef

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Picnic

Round Rock, Texas | www.theurbanpicnic.com Huffstutler is co-owner and head chef for Urban Picnic, a gourmet cafe in Round Rock. Though she holds a degree in History from Texas A&M University and her background is in telecommunications management, she left the corporate world in 2008 to indulge her passion for cooking and opened her catering company, Exquisite Cuisine. Two years later, Liz opened Urban Picnic along with business partner, Shelley Matcha, where she and her staff serve scratch-made sandwiches, soups and salads. For dessert lovers, handmade gourmet cake balls round out the menu. Huffstutler continues to cater weddings, parties, and corporate events through Exquisite Cuisine by Urban Picnic. She is inspired in her creations by her friends, her husband Keith, and her two sons, Noah and Jackson.

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J E T T É M O M A N T PR. Event Productions | Austin, Texas In 2005 Jetté Momant began a successful event planning career combining three of her favorite things: eating, entertaining and traveling. Over the years her company, Jetté Momant PR & Event Productions, has evolved to offer public relations and social media solutions for numerous hospitality, tech, consumer and lifestyle brands. Jetté enjoys being exposed to new chefs, foods and experiences, and in turn sharing her experiences with others. She believes that combining a communal dining experience with new people has a way of transcending social obstacles and introduces others to different cultures, while eliciting conversation, meetings of minds and laughter.

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ike most people, I look forward to summer

every

year.

Waterparks,

festivals, late sunsets and scores of outdoor events invite us from within the confines of the indoors to enjoy

and appreciate the world around us. Vibrant colors, soft breezes and pleasant aromas greet us each time we take a step outside. When you’ve had to live through a Midwest winter, trust me, it’s a welcome sight to see the grass, trees and singing birds when you look out your window. One of my favorite things to do in summer happens mid-July, when a group of competitors from all over the country come to town for a celebration of that most American of traditions – barbeque. For three days, the Jazz & Rib Fest brings joy in the form of good music and even better food. But while I sit there this year, I will think at the end how it all could have been better with the Texas Pecan & Whiskey gelato from Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita. I’m sure our feature on the top American born gelato maestro in North America will have you craving all

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the flavors this Austin gem has to offer.

Take your time in perusing this issue of InFluential Magazine, dear readers. With features on what to wear, where to explore and even the top patio trends of the season, we have joyfully put together a summer read that is sure to kindle your desire for the summer scene. Sincerely,

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AND THE WINNER IS? Austin Child Guidance Center Announces the Finalists for the 4th Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award

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his distinguished award will be presented

Milton Verret for his outstanding accomplishments in

on September 26th at the Austin Originals

raising funds for children in need. The Milton Verret

Benefit Concert and Live Taping at the

Supporting Children’s Charities of Austin has raised

Austin Music Hall.

millions for local charities, like Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Children’s Shelter, Make a Wish Foundation and

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Finalists for the Community Activist category are the

more. His guiding principal is that abundance be directed

following:

toward the most vulnerable-children.

Shirley Hartmann, M.ED. for her “Legacy of Giving” work

Mary Wilbur for her commitment and philanthropic efforts

that has encouraged hundreds of students to strive to make

to support abused children received at the Center for

the world a better place through education, volunteering,

Child Protection. Mary serves as the Chair of the Center’s

fundraising and raising awareness on various issues. Her

Tomorrows Child Legacy Foundation, was an essential

work has inspired a legacy of future philanthropists that

driving force in the capital campaign, was Chair of the

will help make the world and our community a better

Building Committee, and was inducted into the Center’s

place.

Founding Class of the Friends of Christopher Guild.

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international teacher, consultant and published writer on disability services. Her belief is that every child should have a loving home to grow up in. Lisa Tate for her dedication to improving the lives of children with disabilities.

She currently is an

Easter Seals National spokesperson for Autism and a Speech Pathologist working for RiverKids Pediatrics. She was the Director of Early Childhood Intervention Program for Easter Seals Central Texas, serving hundreds of kids with disabilities and developmental delays annually. Learn more about Austin Child Guidance Center at www.austinchildguidance.org.

Renee Hanson-Malone and Maxine Roberts

Finalists for the Community Professional Category are the following: Robin Rosell, MSSW, LCSW, LMFT for her outstanding work as Director of Behavioral Health & Social Services at People’s Community Clinic. She envisioned and developed the multi-agency collaborative TANDEM Teen Prenatal and Parenting Program that has worked with hundreds of underserved expected teen parents through the provision of primary and behavioral health. Nancy Rosenau, PhD is the Executive Director and one of the principle founders of, EveryChild Inc., which provides a system of support for families to provide alternatives to institutional placement of children with developmental disabilities. She is a renowned IN FLUENTIAL 9


AUSTIN CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER’s mission is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting life’s challenges. Each year the agency provides quality mental health care to over 3,500 children and family members, regardless of their ability to pay. For over 64 years, the Center has improved the mental and emotional health of underserved children and families.

If you would like to learn more about Austin Child Guidance Center, get involved or donate please visit

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BARBARA PORTER HEAD OF SCHOOL AND FOUNDER | S T. F R A N C I S S C H O O L | A U S T I N , T E X A S Who She is: A visionary educator, philanthropist and child advocate, Barbara has spent the majority of her 30 years in Austin as the head of school at St. Francis School, a pre-K through eighth grade school that provides students with a learning environment that allows them to be challenged at their own individual levels of aptitude, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Why Education is Golden: Barbara values having a genuine love and understanding of children so that school curriculums can be successfully customized to meet the needs of each child. Her time spent as commissioner for the Texas Association of Accredited Private Schools has given her the opportunity to learn from other private schools and develop an understanding of educational best practices. Greatest Gift to Children: St. Francis’ commitment to providing low student-teacher ratios and attention to the individual needs of every student exemplifies Barbara’s vision of a quality education. “Looking at each child as an individual and teaching to the child’s learning style is crucial,” she says. “I want to see students thrive, not just survive.” An Agent of Change: Barbara’s involvement in the community expands beyond education; she serves on the board of trustees for St. David’s Foundation Community Fund and St. David’s Community Health Foundation Initiatives, in addition to her involvement with local animal charities. Described by her peers as loyal, dependable and candid, Barbara lives her best life with her English bulldog, Bentley, enjoying the outdoors and seeing happy children.

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Pool Terrace

HOTEL VAN ZANDT REVEALS DAZZLING DESIGN WRITTEN BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N

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P H OTO G R A P H Y & R E N D E R I N G S C O U R T E SY O F F I N N P A R T N E R S

ew York City-based designer Mark Zeff and his team are leading interior design efforts for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ hotly anticipated Hotel Van Zandt in Austin. The project, which includes both hotel and restaurant design, is Zeff’s first in the Lone Star State.

