Cocktails & Spirits

New Nightly Rum Pairing Dinners Now Offered at Burlock Coast in Fort Lauderdale

Burlock Coast, the eight-month-old Fort Lauderdale restaurant that pays homage to the city’s historic reputation as a rum-runner’s refuge, is now offering nightly multicourse pairing dinners with a new angle.

No, you won't get a meal paired with wine or beer, but instead with the place's favorite spirit: rum.

Chef de cuisine Gavin Pera and beverage director James Camp have teamed up to collaborate on a menu that highlights the area's best local and seasonal fare to pair with Burlock Coast's varied selection of exotic specialty rums.

"The rum dinners will really give our guests an opportunity to taste a variety of diverse and delicious rums, get a little history with their meal, and, for a time, get transported back to when Fort Lauderdale was a bootlegger’s paradise," said Camp.

If you really like rum, you can request to dine among the 150-plus varieties in the restaurant's dedicated rum room for an exclusive rum dinner, a must for any self-declared rum aficionado. The experience includes private dining service and personal rum presentations by one of Burlock Coast’s rum connoisseurs.
These intimate dinners are designed for a group of up to ten people and are priced at $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Advance reservations must be made. All rum-dinner menus are available from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Due to the seasonality of ingredients, items are subject to change based on availability.

Chef tasting menus are available in both Burlock Coast's main dining and marketplace spaces. Priced at $85 per person (or $110 per person with rum pairings), guests can currently try the four-course menu offering a starter, two courses, and a dessert.

A recent meal consisted of a lionfish crudo served alongside a coconut rum, Frangelico, passion fruit, and pineapple cocktail; Lake Meadow duck paired with a Florida Old Reserve Sherry Cask-aged rum; Palmetto Creek pork belly matched up with a rosemary-infused Fwaygo Single Barrel-aged rum; and a chai rum and raisin cake accompanied by a Chai Smaks Rum from Trinidad & Tobago.

To celebrate the recent introduction of the restaurant’s nightly rum-paired chef tasting menus, Burlock Coast will also be hosting a one-night only dinner with Trinidad-based Chai Rum on Saturday, October 22. Known as the "Rum of the Oceans," Chai Rum is a blend of tea leaves from the East Indies and rum from the West Indies, a recipe perfected over four generations.

Anticipate some good cocktails as well, with drinks made from interesting ingredients such as sherry, cinnamon, coconut, smoke, and exotic spices. Each of the four courses will be paired with a specialty libation made with Chai Rum. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and is priced at $150 per person.

"There’s no place else in town like the Burlock Coast rum room," said Camp. "With over 150 varieties of rum, it's a great place to explore — a one-of-a-kind place that pays homage to Bill McCoy’s renegade legacy during the rum-running era."

Burlock Coast. 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-302-6460;
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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