Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration – Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 – 5 PM

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Beertender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration – Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 – 5 PM

The Final Draft Taphouse is celebrating it’s Grand Opening this weekend — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Aug 4th -6th.

The New School Beer has written an excellent article with all of the grand opening details —  www.newschoolbeer.com/2017/08/final-draft-taphouse-holds-grand-opening-weekend.html

Kimberly Johnson and Mike Bolt are the Founders of the Final Draft Taproom and they have invited Steven Shomler to come be a guest bartender on Sunday August 6th from 3 PM – 5 PM.

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

 

Books, Beers and Stories!

From the Facebook Event Page that The Final Draft Taphouse created for Sunday’s  event —

“Meet Guest Beertender Steven Shomler, Author of Portland Beer Stories, Creator of the Portland Beer Podcast, Owner of Spark to Bonfire Consulting, and Founder of Portland BLT Week. 

Steven has been a mentor of Kimberly’s, and now of both Kimberly and Mike’s, and has been helping them with their storytelling themed taphouse. Steven is a dear friend and supporter of many in the craft beer and craft beverage/food industries and an all-around RAD human. Steven will be giving away two of his books, have more available for sale, and we bet he will sign one for you! 

PLUS, learn about our storytelling theme and get a preview of our FIRST storytelling event we will be rolling out, Snaps & Taps. Sports and Wedding photographer Jeff Hinds will be at the taphouse to show you just a little about what we will be offering in our new Snaps & Taps event. 

We will also be giving away a few other rad prizes!!

Hope to see you then!

Kimberly, Mike & the Final Draft Crew!”

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

Location

The Final Draft Taphouse is located at11504 SE Mill Plain Blvd Suite C, Vancouver, Washington

Follow The Final Draft Taphouse

Website – www.finaldrafttaphouse.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/FinalDraftTaphouse

Instagram – www.instagram.com/finaldrafttaphouse

Twitterwww.twitter.com/FDTaphouse

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

Final Draft Taphouse Grand Opening Celebration - Beer Stories and Guest Bartender Steven Shomler Sunday August 6th 3 - 5 PM

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First Ever Beer Dinner at Phil’s Meat Market Hosted by Steven Shomler

First Ever Beer Dinner at Phil's Meat Market Hosted by Steven Shomler

First Ever Beer Dinner at Phil’s Meat Market Hosted by Steven Shomler

Phil’s Meat Market is known for their amazing wine dinners. On Saturday night July 22nd at 7 PM Phil’s will be having their first ever beer dinner!

This beer dinner will feature beer from Breakside Brewery and an exquisite 6 course dinner prepared by Chefs Brandon James Rice and Joshua Gerrish.

The menu (see below) is a collaboration between Breakside Founding Brewer Ben Edmunds, Phil’s Chef Brandon James Rice, and Portland Culinary Storyteller Steven Shomler.

First Ever Beer Dinner at Phil's Meat Market Hosted by Steven Shomler

Chef Brandon James Rice

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Tickets will go on sale Friday July 7th at 10 AM. Please call 503 224 9541 to purchase yours.

Your host for the evening will be Author Steven Shomler and dinner – 8 seats only – will take place in the downstairs wine cellar at Phil’s.

This is a beer dinner you do not want to miss.

BEEF & BREW MENU

Course #1
Charcuterie and Cheese with Prawns and Polenta
Breakside Simba Saison or Breakside Pilsner

Course #2
Quail Skewer with a Persimmon and Habanero Glazed Pork Belly
Breakside Blood Orange IPA

Course #3
Salad of Grilled Peaches, Greens, and Aged Manchego Cheese in a Hazelnut Dressing Breakside Jacobson Salt & Honey Gose

Course #4
Classic Beer Battered Fish & Chips
Breakside ESB

Course #5
Smoked Wagyu Brisket with Mushroom Risotto
Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Stout

Course #6
Chocolate Lava Cake
Breakside #MakingFriendsMakingMemories Brew, a Wood Aged Sour with Raspberries

First Ever Beer Dinner at Phil's Meat Market Hosted by Steven Shomler

Chef Brandon James Rice,

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My Theme For 2017

My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

My Theme For 2017

Last week I shared how my son Zac inspired me to develop a theme for my 2017 –www.stevenshomler.com/2016/12/26/choose-a-theme-for-your-2017

Today is the first Monday of 2017 and I began my morning with coffee in the mug pictured above.