Hotel Van Zandt is situated in the city’s Rainey Street Historic

of Austin, with Zeff delivering a dynamic mix of elegance and

District and slated to open fall 2015. The hotel intends to make

edginess, taking inspiration from Austin’s world-renowned music

its mark on Austin’s acclaimed art and design scene with highly

scene.

stylized and customized décor and furnishings. The hotel will

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embody Kimpton’s mission to deliver a localized experience

Utilizing their many reconnaissance trips to Austin and its

combined with their signature bold, contemporary style. Hotel

surroundings, Zeff’s team has been working diligently in capturing

Van Zandt plans to reflect the musical and artistic heartbeat

the essence of Texas culture. Zeff describes the inspiration of

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the hotel as a culture with “a great history of elegance and Texas gentry,” all while keeping an honest and edgy grittiness that’s synonymous with the state capital. Design efforts steer away from kitschy and stereotypical state details, instead opting for classic and high-quality materials and taking inspiration from the surrounding Texas Hill Country, including specially handpicked items found at some of the area’s best antiques vendors. Collectively, these items bring to life a Texas journey clothed in understated comfort and patina within Hotel Van Zandt. Lobby

Art is an integral part of Austin, and equally important to the creative free spirit of the hotel. The property will

feature

thoughtfully

curated

pieces,

including

installations of birds made out of vintage records and specially-commissioned works in collaboration with the Van Zandt family. Townes Van Zandt’s son, JT, will be contributing a special piece to the hotel.

Mark Zeff blends interior and environmental design with brand development to create experiences that inspire and stimulate the senses. Zeff’s hotel design projects include: the upcoming Virgin Hotel in Nashville, The Hard Lounge

Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and the Aquila Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. He is also working on additional Kimpton properties, such as The Commoner restaurant at Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh and upcoming projects in Grand Cayman.

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T H E R E ' S M O N ACO & THERE'S AUSTIN and that's just fine WRITTEN BY D A N I E L L E C R E S P O, F O U N D E R, S U I T E P A S S, L L C + A U S T I N R A C E E V E N T S

Photo By Danielle Crespo

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pon arrival in the south of France, my mind is

simultaneously

at

rest

and

primed

for

networking. I’ve made it to Monaco Grand Prix weekend for the second year in a row, where I

will be perched above Casino Square to watch Formula 1 cars roar around most prestigious track on the globe. As someone who works in motorsports, I have to remind myself to enjoy the Mediterranean scenery and the race itself while also trying to network and pick out the hospitality suites I will offer for 2016. However, once I step out on to the Hotel de Paris balcony and am greeted by a panoramic view of Monaco Harbor and all of the trackside yachts, it’s easy to switch to spectator mode.

The atmosphere during race weekend channels old and new Hollywood; it’s as if you have woken up to find you have been cast in a big-budget film where each actor is more interesting than the previous one. It’s high-intensity networking at its best. At the Grand Prix in Austin, I will come across dedicated race fans, entrepreneurs, maybe some Oil and Gas guys, venture capitalists - good people, but predictable professions. In Monaco,

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Incredibly close to the F1 action at Casino Square. Photography Courtesy of Danielle Crespo.


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View of Casino Square from the Hotel de Paris. Photography By Danielle Crespo.

I am no longer surprised to meet and hold conversation with the president of an MLB team, an F1 team principal, or the exgirlfriend of a famous Le Mans racecar driver at a local creperie.

As both the most glamorous and the most “punishing” race on the F1 calendar - one mistake may put the driver in an unrecoverable position in the middle of the pack - the drive for perfectionism is also alive and well on the sidelines. Women are wearing outfits that are not following, but setting, the season’s trends. Guys, whose hairstyles are competing with their Ferraris Unbelieveable race viewing in Casino Square. Photography Courtesy of Kevin Paige.

to make a statement, circle the race track in the evening, taking turns parking in front of the Monte Carlo Casino for five minutes, just to say they did. Slender women in flowing dresses rush between private events. Michelin-starred restaurant chefs in long white coats shuttle fresh squash blossoms & foie gras for hors d'oeuvres to their private hotel balcony suites. The streetside garbage bins are overflowing with roses and champagne bottles.

Austin, on the other hand, is a welcome escape for F1 fans and personnel alike. A quick survey of race staff and media shows The Casino de Monte-Carlo. Photograph Courtesy of Kevin Paige.

visiting our US Grand Prix is like meeting up for a week-long backyard BBQ, an antithesis to Monaco’s prestigious spotlight. There is a hint of freedom in Austin, with crew slipping off into Rainey St. for BBQ, a divey 6th street club, a shooting range, or even the Domain for shopping. Maybe it would feel a little more “free” if some of those mechanical bull ride photos didn’t end up on Twitter, but the consensus is in Austin: we’re not Monaco, and that’s just fine. Prime race viewing from yachts in the Monte-Carlo Harbor. Photography Courtesy of Kevin Paige.

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J A N VA L A S E K D I R E C TO R O F F O O D & B E V E R AG E F O U R S E A S O N S H OT E L S & R E S O R T S LO N D O N , U N I T E D K I N G D O M

Who He Is:

Jan has over 14 years of hospitality

experience with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. During this journey he worked in Prague, Czech Republic, Great Exuma, Bahamas, Austin, Texas and recently in London, United Kingdom. Having a dozen different food & beverage positions on his account makes him an expert in his field. Leading an Organization:

Leading a team of 20

managers and 200 line employees requires Jan to be a real team player and a leader with a can-do attitude. He always finds time to listen to his team, and acts on their requests to make sure they are happy with the work they do. His leadership skills have to be flexible as he a multi-national staff from 65 different countries. Living Across the Pond: London is a very dynamic, diverse and exciting city to visit. Jan has lived in London for the past five years, raising his three daughters there and giving them the chance to explore the beauty of the city. Experiencing firsthand the 2012 London Olympic games and celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are few of the once-in-a-lifetime events they were able to experience. Greatest Accomplishment: Jan finds his life to be his greatest accomplishment. Having a loving wife and daughters who travel with him and support him during his career growth are the joys of his life. Being able to touch many of his employees with his knowledge and leave a positive impact on their career path makes him feel most satisfied. Photography Courtesy of Veronica Evers Photography

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FEATURE

DINING

with

CHEF

JUDD SERVIDIO W R I T T E N BY J E T T É M O M A N T P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F C O U R T N E Y P I E R C E

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tanding over six feet tall with an athletic build, at first glance Chef Judd Servidio seems more like a retired basketball player, than an haute couture cuisine chef. The high school basketball all-star could have gone the route of professional sports had a middle school home economics class not piqued his interest in the culinary arts.

