Fusion of Flavors: Bainbridge’s Newest Restaurants Bring Unique Dining Experience

Entrepreneurs introducing Asian and Haitian cuisine to Bainbridge Island

In Bainbridge, two entrepreneurs are introducing the community to a fresh dining experience that blends Asian and Haitian flavors. Ritho Jean Louis, owner of Ritho Caribbean Spot, is bringing his love for cooking to life by opening a restaurant that offers a taste of his homeland’s cuisine. He grew up cooking for his sisters in Haiti and was inspired by the flavors of tomatoes, corn, and peanuts. When he noticed that there were no restaurants in Bainbridge that offered the same dishes as back home, he decided to open his own establishment.

On the other hand, Christine Vancamp took a leap of faith by opening an Asian Fusion restaurant at the Bainbridge Marina. Growing up in Hawaii, she was exposed to Korean dishes like Shoyu chicken, Kalbi, and lumpia through her grandparents who had left Korea for Hawaii in the 1920s. Vancamp now cooks alongside her husband and is excited to share her heritage with the Bainbridge community through food.

Both Louis and Vancamp 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 on 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 comfort food they grew up on.

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