5 Chefs 5 Beers – A Great Notion Brewing Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser

 

5 Chefs 5 Beers - A Great Notion Brewery Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser

5 Chefs 5 Beers – A Great Notion Brewing
Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser

Thursday evening April 11th from 6 PM to 9 PM you are invited to attend 5 Chefs 5 Beers a special event happening inside of the brewery itself at Great Notion Brewing NW on NW 28th.

This event is a fundraiser for the 2019 Chefs Cycle Portland team.

 5 Chefs 5 Beers - A Great Notion Brewery Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser

The Five Chefs and The 5 Beers

During this event there will the five stations, and at each one you will get an incredible bite prepared by a Portland Chef and a small pour of the special Great Notion beer that bite is paired with.

Three of the five participating Chefs have been announced so far –

#1 Chris DiMinno with Trifecta

#2 Rick Gencarelli with Lardo

#3 Jonathan Rendon with Departure

More details about the 5 beers that will poured, and the 5 bites that each chef will be serving will be coming your way very soon.

Tickets

Tickets will be $50 each and ALL Proceeds will go to the Chefs Cycle Portland team.

Here is the link for tickets – www.eventbrite.com/e/five-chefs-five-beers-tickets-59712842720?ref=eios

RSVP

to RSVP see this link here – www.facebook.com/events/2201466206850671 

  5 Chefs 5 Beers - A Great Notion Brewery Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser

Chefs Cycle Portland

Chefs Cycle Portland is a team of hospitality industry professionals in Portland, Oregon striving to end childhood hunger in schools by participating in the annual Chefs Cycle fundraising endurance event that supports No Kid Hungry happening May 14-16.

During this endurance event chefs ride a bike 100 miles a day for three days in row!

To donate to the Chef Cycle Portland team go to www.ChefCyclePortland.com.

5 Chefs 5 Beers - A Great Notion Brewery Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser 5 Chefs 5 Beers - A Great Notion Brewery Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser

Hosts 

Your hosts for this fun event will be Ava Palmquist and Steven Shomler.

Ava Palmquist is the Founder of She Knows Beer and a prominent Instagram personality based right here in the Portland metro.

Ava host a weekly 30-minute show TALK + BEER about craft beer that features beer, brewers, people in beer etc. – www.instagram.com/sheknowsbeer

Steven Shomler is an Author & host of both the Portland Beer Podcast and the Portland Culinary Podcast. www.PortlandBeerPodcast.com      www.PortlandCulinaryPodcast.com

Event Address

The address for Great Notion Brewery NW is – 2444 NW 28th Ave Portland, Oregon 97210

Many thanks to Great Notion for helping to make this event happen!

 5 Chefs 5 Beers - A Great Notion Brewery Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser

 5 Chefs 5 Beers - A Great Notion Brewery Chefs Cycle Portland Fundraiser

 

 

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Celebrating my 50th Birthday!

Celebrating my 50th Birthday Steven Shomler

Celebrating my 50th Birthday!

On Monday Feb 18th I will be celebrating my 50th birthday with three awesome events and you are invited to be part of any of them that strike your fancy!

Event #1 Day Drinking With Steven  1 PM –  5 PM
To RSVP go here – www.facebook.com/events/241534360115977

Event #2 Beers at Culmination with Steven  6 PM – 7 PM 
To RSVP go here – www.facebook.com/events/352170168940232

Event #3 Drinking With Steven – The Big Foody PDX Tour Birthday Shuttle 
To RSVP go here – www.facebook.com/events/299888464046948

 

See below for more details 

Celebrating my 50th Birthday Steven Shomler

Event #1 Day Drinking With Steven

I will be day drinking on Monday Feb 18th at Ruse, Reel M’ Inn, and Lardo!

You are welcome to meet up with me at any one of my stops!

Here is when & where you can find me –

1 PM Ruse Brewing – Ruse is closed on Mondays and they are opening up just for us!

2 PM Reel M’ Inn Dive Bar – One of my favorite Portland Dive Bars!

4 PM Lardo on Hawthorne – Happy Hour prices on craft beer, great cocktails  and great food!

 

Celebrating my 50th Birthday Steven Shomler

Event #2 Beers at Culmination with Steven

On Monday Feb 18th from 6 PM – 7 PM I will be at Culmination Brewing and I would love to have a beer with you!

 

Celebrating my 50th Birthday Steven Shomler

Event #3 Day Drinking With Steven –
The Big Foody PDX Tour Birthday Shuttle

On Monday Feb 18th Laura Morgan with The Big Foody PDX is going to shuttle 10 people – myself and 9 others from Noon to 6 PM as we Eat and Drink the day away!

Here is the Schedule

12:00 Leave From Culmination Brewing – We will gather at Culmination Brewing at head out at Noon!

12:30 Blue Star Donuts – Fantastic Donuts!

1 PM Ruse Brewing – Ruse is closed on Mondays and thee are opening up just for us!

2 PM Reel M’ Inn Dive Bar – One of my favorite Portland Dive Bars!

4 PM Lardo on Hawthorne – Happy Hour prices on craft beer, great cocktails  and great food!

6:00 PM Return to Culmination Brewing

If you want to get one of those 9 seats on the shuttle van shoot me a message!