Now, instead of the court, you’ll find Servidio preparing dishes for a number of celebrities and the family of billionaire John Paul DeJoria and his wife Eloise, for whom he has been the personal chef for the past eight years.

During his senior year of high school, Servidio's father

brief stint in San Francisco he came back to Texas to start

encouraged him to pursue culinary school as a career

a catering business, and was contacted by John Paul and

option. “I really didn't have a clue as to what I wanted to

Eloise DeJoria. “They were looking for a personal chef,”

do. But, my dad said ‘you're kind of interested in cooking

Servidio shares. "I had a few cards in a local optometrist's

and you could go to culinary school, and you could

office that Eloise goes to. She called me and we set up a

always have something to fall back on.’"

test dinner where they tasted my food and got to know me. After several test dinners, they hired me and I've

While in culinary school, he worked at a busy country

been with them for a little over seven years."

club and was later hired at the Hilton, where he honed his skills and chef's stamina. "I started first on dinners

Servidio's New American/French cuisine presents and

and then six months into it, I said that I'd never done

tastes like a dish found in three star Michelin restaurants,

breakfast before,” he said. “So, there were days where

yet his approach to food is genuine and unpretentious.

I'd do breakfast and lunch and then about the last three

Whenever possible, he likes to combine fresh local

months working there, I took another job at a fine dining

ingredients with whatever might be in the fridge or pantry.

restaurant and I'd work there on the weekends. So, I was

“That’s truly where the magic happens and the wheels

pretty exhausted after about four months of that, waking

start turning,” he said. “That’s the challenge I take on

up at 5:30 a.m. and not getting off until after midnight."

everyday. I think to myself, ‘I have these ingredients, now what can I do with them?’ I think the true test of a great

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Servidio eventually spent four years in Dallas, where he

chef is keeping things simple and not overcomplicating a

served as a sous chef at two different restaurants. After a

dish - that is one area that I am still perfecting.”

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FEATURE

Goat Sweetbreads with Pickled Mustard Seeds

Servidio's menus are more lavish when serving the

cooking store and get one for about 40. It is whatever

DeJora's frequent and eclectic mix of celebrity guests

floats your boat."

and friends, such as Matthew McConaughey, Elon Musk, Robert Plant, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Snoop

Recently, when the DeJoria family traveled without Judd,

Dogg.

he hopped on the opportunity to invite the public to dine on his food with the creation of five to seven course Soil

When asked what his top tips were for at home chefs,

& Seed Suppers. "Soil & Seed celebrates that everything

Servidio explained that the most important thing is to

small starts from a seed, and, given good soil, grows

prepare ahead of time. "Ninety five percent of cooking

into something great with a lot of nurturing,” explained

is prep,” he explains. “The cooking time normally doesn't

Servidio. “There is truth to be found in celebrating the

take a lot of time, but if you prep ahead of time, then you

honesty of nutrients and nourishment found in soil.”

can enjoy your guests rather than spending more of your time in the kitchen." He also explained that home cooks

So what’s next? Judd’s hope is to utilize guest feedback

only need to know about five good dishes to impress their

from these dinners to develop a menu for a restaurant in

guests. "Start off learning a couple of different recipes,

the future. Until then, he enjoys hosting these intimate

until you get comfortable with them and then try them

dinners in private homes throughout Austin.

out on different friends. So, if you can perfect a couple of recipes with 'your eyes closed," that takes the stress out

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of preparing meals." Here is an appetizer I did for my first Soil and Seed dinner His "go to" dish recommendation is a creme brulee. "It just

party. I was at a Sunday's farmers market here in Austin

takes a little bit of patience and low cooking. It is always

and a local farm Windy Hill Farms had a lot of great Goat

a crowd pleaser and really not that hard and you can do

products. I saw they had goat sweetbreads and I was

it ahead of time. It is definitely a "go to" dessert. They will

sold. I haven't prepared sweetbreads in a while and the

need a blow torch and it is kind of cool for guests to see.

most common variety used is veal (which I love).

You could go to Home Depot and pick up a canister for about ten bucks. Or, you could go to a more expensive 20

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simply grilled on the parillia or plancha. This would have been a great option for me, given different circumstances. I decided to do a simple "chicken fried" goat sweetbread that turned out fantastic.

Customarily, with veal

sweetbreads you soak them and then poach them or par cook them. Then cook them again to order. Again, I wanted a simpler approach for this ingredient. This was a

into bite-sized pieces. 3. Place in a bowl and cover with ice cold water. Let it soak overnight. 4.  Drain off all of the water really well and cover the sweetbreads in buttermilk. 5. Let the sweetbreads soak in the buttermilk while you prepare everything else.

perfect starter to the evening and a real surprise to most of the guests. Following is the recipe.

FOR THE ROMESCO 1. Put garlic, roasted red peppers, Fresno chile and almonds

Goat Sweetbreads with Romesco & Pickled Mustard Seeds

in the blender. 2. Pulse a few times to get everything blended and then turn on high and drizzle in olive oil until a smooth purée.

GOAT SWEETBREADS

3. Finish with cheese and salt.

2 lbs of goat sweetbreads

4. Puree until smooth, adjust seasoning if needed, and set

2 cups of buttermilk

aside until ready to use.

2 cups of flour 2 tbsp of old bay seasoning

FOR THE PICKLED MUSTARD SEEDS

2 cups of grape seed oil for frying

1. Place all the ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.

PICKLED MUSTARD SEEDS

2. Cook for about an hour or until the seeds plump up.

1/2 cup of mixed brown and yellow mustard seeds

3. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

4. Alternative way is bring a pot of water to a boil and

1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar

place mustard seeds in the water for 1 minute.

2 tbsp of sugar

a. Then strain off and place in a bowl.

2 tsp of salt

b. Place the rest of the ingredients in a pot and bring to

1 jalapeño

a boil.

1/2 cup of water

c. Pour over the seeds and cover over night.

RED PEPPER ROMESCO SAUCE

TO FINISH

1 jar roasted red bell pepper or 3 large roasted

1. Bring oil up to 350 degrees for frying.

1/3 cup roasted almonds (marcona) or any other nut

2. In a bowl add flour and the old bay seasoning, mix well.

3 garlic cloves

3. Add a few pieces at a time of the goat sweetbreads to

1 Fresno chili (jalapeño or Serrano for heat)

the flour.

