The world is gearing up for the annual Negroni Week, when vivaciously red, ultra-refreshing drinks benefit charities. Ice cream sandwiches and twists on the classic Italian drink are also on the menu at participating bars and restaurants. As far as wildlife conservation, bees and the National Park Foundation are at the forefront. This and more in this week’s food activism.
- California’s Black Bear Diner chain is dedicating all of June to raising funds for the National Park Foundation. All locations of the chain will be serving the National Parks Burger: two five-ounce patties, two slices of bacon, cheddar, an egg and onion rings on a brioche bun. For every burger served, a dollar will be donated to the Foundation. A dollar will also be donated for every gift shop item sold.
- The monthlong Eat (RED) Save Lives campaign started yesterday. All Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group restaurants (including Otto, La Sirena and Del Posto) as well as Luke’s Lobster, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Cheesecake Factory, Max Brenner and more will be making donations to (RED) in the fight against AIDS. Check out other participating organizations and events here.
- Four Seasons Bali at Sayan has started a bee conservation program in Indonesia. Two hives, each equipped with a queen, have been built on the property and are home to indigenous specimens. The hotel’s restaurants, bars, cooking classes and spa treatments will all utilize the honey harvested.
- A week dedicated to drinking the classic Italian Negroni in the name of charity kicks off this Monday. Bars and restaurants from all over the world will be donating to charities of their choice for every Negroni served. Some venues are offering riffs of the drink. Philadelphia’s Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company is mixing Negronis with mezcal and tequila bases. The Break Room 86 in Los Angeles is collaborating with ice cream pros Coolhaus to offer a Negroni ice cream sandwich: coconut Campari ice cream sandwiched between almond biscotti cookies. Find out if your local bar is stirring Negronis for a good cause here.