We plant, grow and harvest beautiful California bounty from our plots in the restaurant garden co-op at COPIA and bring to our kitchen at The Thomas, just down the road.
Noel Lopreore, Culinary Gardener
Born to a French Court-trained sommelier and a Las Vegas chef/caterer, Noel has always been heavily immersed in the world of food and drink. One of her very first memories involves eating hot figs off a tree in her backyard. Her mother taught her to compost in the Las Vegas desert, but it was while working with Sin City chefs Mike and Wendy Jordan at Rosemary’s Restaurant that Lopreore developed a real excitement for unique ingredients from the garden.
Under the tutelage of expert organic farmers like Jacobsen’s Orchard, Lopreore has joined the ranks of specialty fruit, vegetable and herb growers and has been labeled the “edible flower expert.” Now, as owner and operator of Family Farmer, a personal culinary garden and preserving business, she is employed as the gardener for the Thomas Restaurant. Noel manages the gardens at Copia, filling the Fagiani’s Bar and The Thomas Restaurant’s kitchen with fresh, flavorful, organic ingredients.