Go Live The Life You Imagine

In the summer of 2011 I decided to leave corporate banking and become a Writer, a Speaker and an Author. I set eight goals and by the summer of 2015 I had hit four of those goals.

By the summer of 2015 #1 I was a Writer, #2 I was an Author, #3 I was part of the Portland culinary community and #4 I was self-employed – #NoBoss #NoCubicle

That journey was inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s words “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…”

Since the summer of 2015 I have bean living part of the the life I imagined back in the summer of 2011.

I am now five and half years into that journey and I am going to make 2017 My Next Level Year. It’s time to take it to the next level.

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My Next Level Year

In 2017 I am going to take it to the next level.  2017 is going to be My Next Level Year.

I am now partially living the life I imagined back in the summer of 2011 and this year I am going to put the work in so that by the end of 2017 I am more fully living that life.

My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

Effective Excellent Enjoy

I have three specific focus areas for 2017. I am calling it my E3 Focus.

For me, part of having a next level year in 2017 is increasing my effectiveness professionally, having my projects marked by excellence, and taking the time to enjoy the path I am walking.

I will be regularly reviewing my work week with an eye toward Effectiveness, Excellence and Enjoyment.  I also have two people that I am conferring with about these three focus areas.

Lastly I have a Battle Winning Battle Cry that I will be using everyday —

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Battle Grind Execute 

I am going to Battle with tenacity, Grind daily and joyfully, and Execute with alacrity.

Battle with Tenacity

Dictionary.com defines Tenacity this away — Tenacity [tuh-nas-i-tee] the quality of being tenacious, or of holding fast; persistence.

If you are battling for a dream, or bootstrapping your way to a better life, or pursing the live you imagine, you are going to have to battle.

Occasionally you will be kicked in the gut (or worse) and to get through those tough times you will need to battle with tenacity.

Grind Daily and Joyfully

Grind Daily 

Urban dictionary says that being on the grind “means to work hard, always be hustling…”

If you want to succeed you are going to need to grind and you are going to need to grind every day.

Let me clarify. I have learned that resting is productive. I get more done in a four consecutive 12 hour days, than I do in a four consecutive 16 hour days. when I put in four consecutive 16 hour work days, my performance and effectiveness begins to greatly dimmish. I have learned that I need rest. I now rest so that I can grind more effectively.

To that end, I currently work 6 to 6.5  days a week, and every day I make sure that I take time to rest. I encourage you to find your Grind/Rest rhythm so that you can maximize your effectiveness.

Grinding daily is a mindset and an expression of my willingness to pay the price needed to live the life I imagine. I see lots of people who fail because that are not willing to pay to the price and they are not willing to grind daily. If you are not willing to work 60-80 hours a week for 1-2 years, you won’t make it.

Grind Joyfully 

Twice I have been lucky enough to meet with Super Bowl winning Quarterback Trent Dilfer and both times he passionately  talked about the importance of loving what you do.

If you can’t grind joyfully,  you won’t make it. It’s that simple.

Do you love whatever it is you are doing?

Do you love Music? or Cooking? or Writing? or Making YouTube videos? or Running Your Business?

If you can’t grind joyfully,  you won’t make it. Period.

Execute with Alacrity

“Inspiration without execution is eventually deeply discouraging.” – Steven Shomler. Yes, I said that and you yes can quote me on it.

“Inspiration is a dangerous thing.” I said that as well and it is so true.

If you get inspired and a fire gets started in your heart to become an author, or to start a business, or to lose weight, and you don’t nurture that fire from a Spark to Bonfire and start battling for that dream, your heart fire will become a heart ache that smolders and never goes away.

