For anyone in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area not wanting to cook Rosh Hashanah dinner this year, catering space/cooking school Chef Alyssa's Kitchen has an entire menu dedicated to welcoming the Jewish New Year. Meal items include braised brisket with tomato and kosher wine sauce, honey-basil-glazed chicken, Carolina Gold rice with pomegranate and artichokes, apple buckle cake with cardamom-peppercorn honey caramel, and challah with apple butter. The items are available for pre-order until Thursday, September 22, at noon.
Chef/owner Alyssa Wilen says she and her husband Andrew started offering Rosh Hashanah meals last year, and it was popular enough to continue. Previously, they had only sold Thanksgiving sides. “I’m Jewish and my husband is Jewish, so it’s important for us to provide meals for those holidays too,” Alyssa says, “No one else on our team is Jewish, but they know how to make the best brisket now.”
Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen expanded from a cooking school to a takeout/delivery meal service in 2019, before the pandemic hit, but when North Carolina restaurants shut down due to COVID, the to-go family table meals really took off. Alyssa and her team provide easy dinners for residents of Charlotte and the close surrounding areas.
Alyssa says she looks forward to making Rosh Hashanah meals for the community to provide a service to others but also because she gets to serve the same items in her home.