The Asheville bar community is excited to announce their participation in Negroni Week 2015! Presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, Negroni Week is an international celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails, and an international commitment to charitable giving and to the community investment that bartenders feel is an unspoken tenet of their profession.
From June 1 to June 7, over 2300 bars around the world will mix their favorite variations on a Negroni and donate a portion of the proceeds from each Negroni sold to a charity of their choice. That means the more Negronis you drink, and the more bars your visit, the more people you help! Here in North Carolina, over 18 bars are participating and 13 (and counting) of those are from Asheville!
Asheville’s tight-knit community of bartenders is working hard to make sure this year’s Negroni Week is a TON of fun and a serious boon to local charities and non-profits. In that spirit, the bars have come together to launch an awesome incentive to get people out.
At any participating bar you’ll pick up a passport. Visit two bars and get two marks on your passport, and you’ll be admitted to a BIG PARTY on Sunday, June 7th with FREE cocktails and FREE bites. We’ll celebrate cocktails, local non-profits, and the beautiful community we all share. The party will be held at Tiger Mountain.
As an additional bonus, those intrepid spirits with the gumption to visit all participating bars on the passport will be rewarded by being entered into a drawing for a seriously sweet prize. We’re not announcing it just yet, but trust us, it will be very worthy.
Even more details on the party will emerge, but suffice to say that June 7 will be a fun day on Lexington!
So what’s a Negroni, you ask? It’s a classic cocktail (and perennial favorite of bartenders) that perfectly balances bitter and sweet, originally containing equal parts of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth with a twist of orange. The result is velvet and rich, and the opportunities for variation are endless. Here in Asheville, expect to see any number of riffs on the classic: Beer Negronis, Frozen Negronis, Vodka Negronis, Negroni Desserts…who knows!
For more information, check out negroniweek.com, or email [email protected]
(as of 05/26) The participating Asheville bars and their corresponding non-profits are:
Buffalo Nickel – HOPE Women’s Cancer Center
The Bull & Beggar – Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
The Crow & Quill – Asheville Sustainable Restaurant Workforce
Cucina 24 – Open Doors of Asheville
The Imperial Life – RiverLink
Lex 18 – Youth Outright
MG Road – Haywood Street Respite
Nightbell – Haywood Street Downtown Congregation: Chefs at Welcome Table
The Southern – Manna Food Bank
Sovereign Remedies – Asheville Community Theatre
Tiger Mountain – Our VOICE
The Yacht Club – Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
Top of the Monk – Asheville Green Building Council
ASHEVILLE NEGRONI WEEK 2015 with closing party at Tiger Mountain on Lexington Avenue.
What: 13 (and counting) Asheville bars come together with the local and international community to celebrate the Negroni and raise money for multiple local charities and non-profits. Each bar will have it’s own unique Negroni Week menu and donate proceeds from the sale of each Negroni to the charity of their choice. The week will be capped off with a huge party at Tiger Mountain on Lexington with free drinks, bites and lots of revelry.
When: June 1st – 7th,
CLOSING PARTY: Sunday, June 7th, 1pm – 4pm at Tiger Mountain
Where: Local bars throughout the area (see bars listed above)
CLOSING PARTY: Tiger Mountain
Image caption: From left to right: Katey Ryder of Sovereign Remedies, Jasper Adams of Imperial Life, Erin Hawley of MG Road, and Sean Bickford of Tiger Mountain area few of the bartenders coming together for Asheville’s Negroni week.