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese or manchego

4. Dust off the extra flour and place in the fryer.

1 1/2 cup olive oil

5. Fry for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Salt

6. Scoop out the sweetbreads onto a paper towel, season with salt immediately.

FOR THE GOAT SWEETBREADS 1. Clean the sweetbreads by cutting away any of the sinew and meat around the sweetbreads (said 2 lbs but mine

7.  Add a dollop of romesco onto the plate and the sweetbreads on top. 8. Finish with pickled mustard seeds, serve and enjoy!

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TÈO GELATO C E L E B R AT E S N AT I O N A L I C E C R E A M M O N T H

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nspired by the recipes and flavors in Italy, Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita has offered the finest in gelatos and sorbettos to Austinites since 2003. Founded and run by Matthew Lee, Tèo has consistently been ranked as the “Best Gelato” by local and national press. In 2014, Lee competed in the Gelato World Championship in Rimini, Italy, where his handcrafted “Texas Pecan Pie” flavor was voted top five in the world and he was voted the number one American

gelato maker, or Maestro Gelatiere, by the Italians.

Born in Houston, Lee spent a great amount of time inventing and

not as heavy. At that time, gelato was new to the US, and there

creating in the kitchen with his chef mother. Lee’s love of Europe

weren’t many options, or at least, not any authentic ones.”

began during his sophomore year of high school, when his family left Houston for France. It was there that his love for quality dining

Lee changes Tèo’s gelato menu according to season and uses

was heightened, and his journey began toward a career in the

farm-to-table ingredients, such as Poteet strawberries, Hill

culinary arts. When he returned to Texas to finish high school, he

Country peaches, Texas blackberries (don’t know if they’ll have

landed a job at a French-style hotel, working with experts trained

them this year) and Pecos melons.

by the world-renowned chef Paul Bocuse. “We buy local Texas fruit from small sustainable farms because it Lee would go on to earn a B.A. and an MBA from the University

just flat-out tastes so much better,” commented Lee. Tèo’s gelato

of Texas; eventually he would leave corporate life to pursue his

bases use Texas grass-fed milk, cream and pure cane sugar.

passion for flavor. That’s how Tèo Gelato came to be in 2002, the name being an Italian twist on his own first name.

Tèo’s gelato, as compared to other popular brands, is lower in calories, fat and sugar. The following chart is based on one (1)

“After being in Italy and tasting gelato for the first time, I thought ‘I don’t feel full like I do with ice cream’,” Lee remembers. “It was

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serving size (100 grams) of vanilla.


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Brand Calories Total Fat (g) Sugars (g) Tèo 160 6.0 20

286 18.6 23 Ben & Jerry’s 235 14 20 Haagen-Dazs 274 17 25 Marble Slab 236 15 23 Baskin Robbins 230 14 23 Amy’s (Per Livestrong Website)

Part of Teo’s celebration of National Ice Cream Month is asking

In addition to offering the finest in gelato, Tèo offers traditional

Austin to dream up the next top flavor. The contest will run

Italian espresso drinks from the best hand-roasted coffee beans.

throughout July, and the winner will be announced on August 13, officially named “Tèo Day” in Austin.

Come experience the joy of Austin and Italian lifestyle where eating, drinking and spending time together isn’t a special

“Being voted fifth in the world and top American Gelato Maestro

occasion, it’s a way of life. How InFluential and so cool!

was such as honor. I learned the gelato craft in Italy, from Italians. Being voted by the Italians in Italy made it ever more special,” said

Visit Tèo’s official website at www.caffeteo.com.

Lee. “Also, having August 13th being named ‘Tèo Day’ by Austin’s Mayor was amazing.”

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MARKET MEMORIES Chef shares childhood favorites with family to brighten up dinners

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rowing up in Houston, my family lived on a very tight budget. I don’t remember this too well, but my parents have told me about it. My parents weren’t destitute, but they were “three kids by the age of 22 and still students” broke. One of the things people with limited means did back in the 1970’s was to shop at farmer’s markets.

Back then, the farmer’s market wasn’t full of the

So, one night I made cream-braised Brussels

artisanal bread and organic jams you see today

sprouts. At first, my husband took one – one

– it was all the seasonal fruits and vegetables

Brussels sprout – demonstrating to our two

of the region. The produce wasn’t always the

young sons that everyone should try something

prettiest, and some of it was downright weird,

new. He ate it, then he said, “that was good”

but it all tasted pretty great.

The best part

and took some more. Then I took some more.

for my family was that we could load up on

Before long, we were fighting over them. The

seasonal fruits and vegetables for very little

kids, well, they each choked one down. You

money. Artichokes were $0.10 each. A bucket of

can’t win them all.

dewberries were a dollar. Grapefruits, squash, cabbage, tomatoes, avocados – everything! I married a Midwestern meat and potatoes man,

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

who, while an amazing husband and father, had

2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts

a taste in food that leaned toward the bland.

2 cups heavy cream

Slowly, over time, he began to appreciate my

1 tsp table salt

odd combination of Cajun/Texas German/

1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Italian favorites – to a degree. While he loved my Beef in Barolo with Parmesan Polenta, he

Directions

still preferred canned green beans. And when

1. Trim ends off sprouts and put in a 2 quart

our kids came along, they took more after their techie father than their chef mother.

sauce pan. 2. Add cream and salt and bring to a boil over high heat.

A few years ago, while microwaving frozen broccoli that I was going to force everyone to eat with dinner, I made a decision. I was going

3. Reduce heat to low and cover, braising until sprouts are tender, 15 – 20 minutes. 4. Stir in nutmeg and serve.

to make the vegetables I always loved growing up, and my family was going to like them. No, not just like them – they were going to relish them.

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2015: TO P O U T D O O R

PAT I O T R E N D S P R E S E N T E D BY Z I L L O W P H OTO G R A P H S P R OV I D E D BY I N F L U E N T I A L M AG A Z I N E

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n May, Zillow Digs announced the top outdoor patio trends for 2015, and three fads to ditch from last summer. The results were published in the Summer 2015 Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, a one-of-a-kind report that combines data from a survey of leading interior design experts and an analysis of the most popular photos on Zillow Digs. So what are this season’s hottest trends? Check out the surprising results below!

Top outdoor patio trends Lime Green Accent Colors Lime green will be the most popular accent color for summer 2015. Expect to see this fresh, natural hue manifest in a variety of materials and textures — from throw pillows and vases to outdoor umbrellas.

