2 more French natives join Westport Café and Bar as new winter menus launch
French foursome will host a special Mont d’Or Party on Dec. 14 to celebrate a traditional cheese fondue from their hometown of Eastern France
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 30, 2017) – Westport Café and Bar is more authentic than ever before. Nearly six months after Frenchmen Kevin Mouhot and Romain Monnoyeur purchased the Parisian-inspired bistro, Westport Café gains two more French natives: Nicolas Mermet and David Barberat. Hailing from Eastern France, Mermet and Barberat are French-trained chefs and longtime friends of Mouhot and Monnoyeur who bring years of credibility and experience in French cuisine and service to Westport Café. Mermet has joined operations as the new general manager assistant, while Barberat will serve as the new chef de cuisine under executive chef Monnoyeur.
The café, which is known for its modern French fare, is also hosting a traditional Cheese Party, and launching new winter menus that introduce seasonally inspired dishes.
Mont d’Or Cheese Party: Dec. 14
The French foursome is hosting a special Mont d’Or Party to celebrate a traditional cheese fondue from their hometown of Eastern France. The cost is $25 per person and includes a Mont d’Or cheese platter for two served with potatoes and charcuterie. The Mont d’Or Cheese Party is Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. Please call Westport Café at (816) 931-4740 to make a reservation for the Mont d’Or Cheese Party – limited quantity available.
Developed by Executive Chef Romain Monnoyeur, the dinner menu unveils five new dishes including a Seasonal Soup and Fish of the Market that will change based on what’s fresh and available locally. The menu also features seasonal updates to existing favorites such as the café’s popular Oysters and WCB Burger. Westport Café and Bar also debuts a seasonal cocktail menu for imbibers looking to sip something new this winter. Created by longtime lead bartender Bronson Kistler, the menu includes two new libations and small modifications to returning favorites.
The winter menus are available now. New dishes and cocktails are as follows:
New Menu Items
Currently serving a Spicy Carrot Soup with Smoked Salmon Cream and Walnut
Fish of the Market*
Currently serving a Black Cod with Apricot Polenta, Red Cabbage, Soy Sauce, Almonds, Black Truffle Sauce
Rolled Fried Chicken
Leek, Chorizo, Comte Cheese, Suprême
Roasted Harissa Squash, Blueberries
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Spicy Coleslaw, Red Onion, Cornichon, Panko Bacon
*The Seasonal Soup and Fish of the Market offerings will change throughout the season to stay accurate in the market based on what’s fresh and available locally.
Boxer Dry Gin, Amer China China, Cocchi Torino, Orange Bitters
Vida Mezcal, Punt E Mes, Beet, Ginger, Lemon, Orange, Firewater Tincture
Returning Favorite Cocktails
Maison Rouge Vsop, Dry Curaçao, Lemon, Bitters, Sugared Rim
Brown Butter Washed Bourbon, Benedictine, Maple Syrup, Black Walnut Bitters
Fall and Oates
Toasted Oat Infused Tito’s Vodka, Honey, Lemon, Cardamom Bitters
Buffalo Trace, Chai Infused Carpano Antica, Blueberry, Lemon
Nicolas Mermet: General Manager Assistant
Nicolas Mermet has joined operations at Westport Café as the new general manager assistant and catering manager. His extensive background includes hospitality experience at high-end hotels and restaurants across the world, including The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, The Intercontinental in China, and The Beau-Rivage Palace in Switzerland. In his new role at Westport Café, Mermet will oversee front-of-house responsibilities, service, and day-to-day operations under general manager Kevin Mouhot.
David Barberat: Chef de Cuisine
David Barberat will serve as the new chef de cuisine at Westport Café under executive chef Romain Monnoyeur. A former classmate of Monnoyeur, Barberat brings nearly five years of credibility and experience in French cuisine to the café, including a previous role at Kansas City’s Café Des Amis in 2013. Most recently, Barberat was the chef de cuisine at the world-famous Café Terroir in Lyon, France, which received a Michelin Plate ranking in 2017. Barberat is excited to reunite with Monnoyeur in the kitchen and create new, modern dishes for the café.
About Westport Café and Bar
Located in the heart of Westport, Westport Café & Bar is a quaint, Parisian-inspired bistro offering French fare and craft specialty cocktails. Hailing from France, co-owners Kevin Mouhot and Romain Monnoyeur execute modern dishes using simple, fresh ingredients and serve a full menu daily from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. An afternoon happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., and a late-night menu from 10 p.m. to close, feature half-priced menu items and specially priced beer and wine. The café also serves one of Kansas City’s most popular brunches from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Westport Café & Bar is available to host small groups and accepts reservations. For more information, “like” Wesport Café and Bar on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/WestportCafeandBar), follow on Instagram (@WestportCafe), visit www.westportcafeandbar.com or call (816) 931-4740.