VIP WINE DINNER
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
VIP WINE DINNER SPONSOR:
Compère Lapin and Bywater American Bistro
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.
Born and raised in St. Lucia, Nina grew up with the flavors and beauty of the Caribbean. Graduating in 2001 from The Culinary Institute of America, Nina began her professional journey at Daniel in New York City, working and continuing her culinary education alongside world renowned chef/restaurateur Daniel Boulud and his team.
After a successful time of growth in Miami with Norman’s, Philippe Ruiz at Palme d’Or, Casa Casuarina, and Scarpetta, Nina starred in BRAVO’s acclaimed cooking competition show, Top Chef New Orleans, on which she was a finalist and fan favorite and fell in love with the Crescent City. An opportunity with Provenance Hotels lured Nina to New Orleans where she opened her first solo restaurant, Compère Lapin, at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in the Warehouse District.
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.
A woman of many hats, Nina Compton also serves as the Culinary Ambassador of St. Lucia.
Founded in 1985 by Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, Staglin Family Vineyard takes pride in the tradition of family ownership and participation. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, our mission is to produce world class wines that reflect the distinctive character of this historic Rutherford Bench estate.
As stewards of this land we farm the vineyard organically, tap into our solar fields for power and produce the wines in a state of the art underground production facility.
"Great wines for great causes" has been an important motto of our business and personal lives. Since we began farming our vineyard in 1985, we have donated and raised more than $920 million to support charities, including our main cause, the Music Festival for Brain Health.