Featuring Supermodel Camerone Parker McCulloch in Our 8th Anniversary Edition of InFluential Magazine

Former FORD supermodel and actress, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and radio host, Camerone Parker, has emerged as the leading powerful celebrity voice in patient advocacy for multiple sclerosis (MS) and treatment. Today, she delights audiences nationwide as a highly in-demand speaker, sharing her unbelievable story of being diagnosed with MS and hiding the disease in a highly competitive world of international fashion so she could earn money to pay for treatment.

Having been featured throughout her storied modeling career in over 350 magazines around the world, the former face of Olay has walked the runways for designers like Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, and Bagley Mischka, to name a few. She’s been seen on billboards around the country for brands like Ralph Lauren POLO and has made appearances on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, The View, and more. But while she’s lived a very public life, she’s guarded quite the secret.

Parker’s story is one of trepidation, strength, and determination.  She’s lives her life in a manner best for her; with no apologies.  I’m thrilled to share our candid and honest conversation. Hopefully, you’ll come away as awe inspired as I was after learning her fascinating story.

We proudly invite you into our 8th Anniversary Edition to learn more about Camerone in an interview written and conducted by our Founder & Publisher William Jackson.

Photo credits are as follows:

PHOTO: Robert Kazandjian

MAKEUP/HAIR DESIGN: Wesley O’Neil

BALL SKIRT: Check Please! Silk Dupioni by Peach Carr | Peach Carr Designs

TOP: Black Silk Turtleneck by Cop Copine

FEATHER BELT: Emil Gampe | EMIL Couture

Pitchfork Pretty Launches Robust Rum Program in Celebration of National Rum Month

Rum Month selection includes over 40 different rums from more than 20 different countries 

Photography courtesy of Laura Hajar + Courtesy of Resplendent.

Photography courtesy of Laura Hajar + Courtesy of Resplendent.

Pitchfork Pretty, the award-winning East Austin restaurant known for garden-fresh produce and contemporary Hill Country cuisine, announced today Rum Month, a four week celebration of rum in honor of National Rum Month in August and National Rum Day on August 16. Beginning August 1, the restaurant will feature 12 rum-based cocktails and showcase over 40 different rums sourced from more than 20 countries.

As part of Rum Month, Pitchfork Pretty will feature two distinct rum flights -one spotlighting rums of various ages, and another featuring unique rum expressions that don’t adhere to specific rum styles (light, gold, aged, dark, overproof, cachaça, etc.) The two flights are dubbed the “Aged Rum Flight” and the “Misfit Rum Flight” respectively. Both flights are composed of four 1-ounce pours for $25.

The Clouseau (Cana Brava 3yr, Vanilla, Raspberry, Coconut).  Photography courtesy of Alexander Dubey.

The Clouseau (Cana Brava 3yr, Vanilla, Raspberry, Coconut). Photography courtesy of Alexander Dubey.

The restaurant will kick off Rum Month with six specialty rum cocktails available for the first two weeks of the month and rotate to six new rum-based cocktails the last half of the month. The first six cocktails include:

  • Clear Eyes, Full Heart - Havana Club Blanco, Ford’s Gin, Creole Shrub, Grapefruit

  • Pineapple Express - Plantation Pineapple, Lime, Coconut, Allspice

  • The ClouseauCana Brava 3yr, Vanilla, Raspberry, Coconut

  • Corn & MolassesZaya Reserva, Velvet Falernum, Angostura

  • Steal My Sunshine - Batavia Arrack, Chairman’s Spiced, Lemon, Cinnamon, Ginger

  • Flower Power - Brugal 1888, Cava, Chamomile 

“There are so many different ways to showcase rum, which is why we’re dedicating a full month to it,” said Thomas De La Garza, Beverage Director at Pitchfork Pretty. “Most people are familiar with rum in tiki cocktails, but we want to demonstrate how multifaceted rum is. The variety of styles we’ve selected for this program will provide something for every palate. We’re excited to feature a wide range of rums that illustrate how versatile the unique spirit can be.”

Rum Month follows Pitchfork Pretty’s recent announcement of its expanded Banchan & Barbecue service and the end of its Sunday Brunch service.

Pitchfork Pretty opened in June 2017 and quickly became an Austin mainstay, topping best new restaurant lists on the likes of Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monthly among others. StarChefs named Max Snyder a Rising Star, and Condé Nast Traveler called Pitchfork Pretty an “eclectic…departure from the expected.”

For more information, please visit Pitchfork Pretty’s website, pitchforkpretty.com, or follow the restaurant on Facebook (/pitchforkpretty) and Instagram (@pitchforkpretty).

