When deciding which dishes to serve this year at festive season gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways.
For example, while pecan pie is top of mind for many dessert-makers, it’s also a perfect time to make new dishes with an ingredient like pecans, also known as The Original Supernut. Naturally sweet and nutritious, the pecan lends itself to nearly endless festive season menu inspiration.
It hasn’t been an easy year for the pecan industry, but you can support American pecan growers and #PledgePecans – that’s a promise to add one more pecan-friendly recipe beyond the pie to your table this holiday.
To pledge, visit Americanpecan.com/PledgePecans and click on seasonal recipes or watch the Pecan-A-Thon, an entertainment variety show spotlighting the growers behind the Supernut and showcasing ways pecans can be enjoyed this festive season.
Pecan-Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sauce
Horseradish Cream Sauce (optional):
- 1 cup low-fat sour cream
- 1/4 cup horseradish, grated
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 lemon, juice and zest only
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely sliced
- kosher salt, to taste
- fresh black pepper, to taste
- 1 boneless prime rib roast (8-10 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1/4 teaspoon, kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons fresh black pepper, plus additional for pecan topping
- 1 cup raw pecan pieces
- 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 garlic cloves, divided
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
- To make Horseradish Cream Sauce: In small bowl, combine sour cream, horseradish, mustard, lemon juice and zest, and fresh chives; add salt and pepper, to taste. Sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead of time and refrigerated.
- Season prime rib with 1 tablespoon salt and pepper; let sit at room temperature 1 hour.
- To make pecan topping: Heat oven to 325° F. In food processor, process pecans, rosemary, thyme, breadcrumbs, butter, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon mustard, remaining salt and pepper until combined. Set aside.
- Cut small slits in fatty side of prime rib; stuff with remaining garlic. Rub remaining mustard over top of prime rib and apply pecan topping, making sure to press firm.
- Transfer prime rib to roasting pan. Place rib roast in lower-third of oven, insert digital probe thermometer in middle and loosely cover top of prime rib with foil so pecans don’t burn. Cook 1 1/2 hours, remove foil and continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 120° F.
- Allow prime rib to rest covered 30 minutes so juices can redistribute. Serve with Horseradish Cream Sauce, if desired.
Pecan Apple Stuffing
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 pound mild Italian sausage
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or pecan oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 12 ounces herb-seasoned cubed stuffing
- 2 cups tart apples, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
- 1 cup chicken broth, plus additional (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat oven to 350° F. Grease large casserole dish or 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In large skillet, brown sausage, breaking into crumbles. Drain on paper towels. Discard excess grease.
- In same pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Saute onions, celery and garlic 2-3 minutes, or until starting to soften and fragrant.
- In large bowl, mix sausage, onion mixture, stuffing cubes, apples and pecans.
- Add broth and stir to combine. If stuffing mixture remains dry, add additional broth as desired. Season with salt and pepper; stir to combine.
- Transfer stuffing to prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes. (Family Features)
American Pecan Council
Written by Scotty Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine
Photography by Joan Marcus.
Lexus Broadway In Austin’s presentation of Love Never Dies is the heart wrenching sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of The Opera. While The Phantom has found a new life for himself and his music amongst the freak shows and fantasma of Coney Island, his entrenched love for his former protégé Christine Daaé drives him to yet further maddening lengths.
Ten years after their impassioned soirée and The Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, Christine has established herself as one of the world’s finest sopranos and has built for herself a new life with her husband Raoul and their young son Gustave.
Unbeknownst to most, The Phantom’s awareness of their strained marriage due to Raoul’s drinking and gambling, gives hatch to The Phantom’s desperate ploy to bring Christine to him in America by posing as Oscar Hammerstein and luring them with the promise of great financial rewards and the opportunity to sing at the opening of Hammerstein’s new theater in New York.
Upon their arrival to New York, it takes precious little time for Christine and Raoul to realize The Phantom’s sinister guise. All the while, their dire financial needs, their wavering marriage and their fragile young son all lie in the balance, much to the opportunistic pleasure of The Phantom.
Lending to the extreme drama and wholly traumatic unfolding of lives joined unexpectedly together and most certain to be torn asunder, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s profound orchestration and lyrics are astonishingly lifted to intense heights of joviality amongst the circustry of The Big Top of Coney Island in all its grandeur of scenery and costuming and it’s array of misfits that stir our hearts and minds as to the sheer strength and the most certain fragility of love.