Vertical Gardens Low-maintenance

plants

and

succulents will be very popular this season, especially in regions that have water shortages and drought. Vertical or wall gardens offer a sophisticated home for

Hurricane Candles Hurricane

candles

are

succulents, herbs and other lowthis

maintenance

plants,

and

will

season’s most popular outdoor

be one of this season’s biggest

lighting solution, and will be

outdoor patio trends, especially

equally prevalent among budget

in condo and apartment decks

and luxury spaces. When grouped

where floor space is limited.

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These hot looks for outdoor spaces will make you want to linger long after the sun goes down 3 fads to replace Tuscan Colors “Khakis or yellow-based neutrals are out, as well as anything muddy or Tuscan-inspired,” says Zillow Digs designer Marc Thee of Marc Michaels Interiors. While these muted hues can bring warmth in moderation, they feel heavy and out of place in outdoor spaces, and don’t reflect this season’s fresh, streamlined aesthetic.

Shabby Chic Furniture Intricate, shabby chic patio sets will fade away, as summer 2015 is all about simplicity and clean lines. Detailed wrought iron patio sets will be replaced with sleek outdoor sofas and loveseats adorned with pillows and throws in this summer’s hottest citrus colors.

Excessive Patterns “People grow tired of busy patterns, so keep them to a minimum,” says Thee.

Instead,

add

interest

and

texture with natural greenery and pops of citrus colors. Look for more solid color choices on pillows and throw blankets this summer.

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IN N E T W O R K : p e o p l e y o u s h o u l d k n o w

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Who He Is: Over the past two decades, Scott has built two successful companies around his love of real estate: Riverside Homes, specializing in modern urban home building, and Turner Residential, a real estate brokerage focused on central Austin. Recognized for his knowledge of the local housing market and complex zoning and building codes, Scott is happy discussing the intricacies of Austin real estate with both clients and peers alike. Greatest Accomplishment as an Entrepreneur: A home builder: Since Scott’s first project – when lots in the 78704 area code cost $75,000 – Riverside Homes has quietly become one of Austin’s top urban home builders. He praises his team’s familiarity with urban neighborhoods for their success with custom homes going up today in developments around Zilker Park, including the recently completed HGTV Smart Home 2015. Keys to Success: Despite its growth, Austin is still a small town in many ways, and building good relationships with clients, neighbors and even his competitors has become Scott’s hallmark. Affable and easy going, his optimism has been a big help in the complex world of Austin real estate. “You have to be able to see the bright side in this business,” he says, “because it is a constant challenge.” Positive Impact on the Environment: Scott’s commitment to building energy-efficient, healthy homes drew praise from HGTV. “The green features of the HGTV Smart Home 2015 can be found in every home we build,” Scott notes, and his homes are some of the most energy efficient in the city. “The most cost effective improvements happen when a home is built, saving energy over its entire lifespan.” Why Austin: As both a builder and a broker, Scott has helped hundreds of people buy, sell or build homes across central Austin. The Austin lifestyle, the food, the variety – there’s nothing else like it. 28

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THE SEASON OF SENSUALITY WRITTEN BY B R A D K E N N I N G T O N, L M F T, L P C

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ummer is, I believe, the most sensual season. A walk on the beach during a summer day will have all of our senses engaged and heightened —the smell of the salt air on the wind, the feel of the warm, wet sand between the toes, the sound of the waves gently meeting the shore, the sight of near naked bodies in the sun and the taste of salt water on your lips. Our senses come alive.


influential-magazine.com Sensuality is about being present in the moment, letting go of the “if onlys” and “would haves” that hold us captive to the past and allows us to be

Hearing

and enjoy what is the present. We don’t have to

Pay close attention to your partner’s gentle

learn or acquire it. Our sensuality is innate. We

moans and sighs. They will guide you to where

have it. We just need to be open to it. When

you need to go…and stay!

we engage our own sensuality, embrace it and share it with others, we enrich our lives, including

Play

our intimate relationships—especially our sexual

Think of playfulness as a “sixth sense” of sensuality.

relationships.

Explore fantasies. Keep it fun. Focus on what is and try not to take things too seriously. It is less

Think of our sensuality as another form of body

about performance and more about connection.

language, telling our sexual partner and ourselves

Learn to be comfortable in your own skin when

far more than what simple words can do.

that’s all you’re in. And be creative: the bed is certainly not the only place to enjoy each other.

Smell Scents can be powerful triggers, reconnecting us to something that produces strong, positive feelings which can then lead to increased attraction to our partner.

Certain scents have

been shown to bump up the libido, including vanilla, cinnamon and lavender.

Touch For those of you familiar with the film Fifty Shades of Grey, think of the ice cube scene. The chill of the ice meets the heat of her body mixed

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with the warmth of his mouth to create a shared

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Taste

in private practice at Brad Kennington &

When kissing, really notice the unique taste of

Associates. He provides therapy to individuals,

your partner’s lips and skin. Consider adding a

couples and families and focuses on disordered

little chocolate to the erotic encounter. Chocolate

eating, anxiety, grief & loss and relationship

has been shown to increase sexual desire and

issues. Because of his expertise with eating

arousal.

disorders and relationship issues, Brad has been interviewed by satellite radio and has been

Seeing

quoted by Huffington Post. Brad is a board

Make eye contact. Looking at your partner adds

member of the National Association for Males

to the intensity of the experience. To gaze into

with Eating Disorders, a clinical fellow with the

the eyes of the one you want and see reflected

American Association for Marriage and Family

back their desire for you validates your own

Therapy and is the president of Austin Eating

sexuality. And smile. Think how good it feels to

Disorder Specialists.

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LOOKING

COOL & PROFESSIONAL in the summer heat WRITTEN BY L A U R E L K I N N E Y, P E R S O N A L S T Y L I S T

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ith the onset of warmer temperatures, a new

array of wardrobe challenges presents themselves, especially when dressing for work. While it would be nice to jet off to the shore and wear next to nothing all summer long, many of us still have to show up to the office and look sharp. But, what to wear when it’s too hot to layer and you’d rather be in the ocean than the conference room? This issue I’m sharing lightweight, fashion-forward options you can wear to work that will keep you feeling stylish all summer long.

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It’s Cool to be Pale If you’re not feeling quite so adventurous in the pants and skirt department, why not just select your comfort-zone work clothes in a paler color palette? The simple act of wearing clothes in shades that won’t absorb the hot sun will keep you physically cooler when you venture out and will put you in summer mode mentally, even if you’re indoors most of the day. A cream or khaki-hued pencil skirt will always look sharp with a pale blue top, or try white on cream for a more modern look. This season you can find a plethora of light-colored summery shift dresses that you can just throw on and wear all day without too much constriction. And, as I mentioned last issue, a white blazer can be the seasonal counterpoint to an otherwise darker outfit and will position you firmly (and professionally) in summertime. Keep one in your office to throw on as a more structured cardigan alternative!

