Bywater American Bistro (BABs), the award-winning eatery from James Beard “Best Chef: South” Nina Compton and Chef/Partner Levi Raines, is kicking off the 2nd annual Summer Guest Bartender Series on Sunday, June 23, 2019. From 8PM – 10PM, BABs Head Bartender Crystal Pavlas will welcome Ajax Kentish behind the bar for an evening of creative cocktails and conversation.

For one night only, cocktail enthusiasts can indulge in summer-inspired libations by Kentish, a London native who has worked in venues across Europe and America for over 14 years. Currently, the talented bartender is Bar Manager of the latest LeBlanc + Smith venue, Longway Tavern in the French Quarter. Kentish, who believes a good cocktail starts with ingredients that are easy to find, will be showcasing a variety of cocktails including Smokin’ Louie – Monkey Shoulder, Green Chartreuse, Montenegro, and orange bitters with a peated whisky rinse and grapefruit zest; Tres Agaves – Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Espolon Blanco, Peychauds, lime and egg white; and How Do You Like Them Apples – coconut rum, gin, Midori and fresh lemon and lime. Kentish will also serve up a secret Bartender’s Choice concoction, available upon request. Of course, guests can also enjoy Pavlas’ signature BABs cocktails.

Bywater American Bistro is located in the Rice Mill Lofts at 2900 Chartres Street in New Orleans’ Bywater district. The restaurant serves dinner, Wednesday – Sunday with seating from 5PM – 10PM and brunch, Saturdays and Sundays with seating from 10:30AM – 2PM. Happy Hour is available at the bar, Wednesday – Sunday, 5PM – 6PM. For additional information and reservations, please visit or call (504) 605-3827.

Lauren Busch/Anabel Mendez
Brustman Carrino Public Relations
(305) 573-0658

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About Chef Nina Compton: James Beard "Best Chef: South"  Nina Compton is Chef/Owner of New Orleans’ gastronomic gem, Compère Lapin, along with her newest restaurant concept, Bywater American Bistro (BABs), which opened Spring 2018. Compère Lapin has garnered multiple accolades since opening in 2015 – both nationally and locally – for Nina’s one-of-a-kind Caribbean-inspired Louisiana cuisine, including Eater National’s “Best Restaurants in America 2017”. The talented toque has been named one ofFood & Wine magazine’s "Best New Chefs 2017", and is the culinary ambassador of St. Lucia, where she was born and raised. Formerly of the critically acclaimed Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach – where Compton worked under celeb chef/restaurateur Scott Conant – the rising star chef fell in love with the Crescent City while filming Top Chef New Orleans where she was runner up and fan favorite. Compton was lured to New Orleans when an opportunity with Provenance Hotels presented itself, and her journey as a renowned restaurateur has since taken off.