A Taste of Heritage: Bainbridge’s International Cuisine Scene

Entrepreneurs introducing Asian and Haitian cuisine to Bainbridge Island

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

Ritho Jean Louis, manager and owner of Ritho Caribbean Spot, shares his story of cooking for his sisters since he was a child and how ingredients like tomatoes, corn, and peanuts brought him to Bainbridge during harvest seasons. He noticed a lack of food that resembled his home cuisine, prompting him to open his own restaurant.

Both Louis and Vancamp are introducing the locals to dishes that are not typical in the traditional Southern cooking scene. Louis plans to host a corn festival on May 18, where members of the Haitian and Latino community will bring their own twist to a southern tradition. The diversity in cuisine not only offers 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

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