Your Invite to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Ice Ball 2019

ICE BALL 2019
Saturday, August 24th
6 PM – Midnight
Fairmont Austin Hotel
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for Austin’s brightest gem, the Ice Ball gala. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, dancing and more! Tickets to Ice Ball include admission to The BIG After, Ice Ball’s official after-party.

Free Drinks for Dad! – Celebrate Father’s Day at Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and this year, the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel is offering the perfect way to celebrate right here in Austin, TX. Stephen F. Austin’s Terrace Bar will be offering a complimentary Stephen F. Old Fashioned or a Texas Draught Beer with the purchase of any entree or sandwich for dads all day!

Located in the heart of Downtown Austin, Stephen F.’s Bar and Terrace has one of the best patios in town, complete with refreshing cocktails, bites and the most incredible view of Congress Avenue, the State Capitol, and the historic Paramount Theatre. It’s the perfect setting for the Dad that loves the city of Austin.

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Stephen F.’s Bar and Terrace offers a delicious menu of truly Texas snacks the whole family can enjoy, including a Black Angus Texas Burger, Brisket Quesadillas, Steak Frites and much more. The extensive bar menu features timeless cocktails, local Texas draught beers and bottomless champagne cocktails and bloody mary’s for only $18.00 a person, for everyone to celebrate.

Historic Austin Staple Scholz Garten Revamps Space and Launches New Menu

New Operating Partner Daniel Northcutt Takes the Reigns of America’s Oldest Operating Biergarten Established in 1866

Scholz Garten, America’s oldest operating Biergarten establishment and one of Austin’s most iconic restaurants, has gained a new operations team helmed by Texas native Daniel Northcutt who has revamped the spacious restaurant and launched a brand new menu.

Northcutt started down the hospitality path when he was 13-years-old, and he has since become well-versed in all positions and aspects of the industry, including serving as food and beverage director for national music and food festivals like The Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons and The Whiskey and Eggs Tour for Knob Creek Whiskey. Northcutt is thrilled to continue Scholz’s legacy with his own take that reflects Austin’s unique culture and his passion for food and music. He is joined at Scholz Garten by industry veterans and specialists  General Manager Kristina Recla, Event Director Rene Stokes, and Chefs Raphael Ramirez and Mike Church.

“As an operating team, we are charged with maintaining and growing one of the absolute oldest brands in Texas via daily business, community events, and the historical education of the attendees thereof. This is not about us. This is about Scholz Garten, an iconic Texas story that we are blessed to be a small part of,” says Northcutt.

The newly launched all-day menu features a modern-day twist on traditional German dishes, with appetizers such as the Giant Bavarian Pretzel served with bier cheese and Dusseldorf mustard (serves 2 – 4 people, seriously); German Wurst Board, featuring a trio of German wurst paired with sauerkraut, Austin Eastciders-braised red cabbage, Dusseldorf mustard, Creole mustard, Dijon mustard, and Bavarian pretzel rolls; crunchy fried Sauerkraut and Mashed Potato Balls served with sour cream and mustard sauce; and the Kartoffelpuffer, potato pancakes with choice of applesauce or jäger mushroom gravy. Other favorites include the Schweinewurst, custom-smoked pork, bacon, and jalapeño wurst on a buttered & toasted bun, smothered in Haus mac n’ cheese and Biergarten BBQ sauce; along with traditional and specialty German schnitzels and Königsberger Kochklopse, featuring veal meatballs in creamy caper sauce over Haus-made spätzle.

Now with a full bar, Scholz offers imported German beers, local draft beers, and specialty cocktails, such as the Red-Headed Stranger, made with bacon-infused Tito’s, Haus Bloody Mary mix & signature seasoned salt, bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeño stuffed olive, and a pepperoncini garnish, in addition to German liqueurs and many of your favorite whiskeys, mezcals, and other spirits.

In addition to the new menu, Scholz now offers a complete on-site and off-site event and catering program led by Rene Stokes. The program features the Austin institution’s nod to the German influence on Central Texas BBQ via post-oak-smoked brisket, sausage, and turkey proteins accompanied by all the classic sides. Being a melting pot of culinary influences, Scholz also offers traditional German fare options and Tex-Mex menus.

Since 1866, Scholz Garten has grown with the Austin community, making it the oldest restaurant, bar, and live music venue in the state of Texas. From hosting a celebration of the University of Texas football team’s first undefeated season in 1893 to being honored by the 1966 Texas legislature with House Resolution #68 recognizing Scholz Garten as “a gathering place for Texas of discernment, taste, culture, erudition, epitomizing the finest tradition of magnificent German heritage in our State.” Throughout the years, Scholz has become a place for UT fans, local musicians, music lovers, and families to feast and rejoice.

