Drayton Hall delves into rum history

Drayton Hall

The Blind Tiger has roared its last roar, but the downtown bar’s influence on Charleston drinking culture is likely to continue being felt in ways large and small.

To that latter category, add an upcoming rum history event sponsored by The Palladian Circle, a group of early- to mid-career professionals who support Drayton Hall. Tara White Odom, Drayton’s special events coordinator, says the Feb. 26 dinner is an outgrowth of a conversation that took place in the Blind Tiger courtyard.

Odom had been introduced by a Palladian Circle member to Jake MacDowell of Red Harbor Rum, who briefed her on the differences between colonial and contemporary rum. “Jake said it was more akin to bourbon today,” she recalls. MacDowell will reprise his overview prior to the four-course meal at The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon; the menu by Duvall Catering includes poblano lime crab cakes; jerk chicken with toasted coconut sauce and Red Harbor rum cake.

In addition to MacDowell’s presentation, the evening will feature a rum punch devised by Pusser’s; rum cocktails from Paul Yellin of the forthcoming Cane Rhum Bar and a talk by Wayne Curtis, author of And a Bottle of Rum. Curtis, who lives in New Orleans, will address “the significant role of rum in Charleston’s early colonial days.”

Tickets to the 7 p.m. dinner are priced at $55 for Palladian Circle members and $70 for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit draytonhall.org or call 843-769-2600.