South Charlotte Restaurant news: Spring heating up with cooking classes
Tuesday, May. 13, 2014

South Charlotte Restaurant news: Spring heating up with cooking classes

Cooking classes are available at Chef Alyssa's Kitchen.

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Chef Alyssa Gorelick has announced a May cooking class lineup featuring healthy, sustainable cooking.

• May 15, Paella Fiesta: An Evening in Barcelona.

• May 21, Not Your Everyday BBQ Sides.

• May 28, Healthy Spring Dinners.

Classes begin 6:30 p.m. and are taught at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen in Atherton Mills Market in South End. Call or visit the website for reservations.

Chef Alyssa offers private lessons of all kinds; event form can be found online under Private Events.

•  Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

2104 South Blvd.


Shane’s Rib Shack

Charlotte locations of Shane’s Rib Shack will give away free ribs May 17 at the start of business.

The first 100 customers will be eligible to receive a free half-rack of ribs, a special edition Shane’s T-shirt and a 20-ounce beverage.

Shane’s, originally from Georgia, offers barbecued chicken and ribs as well as wings, salads and Shack potatoes loaded with barbecued pork. Catering, children’s and gluten-free menus are available. Visit the website for a complete listing of local locations:

Basil Thai

South Charlotte soon will have a new Thai option. Basil Thai plans to open its second local location in the former Jo Jo’s China Bistro at StoneCrest by summer’s end.

Basil Thai is known for Thai cuisine crafted with high-quality fresh ingredients. Pad Thai, crispy red curry duck and tilapia and shrimp served with vegetables in ginger sauce are just a few of the house specialties. Gluten-free options are available as are wines and cocktails.

Visit the website or stop at the uptown location to see what is in store for the StoneCrest spot.

•  Basil Thai

210 N. Church St.


The Summit Room

The Mayobird’s sister restaurant, The Summit Room, is open at 1531 East Blvd.

Owned by Mayobird’s Deedee Mills, The Summit Room is a new Dilworth spot for drinks and Southern-inspired dinners. Chef Brent Martin uses local, sustainable foods.

“Country Fixins” on the menu include chorizo collards, grits and roasted yams and sweet peas. Starters include pimento crawdad fritters, deviled eggs, chicken flat bread and drunken clams and mussels.

Entrees include barbecued pork belly, corn-dusted N.C. trout and steak and eggs.

•  The Summit Room

1531 East Blvd.


Which Wich

Which Wich is open at 9831-G Rea Road in Blakeney.

The sandwich shop offers customers a chance to customize their sandwiches by picking ingredients including proteins, vegetables and condiments. Build-your-own breakfast sandwiches also are on the menu.

•  Which Wich

9831-G Rea Road


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