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Andrew Wilen

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6. We Want To Be The Very Best (with Andrew Wilen, Chef Alyssa's Kitchen)

New Year's Revolutionary

Andrew Wilen is Co-Owner of Chef Alyssa's Kitchen here in Charlotte. My wife and I love Chef Alyssa’s kitchen – the food is amazing, the events are fun, and Andrew and I cover a lot of ground during this episode including business, family… and of course, Festivus. As a Charlotte local, it's been a pleasure to watch Andrew and Alyssa's business grow - I remember years ago first seeing Alyssa on TV doing a cooking demonstration, then hearing about their expansion into a larger facility, then reading about their new brunch options, then seeing them at the top of all sorts of lists for cooking classes and entrepreneurship, and then stumbling upon their name in a Food & Wine article just this week. In a word, it's impressive. But I have to say the thing that impressed me most during this interview was Andrew's relentlessly positive attitude. At a time when many local businesses are struggling, Chef Alyssa's Kitchen has managed to pivot and continue to deliver great products and services through at-home deliveries and virtual cooking classes. Whether he's running a business, giving back to the community, or taking on the responsibilities of being a new dad, Andrew does it all with a smile. Andrew, thank you so much - this interview was a blast! Show Notes: Festivus [01:47] Andrew's journey after Elon, and how he met Alyssa [7:10] How Andrew and Alyssa decided to start Chef Alyssa's Kitchen [11:05] Overview of Chef Alyssa's Kitchen (pre-COVID-19) [15:35] How Chef Alyssa's Kitchen grew into new revenue streams, and how that helped position them to pivot in response to COVID-19 through delivery and virtual cooking classes [19:05] Andrew's "community-first" approach to marketing [24:54] How Andrew and Alyssa are enjoying the joys (and challenges) of being new parents and owning a business [29:38] A day in the life, and how Andrew and Alyssa balance responsibilities and try to leave work at the office [36:35] Big question: does Andrew get to have gourmet meals at home all the time? [39:35] Specifics on virtual cooking classes [41:12] How Andrew plans to "Do Better This Year" [44:04]


14 May 2020

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Charlotte Community Talk: Andrew Wilen

Charlotte Real Estate Talk

If you've turned on your TV on a Saturday morning.. or caught a news show with a cooking segment.. chances are, you've seen Chef Alyssa doing her favorite thing for the cameras. In just 7 years, Alyssa Wilen and her husband, Andrew, have gone from hosting her first cooking class... to a new kitchen, catered lunches, take-home meals, and now, home delivery and online classes to still reach out to the community that can't get enough of her. The online classes are just one way Chef Alyssa's Kitchen has learned to grow and be flexible, in trying times that cut 95% of the beloved brand's revenue in a very short time. Andrew Wilen joins to tell us about their growth, and more recently, their pivot.


12 May 2020

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Alyssa & Andrew Wilen of Chef Alyssa's Kitchen


Jason & Yvonne are joined by Alyssa and Andrew Wilen of Chef Alyssa’s kitchen. They talk about Chef Alyssa’s culinary upbring, her early work, and then her starting cooking classes. They talk about their favorite restaurants in Charlotte and the best things they ate this week.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scallionpancake/support

1hr 7mins

7 Apr 2019

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Alyssa and Andrew Wilen of Chef Alyssa's Kitchen - Ep. 11

Piece Of The Pai

In 2011, Alyssa Wilen (né Gorelick) and her boyfriend (now husband and business partner) Andrew saw a gap in the market in terms of fun, friendly and hands on cooking classes. Alyssa, who had a degree in the culinary arts, began talking to Andrew, who had a background in business, marketing and events, about how they could fill that gap. Slowly, through meticulous research and building piece-by-piece, they developed their plan. Fast forward to today, and Chef Alyssa's classes cover a wide variety of cooking styles and uses, sell out in minutes, and bring a lot of excitement and energy to their home in Atherton Mill Market. In this episode of Piece of the Pai, Alyssa and Andrew talk about their individual backgrounds and how Chef Alyssa's Kitchen got started, share some fun and interesting stories from their classes, the challenges of working together as a married couple and business partners, and even share some exciting news about their upcoming expansion.


12 Mar 2018

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Episode 9: Alyssa & Andrew Wilen, Chef Alyssa's Kitchen

Date Night with Jake and Page

It's Episode 9 of the Date Night with Jake & Page podcast, where each month we double-date over mics and drinks with a prominent Queen City couple. In this episode you'll hear from Chef Alyssa and Andrew Wilen!If you live in Charlotte there's a 98% chance you've been to Chef Alyssa's Kitchen in South End. First dates, corporate retreats, you name it, the Kitchen is an awesome spot, and it's run by one of Charlotte's favorite couples.Andrew (@andrewwilen) and Alyssa (@alyssacooks, @chefalyssaclt) talk about how they met, how they hatched the idea for their business, and they offered up a little teaser for listeners on what they're up to next. Listen to find out more!We can't thank Alyssa and Andrew for joining us on this episode, and as always, big thanks to Garrett Tichy, Hygge and Richard Brooke for having us as a member of their inaugural Hygge Podcast Residency! Please subscribe, share and comment on this episode. Past shows can be found on jakeandpage.com, iTunes and wherever you get your podcasts. We live stream each episode on Facebook (Page Crawford Fox 46) and videos are posted to youtube.com/jakefehling.Please keep the conversation going on social media using the hashtag #datenightclt. Thanks for listening!

1hr 3mins

29 Aug 2017