If you have been inspired to change your life for the better, you must execute. You must “perform or do.” Furthermore you must execute with alacrity.

I love the word alacrity!

Dictionary.com defines Alacrity  this away –Alacrity [uh-lak-ri-tee]   1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness.   2. liveliness; briskness.

You can tell when someone has passion and alacrity.

If you want to achieve, you need to be a person of passion and you need to execute with alacrity.

 

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My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

2017 – My Next Level Year 

2017 is going to be my next level year and I am going to be effective in my professional life, my projects are going to be excellent, and I am going make sure that I enjoy my personal life.

I am going to Battle with tenacity, Grind daily and joyfully, and Execute with alacrity.

I invite you to to make the most of your 2017. Take the time to come up with your 2017 theme. You are so worth it.

I am Steven Shomler and I believe in the beauty of your dream and I know that you can go live the life you imagine.

If you would like me to speak at your event email me at sshomler@me.com

Cheers,

Steven

#BattleGrindExecute

Battle Grind Execute My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

Steven Shomler

My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

 

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Portland BLT Week! Arriving Oct 1-8, 2017

Portland BLT Week

Portland BLT Week!

New Year’s Day 2017 seems like a good time to unveil my next project — Portland BLT Week. Arriving October 1-8, 2017.

Portland BLT Week — Celebrating the glory that is Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato. Restaurants, Bars, Food Carts and more.

For more information or to participate shoot an email to PortlandBLTWeek@mail.com or send a message through the Portland BLT Week Facebook page – www.facebook.com/PortlandBLTWeek

Follow Portland BLT Week

Facebook – www.facebook.com/PortlandBLTWeek

Instagram – www.instagram.com/portlandbltweek

Twitterwww.twitter.com/PDXBLTWeek

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

Steven Shomler

Portland BLT Week

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Choose a Theme For Your 2017

Choose a Theme For Your 2017

Choose a Theme For Your 2017

Twelve days ago, my son Zac Shomler made a poignant video that inspired me to come up with a theme for my 2017.

In this video Zac talked about how tough 2016 has been for many of us and he said –

 “2017 will be what we make of it.”

From the moment I heard Zac say those words they gripped my heart and they have not let me go.

Choose Your Theme For 2017

It occurred to me that when I choose a particular WordPress theme for one of my websites that the theme sets the tone for the entire project.

I realized that I could do the same thing with my 2017.

For the past 12 days I have been journaling about what theme I want for my 2017 . I have been talking to myself as I walk and drive around Portland about what I want to make of my 2017.

My thoughts and ideas are beginning to take shape and I am excited about what is being ignited in my heart.  Later this week, with Zac’s help, I will film a video sharing my 2017 theme.

What is Your 2017 Theme?

I invite you to take some time and invest in yourself.

Ponder what you would title your 2017 theme.

Get out a yellow pad of paper and a blue pen and scratch out some key elements that you want to be part of your 2017.

Zac was 100% accurate when he said that “2017 will be what we make of it.” 

Make The Most of Your 2017

I know first-hand that the five life changing declarations below are true. Read over them and see if one of them resonates with your heart —

#1 You can create your future.

#2 You can live the life you imagine. 

#3 If you have a dream that smolders in your heart, you can battle for it.

#4 You can bootstrap your way to a better life.

#5 You can choose a more fulfilling path.

If you just had a moment of ache or joy reading one of those declarations, if one of them struck a chord in your heart, embrace it and listen to it and take action.

Taking the time to determine your 2017 theme is a great way to begin the next chapter in your journey.

I am Steven Shomler and I know that you can change your life.

Cheers,

Steven

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A Tender Moment of Self Forgiveness — Life Change Can Happen

A Tender Moment of Self Forgiveness -- Life Change Can Happen

A Tender Moment of Self Forgiveness — Life Change Can Happen 

Recently I was talking with a friend and the topic of life change came up. They had experienced a very significant, very impressive, positive life change.

Life Change Can Happen

I know for fact that life change happen. If someone tells you otherwise — tell them that Steven says to “Fuck Off.”

