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Secured By The Bootstrap: Wolverine Project Bootstrap

The pomp and circumstance, the campus stroll and the freshman fifteen song & dance are definitely things, but have you ever really stopped to consider if they are 'your' things?  With all the rise in technology and college courses that offer to equip you for the workforce, there still remains a considerable amount of American enterprise that require an excellence in skill and trade, but not necessarily a mention on the dean's list.  With a reported only 9 percent of high school teens seeking careers in the trades, there are currently more than six million jobs in need of skilled trade workers with not enough individuals to fill them.  Ranging from reasons like not enough information and pressure to attend college, many high schoolers seem to be going with the collective flow instead of exploring the feelings in their guts that cry for careers with more independence and job security.  

So the answer is to get Americans more interested in the honor and value of learning skills of the trade.  This is where Wolverine comes in.  The tenured footwear company that's been in the powerhouse work boot business for over 125 years has created a new initiative that aims to link some of the main individuals who don their footwear with their respective trade livelihoods in a full circle way.  Project Bootstrap was started by Wolverine from an initial tour to thank those committed to their trades and has now blossomed into a new campaign to showcase individuals in the trade in order to take away the ignorance and stigmas behind pursuing trade careers.  To help spearhead awareness, Wolverine has paired up with Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to further the dialogue and disband the misconceptions that have left these jobs vacant.  Rowe sees the integrity and handwork behind the individuals he comes across and aims along with Project Bootstrap to shed much needed light on the disconnect between lucrative, honest, skilled, relevant careers and trade jobs.

At an event I attended in New York City on November 14, I learned firsthand just how invested Project Bootstrap endeavors to become.  At a special media event, a new working entrepreneur spotlight portion of the campaign was revealed and showcased three bright and passionate rising trade workers from their respective fields.  The first three Project Bootstrap members are Nolee AndersonHunter Allums and Andrew Lacy.  Anderson is a trim carpenter from Nashville, Tennessee and the founder of GRIT, a nonprofit organization that mentors young girls interested in the trade.  Allums, an apprentice electrician hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, got his start from unCommon Construction, a non-profit that helps high school students learn real world technical skills.  Finally there's Lacy, a military veteran from Charleston, South Carolina who decided to enter the American College of Building Arts to become a timber farmer after serving his tours of duty.  

These are three well-derving beginning professionals on their way to becoming masters of their trades due to the drive from Project Bootstrap.  After talking with them after the event where, to their surprise, they were gifted with tools to help their trades and a monetary award,  I realized that they spoke with more zeal and more wide-eyed excitement than many students shuffling off to college.  Perhaps Project Bootstrap is onto something in that maybe its about informing yourself to explore all the best possibilities to have the happiest most enriching career-life, lacing-up your boots and enjoying the lesser conventional walks to secure your future.  

For more information on Project Bootstrap, read more about the initiative on their site here.

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In Alcohol Review Basil Hayden's Bourbon Cocktails Drinks Entertaining Food and Drink Good Eats Whiskey Wines and Spirits

What's Bourbon Between Friends: Basil Hayden's Friendsgiving 2018

It occurred to me the other day that I'm the only one in my immediate clique that lives in New York City.  The others in my caravan live across the pond in Jersey.  While the city unites us for various events and revelries, quite often there has to be good reason to stay late in the city, venture out into the depths of lower Manhattan or justify a late night uber home.  Now while the very natures of our friendships are enough, lets face that with the annoying hustle and frustrating bustle of our day-to-days, some days you have to relinquish your good intended presence to just being there in spirit.  Outside of just hanging out, some people may be cajoled to find further justification in dancing the night away, seeing a sold-out show or catching a must-see movie.  However, my friends all have seasoned palettes and nothing gets us together more than good eats, great energy and anchoring the deal of top shelf cocktails.

