Holiday-Inspired Cook with the Pros

Chef Nina Compton

Winner of the 2018 James Beard Awards “Best Chef: South” and one of Food & Wine magazine’s "Best New Chefs 2017", Nina Compton is Chef/Owner of award-winning restaurant Compère Lapin in New Orleans’ Warehouse District. Her second restaurant venture, Bywater American Bistro (BABs), is located in New Orleans’ “Sliver by the River” Bywater neighborhood.

Since opening in June 2015, Compère Lapin has received critical acclaim including Eater National's "Best Restaurants in America 2017"; a rave review in The New York Times, and Top 10 Winner of Playboy's Best New Bars in America 2016. At Compère Lapin, the talented toque creates robust dishes that meld the flavors of her Caribbean upbringing and love for French and Italian cuisine, while highlighting the Gulf and Louisiana’s beautiful indigenous ingredients.

Compton’s highly anticipated Bywater American Bistro – which opened in March 2018 – features contemporary American fare, showcasing the chef’s culinary craftmanship while focusing on seasonal ingredient-driven cuisine in a casual, convivial setting.

Wine Selections:

Nina Compton Wine 2-Pack $60

Stagård, 'Handwerk' Grüner Veltliner 2018
Skerk, Orange Vitovska 2018

About the Wines:

Skerk, Orange Vitovska 2018

This organic bottle is made by Sandi Skerk from the grape vitovska. Skerk is on the Slovenian and Italian border, a part of the world where there’s not much going on other than an abundance of orange wine, distant views of the Adriatic Sea, and a bit of shame on behalf of a first lady having been born nearby too. This is a classic skin-contact wine.

Tastes like: Apricot, Orange Peel, Chamomile.

Drink with: Roasted Honeynut Squash, Grilled Root Vegetables, and Pumpkin Pie if you're pairing wine with pie.

Stagård, 'Handwerk' Grüner Veltliner 2018

The grape grüner veltliner is Austria’s pride and joy. It can taste like white pepper and sometimes like peas. Stagård is a family producer that has been growing grüner for 500 years. We think they’ve figured it out.