People have told me, more than once that life can’t happen. Those people are wrong.

I also know that it is also life change is not easy. In fact, it can difficult. I am always impressed when people have experienced positive life change.

What Sparked This Change?

I asked the friend mentioned above what sparked the change we were talking about.

They said, and I quote —

“It started with a tender moment of self forgiveness.”

Such beautiful, poignant words. Those words touched my heart and spoke to the core on my being.

I am painfully aware of areas in my life where I need to forgive myself.

As soon as I head those words — “It started with a tender moment of self forgiveness”  I knew that I was hearing life giving words.

I also instantly that for many of us who are pursuing life change, forgiving ourselves will be a needed step.

Questions For You and I About Forgiveness and Life Change

Can I be tender with my own heart and forgive myself?

How does my lack of self forgiveness hinder the life change I long for?

 

Can you be tender with your own heart and forgive yourself?

How does your lack of self forgiveness hinder the life change you long for?

 

These are questions worth journaling about  (www.journalforlifechange.com) and/or talking with a counselor about.

I know that when I see my counselor in two weeks I will talking with them about this very issue and that tonight I will begin journaling about forgiving myself.

Cheers,

I am Steven Shomler and I know that life change can happen.

 

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Three Years Ago Today – “We Are Going to Publish Your Book”

Publisher Said Yes Aug 21st 2013 Steven Shomler        Portland Food Cart Stories

Three Years Ago Today – “We Are Going to Publish Your Book”

Three years ago today — August 21st, 2013 I got a call from my publisher telling that they were going to publish my first book – Portland Food Cart Stories.

Wow! That was such an awesome day!

Bootstrap Your Way to a Better Life

In the summer of 2011 I decided to bootstrap my way to a better life and I set 8 goals. One of those goals was to become an Author. I also set a goal to take my writing seriously, and I set a goal to become part of the Portland culinary community.

Portland Food Cart Adventures

Jan 1, 2012 I launched Portland Food Cart Adventures and I was certain that this step would become a stepping stone to those 3 goals. I was also sure that if I applied my ideas about Branding, Marketing and Social Media to my own brand that I would attract the attention of a publisher.

20 months from the launch of Portland Food Cart Adventures and 2 years from setting a goal to become an Author, I received a life-changing call on August 21, 2013 letting me know that I was going to become an Author.

If you have a dream — BATTLE for it!

If One Advances…        …In Common Hours

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”        Henry David Thoreau 1854

www.IfOneAdvances.com

Cheers,

I am Steven Shomler and I believe in the beauty of your dreams.

Publisher Said Yes Aug 21st 2013 Steven Shomler

Publisher Said Yes Aug 21 2013 Steven Shomler

 

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Food Cart Stories – Two Segments on Fox 12 Oregon Featuring Steven Shomler

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Food Cart Stories – Two Segments on Fox 12 Oregon Featuring Steven Shomler

Last week I was interviewed on camera by More Good Day Oregon Reporter Jenica Villamor at the Tidbit Food Farm and Garden Food Cart Pod for a segment on FOX 12 Oregon‘s More Good Day Oregon.

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Two “Food Cart Stories” segments titled “Meet the Writer Behind ‘Portland Food Cart Adventures’” and “Tips For First-Time Food Cart Customers From Portland Pro” aired today – Tuesday August 16th on Fox 12’s More Good Day Oregon.

Here are links to both segments

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Meet the Writer Behind Portland Food Cart Adventures 

http://www.kptv.com/story/32775439/meet-the-writer-behind-portland-food-cart-adventures

During the first segment you will see Bri Richards Founder of the Tortoise + Hare Food Cart and myself talking on camera and the Hapa PDX Food Cart gets a shout out.

