Join us as we help raise money for Cooking Matters Maine through Share Our Strength during the 2015 International Negroni Week, June 1-7, 2015. More than 2,200 bars, restaurants, and taverns world wide are participating in the 2015 Negroni week, and we are thrilled to represent Kennebunk and Southern Maine to help support a local charity. The Maine Cooking Matters Program is near and dear to the hearts of Kennebunk Inn & Academe restaurant chefs/owners Brian and Shanna O’Hea. The O’Heas have been active supporters of Cooking Matters for many years and are delighted to be able to once again support this local Maine charitable organization. The fact that Chef Shanna’s go-to cocktail of choice is the Negroni ensures that Kennebunk Inn patrons will enjoy some very special, hand crafted beverages.
If you are unfamiliar with the Negroni, it’s made with three primary ingredients: Gin, vermouth, and Campari. The ingredients are chilled over ice and served with an orange peel garnish. The Negroni was created at the request of an Italian nobleman, Count Camillo Negroni, around 1919 in Florence, Italy at Bar Casoni.
The year 2015 sees Negroni Week in its third year, with even more participants than 2014 when more than 1,300 restaurants and bars in over 18 countries participated in the event, raising millions of dollars for local charities. Each participating establishment chooses a local charity to support, ensuring that the money raised is donated with local control. Campari and Imbibe magazine are the primary sponsors of the event. To learn more about the event, visit NegroniWeek.com.