Bainbridge Island Gets a Taste of the World: Haitian and Asian Fusion Cuisine on the Menu

Entrepreneurs introducing Asian and Haitian cuisine to Bainbridge Island

On Bainbridge Island, two entrepreneurs are introducing a new dining experience to the community. Ritho Jean Louis, owner and manager of Ritho Caribbean Spot, is bringing a taste of Haitian cuisine to the area, while Christine Vancamp, owner of Ono Kine Local Grindz, is offering an Asian fusion experience.

Jean Louis grew up cooking for his sisters in his homeland of Haiti and has always been passionate about using fresh ingredients like tomatoes, corn, and peanuts in his dishes. He noticed that there was a lack of food that resembled his home cuisine in Bainbridge and decided to open his own restaurant to share it with the community.

Vancamp took a leap of faith by opening an Asian fusion restaurant at the Bainbridge Marina. She was inspired by her grandparents who left Korea for Hawaii in the 1920s and grew up eating Korean dishes like Shoyu chicken, Kalbi, and lumpia. Vancamp cooks alongside her husband and is excited to share her heritage through food with the Bainbridge community.

Both business owners are introducing locals to dishes that are not typical in the traditional Southern cooking scene. Louis plans to host a corn festival on May 18th where members of the Haitian and Latino community will bring their own twist to a southern tradition. The diversity in cuisine offers not only a unique dining experience but also creates a link between heritage, uniqueness, and progression in a town where racial and ethnic diversity has been less common.

By bringing their culinary traditions to Bainbridge Island, both business owners hope to give the community a taste of the comfort food they grew up on.

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