We hope you arrange your schedule to experience Love Never Dies. Details are as follows:
Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
Love Never Dies
November 27 – December 2, 2018
Tuesday – Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 & 8 pm; Sunday at 1 & 7 pm
Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712
Start at $30. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.email@example.com.
It’s that time of year again… with fall in the air and the festive season on the horizon, it’s time to prepare for the upcoming festivities!
We’ve put together some of our favorite festive season entertaining must-haves.
Spiced Ghee Sampler Pack from Pure Indian Foods
Ghee is a cornerstone of Indian cooking that makes every dish truly authentic tasting. Indian ghee is a rich clarified butter that is often used as a substitute for vegetable oil. One of the many benefits of using ghee to cook with, beyond its amazing flavor, is that it can remain stable at higher temperatures. The organic, grassfed ghee sampler pack contains one 1.1 oz jar of each of the following 6 unique flavors that can be used in a variety of dishes this holiday season: Digestive Ghee, Garlic Ghee, Herbes de Provence Ghee, Indian Dessert Ghee, Italian Ghee and Niter Kebbeh. The package includes everything you need to get cooking right away: a detailed description of each spiced ghee, benefits of the herbs and spices used, and recipes. Both 1.1 oz jars and 7.8 oz jars are available online at www.pureindianfoods.com.
BAO Cultured Sauces
Add a healthy, flavorful twist to your holiay table! BAO Cultured Sauces add an extra flavor boost to your sauce, salad dressing, marinade and more. Packing a powerful dose of flavor and nutrition, the BAO Cultured Sauces 6 Pack includes Bao-B-Que, Sour K’Chup, Original Hot Sauce, Chipotle Hot Sauce, Mango Hot Sauce, and Jalapeno Hot Sauce. Fermented foods are usually rich in umami, the deep earthy flavor that makes you want to eat more. BAO is a blend of briny, tart, spicy, and umami…and a little goes a long way. 1-2 tablespoons is usually enough! Each bottle or jar of BAO is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria. All BAO products are gluten-free, certified organic, vegan and fermented. https://baofoodanddrink.com/products/mixed-sauces
BAO Cultured Vegetables
Fermented food, such as BAO Cultured Vegetables, is full of flavor and is a great addition to salads, pasta, and holiday spreads! BAO Raw Slaw is available in 7 flavors, including Red Beets, Pickles, Giardiniera, Green Slaw, Spicy Slaw, Tangy Slaw, and Sour Pickle Relish. Whether served on top of your favorite salad, or as a healthy side, BAO Cultured Vegetables add tangy depth and flavor! Each jar of BAO is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria. All BAO products are gluten-free, certified organic, vegan and fermented. https://baofoodanddrink.com/products/bao-raw-slaw
TrayCups® Party Plates
Party problem, solved! Tired of having one hand holding a plate of nibbles and the other hand carrying your beverage, but no way to enjoy either? With TrayCups Party Plates, one hand is all you need to hold and pair your favorite foods and beverages. The options are endless! These integrated tray + cup plates are perfect for any social gathering this holiday season. The Disposable Clear TrayCups serve as a stand-alone party plate, and are made from eco-friendly recycled food grade plastic, and can be recycled after use. Team Colors TrayCups® are also available. TrayCups® are 100% made in the USA with pride. https://traycups.com/
“I attend several soirees a month and am always struggling with how to socialize and enjoy food & beverage at the same time. The TrayCups Party Plates is the answer. They allow me to keep one hand free which is awesome in a social setting. They also decrease the risk of spills and messes.” ~ William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.
All-Purpose Cleaner from GAIA Natural Cleaners
Be party ready – naturally! GAIA offers an all-purpose cleaner that packs enough punch to clean any room, while leaving them smelling fresh and wonderful! Most importantly, this all-purpose cleaner is safe to use in a household teeming with children, pets, and yes, holiday guests! Made with only natural, environmentally responsible ingredients, and pure essential oils. Use anywhere in the house – just spray and wipe. Four scents are available, including Lavender & Lime, Lemongrass, Grapefruit & Tea Tree, & Mint (Spearmint & Peppermint). https://www.gaianaturalcleaners.com/store/p1/All-Purpose_Cleaner.html
If the very notion of holiday hosting has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, get organized with these simple ideas that can help you serve up a successful holiday celebration.
