The Artisan’s Palate is a restaurant, cocktail & wine bar and art gallery in NoDa offering a unique menu of craft cocktails, wine and shareable 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 our customers – from local coffee during the day, to rustic-yet-refined 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.
As the daughter of a refugee from Budapest-turned Army Officer and West Point Professor, Owner and Chef, Christa Csoka’s love for entertaining and passion for food began when she was a child, helping her mother host dinners and events for Officers, Cadets and even Senators at West Point.
She graduated top of her class from the French Culinary Institute and worked as a Chef at French restaurants in NYC and Chicago (to include Daniel, Tru and the Pump Room) as well as working in Austin, TX and Charlotte. Christa has over 30 years’ combined experience in the service industry both front and back of house. Her mentors were Master Chefs such as Jacques Pepin, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Torres, Alain Sailhac, Andre Soltner and more. Alongside her work with these Master Chefs, Chef Christa has lived and visited many cities all over the world, all of which combined has given her a diverse culinary perspective and palate.
In 2004, Christa moved to Charlotte to be closer to family and although she was not immediately immersed in the culinary world of Charlotte, she kept her love of cooking alive by catering on weekends and special events as well as hosting many themed parties and events over the years. This would launch the idea of the Artisan’s Palate. The inclusion of art as part of a whole experience was always her passion and she envisioned a space in which food, drinks, music and art co-existed in harmony – and that is how The Artisan’s Palate came to be.
A dedicated foodie and wine enthusiast, Chef Christa is always in search of inspiring new culinary experiences and at the Artisan’s Palate, she uses modern influences and traditional techniques, with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients.
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.