 

I am soo looking forward to celebrating my 50th Birthday and I hope that you can join me!

Cheers,

Steven

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You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss – An Update to Zac Shomler’s Journey

You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss - An Update to Zac Shomler's Journey by Steven Shomler

You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss –
An Update to Zac Shomler’s Journey

I bought today’s coffee mug in early December 2018 when my son Zac Shomler asked me to go with him up to Tacoma to Pacific Lutheran University to meet with the Brant McAdams their Head Football Coach.

I bought that mug in the hopes that I would soon have a reason to enjoy coffee out of it.

Today, Friday Feb 1st, 2019 the details were finally – at the last minute – worked out and this Monday Feb 4th Zac will be moving into his room at PLU and he will classes start on Wednesday.

In addition — Zac is on the PLU football team and he will competing for the starting QB position!

You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss - An Update to Zac Shomler's Journey by Steven Shomler

What a Journey It Has Been 

I just can’t stop crying— this have been such a journey.

Back in 2010 at the end of his 7th grade year Zac declared that he was going to start playing football, become a High School QB, and play QB in College.

Zac even posted those written goals to the inside of the living room window.

Zac went on to win the starting QB job in 8th grade – having never played football before.

Zac fell in love with football and he played QB with irrepressible joy.

In High School he won the Freshman QB competition, and in 10th grade he was the JV QB.

At the end of Zac’s 10th grade year – on the advice of those who know way more about these things than I do – we moved so Zac could attend Skyview High School. We made this move to help Zac with his football dreams.

Zac was the starting QB at Skyview his 11th and 12th grade years. I can’t say enough about Coach Kizer. What a great man.

You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss - An Update to Zac Shomler's Journey by Steven Shomler

Following High School

Following High School Zac went to Lewis and Clark College for one semester and was on the football team. Great people there, however it was not the best fit for Zac.

Then tragically – three years ago on Feb 8th 2016 Zac’s brother Zayne died and so did Zac’s love of football.

Zac would not even watch the 2017 Super Bowl with me – something he used to love to do.

Prior to Zayne’s passing, Zac and I would watch the Super Bowl – he would analyze the schemes of both teams & take copious notes, and I would watch the commercials.

I never believed that Zac’s QB journey was over.

You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss - An Update to Zac Shomler's Journey by Steven Shomler

This Can’t Be How This Movie Ends

Zac loved playing football so much. I would say to myself – “this can’t be how this movie ends.”

In 2017 Zac started his sports podcast / YouTube show – Strong Opinion Sports.

Doing that show began to reawaken his love of football.

At the same time Zac was doing the hard work of grieving the loss of his brother Zayne, and healing from that brutal heartache.

This past summer Zac begins to talk with me about once again playing football.

He did lots of research and emailed and spoke with many coaches before choosing PLU.

Zac chose PLU because he was very impressed with their Head Coach – Brant McAdams.

Since December we have been doing lots of paperwork and jumping through many hoops so Zac could transfer in the middle of the school year from WSU to PLU.

Today we got the great news!!!

I will not be at all surprised if this fall I see Zac once again on a football field playing QB leading his team down the field.

One more thing – Zac is going to watch the Super Bowl with me in on Sunday.

Zac will be analyzing the schemes of both teams & taking copious notes, and I will be watching the commercials. ❤️

Steven

PS – Wait until you see the awesome coffee mug I will be getting in May to honor Zeke’s college journey.

#ProudDadHat

#GoLutes

#RIPZayne

You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss - An Update to Zac Shomler's Journey by Steven Shomler

 

You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss - An Update to Zac Shomler's Journey by Steven Shomler

You Can Heal From A Devastating Loss - An Update to Zac Shomler's Journey by Steven Shomler

 

 

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HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied and The Fear I Have Been Living With

HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied and The Fear I Have Been Living With

HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON

 The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied
and
The Fear I Have Been Living With

For the past few years I have been faced with a very painful bullying situation.

I became acutely aware what was going on back in November, 2017, but looking back, this bullying campaign actually started in January, 2017, and others confirm that it really did began way back then.

I kept hoping that things would change. Maybe this adult bully will find another target – I’m not their first target, or maybe they’d simply move on to others things.

Almost every week I get a painful reminder that this campaign is ongoing, and sadly I have friends and colleagues who themselves have had less than pleasant experiences as a result simply because they are my friends or colleagues.

Just yesterday a dear friend of mine was bullied due to this campaign.

I am purposely being vague.

I have no interest in being divisive or hurtful or causing others to feel like they need to choose between myself and this other person.

 

HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied and The Fear I Have Been Living With

Sharing my Story –  In Spite of the Fear

That being said – I am no longer ok with at not acknowledging this painful part of my recent journey. This is the first time I have publicly acknowledged my ordeal. Of course – even saying this much is terrifying.

This bully has made it clear that’s NOT ok for me say to anything, and as many of you know, bullies absolutely HATE it when people stand up to them.

