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Have you met Alyssa Gorelick?

Chef. Entrepreneur. Supporter of all things local.

Hi! Have you met our next speaker Alyssa Gorelick of Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen?

I haven’t known her very long at all so much of who she is still remains a mystery to me. I kinda love that. That’s what I look for in speakers. People that intrigue me to the point that I just have to hear more. That is Alyssa.

What do I know? She teaches incredibly awesome cooking classes in South End at Atherton Market. I attended one and made Moroccan food. It might just be the best meal I’ve ever cooked. She’s also a supporter of all things local. We have regular run ins at the market on Saturdays where’s she buying local and getting ready for that weeks classes. Support local isn’t a new thing but I feel like Charlotte is going through a huge wave of it. If you’re not supporting local you’re doing it wrong.

Let’s just say Alyssa is doing it right. She’s as Charlotte as it gets. Come see her talk September 17th. RSVP Today here.

I asked Alyssa 6 questions. Her answers are below.

What are you most passionate about?

Healthy, local, delicious food. In so many ways these go hand-in-hand, and healthy food shouldn’t be boring. There are a million ways to prepare a healthy dish that packs tons of flavor. Local food doesn’t just support the economy, but it’s the healthiest because it’s the freshest and ripest.

What frustrates you?

The value some people put on the items ON their body instead of the items they put IN their body. It might be a touch more expensive, but talk to the farmers and learn about the time and care they put into the food they grow and the animals they raise. It’s hard work and the value they bring to the community is priceless. Support their efforts!

If you could move anywhere to live the rest of your life where would it be?

A fully remodeled brick house in Dilworth, one with the most incredible kitchen and decorated to the nines, small order ☺

What do you think is missing from Charlotte?

A Food Innovation District. It sounds like a huge concept with a lot of layers, but it’s simply a place to bring together many food concepts which fuel one other and the local economy. I know about this concept because my good friend Lynn Caldwell has been working tirelessly to develop it in Charlotte. She started the Atherton Market 5 years ago, and this is her new project in development. It’s a hub facility for farmers, food vendors and distribution…It’s like the food version of C3 Labs and The 809 Offices.

What would your last meal be?

BBQ Brisket and My Aunt Anita’s Squash Casserole.

What is your greatest indulgence?

Chocolates from Twenty Degrees Chocolate. Delicious!! Fine chocolate is just the best treat in the world!

Learn more about Alyssa at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen or on Twitter @ChefAlyssaCLT.

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