Academe Gets an “A” For Effort Maine Restaurant Week's coverage of the 2013 Signature Event of Maine Restaurant WeekThe good people at showed us some love for our entries in the 2013 Maine Restaurant Week “Signature Event” to benefit The United Way of Portland, Maine. Chef/Owner Shanna O’Hea entered her playful take on “Cookies & Milk” in the dessert competition, while her husband Chef/Owner Brian O’Hea and The Kennebunk Inn’s head bartender, Adrian Trudeau competed in the craft cocktail competition with their bourbon-based “Not-So-Old Fashioned.”

[An] A for effort goes to Academe Brasserie in Kennebunk for whimsical entries in both cocktail and dessert categories. At back-to-back tables, Shanna O’Hea recalled everyone’s favorite childhood treat with her chocolate chip cookie balls speared with pipettes of cold milk, while her husband, Brian and bartender Adrian Trudeau served up “Not So Old Fashioneds” The drink also involved a tiny pipette, this one filled with chai maple syrup and speared into a tiny cube of cherry gelee in a glass with a Jim Beam cocktail and Cara Cara orange sorbet.

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About The Kennebunk Inn

The Chefs/Owners of The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern met when they were students at The Culinary Institute of America. They have appeared on "Best Thing I Ever Ate," "Chopped," "Rewrapped," and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network and on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise." They have also appeared in Oprah Winfrey's "O" The Magazine. The O'Heas have been guest chefs at Walt Disney World's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Houston's "Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair, Boca Raton's "Boca Bacchanal" Food & Wine Festival, and on Holland America Cruise Line.