50 Years Of White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection: Kennebunk Landmark Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

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New England’s Celebrated Property Welcomes Previous Executive Chefs of the Inn to Celebrate 50 Years of Fine Dining in Kennebunk

White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection

White Barn Inn Restaurant will continue to offer guests and locals alike a luxury experience that revels in a modern spirit that is both refined and fun-filled for years to come.

A beloved local landmark for over 150 years, located in the beautiful coastal town of Kennebunk, White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Forbes 5 Star and AAA 5 Diamond fine dining destination, White Barn Inn Restaurant, this year. To mark this milestone, the exemplary New England property is unveiling a unique series of programming and events that will capture the property’s storied heritage, culinary legacy and timeless coastal character. Kicking off in February 2023, the yearlong initiative will include exceptional new menus, intimate cooking classes and unforgettable epicurean events, all led by a lineup of chefs who previously helmed the Inn’s signature restaurant, alongside the hotel’s current executive chef, Mathew Woolf. Created with the sophisticated and modern traveler in mind, these one-of-a-kind experiences will allow guests and locals to join in on this monumental celebration as the Inn and Restaurant continues its legacy of pioneering authentic luxury hospitality experiences.

"Since its launch as a pioneering fine dining establishment in 1973, White Barn Inn has been one of the most sought-after culinary destinations in the Northeast,” said Daniel Braun, general manager of White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We're thrilled to recognize this anniversary of excellence by celebrating the chefs that helped place the resort on the national culinary map. White Barn Inn Restaurant will continue to offer guests and locals alike a luxury experience that revels in a modern spirit that is both refined and fun-filled for years to come.” 50th Anniversary Experiences Include:

  • Remedy Cocktail Co. Pop-Ups | February 11, September 9, and December 23: Throughout the year, White Barn Inn will host Remedy Cocktail Co. for garden to glass craft botanical cocktail classes that celebrate the seasons. Guests will have the opportunity to work with Remedy’s founder, Cassandra, and immerse themselves in botanical infusions, herbal medicines, and tonics tied to the month they are visiting.
  • Maple Syrup Magic with Maple Moon Farm | February 12: Join White Barn Inn culinary team and owner of Maple Moon Farm, Frank Ferucci, for a sugar on snow demonstration by the inn’s roaring bonfire, and watch how boiling maple syrup turns to taffy on a fresh bed of snow. Following the demonstration, sample the sweet treats while cozying up by the fireplace with a mug of hot wassail made using syrup from a local 18th-century maple farm.
  • Dinner Event with Chef Ed Gannon | March 11: Chef Ed Gannon, who oversaw the Inn’s culinary program from 1989 - 1992, is returning once again to take over Little Barn and White Barn Inn Restaurant in celebration of the 50th anniversary. Chef Gannon and Mathew Woolf, the resort’s current executive chef, will work together to curate a menu of dishes showcasing some of the favorites from Gannon’s time at the resort.
  • ‘Cabane a Sucre’ Event | March 26: Cabane a Sucre, which translates to “sugar shack,” is a community celebration of the yearly Maple Syrup Harvest that dates back to the 19th century. In Canada, when attending a sugar shack, you are met with long communal tables of groups of strangers, alongside overflowing family style platters of food and maple syrup. To pay homage to this celebration, White Barn Inn Restaurant will host a similar styled lunch, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the American Kidney Foundation.
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea | May 13: Guests will celebrate Mother’s Day with an elegant afternoon tea from 12-1:30pm in the living room. Indulge in complimentary tea service with savory sandwiches, scones and other sweet baked treats.
  • Bananas Foster Night | May 20: As an ode to the classic dishes from the property’s original menus, White Barn Inn Restaurant will offer Bananas Foster as a dessert option on May 20. Previously served as a dessert years ago in the Bistro (pre Little Barn), the Bananas Foster will be cooked and prepared in the dining room for guest viewing and at no extra charge. Dating back to 1951, Bananas Foster is an old-fashioned dessert consisting of sliced bananas and a flambéed rum sauce served with vanilla ice cream.
  • Oysters & Wine Tastings | May 27th & November 24th: White Barn Inn invites guests for an intimate tasting of Maine’s best oysters, paired with white wines selected by the team’s sommelier. Guests will learn the connection between oysters and the soil in the Loire Valley, and how to shuck oysters to recreate the pairing at home.
  • Dinner Event with Chef Jonathan Cartwright | June 9: Executive Chef Mathew Woolf is teaming up with Chef Jonathan Cartwright, who held the title of executive chef from 1995 - 2015, to create a unique menu featuring favorite dishes from his time at the resort. A beloved member of the Kennebunk community, Chef Cartwright is now the owner and executive chef of another local establishment, Musette in Kennebunkport’s Cape Porpoise village. His exclusive menu at White Barn Inn will be available at both Little Barn and White Barn Inn Restaurant.
  • Lobster Bake | Summer 2023: Each week throughout the Summer, White Barn Inn will host a traditional Maine Lobster Bake. Attendees will enjoy fireside cocktails while Chef Woolf leads guests through the traditional unveiling process of the Inn’s custom-made lobster cages. After the unveiling, participants will indulge in a family-style dinner with all the essentials of a traditional lobster bake. Each event will host a different local brewery or distillery to offer tastings. In the spirit of giving back to the Kennebunk community, White Barn Inn will make a donation to the Maine Fisherman's Association following every Lobster Bake.
  • Dinner Event with Chef Matt Padilla | September 29: The most recent chef to helm the Inn, Chef Matt Padilla will return to White Barn Inn, once again, to showcase his beloved plates from when he held the title of executive chef at the resort.
  • Finale 50th Anniversary Dinner Event | November 3-4: The final celebration of this significant anniversary, each returning chef will join Executive Chef Mathew Woolf to create an unforgettable dining experience featuring plates inspired by each chef’s time at White Barn Inn.
  • 50 Years of White Barn | All Year: Throughout the year, White Barn Inn will feature an over-the-top specialty cocktail on their fine dining menu that changes with the seasons. Each season’s drink will be priced at $75 and will feature Louis XIII, a special French cognac 50+ years old.

