OUR VISION

The Artisan’s Palate is a café and community gathering space in NoDa offering a unique menu of coffees, craft cocktails, wine and share plates in a neighborly, relaxed atmosphere with a focus on art and those who create it.

Over the years the NoDa community has seen most of its galleries close, but The Artisan’s Palate is working to change that. Our space features a gallery where local artists are featured monthly. Guests are introduced to immersive experiences, crafted by our Chef and Owner, Christa Csoka, that converge all five senses through food, beverage, art, music and more based on each collection.

The Artisan’s Palate is an inclusive destination for everyone – from local coffee and house-made specialty pastries during the day, to rustic-yet-refined small plates and curated cocktails at night, to savory and sweet brunch on Sunday. We also sell wine, coffee, art and so much more in support of local artisans all within a creative, community environment.

OUR CHEF

CHRISTA CSOKA

The daughter of a refugee from Budapest – turned Army Officer and West Point Professor – Chef Christa has lived in many cities throughout the country, all of which have given her a diverse culinary perspective and palate.

Her love for entertaining and passion for food began when she was a child, helping her mother host dinners for generals and cadets, often attended by 50-100 people.

Christa was working in the HR industry in New York City on 9/11 when she watched the towers fall from her office window. It was then she realized life was too short to work in a profession she was not passionate about, and so she decided to pursue her true calling of being a chef. She went on to graduate from the French Culinary Institute and work in both New York and Chicago’s world-famous culinary scene.

Family brought her back to Charlotte in 2003, when many buildings on North Davidson Street were art galleries and Charlotteans flocked to visit them all. After watching those galleries become stores and restaurants over the next decade, she envisioned a space in which all of these concepts co-existed in harmony – and that is how The Artisan’s Palate came to be.

Joining Christa in the kitchen is Pastry Chef Christine Alter, a native of Germany, specializing in German cakes, cookies and other delicacies. Daily offerings, including gluten-free and vegan options, rotate seasonally.

Fusing modern influences and traditional techniques, with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients, Chef Christa breathes new life into the NoDa community while preserving the area’s iconic history.

OUR VALUES

We believe no matter what your medium, if you’re creating something from your heart, with your unique point of view, you are an artisan. It’s our intention to feature local artisans at every opportunity possible – from the chairs our guests sit on, to the food we serve, to the art we display.

We believe artisans and employees deserve fair pay for their work and that is why we charge a small fraction of the average gallery fee for art sales.

We believe in sourcing ingredients locally, ethically and seasonally. Whenever possible, our food and drinks are prepared with ingredients from our network of local farmers and providers who are proven to use sustainable and humane practices. Our menu changes seasonally to accommodate local ingredients and sustainable practices.

Drink. Eat. Gather. Art. Community.

The Artisan Palate