A fresh concept from the mind of inimitable chef and restaurateur Jim Noble, Copain Gatherings is a new collective committed to making getting together easy. Prepared foods and chef-driven provisions are Copain’s bread and butter, but the full scope of the concept is a little more ambitious. For now, Copain exists as Charlotte’s most thoughtful catering option, but a brick-and-mortar location—in the form of a European-style bakery and grocery adjoined to Rooster’s Wood-fired Kitchen in South Park—will open its doors later this year.
The folks behind Copain believe that attention to the details brings intention into our lives. Executive Pastry Chef Maris Petersen and her team carry that belief into everything they prepare—and they prepare a lot. Petersen’s European bakery-style bread, painterly pastries, savory tarts, and beautifully sculpted cakes are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In the Copain kitchen, the focus is on whatever food makes you feel good—the kind of aesthetically pleasing and tastebud-pleasing stuff that’s just understated enough, yet refined. It’s a collective founded on an idea that should be obvious: Sitting down together over thoughtful food and drink is a powerful thing. Copain exists to he lp you do more of that with ease. All you have to do is gather round the table.