So when I got the invitation to spend her birthday of one of my dearest friends with one of my favorite whiskey brands, the pot was sweetened and the seal of approval was stamped.  The satisfying Basil Hayden's, that beloved and delectably slick bourbon kicked off the season on November 1st with a pretty amazing Friendsgiving in Gowanus, Brooklyn.  Held at the posh event space 501 Union, upon entering I knew why the trip to BK for this Bronx guy was worth it.  The bar was serving up unique cocktails curated for the event that showcased just how wonderful Basil Hayden's is.  Their Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is very smooth, has just the right amount of sweetness and packs enough weight to flavorfully hold its own when paired with other cocktail ingredients and spirits.  However, don't just take my word for it.  Here are the cocktails that were on tap for that memorable evening:

First up was the Basil Hayden's Boulevardier.  I tried it with their bourbon and combined with the bitter aperol and the herbal sweet vermouth it made for such a balanced drink.  The mild espresso-like bitterness of the licorice-like aperol played up to the bourbon so nicely.  Next up was the Basil Hayden's Highball, which I also requested with their bourbon.  The lightness from the club soda and the citrusy sweet kick from the lemon soda created a light and refreshing almost summery cocktail with a herbal grown edge from the presence of the basil.

After two bourbon-centered cocktails I needed to try one of their latest offerings, Basil Hayden's Dark Rye.  Perfect on the rocks, the dark rye has less sweetness naturally and more of a distinguished oaky spicy weight, but no less smooth and delicious.  This was a perfect wind-down of a sipper before dinner.

Dinner featured two new cocktails for each course.  The Ward Eight wonderfully combined their bourbon, the citrus power of grenadine, lemon and orange together with the refreshing cooling pop of mint for a clean sipper that evoked a great spiked Summer lemonade.  Finishing up was the Havoc In Nelson County, a surprisingly island-fresh cocktail that took the wonderful rarely seen flavor of banana and mixed it with orange bitters for a flavorfully diverse drink that hits several areas of the palette pleasantly with soothingly familiar notes.

What the evening with Basil Hayden's recreated was the makings of classic friendship lore.  The drinks were flowing, the food was stellar and the energy was upbeat and positive.  How comforting to know that the sweet sip & the relaxing savor, the honest pleasantries & the communal savorings can all conspire together to recognize an evening of old and new friends.  All in all, when Friendsgiving happens, good spirits in both physical and social forms, must ensue.  Basil Hayden's Bourbon and Rye varieties are available now at your finer wine & spirit retailers.

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In Alcohol Review Entertaining Gifts for Him Holiday 2018 Holiday Gift Guide Mens lifestyle Sweet Wine Club Wines and Spirits Winetasting

That Wine Life? How Sweet It Is: Sweet Wine Club

So it's that time of year when chestnuts start roasting on the open fire and Aunt Peg starts nipping at the sherry.  I mean everybody knows, a turkey and an unlimited flow of red wine help to make the season bright.  Thanksgiving serves as the beginning of that time of year when foods, moods, kinfolk and hysteria all converge together to aptly be called "The Holidays".

You may well know now that I'll well up at various dinner tables this holiday season, not out of the sheer melancholy of the season, but rather at the sound of the last empty bottle of shiraz clanging into the recycle bin.  A great wine enlists the emotions to come forth and with this holiday weather, a whiskey neat is not the only drink that can warm you up and make you feel appropriately festive.  With so many parties to attend and so many personalities to make small talk with, the most plausible way to crack the ice with someone seems to be with the quintessential query of "red or white?".  This is usually when you hear a story of wine 'ups & downs', 'best wine ever' recants and cautionary tales of imbibing.  There are wine aficionados of all kinds with cultivated palettes and quite comfortable preferences and there's something to be learned from all of them.  

Enter Sweet Wine Club, the first sweet wine subscription-only service from the esteemed Riboli Family Wines of San Antonio Winery.  What's to be learned from this unique service is the sweeter side of reds and whites from a winery that knows a lot about the complexity of the young, seasoned and passionate grape.  Sweet Wine Club also aims to teach you about the notes of your wine and the level of sweetness with their 'sweet meter' all on convenient cards complete with an ideal recipe and food pairing.  With membership, a trio of wines are sent out four times a year with free shipping and complete with the handy recipe/info card and free gift for only $49.99 per shipment.  Premium sweet wines from a venerable winery throughout the year never seemed so deliciously worth it.  The quarterly wine shipments are grouped to give the member flavor profile differentiations within each box.  There are also gift-giving options and wine information available on their website here.  

Sweet Wine Club is here for your holiday gift-giving conundrums and speaks tastier more sophisticated volumes than a fruit cake or a gift card.  Or perhaps you want to just get a membership for yourself and see the levels of sweet that will arrive at your door.  The holidays just got that much sweeter.

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