Fusion of Flavors: Bringing Diversity to Bainbridge with Asian-Haitian Cuisine

Entrepreneurs introducing Asian and Haitian cuisine to Bainbridge Island

Two entrepreneurs in Bainbridge are introducing a new dining experience to the area with their fusion of Asian and Haitian cuisine. Christine Vancamp, owner of Ono Kine Local Grindz, took a chance by opening an Asian Fusion restaurant at the Bainbridge Marina. Inspired by her grandparents who left Korea for Hawaii in the 1920s, she cooks alongside her husband and is excited to share her heritage through food with the Bainbridge community.

On the other hand, Ritho Jean Louis, manager and owner of Ritho Caribbean Spot, has brought his love for cooking to Bainbridge since he was a child. He noticed a lack of food that resembled his home cuisine during harvest seasons, prompting him to open his own restaurant. His family’s traditional dishes like tomatoes, corn, and peanuts have become staples on his menu and have introduced locals to flavors they may not have experienced before.

Both Louis and Vancamp are bringing diversity to the traditional Southern cooking scene with their unique dishes. To celebrate Haitian culture further, Louis plans to host a corn festival on May 18 at which members of the Haitian and Latino community will bring their own twist to southern traditions.

The diversity in cuisine not only offers a unique dining experience but also creates links between heritage, uniqueness, and progression in a town where racial and ethnic diversity has been less common. By bringing their culinary traditions to Bainbridge, both business owners hope to give the community a taste of the comfort food they grew up on.

Overall, these two entrepreneurs are using their passion for food as a way to introduce cultural diversity to their community. Through their unique restaurants, they are giving locals an opportunity to taste dishes that they may not have experienced before while also celebrating their heritage.

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