Scholz Garten is located at 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701 and it is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 8 p.m. Please note that times may change due to events at the Biergarten. For more information, visit www.scholzgarten.com or follow Scholz on Facebook and Instagram. For event booking inquiries, email events@scholzgarten.com.

Garden Party Tickets on Sale Now! 

Join the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum for the 21st annual event on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

The UMLAUF will host its beloved Garden Party with a brand new twist. Amidst the fine wine and decadent bites that we know and love, the UMLAUF has invited performers from all over our city to orchestrate performances throughout the Garden.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

6-7 PM    VIP Hour

with special performance by Mela Sarajane Dailey and friends

7-9:30 PM    General Admission 

Tickets

Members receive additional 15% off tickets with discount code. Check your email for access to the discount code!

General Admission    $175

Includes bites from local restaurants and fine wine from 7-9:30pm, 

and performances from local performing arts groups throughout the evening.

VIP   $275

Includes all general admission benefits plus valet parking,

early access to the event at 6pm for a VIP-only hour,
exclusive performance from Mela Sarajane Dailey and friends during VIP hour,
and access to the VIP lounge with cocktail bar and bites from Hudson’s Hill Country throughout the evening.

2019 Texas Medal of Arts Star-studded Awards Ceremony: February 27th

InFluentials, we want to bring your attention to the upcoming Texas Medal of Arts Awards Ceremony being held on Wednesday, February 27th at the Long Center for Performing Arts from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m, followed by a Gala Dinner at 8:30 p.m.   

Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday

The star-studded Texas Medal of Arts Awards ceremony will honor eleven Texans who have inspired aspiring artists across the state and throughout the country. The 2019 Texas Medal of Arts Honorees include internationally recognized choral ensemble Conspirare, architects Elaine Molinar and Craig Dykers, visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Stephen Harrigan, singer and Broadway actress Jennifer Holliday, fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, photographer Mark Seliger, singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs, and the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts.

Brandon Maxwell.  Photography courtesy of Sebastian Faena.

Brandon Maxwell. Photography courtesy of Sebastian Faena.

Events will begin with a red carpet reception at 5:30pm featuring welcome performances by local Austin musicians Sienna String Trio, Lou Ann Barton and Rio Novo followed by the awards show at 7pm. Throughout the show, guests will learn more about the Texas Medal of Arts mission and impact while each honoree is recognized in person in between legendary performances by 2019 honorees Grammy Award-winning Boz Scaggs, Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, Grammy Award-winning Ray Benson and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition medalist Kenny Broberg as well as Ava Noble, 2018 Texas Young Master, and the Long Center Select Ensemble comprised of Austin’s high school musical theatre stars of tomorrow.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Tickets to the Awards Ceremony ($103) and Gala Dinner ($1,545) are 100% tax deductible and available to purchase here: https://texasmedalofarts.org/attendance/

The Tipsy Alchemist to Mix it Up on Rainey Street This Summer

SBBC Hospitium Partnering with David Nguyen to Open Popular Concept with an Austin Spin at 70 Rainey 

SBBC Hospitium and Austin-based Operating Partner David Nguyen are excited to announce plans to open a new location of The Tipsy Alchemist on Rainey Street this summer. Located on the second level of 70 Rainey, the elevated cocktail bar will offer Austinites the same popular cocktail menu from the Dallas location in addition to a more casual patio setting with an outdoor stage for local music acts and an extended menu complete with local craft beer and a selection of shareable cocktails.

 “When we decided to open The Tipsy Alchemist in Dallas, our mindset was to break the rules, have our own style, and elevate people’s nightlife experience,” says Dallas Managing Partner Stephen Underhill Jr. “After two years of support and thinking outside the box, we are finally ready to grow, and I can’t think of a better city to open our second location of The Tipsy Alchemist than Austin.” 

The Bramble

The Bramble

With unmatched attention to detail, The Tipsy Alchemist creates cocktails with a touch of science, art, and technique. The cocktail menu features a diverse list of libations, including The Edison, made with rum that is blended with nitrogen-frozen mint and lime and then served in a light bulb on ice, and The Mad Hatter, which is created with vodka, vermouth, lemon, cucumber, and watermelon and then placed into a pneumatic tube transport system—similar to the tubes you deposit checks through at the bank—which encircles the bar so the cocktail is mixed via transport and then served at the other end of the bar.