Constructed in the 1860’s, White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection has offered superb hospitality and an excellent table for boarders since the days of the civil war. It has operated as the White Barn Inn since 1973 and in October 2018, the property was acquired by Auberge Resorts Collection, a unique portfolio of the world’s best-loved boutique luxury hotels and resorts. In Summer 2020, New England’s most stylish escape experienced design updates property-wide under the guidance of New York-based Jenny Wolf Interiors. Embracing the property’s farmhouse history, the reimagination introduced playful contemporary touches to create inviting and cozy interiors with a unique Maine sensibility.

For additional information about White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection, and the anniversary offerings please visit https://aubergeresorts.com/whitebarninn/.

About White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection
A beloved local landmark for over 150 years, White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection is synonymous with warm New England hospitality, rustic charm, and uncompromising attention to detail. Just a 90-minute drive north of Boston in the charming coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine, the 27-room property is renowned as one of the country’s most distinctive getaways offering supreme levels of quality, luxury, and gracious service. The hotel's four waterfront cottages boast coastal views and access to White Barn Marina. Amenities include an outdoor infinity pool, coastal views, an award-winning spa, two restaurants, convenient access to fine shopping and art galleries in Kennebunkport, as well as a variety of experiences from bike riding to local apple orchards to traditional Maine lobster bakes. The White Barn Restaurant, a culinary legend, Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond fine dining destination, offers seasonal, contemporary New England cuisine while the new Little Barn is a casual eatery where chef Mathew Woolf brings the local Maine farmstead and fisheries to the table in flavorful, approachable dishes. In summer 2020, White Barn Inn unveiled a property-wide redesign led by New York-based https://jennywolfinteriors.com/Jenny Wolf Interiors that refreshed guest rooms and public spaces with playful contemporary touches and elements from local Maine purveyors.

For more information: https://aubergeresorts.com/whitebarninn/

Follow White Barn Inn on Facebook and Instagram @WhiteBarnAubergeAbout Auberge Resorts Collection

Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each property is unique, all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through captivating design, exceptional cuisine, innovative spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. With 25 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts, Auberge invites guests to create unforgettable stories in some of the world’s most desirable destinations.

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