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A Not-Quite-Full Skirt We’ve all seen full skirts make a comeback this year, and the feminine, curve-flattering shape is comfortable and roomy. For summer; however, the extra-full versions feel too structured. Go for a less voluminous version or a knife-pleated skirt in unstructured, breezy fabrics like silk or chiffon. You can belt the waist and tuck in a shirt in the opposite texture (think oxford cotton with silk or denim with chiffon) to create a modern, work-appropriate outfit. Just add some pumps or dressy sandals and you’re ready for the office. Trendy gals, look for a gingham or buffalo plaid printed versions in tea-length and wear with something bright tucked in on top.

Where to buy: Ann Taylor, Anthropologie

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Wide-Leg Trousers Lucky for our legs, this breezy, slightly relaxed (Ă la European vacation) silhouette is back. Wide legged pants are an excellent option for work because you still have the structure of a high waist, but without the constriction of slimmer-legged trousers or pencil skirts.

Select unlined, lightweight cottons, linens

(beware of wrinkles), or silks and make sure the waistband hits you at your natural waist. Wear with your blouse tucked in and with heels or a wedge to give yourself some extra height. Those of you in less conservative work environments can be a little more adventurous and try bolder printed or cropped culotte versions.

Where to buy: Anthropologie, Shopbop, Nordstrom

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LEND ME

YOUR EAR WRITTEN BY B R I T T A N Y K I R B Y & F O R R E S T M O N T A G N E

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t would seem like any successful Voice Over Artist has it made. They wake up in the morning, walk the short distance to their home studios and lay down track after track. No worries about hair, makeup or wardrobe - no cares about memorizing lines.


It seems so easy; all you have to do is talk, right? You’ve

Once you have a demo and a resume supporting your

been told you have that unique sound, so why not jump

talents, you will then want to contact an agent. An agent

in?

will help expand your clientele and your resume. One of the agent’s goals is to acquire higher paying gigs and seek

The reality is this: successful VO talents have spent years

more opportunities, both locally as well as in larger markets.

honing their skills, working on inflections, accents, and enunciations. They have spent considerable amounts of money building home studios, testing new microphones

Do you need a home studio?

and taking voice lessons. Many artists started out by

Many talent agencies hold auditions at their offices with a

accepting low- or no-paying gigs in order to develop demo

simple USB microphone and basic editing software. While

reels and boost their resumes. It takes a lot of work, a lot

the auditions are not professional quality, they are good

of practice and a lot of patience to make it as a VO artist.

enough for clients to form an idea of who has they sound they are looking for.

What steps should you take?

Once a talent books a job, the client can schedule a studio

Getting a talent agent will help eventually, but it is definitely

in their area and set up a time for them to record. Many

not the first step. An agent’s job is to market talent to

consistent artists explore building a home studio. A home

clients. Without experience, a reel, or training, the agent will

studio can cost between $3,000-$6,000: soundproofing,

have no way to market you effectively. Here are a few tips

soundboards, microphones and editing software are just

to get you started down the right path.

some of the requirements of a home studio. The cost is well worth it if booking multiple jobs per week. You can

Use the Internet

record, edit, have clients listen in and submit files at your leisure.

There are several websites that can help a potential artist. Voice123.com and Voicebank.com are two great resources. These sites offer step-by-step instructions to help develop a reel and offer auditions for paid work. Keep in mind these will not make you rich, but they can help establish you as a professional, working artist, and also start the process of forming a demo.

Trish McKinnley, a seasoned VO artist with Heyman Talent, has a home studio, but also purchased a portable microphone that she can take anywhere. The portable studio allows her to be on call and ready to record at a moment’s notice. Turning any quiet space into a personal studio gives her a major edge in this highly competitive market.

Take a class Being a successful VO artist is so much more than just having a great or distinctive voice. Taking classes or workshops can give you some insight on areas that you may have overlooked. A trained artist can offer techniques that help ensure you are producing your best sound.

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Once you’ve followed these steps and checked off the necessary requirements, voice over work can be an incredible career. Commercials, radio, narrations, eBooks and animation are just a few of the avenues to explore.


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the golden age OF

X GAMES W R I T T E N BY B A S N Y D E R | P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F

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ne of the most commonly identified downfalls in history came about with the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. It was following the reign of emperors that the civilization fell into a decline, occurring ultimately from ineptitude that transformed into a deterioration of power. Throughout history there have been many cultures that have experienced times of flourishing economic, social and political systems followed by a decline.

Philosophers, historians, writers and poets have chosen to describe this period of established prosperity as ‘The Golden Age,’ and literature defines elements to include stability in culture and national purpose, or even a designated ‘golden race’ of individuals, who embody thriving qualities. Although probably most associated with the rise and fall of civilizations like Rome or Greece, in the the 21st century this metaphor is used to analyze a current or past peak time in several fields.

to have ever competed in every single X Games, is a

“It’s a matter of progressing,” Burnquist says. “It’s not an easy thing to constantly bring new stuff and be consistent.”

competitor that could even be designated as part of a

With a popularity increase in previous years, there are certainly

current ‘Golden Race’ in such a prosperous time of the

some who believe they have started to witness the decline that

extreme sporting age. The epitome of what it takes to be

could follow such a thriving period in the brand of X Games.

the best and keep innovating, Burnquist didn’t hesitate to

There is no doubt the move of X Games to Austin in 2014

put on yet another successful show this year at X Games

was a huge success in regard to event attendance; seeing a

Austin 2015, competing with a fracture in his left forearm

74 percent increase from the previous year and the highest

and still dominating.

attendance recorded since 2004.

In the rising state of a large and well known competition like X Games, athletes such as professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist, hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, have no doubt provided opportunity for a rise in viewership, overall demographic, sponsorship and finances into the brand successfully. Burnquist, one of only three athletes

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ESPN might not have been successful initially looking at a worldwide expansion, but that doesn’t mean they can’t capitalize going forward with the large global advantage they possess in their up and coming athletes from varying countries. Continued sponsorships and the capitalization of diverse athletes increasing fan bases should present a muchneeded opportunity to captivate new fans and continue revitalization in the sport. Fearless and accomplished athletes like Tom Schaar & Curren Caples bring in established interest, as well as newcomers such as NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace. Unexpected athletes like Wallace create opportunities for expanding fan demographics and opening new eyes to the extreme sporting culture. Whether this is a current Golden Age or not will only be known to future generations, but with digital marketing platforms, strategic partnerships and the proper execution of targeted demographic campaigns, X Games should have no problem in renewing the growth of their brand.

