Articles by: Stu Helm

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu and Joe interview Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground boutique flour mill, and baker Laura Geotz of Table/Tod’s Tasties/ Imperial life.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Top 3 (okay, 5) Cheese Popcorn Snacks

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Top 3 (okay, 5) Cheese Popcorn Snacks

If he’s in for one kernel, he’s in for the bag.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Nourish & Flourish, RAD

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Nourish & Flourish, RAD

Hello Asheville! Y’know what? I’m lazy. Super lazy. For example: I know I need vegetables in my diet, and I even enjoy the way they taste, but most of the time, I’m too frickin’ lazy to buy, chop, prep and cook vegetables at home, and the truth is, I’m actually too lazy to even chew them. I know that raw[Read More…]

by July 1, 2015 4 comments Asheville News
Stu Helm: Food Fan, on PennyCup Coffee Company

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on PennyCup Coffee Company

Hello Asheville! You guys know how much I love coffee. Like, a LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (pant pant) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (gasp pant) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s why I was so sad every time I walked past PennyCup Coffee Company on Bartlett Street in the Southern hinterlands of the River Arts District. They were in there roasting delicious, fresh, yumminy coffee beans, just a few short blocks from my house —  I[Read More…]

by June 30, 2015 3 comments Asheville News
Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Hello Asheville! Do you guys like to do stuff? I like to do stuff. A lot of stuff. As a way to make money, occupy my hands, or just pass the time in a remotely interesting fashion, using the limited skills that I have, until I finally go belly-up and die. I like to write. About food and flip flops and such. I like to draw[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 2 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 2 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu and Scully get romantic, and chat about good first-date restaurant spots.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Hello Asheville! Who likes lists? Lists are fun. Lately I’ve been keeping a list of ALLL the places that I eat at every month, and then posting my lists to FaceBook. This time around, I actually talked to Chef Joe Scully (from Corner Kitchen and Chestnut) about each and every one of the venues on my May List during the pilot episode of AVL Food Fans,[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

Hello Asheville! Have you guys seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet? Dawn and I caught it on opening weekend, and to be honest, I don’t think we should have had to pay full price… because we only used the very edge of our seats!  Wakka wakka. On a more serious note: Holy crapperdoodles!!! Action? You bet! Explosions? Like, a million of[Read More…]

Lord’s Acre square dance, pot luck, auction and fundraiser is Saturday

Lord’s Acre square dance, pot luck, auction and fundraiser is Saturday

The benefit will raise money for the community garden.

by May 25, 2015 0 comments Fairview
Stu Helm: Food Fan, on coffee, coffee, coffee, and men in Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on coffee, coffee, coffee, and men in Asheville

Stu goes off on coffee. As usual, beware the liberal use of four-letter words.

VIDEO Food Fans Habibi Artisanal Baklava: Sweet Eats for a Good Cause

VIDEO Food Fans Habibi Artisanal Baklava: Sweet Eats for a Good Cause

I visit with Jennifer MacDonald from Habibi Artisanal Baklava, and Aimee Diaz from Bomba Cafe in Pack Sq., Downtown Asheville. Jennifer explains how profits from sales of her amazing baklava go to a non-profit that provides baskets of toys to refugee children in Lebanon… Part 1 – Meeting Jennifer, hearing the story of Habibi Baklava… _ Part2 – Meeting Aimee and tasting[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Red Stag Grill / Bohemian Hotel, Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Red Stag Grill / Bohemian Hotel, Asheville

Hello, Asheville! How you doin’? Good? Good. I’m doing good too, thanks. In fact, I’m doing kind of awesome. I recently had a very amazing and unique experience. Unique to me, that is. I have a feeling that some of the other lucky people who had this experience with me were not as new to it as I was. I’m talking about my very first[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, is Confused & Amused by The Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Stu Helm: Food Fan, is Confused & Amused by The Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Hello Asheville! I am easily confused. Or, at least that’s what I tell people — mostly for comedy effect, and to be polite — when I don’t understand WTF they’re talking about. As in… “Chem trail Nazi Frankenstein bourgeois gangster world wide take-over, Maaan! Y’know what I’m sayin’?” “No, Friend, I don’t have a fucking clue what you’re saying… but then again, I am easily[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Asheville Wine & Food Festival, bitters and booze

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Asheville Wine & Food Festival, bitters and booze

Stu’s all over the place in this one, from blogging and bitters to Bill Cunningham. Check it, and beware the swear words.

Stu Helm, Food Fan: Mellow Mushroom wows crowd, judges at Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

Stu Helm, Food Fan: Mellow Mushroom wows crowd, judges at Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

The Mellow Mush crew crushed it with their “French onion soup” grilled cheese sandwich.

Chef Steven Goff to Leave King James Public House in Asheville

Chef Steven Goff to Leave King James Public House in Asheville

Goff had been with King James Pub for about a year.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on [Re]HAPPENING, Ultimate Ice Cream, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Buxton Hall BBQ, Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on [Re]HAPPENING, Ultimate Ice Cream, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Buxton Hall BBQ, Asheville

Hey ReHaps, you might want to add a food truck or two for next year.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Buffalo Nickel Brunch, West Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Buffalo Nickel Brunch, West Asheville

Question: What, exactly, Stu wonders, is scrapple?

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on the LoveTown activists in Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on the LoveTown activists in Asheville

Is Asheville a town in which any interest or entity can simply purchase the ability to brand us as their own?

by April 8, 2015 32 comments Opinion
Stu Helm, Food Fan: On Gan Shan Station, {Re}HAPPENING, Asheville

Stu Helm, Food Fan: On Gan Shan Station, {Re}HAPPENING, Asheville

The dumplings and curry pork special were delicious, but please change the in-house tunes, Stu reports.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Sundays, balls, brains, and Asheville Industry Night

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Sundays, balls, brains, and Asheville Industry Night

Stu asks: Are you punk enough?

Stu Helm: Food Critic on Ambrozia, Biscuit Head, Finding Asheville, Friends Against Butts

Stu Helm: Food Critic on Ambrozia, Biscuit Head, Finding Asheville, Friends Against Butts

Hello, Asheville! Have you been enjoying the warm weather? And then freezing your asses off the very next day? WTF?!? I don’t mind the cold, but I’m not a huge fan of the sunshine, so this crazy weather pattern has me all effed up. One minute my eyes and skin are safely protected by a layer of clouds and gloom, and[Read More…]

by March 12, 2015 6 comments Asheville News
Dude Food Subcategory: "Heart Attack Special." A fist-sized ball of meat, covered in meat-drippin's and Funyuns, on a bed of deep-fried taters, and asparagus. Fuck. Yes.

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Red Stag Grill, AIR Passport, Restaurant Week Asheville

Helm reports that he pounded back that meatloaf like a hungry Hessian.

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Zambra, Vue 1913, Grove Park Inn and Asheville romance

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Zambra, Vue 1913, Grove Park Inn and Asheville romance

The atmosphere at Zambra is one of its romantic bonfa fides: dimly lit with an “exotic” vibe, there’s usually some sexy Euro-lounge music playing softly in the background.

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