During the first segment the consulting I have been doing for Food Carts since 2012 gets mentioned. Here is a link for more information — www.FoodCartConsulting.com

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Three Tips For First-Time Food Cart Customers From Portland Pro 

http://www.kptv.com/clip/12666667/tips-for-first-time-food-cart-customers-from-portland-pro

During the second segment I share 3 tips for those enjoying Food Carts – #1 Take cash, #2 Take a friend, and #3 Take your sense of adventure. Burrasca gets a shout out at the end of the second segment. I hoping to have Poalo and Elizabeth Founders of Burrasca on a future Great Food Great Stories Podcast.

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While I was being interviewed on August 12th at the Tidbit Food Cart Pod I enjoyed food from both the Tortoise + Hare Food Cart and the Hapa PDX Food Cart. The food was amazing!

It was an honor to be asked to share my food cart story and Jenica Villamor is really good at what she does!

Below are some more photos from the day we filmed and a few related to Burrasca.

Cheers,

I am Steven Shomler and I am a fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

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Wine, Blues and More Event – Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery

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Wine, Blues and More Event – Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery

An Afternoon of Wine, Cheese, Charcuterie, Chocolate, Pizza, Pasta, and Blues at Hood Crest Winery!

I have put together a very fun event happening Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery in Hood River, Oregon from Noon – 5 PM and you are invited!

Starting at Noon — The Beautiful Pig (Charcuterie), Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery (Cheese), and Smitten Artisan Truffles (Chocolate,) will be on hand sampling and selling their culinary delights.

Hood Crest Winery

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Excellent Food

Hood Crest Winery will be offering special wood fired pizzas and pastas featuring both A Beautiful Pig charcuterie and Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery cheese. Smitten Artisan Truffles will be offering truffles made with Hood Crest wine.

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Blues

At 3 PM the Tess Barr Band will take the stage!

This is going to be a wonderful event!

Below are a few more photos I wanted to share.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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My Story and and an Update as of May 2016

My Story Steven Shomler

My Story

In the Summer of 2011 I stood in a dirt driveway in Southeast Portland and decided to bootstrap my way to a new life. I declared that I was going to take my writing seriously and become a Writer , become an Author, a Speaker, become Self Employed and become Part of the Portland Culinary Community. I set a total of 8 goals.

What led up to my decision to bootstrap my way to a better life? I am glad that you asked.

Tribes by Seth Godin          Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuck

In the spring of 2009 I read Seth Godin’s book Tribes and over Thanksgiving weekend 2009 I read Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. Both those of books inspired me to start a website and start writing.

I launched StevenShomler.com December 2009 and I began occasionally posting articles. when I posted articles there it was more for fun than anything else. From December 2009 to the summer 2011 I definitely did not take my writing seriously.

In the Summer of 2011 when I made my dirt driveway declaration I had nothing left to lose and I decided that I would go build the life I imagined.

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For more than 20 years I had wanted to go to a book store and buy a book on the shelf that I had written — Author. To that date I has spoken publicly more than 400 times and I loved inspiring and equipping people – Speaker. I wanted the flexibility and freedom that comes with being self employed and owning a successful business – Self Employed. I liked that lifestyle that Anthony Bourdain seemed to be living and I loved food, so I decided to become a food writer and leverage that writing so that I could become – Part of the Portland Culinary Community.

My longterm plan was to someday have enough success to get to travel and see the beaches of the world and go places like Peter Island in Caribbean and get back to places like theFontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, and Greece and Jamaica.

As I said,  I had nothing to lose so I set out to live the life I wanted to live.

Bootstrapping my way to a better life 

Up to this point I did not like to write, I did not know anyone in the Portland culinary community, I did not know what book I would write, and I did not know what topics I would be speaking on.

What I did know was that I was hungry and desperate and willing to pay the price needed to live my dreams. 

One strength I did have was my deeply held convictions about Branding, Marketing, and  Social Media and I was convinced that if I applied my perspectives about those concepts to myself that I would succeed.

I also knew that kind of tenacity it takes to succeed in a startup – I call it Startup Tenacity and I was ready to put in the work needed to make my plans happen and I had the mindset that is required when you are bootstrapping your way to a new life.