I am quite concerned what this person will do or say next, however I have lived with that fear for a long time – at least now if my honesty and openness about this painful experience results in retaliation – it will be clear to some what’s really going on.

Yes – I did block this person on Facebook etc, quite a long time ago. And yes I have actual proof that I did so.

Early on I shared this fact with someone who absolutely did not believe me and they strongly suggested I was lying about blocking this individual because they had been told that I was using social media to harass this person.

If I had really blocked this bully on Facebook, then what they had been told was not true and they found this detail I shared to be understandably upsetting and confusing.

I have many such details that very much vindicate me. If needed – I will someday share them.

Thankfully – I have friends who are aware of at least some of these details and that fact makes it easy for them to stand by me, even when they were told by this divisive bully that they had to turn their backs on me and end their relationships with me.

It is somewhat comforting, and somewhat terrifying; to know that this is NOT the first time this bully has demanded people turn their back on someone they were friends with. NOR is this the first time this bully has then gone on to punish those who didn’t abandon a close friend as the bully ordered.

Being Vulnerable is Not Fun 

Sharing all of this feels very vulnerable and scary , especially  this next part.

 

HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied and The Fear I Have Been Living With

Fearing For My Safety 

This has experience has been very tough for me. For example, I’m not privy to all that this person has said and still says about me – however earlier last year in a two-week span I had more than one friend reach out to me because they were very concerned for my physical well being.

During those two-weeks I was told by more than one person that they were very afraid that what this person was saying about me at that time was going to get me attacked physically. Those were scary days and I purposely laid low. To this day I’m still on high alert when out in public.

Living in fear is no way to live and I this year I have begun to be out in public more and I will continue to do so. Living my life and attending and enjoying public events that I cherish is still quite scary for me, but I can’t give into the hate.

I turn 50 this year and at the beginning of the year I made a commitment to make my 2019 epic. Peacefully and wisely facing this painful situation, in spite of my fear, is one of my paths to epic.

I would be remiss not to acknowledge the fact I that have learned much through this experience.

I will mention four of the things I have learned much more about: Grieving, Forgiveness, Shame, and Encouragement.

HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied and The Fear I Have Been Living With

Grieving

I have learned much about grieving since my 17-year-old son Zayne Steven Shomler passed away on Feb 8, 2016 and this painful experience has taught me much about grieving as well.

One of the most painful things about this experience has been having a handful of people who I thought were friends – people I had served and cared for – turn their back on me without even talking to me.

I have come to realize that these people were not really friends – friends would have at least a conversation with you to get your side of the story.

Still I cherished those relationships and I had to grieve losing them.

Attending certain public events and having those people – people who I still care about to this day – glare at me, and look at me hatefully is so difficult. And in some cases they’re rude to me and to my fiancé, which is extra painful.

As I am sure so of you know – It’s hard to grieve hurt that’s ongoing.

HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied and The Fear I Have Been Living With

Forgiveness

I have had to work on that spiritual discipline as well, and I have learned much more about forgiveness over the past few years that I ever have before.

Like grieving, it is hard to forgive when the hurt is ongoing. It is also very difficult to forgive when the hurt feel so unjust.

HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied and The Fear I Have Been Living With

Shame

I am a survivor of sexual abuse and spent a number of years in my 20s in therapy beginning a long and ongoing journey healing from that abuse.

My abuser blamed me for what they did and told me what was happening was my fault. For years I carried a tremendous amount of shame about what I went through.

I’ve journaled a lot about shame over the past years; those of you who have endured the hell that is sexual abuse know what I am talking about.

This recent painful experience I have been referring to here has brought up many old issues related to shame. For example, once again I am being told this awful thing that is happening is my fault.

Shame is so debilitating and beyond awful.

Going somewhat public about this painful part of my journey is one of the ways I’m standing up for myself and saying that I will not live under the oppressive cloak of shame.

 

HATERS GONNA HATE – CHEER OTHERS ON The Immense Heartache of Being Bullied and The Fear I Have Been Living With 

Encouragement

 Haters really are gonna hate and they are going to keep on hating – sadly it’s what they do.

This experience has driven home for me how much people need encouragement.

What’s that old adage? “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

There is a better way to live – rather than tearing others down and being hateful and critical of others – it is sooo much better to cheer others on.

This painful experience has greatly deepened my appreciation for, and commitment to the practice of encouragement.

I for one – will not walk the path of hate and criticism. I am going to continue to cheer others on.

I am so grateful for those who have been aware of this situation and who have stood by me in both small and big ways, even when they have been “punished” and sometimes even threatened for doing so.

In closing my heart goes out to those of you who have experienced the tyranny of an adult bully, I know how painful it is.

Many thanks to the men and women familiar with this situation who read over a rough draft of this article and gave me wisdom and much appreciated feedback.

Lastly – to my sweetheart and fiancé – thank you for being my rock, and for the comfort, wisdom, and encouragement you have blessed me with.

Steven

#HatersGonnaHate    or   #CheerOthersOn

#Hate   or   #Encouragement

#YouGetToChoose

 

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