Entertainment: Ensure guests enjoy a good time by offering entertainment that is suitable for their personality types. If your guests are more drawn to energetic activities, choose light-hearted, competitive games like charades. For guests who are more laid back, organize classic board games. There are many popular games available in special holiday editions for extra-festive fun. You can also simply play holiday movies and music in the background for crowds that would rather just mingle.
Beverages: Stock up on refreshments all ages can enjoy. Keep a kid-friendly favorite like lemonade on hand, and tea is a traditionally well-received option for the grownups. Put a special holiday touch on your drink menu with a recipe like this Holiday Hot Tea featuring Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea, which has been fresh brewed from custom-blended tea leaves with no added acids or preservatives for generations.
Favors: Send guests home with a sweet memory of the event, such as an ornament that connects to the party’s theme or a bag of seasonal treats like homemade cookies or candy to nibble on during the trip back home.
Simple Snacks: Building your menu around simple snacks and finger foods guests can nibble on while they mingle is perfectly acceptable for almost any type of holiday gathering. Include options that can satisfy all the taste buds. You can even combine sweet and sour with a seasonal crowd-pleaser like this Lemonade Cranberry Orange Bread, which draws its flavor from a secret ingredient: Milo’s All Natural Lemonade.
Find more holiday hosting ideas and recipes at drinkmilos.com .
Lemonade Cranberry Orange Bread
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- 3/4 cup Milo’s All Natural Lemonade
- 1 orange, zest only
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- In large bowl, mash cranberry sauce into small pieces. Add lemonade, orange zest, vegetable oil and egg; mix until blended.
- In separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Combine wet and dry ingredients; mix until batter is formed.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake 1 hour. Let cool 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
Holiday Hot Tea
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
- 12 cups Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea
- 2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen limeade juice concentrate
- 1 orange, thinly sliced, plus additional for garnish (optional)
- 12 whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cup ginger ale
- raw sugar, for garnish (optional)
- In large slow-cooker, combine sweet tea, limeade concentrate, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, cranberries and ginger ale; stir.
- Heat on high 30 minutes then reduce heat to low for 2 hours, or heat on low 2 hours then reduce setting to warm overnight.
- Invert moistened glass rims in sugar then fit orange slice over rim, if desired.
Note: For easier serving, place cloves in tea ball or double layer of coffee filters sealed with kitchen twine. (Family Features)
Folio:, the publishing industry’s go-to source for news, business intelligence and peer-to-peer networking, is pleased to unveil its 2018 Folio: 100 Honorees. Each year, an elite group of media professionals are selected to represent the best and brightest minds in magazine and digital media today.
The 2018 class of honorees includes: Hearst Magazine’s Troy Young, National Geographic’s Susan Goldberg, Trusted Media Brand’s Kari Hodes, Adweek’s Jeffrey Litvack, Meredith’s Tom Harty, New York Times Magazine’s Gail Bilcher, and more.
“The Folio: 100 is a veritable who’s who in magazine media,” says Folio: Content Director, Caysey Welton. “These are the folks who are changing the face of our industry, across every sector and every discipline. Their leadership, creativity, vision and entrepreneurial spirit is truly inspiring.”
For more information, visit www.FolioMag.com.
Honorees will be recognized at a Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Yale Club in New York City from 12:00 – 2:30pm. To register for the luncheon, click here.
For questions about attending the Folio: 100 Celebration Luncheon, contact Folio: Marketing Manager Jessica Dombrowski at jdombrowski(at)accessintel(dot)com. To become an event sponsor, or secure a congratulatory ad in the program guide, contact Folio: Senior Account Executive Tania Babiuk at tbabiuk(at)accessintel(dot)com.
Congratulations to our very our Founder & Chief Business Officer, William Jackson, for being recognized as a 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree!
Folio: is the information resource publishing executives turn to for news analysis, commentary, and thought leadership in driving business strategy, value creation and revenue growth. Folio: delivers this insight across several newsletters, social media communities, special reports and live events. For more information, visit www.Foliomag.com.
Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, taking place Nov 3-4 in Austin, celebrates the award-winning magazine’s latest list of “Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas” with a weekend full of exciting events and tasty meats. Saturday, Nov. 3 will kick off with “Cue Course,” a BBQ education course at Stiles Switch hosted by Texas Monthly BBQ editor, Daniel Vaughn; and the first ever Franklin and Friends’ event hosted by Aaron Franklin himself.
