Brunch with Chef Christa of The Artisan's Palate
Artisan's Palate, a new wine/coffee bar with an art gallery, is coming to NoDa, specifically 1210 E. 36th St. in early 2019. The "community house" will also have a rotating menue with 10-12 "elevated but comfortable" dishes, stated Charlotte Five on an Instagram post this week! Just before Thanksgiving, I had the privilege to attend my first "Friendsgiving" in Charlotte at the home of Chef Christa Csoka of Artisan's Palate. I did a photo shoot of her amazing dishes and had an awesome time all together! So happy for my friend Christa as she opens a great new space in NoDa to show off her talent. Below are some of her original dishes she served a party of 6 for brunch that day! All photos by Julie Corder Photography.
The appetizer was crab-stuffed, bacon-wrapped shrimp done with a cream sauce. It was textured and rich! It was satisfying and delicious.
The next course was a butternut squash soup topped with bacon & drizzled with cream. This was my favorite dish! I absolutely love soups and this was a hearty, creamy, soup that also looked inviting with the warm color of the butternut squash.
The third course was a slow-cooked pork belly over a mash with chives & a delicious sauce. I usually am not a fan of pork belly, but the meat was so tender & lean! Tasted like a thick piece of heaven!
For dessert, we enjoyed a nutella-stuffed french toast with raspeberries and whipped cream. To die for! The nutella was the perfect filling for the french toast.
And of course, what Friendsgiving would be complete with cocktails? Trust me! Chef Christa knows her stuff when it comes to mixology as well!
A special thank you to Chef Christa from Artisan's Palate for hosting us and preparing all the amazing food! It was my first food photography shoot and I would like to also thank Alan Corder for lighting assistance. Also, thank you to the Gold District Board for pulling this together in Wilmore. We hope the Artisan's Palate is off to a great success.
Until next time!
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