Charlotte | October 13 - October 13, 2023

Our State Master Series: Fall Cooking Class

Learn how to create a delicious Southern Italian menu full of local ingredients in a hands-on cooking class with Our State and Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen.

Join Our State and Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. Start the evening with light bites and a drink as you set up your cooking station. Follow Chef Alyssa as she teaches you how to create a delicious Southern Italian menu that blends local, North Carolina ingredients with classic Italian dishes. New recipes and a flavorful meal await!

Tickets are limited for this hands-on cooking class.


Event details:

Friday, October 13, 2023
Light bites and a Prosecco cocktail at 5:45 p.m.
Cooking class begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
4001 Yancey Road
Charlotte, NC 28217

This class is for ages 21 and older.

Cooking Class Menu

  • Handmade Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Chicken Oysters, Butternut Squash and Sage
  • Grilled Shipley Farms Hanger Steak with Braised Mushrooms and Caramelized Cipollini Onions
  • Chocolate Torta with Biscotti Crumb and Amarena Ice Cream

Note: Menu items in this class are gluten-free except for the gnocchi that cannot be adjusted


About Chef Alyssa Wilen:

Chef Alyssa Wilen has been cooking her entire life. Her passion for making good food was equally matched by a desire to lead a balanced, active lifestyle. She has worked at some of Charlotte’s favorite restaurants and became an executive chef at just 26 years old. Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen opened its doors in 2013 with the goal of providing a comfortable, social environment where guests can learn to cook and eat well. The company grew so much that Wilen and her husband, Andrew, built a custom-designed, state-of-the-art kitchen in Bowers, located in Charlotte’s historic Lower South End neighborhood. In 2016, she launched Chef Alyssa’s Spreads, her own product line of condiments.

For Wilen, cooking has been a culmination of her love of art and fine food. In short time, she found her love and passion for cooking and focused her career path on this model.

A 2005 graduate of the Art Institute of Charlotte, Wilen started and ran her own catering company while in school. Her professional career has taken her to Italy and several restaurants in Charlotte, ranging from upscale restaurants; a country club; and smaller, intimate dining establishments.

Wilen has been recognized in multiple local, regional, and national magazines. She has won numerous awards and has been recognized by multiple outlets for her expertise. Aside from being named one of Charlotte’s Top 5 Chefs by CBS Charlotte, Wilen has also appeared on Beat Bobby Flay on The Food Network. She’s had the privilege of cooking on two separate occasions at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.

She is passionate about using local, fresh ingredients and adding layers of flavor. Wilen loves adding her personality, passion, and creative sense into all her menu items.

To learn more about Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, click here.



$125 per person (plus processing fee)

Refund Policy: We are unable to refund ticket purchases after September 28.

I confirm that everyone on this registration is 21 years of age or older.(Required)


Additional Information:

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen will do its best to accommodate allergens, however, not all menu items can be adjusted. Please email with specific allergy questions.

Tables are set for four people per group with individual work stations. Chef Alyssa will demonstrate several steps at a time, and each table will work together to make the full menu. The chef team will visit each table to assist and answer questions throughout the class. After about two hours of cooking, everyone will sit down to enjoy their meal.

If you are joining as a single ticket, you will be sharing a table with three other guests for a table of four. Please note, each guest will be sharing equipment, tools, prep, and ultimately the food they’ve made during the class with their tablemates. If you’re registering with three guests in your party, your party may split between two tables, however they will be near each other.


About the Our State Master Series:

Over the course of 90 years, Our State has become the go-to resource for all things North Carolina. As an award-winning magazine, Our State has gained access to and partnered with top talent in their fields. The hands-on classes and workshops in Our State’s Master Series provide opportunities to explore, learn, and develop skills across a variety of topics.