The main festival, which features a lineup of 30 of Texas Monthly’s top BBQ joints in Texas, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. While the Saturday events are sold out, GA and a very limited number of VIP tickets for Sunday’s event are still available.
Historic Austin Hotel Launches Private Lounge Featuring a Whiskey-Focused Beverage Program, Tableside Cocktails, a Private Terrace, and More
The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, an iconic 190-room property in the heart of downtown Austin, is pleased to announce the launch of The Whisper Room, a new private whiskey lounge within Stephen F.’s Bar & Restaurant, opening Friday, October 26, 2018. The Whisper Room offers a fresh and modern interpretation of the classic speakeasy featuring a curated menu of bespoke cocktails made-to-order tableside on a 1930′s Aldo Tura bar cart, as well as an assortment of bite-sized canapes derived from the hotel’s 1929 restaurant menu.
Inspired by the historic hotel, which first opened its doors at the height of the Prohibition Era on May 19, 1924, the new intimate lounge is hidden behind a dramatic velvet curtain and is outfitted with a vintage crystal sconce, ornate glassware and limoges serving dishes. The Whisper Room can accommodate up to ten guests and features a private terrace overlooking Congress Avenue.
“At the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, we pride ourselves on providing exclusive and personalized experiences that offer respite for both business and leisure visitors alike,” said Steve Juscen, General Manager of InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel. “We are thrilled to announce the opening of The Whisper Room and look forward to providing a one-of-a-kind experience to our guests that will take them back in time,” he continued.
Tucked away in a private corner of Stephen F.’s Bar on the second floor of the hotel, The Whisper Room’s beverage menu features an extensive list of whiskeys from Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ireland, Canada, and more. Signature cocktails developed in partnership with seasoned local mixologist Justin Elliot will also be offered, including unique takes on the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Sazerac, and more. Executive Chef Brian Gibson also developed an exclusive menu of bar snacks for guests in The Whisper Room, such as Roasted Garlic Charred Olives, Guajillo Hominy Crisps, Shrimp and Chorizo Arancini, Deviled Eggs and Bacon Wrapped Figs. Guests can also browse a selection of curated cigars from Bobalu Cigar Co.
The Whisper Room is a reservation-only lounge, open Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. For more information about The Whisper Room and to make reservations, please contact the hotel directly at 512-721-4230.
About the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
Originally built in 1924 as the city’s first high-rise hotel on Congress Avenue, the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel’s rich history and luxurious accommodations offer a truly unique hotel experience in the heart of downtown Austin. With a welcoming lobby featuring a grand marble double staircase and plush seating, the property’s renovated rooms and suites offer elegant comfort in a setting perfectly situated for those traveling for business or pleasure. Guests can stay active at the hotel’s extensive Health Club, which features state-of-the-art Cybex & Precor equipment, a saltwater lap pool, and a jacuzzi. The on-site restaurant and bar, Stephen F.’s Bar & Terrace, offers handmade cocktails and a menu of truly Texas snacks and tasty entrees with a breathtaking view of the State Capitol. InterContinental Club members can enjoy deluxe breakfast buffets, daily champagne tea hours, evening cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres, and dedicated concierge services. http://www.austin.intercontinental.com/
Fast-Rising International star teams up with Indian designer for a unique global collaboration
Madison Daniel, a fast-rising singer-songwriter and actress from Australia represented by Ina Petersen’s, Inner Voice Artists, in the U.S, has just announced a long-term partnership with Aranyani, a leading luxury brand for men and women’s handbags. With a mission to connect humankind with nature through stories and works of art across the globe, the Aranyani team plans to expand on an international scale by partnering with Madison Daniel to reach her widespread audience, as the young star continues to make her mark in the music and film industries.
Madison Daniel started acting at an early age, and shortly after developed a creative interest in music, taking up not only singing but also the piano and guitar, as well as a passion for fashion. After meeting at New York Fashion Week this September, Haresh Mirpuri, CEO and Founder of Aranyani, instantly connected with Madison Daniel in realizing they shared a similar goal, which is not only to share a peaceful message with the world, but also exposing its hidden beauty through different forms of art.
