Acclaimed chef Nina Compton is unveiling a new dinner series at her restaurant Compère Lapin, based on the cuisines of the Caribbean islands. The series, called the Island Hop Themed Dinner Series, will offer a different four-course dinner menu every week in September, each focusing on a different island.
The dinners, priced at $45 per person, are also accompanied by an option $25 cocktail pairing featuring Caribbean rums. The series will feature the cuisines of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Martinique.
The first menu, which will run from September 1st to September 7th, focuses on Cuban cuisine and will include pork belly prepared with platano (plantains) and mojo verde. The cocktail offerings include the canchánchara, Cuba’s oldest cocktail, and the Havana especial, which traces its roots back to 1935.
The dinner series was inspired by Compton’s sister, Fiona, a London-based Caribbean historian who runs the Know Your Caribbean initiative.
“Fiona’s passion for getting Caribbean history right (there’s a lot of misinformation out there) has always inspired me, so this series is a way to support Caribbean history through authentic food of some of the islands,” Compton told Adore.
Compton won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South in 2018. She competed on the 11th season of Top Chef, and Compère Lapin was named by Vice as one of the 14 Best Restaurants in New Orleans in 2016, just over a year after it opened. It’s safe to say the food will be delicious.
With authentic food and ingredients at the centerpiece of the series, New Orleanians can experience genuine bites from each island sans international flight. “It’s really about showcasing the ingredients and dishes indigenous to each island,” Compton said. “Plus, there’s a rum pairing with great cocktails, so that will certainly be fun!”