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Dining Out: Museum of Art adds rum tasting to Haitian exhibition

In 2015, beer took over Baton Rouge with the inaugural Capital City Beer Fest. This year, a different liquor is set to make its mark on the 225.

Rum will be taking over the Louisiana Museum of Art for an event called Museum After Dark: Rum Tasting with Kohlmeyer Krewe.

The Kohlmeyer Krewe is the Young Professionals group of the museum. The Krewe is named after Louisiana painter and sculptor Ida Kohlmeyer, and members enjoy creating networking opportunities, building new social relationships and making an impact in the community.

Renee’ Bourgeois, event and marketing coordinator at the museum and the Shaw Center for the Arts, says the Kohlmeyer Krewe came up with the idea for the rum tasting event. The event is set to accompany the museum’s current Haitian exhibition.

“We wanted to create an event that showcased the Haitian culture,” said Bourgeois. “We thought exploring its popular drink (rum) would be a crowd pleaser.”

The current exhibition is called The Carnival, the City and the Sea: Haitian Art from the Perry Smith Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art. It launched in December 2015 and ends March 20.

The exhibition is described as something never seen before in Baton Rouge. It examines three rhythms of Haitian life — the carnival, the city and the sea.

Old New Orleans Rum, whose founder is a painter and sculptor himself, will provide rum for the event.

The majority of the world’s rum is made in the Caribbean, but all production of Old New Orleans Rum happens here in Louisiana. Expect to taste the company’s light bodied white rum “Crystal,” the medium bodied blend “Amber” and the cayenne and cinnamon-infused “Cajun Spice.”

Besides the exhibition and the rum, Bourgeois says there will be other things to enjoy at the event as well.

“The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will provide the BR Blues Festival’s Spotify playlist for the night,” said Bourgeois. “They also will offer discounted Baton Rouge Blues Festival VIP Tickets.”

The event will take place on March 10 from 6-8 p.m. on the fifth floor of the LSU Museum of Art. Admission is $5 for museum members and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation members. Memberships can be purchased at the events.

Bourgeois encourages everybody to come out to the event. She says it is a great networking opportunity and, of course, the rum.

“It is a chance to connect with your peers that care about the creative side of Baton Rouge and the cocktails will be delicious,” said Bourgeois.

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