Tom Schaar

However, this successful record did not translate to television, as ratings fell drastically. To make matters worse, the decline in ratings was accompanied by an unsuccessful campaign to expand worldwide. In the past two years, ESPN’s attempt to globalize in France, Brazil, Spain and Germany backfired, ultimately failing to make money. But, like most large brands, X Games continues to look toward forming partnerships with large sponsors who captivate a diverse following, a solution that can be key in creating upward momentum and progression. 2015’s Summer X Games partners included Toyota, GoPro, Monster Energy drink and others seeking branding opportunities with the X Games audience.

“We all know the power of social media, so putting #UnleashedATX in the power of our Monster Energy fans and all the fans attending X Games, seemed like an obvious choice. With 19 medals this year it’s clear we have a world class athlete roster, so with them joining in and adding their perspective through images and videos, the conversation took on a life of its own. Monster might have started it - but the fans and athletes owned it. " Ryan Hartsfield, Social Media Marketing Manager - Monster Energy IN FLUENTIAL 47


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WHAT'S

HOT

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COOL {this summer}

2 Summer is in full swing! And what’s better than staying cool while looking smoking hot? Explore summer favorites and fun finds from Maria Orozova, sun worshipper, travel junkie and president of The MOD Studio.

1. Reformation Clothing –––––––––––––– Not only are these pieces to die for, but the brand is taking an eco-friendly stand in the fashion industry by tracking their environmental impact and helping plant forests and investing in clean water solutions to offset their impact. This makes wearing my

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favorite, easy-to-wear Charlotte summer dress even more special!

2. Eminence Organic Skin Care –––––––––––––– My go-to summer beauty routine includes the Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream, a great overnight

reset

button

for

sun-soaked

skin.

Eminence’s ingredients are organic and chemical free (goodbye, Parabens, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol) and if it’s good enough for The Ritz Carlton spa, it’s good enough for me.

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3. Jamie Slye Designs –––––––––––––– Gone are the days of ordinary hats. Say hello to Jamie Slye Designs. Jamie creates one-of-a-kind, hand sewn vintage head pieces that I can’t get enough of (especially her leather line). Her head pieces give you a uniquely modern look with a vintage flair, and the best part is she is located right here in good ol’ Austin!

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4. Lorenza Rosé Wine –––––––––––––– This mother/daughter-created rosé is becoming a must-have in my wine refrigerator this summer! It’s a dry, crisp rosé that is perfect for summer days spent by the pool. It pairs well with virtually anything (especially my mango salsa swordfish tacos).

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5. Cuyana Laptop Sleeve –––––––––––––– My laptop has never looked (and felt) better before the Leather Laptop Sleeve. Cuyana makes timeless, beautiful apparel, bags and accessories that are made to last, and I fall deeper in love with this brand with every new arrival.

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6. Caprese Salad –––––––––––––– After spending two weeks in Italy last year, a caprese salad has consistently made a weekly appearance on my dining room table. Heirloom tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil straight from my garden… nothing is more delicious while keeping that waste line in check.

7. Great Little Place App –––––––––––––– Traveling is one of my biggest passions so an app that helps me discover a city’s hidden gems is a must have. Users submit little known places that have charm, character, and leave you with a story to tell the next day. Traveling is so much more fun when you can get off the beaten path and discover a quirky new place

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Eduardo de las Casas D E P E R U PA R A E L M U N D O P O R L E O N A R D O D ’ A L M A G R O F OTO G R A F Í A S P O R D A V I D B E N O L I E L

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duardo de las Casas es un diseñador de modas peruano que está cada día avanzando más y más en el mundo de la moda. El se graduó Summa Cum Laude del Art Institute de Fort Lauderdale (USA) en el 2015.

Ha recibido reconocimientostales como “Best Couture, Best Club Wear, Highest Achiever, Best Future Designer in his Class” “Tumi USA “y “Pride of Peru” todos provistos acá en los Estados Unidos. Su experiencia en el diseño y confección de prendas de vestir abarca todos los géneros incluyendo, diseños para hombre, mujeres, trajes de baños, niños, novias y ropa deportiva.

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Ha sido resaltado a nivel nacional e internacionalmente en prestigiosas revistas, Shows de modas y series de televisión. Su desarrollo ha sido de tal magnitud que ha sido uno delos diseñadores que tuvo la mayor receptividad en programas como “She’s Got The Look”, Russia’s Next Top Model, The Real Housewives of Miami, Mira Quien Baila y en “Nuestra Belleza Latina”. Una de las plataformas más importante del mundo de la moda como los es el concurso Miss Universo, los diseños de Eduardo se lucieron en muchas de las participantes y a su vez no falta destacar la celebridades que ha lucido las creaciones de este maravilloso y gran diseñador de modas. Sus diseños son femeninos, muy elegantes y sobre todo reflejan a una mujer muy segura de si misma y con personalidad.

Yo les llamo diseños inteligente, ya que

mantiene las proporciones perfectas para enaltecer la figura de la mujer apropiadamente y con mucha clase ello es un balance que no todos pueden lograr. Es un honor y un orgullo comenzar la primera edición de nuestra revista Influential Magazine en español destacando a Eduardo de las Casas como un ejemplo hispano que nos muestra la tenacidad, ética de trabajo y el desarrollo profesional que se ha de tener para triunfar en mercados internacionales.

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KEEPING it

COOL

What you need to know to stay cool in the summer heat

WRITTEN BY N I C O L E G L E N N & M I A D E D E A R

he long-awaited summer months have finally arrived!

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School is out, leaving you with days that are completely free for embarking on new adventures. Sure, the sidewalks

are sizzling and the sun is scorching, but don’t let the dog days keep you inside. Summer is perfect for trying out new sports or catching up with friends, so take this opportunity and get outdoors! Some days it might seem like the weather is way too warm for comfort, but, believe it or not, there are actually many clever ways to deal with the heat so that it doesn’t keep you from having fun in the sun. Try a new updo for your hair or experiment with new stylish summer accessories. Pulling out these latest summer fashions will help you beat the heat as you set out on a road trip with your friends, plan a picnic at a nearby park, or even take a day exploring the city. These are only a few of the many ways that you can take on the summer like a pro. Remember that it only lasts for a couple of months, so be ready to make the most of it!