Prior to 2011 I had worked in two different careers – one in the banking world and one in the non-profit world. I had also provided leadership to three startups, two of which succeeded and one of which failed. As you can imagine I learned the most from the failure.

I was burned out on banking (I had just finished a 4 year run there) and I was ready to build a brand new life and have a whole new career.

Here is the kicker — The Great Recession hit my family later that it hit some, but when it hit us, it hit us hard. By the summer of 2011 we were homeless. We moved from our 5 bedroom home into a one car, unheated, unfinished garage and we lived there from July 2011 to December 2011. I remember sitting in that garage on cold nights in October wearing gloves while I typed telling myself that someday I was going to be able to go into Powell’s or Barnes and Noble and buy a book that I wrote.

I truly know what it is like to bootstrap your way to a new life.

The fall of 2011 I wrote and begin doing research for my first food writer’s project. Jan 1, 2012 I launched my first food centric website PortlandFoodCartAdventures.com and I was off and running.

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Four Years Later

By the Summer of 2015 I was well on my way to accomplishing my goals.

Two of my books have been published — Portland Food Cart Stories April 2014, and Portland Beer Stories June 2015. I am now working on my next two culinary books —Portland Coffee Stories and Donut Tales and Oregon Wine Stories and I have a cookbook in the works – Beer Drinkers Cookbook.

I host my own radio show – Tasty Tuesday on 99.1 FM Portland Radio Project and every Tuesday at 9 AM I have a Food Cart owner live and in studio.

I am still active in the Portland Food Cart community and  I consult with someone wanting  wanting to open a Food Cart about twice a month – www.FoodCartConsulting.com

I write for two food centric websites PortlandFoodCartAdventures.com and GreatFoodGreatStories.com.

I am part of a Portland startup brewery Culmination Brewing Company. I am the Culmination Branding and Marketing Director and I have been served and helping out there since December 2014. I became an official part of the Culmination team in May of 2015. I LOVE being part of Culmination!

I launched my own company Spark to Bonfire Consulting and I have been fully self employed since August of 2015. I help my clients with their branding, marketing and social media and I consult quite a bit with people launching startups.

I have about 1-2 speaking engagements a month – I still love public speaking! To date I speak about branding, marketing, social media, and what it takes to succeed in a startup.

From the Summer of 2015 through the Spring of 2016 I invested time into the projects I had going (those listed above) and I took some time beginning to recover from a brutal personal setback.

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Update May 2016

It is now May 2016 and I am embarking on my next three year run. During this next step in my journey I will continue the projects I have been doing. I will keep writing books and serving at Culmination, and doing my radio show, etc,

I also plan to take steps to increase my speaking engagements  and I have a couple of other projects I am launching. Here is what is coming down the pike —

Portland Culinary Radio – The Portland Beer Podcast and The Great Food Great Stories Podcast

I created Portland Culinary Radio and it will produce two podcasts — the Portland Beer Podcast and the Great Food Great Stories Podcast. I plan to have both these podcasts available on iTunes by July 2016. I am host of these podcasts and Ken Wilson is my co-host.

I love being a storyteller and these two podcasts are a way for me to get to tell the awesome culinary stories I have come across since the summer of 2011!

Portland Beer Festivals 

I created Portland Beer Festivals and I brought in my friends Brian Yaeger and Arthur Breur to help me launch this fun beer centric project.

The Culmination Back Bar Podcast

We have started a podcast at Culmination Brewing  that covers all things Culmination and it is called the called the Culmination Back Bar Podcast. As far as I know, we are the first brewery to have our own ongoing podcast.

Shom TV

Shom TV is a new project of my 19 year old son Zac Shomler and I get the joy of helping him a little with it. I am regular guest on his videos about movies. I can’t tell you how fulfilling it was to have my son invite to be a part of his journey.

Spark To Bonfire YouTube Channel

Later this summer my son Zac is going to help me establish a Spark to Bonfire YouTube Channel where I will share my thoughts on Bootstrapping Your Way to a New Life, Branding, Marketing, Social Media and Startup Tenacity.

That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I am pulling for you!

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