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.