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Updo and Outdo the Heat In the summer heat and humidity, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair. Besides, it’s easier to just call styling quits and pull your hair up into a high ponytail to relieve your neck from that sticky, sweaty, situation... right?? Wrong! There are plenty of trending updos that will fit any girl’s needs, that can take less than a few minutes to do, and fill the quota for cute.

Chic Chignon

Easy Braid Updo

Zendaya’s Top Knot

To start, create a low side part. Next,

Divide your hair into two even sections

Gather the hair into a tight

pull hair into a low side ponytail

on either side of your head. secure

ponytail just in front of the

(opposite your part), and secure

each section into a ponytail. Braid both

crown of the head and twist

with a clear elastic. Create a rope

ponytails into traditional three-strand

the hair around the base of the

braid by dividing the hair into two

braids. Grab your two braids and cross

ponytail while tucking the ends

sections, twist them both in the

one across the other, at the back of your

under the knot. Secure the top

same direction, and then cross the

head. Pull the two strands tight, creating

knot with bobby pins and spritz

two sections over each other in the

a knot with your hair. Tuck the remaining

with strong hold hairspray to

opposite direction. Pull the rope

hair from the right side over the knot, and

tame any flyaways.

braid up and around itself, securing

the hair from the left underneath. Both

with bobby pins.

strands should be integrated into the initial knot. Add pins to hold in place.

Rock that Crop If you are looking for a fresh way to keep cool in the heat, crop tops are the way to go. These short-cropped shirts allow for you to show off that summer tan while also making a bold fashion statement. Better yet, there is a surprising array of styles to choose from. Wear a floral crop top with a pair of denim shorts for a casual aesthetic, or a lacy top with a matching skirt for a more formal look. These are extremely versatile, as you are able to change your entire look just by switching out the accessories you choose to wear it with. No matter what your style is, you are sure to find a IN FLUENTIAL 55


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crop top combo that suits your sense of fashion!

Styling the Shade “Sunglasses make me feel cool. They also make me feel cool. (Stylish and refreshingly chilly).” – Jarod Kintz Your eyes are the gate way to your world. You can’t see without them, so it is important to protect them. A classic pair of shades is all it takes to shield your eyes from the dangerous UV rays from the sun. Just like sunscreen, sunglasses should

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be worn any time you’re outdoors! And News Flash! Sunglasses are always trending. Wearing a pair instantly makes you feel like a celebrity. So go out and grab a new pair for your next outing downtown!

Protect your Skin Use these products that will keep you protected and looking flawless outdoors. First, select a sunscreen-containing moisturizer.

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Look for a product labeled “broad-spectrum” that has an SPF rating that is 15 or higher. Then choose a foundation, look for one with an SPF rating

use an opaque color to protect your lips. www.skincancer.

above an 8. Finally, if you don’t regularly wear

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lipstick, get in the habit of using a colorless lip

Cool things to do this summer with your friends

balm with an SPF of 15 or higher, otherwise, avoid super glossy, low pigmented lipsticks and rather

Hit the Beach Have a new swim suit you can’t wait to try out? Hit the beach with your friends for a full, fun day! Go kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding Life's a river kid...ya gotta go where it takes you. -- Doug Rich Get to the Rink Although Ice skating is considered a “winter sport”, there are indoor ice arenas all over the world that make it a great option www.ulta.com

to get out of the heat and try some new moves! There are also roller rinks that are fun if being on the ice isn’t your thing.

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C R E AT I N G YO U R O W N

TOAST EXPERIENCE W R I T T E N BY A N D P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E SY O F S T A C E Y H A R R E L L

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very spring, St. David’s Foundation raises

Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright and Remembering Ben

money for the Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund

Clayton by Steve Harrigan.

through a series of parties known as Toast of the Town. These exclusive parties, most for 20

guests or less, offer attendees one-of-kind experiences that cannot be replicated--until now. I’ve taken the party list and broken down a few, giving you the chance to re-create Toast on your own this summer.

Catching a Coach on Film The winningest coach in NCAA baseball history, University of Texas Longhorn baseball Coach Augie Garrido, and Oscarnominated filmmaker Richard Linklater joined guests for dinner, catered by Austin Catering, and discussed of their documentary Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach. Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach is available to rent or

From Page to Screen

buy on Amazon Prime. Make the evening authentic by serving

Guests enjoyed dinner at Fall Creek Vineyards in Driftwood,

Austin Catering’s Spinach Ricotta Tart, a simple and delicious

a choice selection of Fall Creek wines and conversation with

dish requested often by Toast hosts and guests alike.

three renowned authors and screenwriters. Joining guests were Bill Wittliff, who scripted the acclaimed mini-series

Ingredients

Lonesome Dove, award-winning novelist Steve Harrigan and

3 lbs baby spinach, wilted & squeezed dry, roughly chopped

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.

3 lb whole milk ricotta 3 cups Italian cheese blend

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Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood offers daily tours and a

3 cups grated mozzarella

tasting room in a tranquil Hill Country setting. Pair your glass of

12 egg yolks

wine with delicious small plates created by Chef David Garrido.

Salt & pepper

Bring home a bottle of wine and artisanal foods from the gift

Touch of nutmeg

shop to enjoy later with a good book. Suggested reading: The

Directions

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• Handmix all ingredients and separate into pie tins lined with homemade pie crust. • Brush pastry with egg wash: 1 yolk, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp water. • Bake 40 minutes at 350º Fahrenheit. Makes 3-4 pies

Photo Credit: Toast guests exit the player’s tunnel out onto the field.

Photo Credit: Anita Maxwell, Chef Bull, Earl Maxwell (CEO of St. David’s Foundation)

Photo Credit: Toast guests on the field.

Consummate Cuisine from Chef Bull Nominated for the “Best New Chef Southwest” award by the

Longhorn Game Day Experience with Coach Charlie Strong

prestigious James Beard Foundation, Chef David Bull has been a mainstay on the Toast circuit for several years now.

No doubt about it, this Toast party was the most sought

Whether he is preparing food in a private home or at the

after ticket this past spring. Guests enjoyed a private tour of

opulent Congress restaurant, Toast guests are always in for a

the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium and then joined

special treat.

Longhorns Football Head Coach Strong for dinner. This was followed by a conversation with Coach Strong, lead by

At Bar Congress you can dine like a Toast guest every Tuesday

Longhorn Network personalities.

-Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy small plates, snacks and carefully selected entrees. The menu changes weekly, but

While Coach Strong probably won’t be available to join you

always combines the well thought out flavors one would

for dinner, you can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the DKR

expect from one of America’s best chefs.

Stadium for only $10 per person. Visit TexasSports.com to get tour dates & times.

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