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CANCELLED | Virtual | An ArtTable Friendsgiving, with The Artisan’s Palate

November 8, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Interior shot of artwork on white walls
3pm PT/ 4pm MT / 5pm CT / 6pm ET

Come celebrate Friendsgiving with ArtTable and The Artisan’s Palate! We will be joined by founder and chef Christa Csoka and artist Melissa Herriott for a conversation about how The Artisan’s Palate came to be, the importance of art, food, and community, and the local arts scene in Charlotte, North Carolina. We’ll also be making a specialty cocktail called “The Weight of the World,” inspired by a series of paintings by Herriott that were on view at The Artisan’s Palate during her time as featured artist. See below for the ingredients so you can make the cocktail with us!

After the discussion and drinks, we’ll go into breakout rooms for a classic ArtTable networking session.

RECIPE: The Weight of the World


  • 1 ½ oz Reposado Tequila
  • ½ oz Mezcal
  • 1 oz Blood Orange Puree (Alternative: blood orange soda OR 1/2 oz orange juice + 1/2 oz grapefruit juice)
  • ½ oz Blood Orange Aperitif (vermouth) (Alternative: sweet vermouth)
  • 1 fresh lime
  • Smoked Chili Bitters (Alternative: any bitters will work if smoked chili is unavailable) 
  • Orange Zest
  • Sal de Gusano (worm salt; or substitute with chili salt) (Alternative: just mix some salt and chili powder!)

How to make it:

Serve this cocktail in a Rocks Glass with a large ice cube. Stir all ingredients except bitters in a glass pitcher. Pour over your ice cube. Put in 3-4 dashes of bitters after the mix is in the glass (do not put these on the cube, but around the edges). Put worm salt/chili salt on the ice cube and garnish with an orange zest on the glass. Voila!

This program is free for ArtTable members and $10 for non-members. Members are encouraged to bring a friend for an additional $10.

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Accessibility: Automatic closed captioning will be available for this program. Please email if you require additional accommodations. 

About the Speakers

Headshot of Christa CsokaOwner 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 and cadets at West Point.

Csoka has over 30 years’ experience in the service industry, including working as a chef at French restaurants in NYC and Chicago and catering in Austin, New York, and Charlotte. She has lived in and visited many cities all over the world, all of which have given her a diverse culinary perspective and palate. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute in New York, Christa moved to Charlotte in 2003 to be closer to family. 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.

Headshot of Melissa Herriott in front of some of her colorful abstract paintingsMelissa Herriott is a Charlotte-based abstract artist and interior stylist working in multiple mediums. Her paintings are full of color, texture, and symbolism. Melissa is an award-winning artist, featured in QC Exclusive Magazine and the KNOW Book of Women. Melissa’s hope is that her work sparks conversation, inspires, and allows you (if even for a moment) to get lost inside of it.

About The Artisan’s Palate

An interior shot of The Artisan's PalateThe Artisan’s Palate is a restaurant, art gallery and gathering space in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina. It offers a unique menu of 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. The space includes a gallery that features local artists monthly. Guests are introduced to immersive experiences, crafted by Chef and Owner, Christa Csoka. These experiences converge all five senses through food, beverage, art, music and more based on each collection.

The Artisan’s Palate is an inclusive destination for its customers – from local coffee during the day, to rustic-yet-refined plates and curated cocktails at night, to savory and sweet brunch on Sunday. They also sell wine, coffee, and art in support of local artisans all within a creative, community environment.


  1. Interior shot of The Artisan’s Palate gallery, featuring work by Melissa Herriott
  2. Headshots provided by the speakers
  3. Interior shot of The Artisan’s Palate, courtesy of The Artisan’s Palate


November 8, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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