Barrels tapped 
for charities

Rum, barrels and revelry all added up to nearly $2,500 raised for local charities, as the first Art of the Barrel auction concluded after a superb three-course dinner at The Brasserie last week.

Artists were highlighted for their extraordinary efforts in turning a dozen well-seasoned rum barrels into winsome works of art, such as an oversized pina colada, Chill-icious, the first-place winner by Jennifer Bily; a woman Treading Water, in Scott Swing’s so-named second-place award-winner; and a parrot-adorned cask by Carla McDowell that took third place.

Notably, several of the barrels were decorated by clients and staff from the Mental Health Unit and Sunrise Caring Association, among them artist Jule Frazier, 27, who contributed his considerable talent to an island-inspired barrel titled Sunrise Dream Team.

Ahead of the auction, guests were treated to Santa Carolina brut champagne and canapes (local melt-in-your-mouth snapper ceviche among them), followed by either seared snapper or roasted free-range chicken breast, both enhanced by seasonal pumpkin puree, roasted beets and local sorrel tartar, with dessert – what else but Tortuga rum cake – and a choice of aged rums or rum liqueur. Tortuga also provided the wine pairings, featuring Fasoli Gino organic pinot grigio and Sefiro chianti Colli Fiorentini.

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