Through the new partnership, Madison Daniel reflects the brand’s continued focus on celebrating and appreciating the environment as well as encouraging a conscious fashion trend. Drawing inspiration from their communities, Madison Daniel and Aranyani will collaborate on a handbag design that will also feature note sheets from Madison Daniel’s original music, as the young artist promotes the custom-made design on social media to her audience and fans.
As Aranyani and Madison Daniel continue to rapidly expand their worldwide fan base, the new partnership will help them engage with new audiences from around the world.
“I’m honored to be working with such talented, creative and enthusiastic designers for this fashion and accessories collection,” said Madison Daniel. “Each design captures the elements of nature through unique symbolism and textures, and I’m excited to share these creative visions with my supportive fans and incorporating them into my art, as I continue to grow and evolve as an artist.”
“Three years ago, I came upon this anonymous wise saying, ‘We do not inherit our Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.’ It’s a simple and yet the most insightful statement that made me look at our world from a different perspective,” said Haresh Mirpuri. This perspective led to the creation of our very own brand Aranyani. Aranyani’s vision is to connect humankind to nature through stories and works of art. With this connection we believe we contribute to Earth’s well-being in our own way. It is a blessing to connect with artists with creative souls like Madison, and who we can collaborate with to share our message through art with the world.”
The deal was brokered by Ina Petersen (Inner Voice Artists) on behalf of Madison Daniel, and Yenifer Lam on behalf of Aranyani.
About Madison Daniel:
Madison Daniel is a fast-rising 21-year-old singer-songwriter and actress whose roots in the seaside town of Mount Martha, Melbourne, Australia, lend her a unique sound that encompasses all genres, from pop to indie and even rock and hip hop. In July 2018, Madison’s Australian commercial hit record, ‘LOVE IS LOVE’, officially made its U.S. debut by way of Spotify and iTunes, and the music video was released shortly thereafter. The song delves into why we as human beings need to rid ourselves and our world of judgement and bias, and allow our fellow human beings to love as they wish. The song was inspired by and celebrates the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia, an issue near and dear to Madison’s heart, but its message is worldwide and certainly relevant to the U.S. political climate. Her latest single, ‘DROPKICK’, was released during New York Fashion Week to strong critical acclaim and praise from the music industry. Madison Daniel is currently busy working on new music to be released in early, 2019.
ARANYANI has been founded using the skills and experience of people who have spent decades in the fashion Industry. The founder, Haresh Mirpuri, comes with 25 years in the fashion and manufacturing industry.
ARANYANI means goddess of the forest, as such the brand brings a unique forest-inspired experience to the discerning world class consumer, each product is inspired by nature, and tells its story. We hope our customers become ambassadors of nature and convey the message with others. As we empower humans that relate to our mission, let us connect and protect nature. ARANYANI is not just sharing a story but it’s highlighting a common thread that impacts humanity.
Each product is hand painted by Indian artisans, the brand goes beyond luxury and art, it empowers people to further their skills and therefore supports their economic development. We take pride in each product, it is carefully crafted with preserved Italian craftsmanship made in India.
On July 12, 2018, the brand was invited to be an exhibitor at the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan and supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the campaign unites impact driven fashion brands addressing the most pressing issues facing our world today. The initiative celebrates the innovators actively engaged in conscious fashion as instrumental champions for worldwide good toward our sustainable future. As we continue our journey we are thrill to partner with Madison a young artist seeking to share a message of love with the world.
Photography courtesy of Kirk Tuck.
Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will have you falling in love from the very first note.
Speaking to Austin’s live music roots, ZACH’s Topfer lobby transforms into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. Once will play The Topfer at ZACH Theatre, September 19 – October 28, 2018, under the direction of ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley with Musical Direction by Allen Robertson, Scenic Design by Donald Eastman, and Choreography by Cassie Abate.
Once at ZACH Theatre
When: September 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH | 202 S. Lamar Boulevard | Austin, TX 78704
Tickets: Start at $25 available at the ZACH box office - (512) 476-0541, x1
Age Recommendation: 10 and up for language
According to William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “Once is a perfect blend of theatre and music, warmly wrapped around a touching yet complicated love story. The emotional intensity of the unfolding story, a story perhaps experienced by many, is portrayed beautifully by the actors/musicians and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and soul. For anyone who has a heart, Once is a must-see!”