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Celebrate The Third Negroni Social With A Citywide Celebration

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Three Is A Magic Number
Nostrana and Imbibe Magazine Present Negroni Week: Celebrate The Third Negroni Social With A Citywide Celebration

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 21, 2013) – On Monday, June 3, Nostrana restaurant will celebrate its third year of the quintessential Italian cocktail by bringing together an invite-only crowd of Portland’s greatest bartending and culinary talents. And for a third year, Nostrana’s blowout bash will benefit Outside In, an organization that provides much-needed medical and mental health services and resources to homeless youth.

But this year, for the first time, the whole city is invited.

In the week leading up to the Negroni Social, Nostrana has partnered with Imbibe Magazine to recruit bars and restaurants across the city and country to serve their own unique Negroni variations. Inspired by the ever-changing and ever-creative monthly Negroni at Nostrana, bartenders like David Shenaut at Raven & Rose and Jacob Carey at Dig A Pony will offer their own variations, with a dollar from each Negroni sale directly supporting Outside In’s work to move homeless youth towards health and self sufficiency.

“The Negroni is the best cocktail – complex, flavorful, and truly Italian – and the Negroni Social has always been a great party for a great cause,” says Negroni Social founder and longtime Nostrana bar man Douglas Derrick. “This year I wanted to find a way for all of Portland to take part in the celebration. More importantly, with the help of Portland’s tight-knit bartending community, we’ll be able to raise more awareness and more funds for homeless youth than we ever have before.”

Since 2010, The Rooster Bar at Nostrana has given special attention to a unique Negroni variation every month. In 2011, in honor of a year of creativity, the Negroni Social was born. The Social is a costumed celebration of all things Negroni, featuring a retrospective of the last twelve “Negronis of the Month,” as well as the classic, traditional cocktail.

During the week of May 27 through June 3, sippers in search of a good drink for a great cause will find Negroni variations at the following Portland bars and restaurants:

Irving Street Kitchen
Raven & Rose
Dig A Pony
Oven & Shaker
Aalto Lounge
Riffle NW
St. Jack
Laurelhurst Market

The Negroni Social, scheduled for 10:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, is an invite-only event. This year’s party will feature 13 Negroni variations served by 13 great bartenders, including Jeffrey Morganthaler from Clyde Common, Lacy Hawkins of Luc Lac, and Art Tierce from Ransom Spirits, as well as the unveiling of three upcoming Chef’s Negronis from Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Johanna Ware of Smallwares and Cathy Whims, Nostrana’s founder and executive chef. Guests are invited to don masks and costumes based on this year’s themes of magic, the number three and, of course, the Negroni.

Portlanders who want to join the party can win the coveted Negroni Social invites at this Thursday, or at EaterPDX and Nostrana’s Facebook page at various times leading up to the event.

About Nostrana:
Nostrana – literally ‘ours’ in Italian – serves classic regional Italian cuisine built on simple preparations, fresh, local ingredients, and the traditional method of cooking with fire. Nostrana was founded in 2005 by executive chef and owner Cathy Whims and in 2006, Nostrana was named Oregon’s Restaurant of the Year by The Oregonian. Cathy Whims is a five-time James Beard “Best Chef: Pacific Northwest” finalist and winner of the coveted 2011 “Leccio d’Oro Osteria Prize” instituted by the Brunello Consortium of Montalcino. Nostrana is located at 1401 SE Morrison, Portland OR 97214. For more information, please call 503-234-2427 or visit