RumFire’d up

POIPU — Every night is a party at RumFire, but tonight at RumFire Poipu Beach’s second RumFeast, those in attendance are in for a treat.

RumFeast features Koloa Rum-based, a la carte menu items and the option to pair each selection with a handcrafted Koloa Rum cocktail.

“We used to do an event called RumFest, and we still do, but we decided to combine the two events together,” said Michael Young, executive chef at RumFire. “We wanted to combine great food and great drinks.”

This event will take place during regular business hours, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with the bar area closing at 10. Reservations are recommended.

RumFeast’s unique menu highlights locally inspired dishes, such as a deconstructed “kamaboko” of shellfish with a Koloa Coconut Rum gastrique and a Portuguese white bean soup with Koloa Rum-glazed Portuguese sausage.

“We set up a menu that features all local ingredients with a local feel that has rum in it, but also pairs with the rum as well,” Young said.

Main dishes include Niihau Braised-Lamb Ravioli, served with local Kunana Dairy goat cheese and a Koloa Rum carrot puree and a Pink Peppercorn and Kaffir Lime-Crusted Ahi.

A la carte items can be paired with inventive cocktails like the Papaya Cooler, featuring papaya-infused Koloa Rum and kaffir lime syrup, St. Germain and lemon.

“We got killer rum that comes right up the street,” Young said. “It’s one of those things that really doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s serious event for us because we want to make sure that our guests have a great time, but it’s not stuffy or formal by any means. We’re not trying to wow people by our culinary skills or with the most intricate drink ever made, we just want people to have a good time.”

Individual items RumFeast start at $10, and a limited number of signature dishes from RumFire’s regular menu will abe available.

RumFeast is the official kickoff party for the third annual Kauai’s Best Bartender presented by Koloa Rum, which begins Aug. 11 through Nov. 17.

“It’s fun because we get to involve local bartenders here on Kauai,” said Ryan Mora, restaurant manager at RumFire. “It’s nobody from Oahu and Maui, these are all bartenders who work locally in a bar or restaurant here on the island.”

Mora calls tonight’s event a celebration that both tourists and locals can enjoy in unison, adding that it showcases the best of what RumFire has to offer.

“RumFeast it not just a showcase for us to show people what we do here in the kitchen, but also what our bartenders can do with pairing cocktails,” Mora said. “It also shows our relationship with Koloa Rum and how we support local businesses. It’s really a showcase for locals and tourists.”

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