The Edison

The Edison

Designed by Coeval Space Design and Concepts, The Tipsy Alchemist will bring a fun and energetic atmosphere to the Rainey Street bar scene with lounge seating spread throughout the 2,269 square-foot interior and 3,271 square-foot patio. Seating will be comprised of high-tops and modular furniture that is easily moved around to accommodate any type of private event.

Paper Plane

Paper Plane

The Tipsy Alchemist will be located at 70 Rainey, Suite 200. For more information on The Tipsy Alchemist, please visitwww.thetipsyalchemist.com.

ABOUT THE TIPSY ALCHEMIST

The Tipsy Alchemist is an elevated bar and lounge featuring well-crafted cocktails with a touch of science, art, and technique. With an existing location in Dallas, The Tipsy Alchemist is opening their second location in Austin in summer 2019. Soon to be located on the second level of 70 Rainey, the Austin location will offer a similar cocktail program, an extended menu complete with local craft beers and a selection of shareable cocktails, and casual patio seating with an outdoor stage. For more information on Tipsy Alchemist, please visit www.thetipsyalchemist.com.

Say Hello to 2019 at Carpenter’s Hall

Join the fine folks at Carpenters Hall for a New Year’s Celebration as they say good riddance to 2018 and hello to 2019!

To celebrate, Chef Grae Nonas and team have prepared a festive 5-course menu that pays homage to classic hotel dishes (think Beef Wellington and Baked Alaska).

Of course, there will be a few sparkling surprises along the way, including a midnight toast. An optional wine pairing will feature Grower Champagne and special magnums.

Let’s eat, drink, and be merry!

You can book your reservation and see the full five course menu here.

Goya’s Award-Winning Premium Quality And Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils Take Center Stage

 

Long known as nature’s perfect elixir and healthy additive, Olive Oil is a pantry staple. Most commonly known for rice and beans, Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic owned food company in the United States, ranks as one of the best producers of exceptional quality olive oil in the world, and the only mainstream brand sold in the United States that placed among the top competitors of World’s Best Olive Oils ranking.

One of the most elite olive oil rankings in the world, the World’s Best Olive Oils 2018 recognized Goya® Unico Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as one of the best olives oils worldwide, and Goya® Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the best organic olive oils worldwide for their premium quality and outstanding flavor.  In addition, Goya® Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil was awarded the 2018 Mario Solinas Quality Award, the world’s most prestigious and selective competition by the International Olive Council (IOC) for “the best green medium fruitiness” category of Spain, ranking in the top five worldwide.  The Goya® Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil boasts a harmonious fruity green aroma, with a touch of herbs and green leaves, and hints of tomato, apple, green almonds and artichokes, creating an elegant balance between a bitter and peppery taste.

“We are extremely honored and proud of our multi-award winning line of premium quality extra virgin olive oils and the recent recognition we have received, especially during a time when the competition is intense and consumers have many choices to select from,” said Joe Perez, Senior Vice President of Goya Foods. “It is a true testament to our mission of producing single-origin premium quality olive oils while making our products accessible to consumers worldwide at an affordable cost.”

The accolades of national and international awards for the Goya® Extra Virgin Olive Oil also include the New York International Olive Oil Competition Gold Award 2018, the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Contest Gold Medal 2018 and Bronze Medal Award 2017, the CINVE Silver Medal 2018 in Spain, the BIOL Extra Gold Medal 2018 in Italy, the Athena International Olive Oil Competition Double Gold Medal Award 2018, and Olive Japan Gold Medal 2018 and 2017.  Goya® Unico Extra Virgin Olive Oil was also awarded the NYIOOC Gold Award 2018, the Los Angeles IOOC Silver Medal 2018, the CINVE Gold Medal 2018 and Silver 2017 in Spain, the Leone D’Oro Finalisti Gran Menzione Award 2018 in Italy, the Athena International Olive oil Competition Gold Medal 2018, the Sol D’ Oro 2018 Special Mention “Intense Fruit Olive Oil ” Award 2018 in Italy, Olive Japan 5 Gold Medals 2014-2018.

The olives are harvested in the region of Andalusia, Spain and pressed just before, or in the process of turning color, to preserve the full flavor and health properties.   The oil is bottled at Goya’s factory, ranked as one of the top ecological EVOO companies in the world, located in Alcala de Guadaíra, Seville.  Suggested retail price ranges from $5.99 to $11.99 for a 17-ounce bottle of the Goya® Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Goya® Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil, and Goya® Unico Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and are available in supermarkets nationwide.

For more information and for a sample of Goya® Olive Oil for press only, please contact, Natalie Maniscalco at Natalie@retromedianyc.com, and visit www.goya.com.

About GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world. The combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings, and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table.  For more information on Goya Foods, please visit www.goya.com.