Articles by: Stu Helm

VIDEO: Stu Helm The Food Fan visits Chef Ryan at Buffalo Nickel

VIDEO: Stu Helm The Food Fan visits Chef Ryan at Buffalo Nickel

Hello Asheville! It’s my favorite time of year here in WNC! Faaawwwlllll! Who doesn’t love Fall? Raise your hands if you love Fall. Now, raise your hands if you don’t love Fall. Those in group B, please leave the room. Idiots. What are you, Summer people? Go live on the Sun then. See what that gets you. I like cool foggy mornings, followed by cool crisp days, and[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 6 – “Everyone Loves Grass, Even Cows””

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 6 – “Everyone Loves Grass, Even Cows””

Hello Asheville! The sixth and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast is “in the can” as they say, and it’s our best one yet! ___ As always, Chef Joe Scully from Chestnut​ and The Corner Kitchen​ is my co-host, and this time, our special guest is Jamie Ager from Hickory Nut Gap Farm​ who talks to us about happy cows[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Hello Asheville! Well, Summer is wrapping-up, winding down, moving on, and effing off for another year. I hope you had a good one! I did, that’s for sure, and one of the main reasons for my good Summer was the wonderful overseas vacation that I went on with 8 members of my immediate family.  Also known as: #familytrip As I reported the last time I wrote[Read More…]

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Hello Asheville! Here are just a few shots of some of the staff, volunteers, and attendees at the three major events that make up  the Asheville Wine and Food Festival: Elixir, Sweet, and The Grand Tasting. The women looked great, as usual. The men? Frump-dee-dump-dump (to the theme of TV’s Dragnet) for the most part. A few dudes looked okay,[Read More…]

AVL Food Fans – Asheville Loses Some of Its Flavor, So Long to Chef Steven Goff

AVL Food Fans – Asheville Loses Some of Its Flavor, So Long to Chef Steven Goff

  Hello Asheville! I’m sad to report the news that one of Asheville’s most creative and dedicated Chef’s, Steven Goff, is leaving “Foodtopia” for what sounds to me like a really amazing gig in Raleigh, working for multiple James Beard nominee Chef Scott Crawford.  ____ I had heard through the grapevine that Chef Goff  — a friend, fellow punk, and one of my[Read More…]

by August 22, 2015 5 comments Asheville News
Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu used to be a vegetarian once upon a time, but now he’s eating deliciously horrible stuff like veal.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 1, The Airport and Airplane Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 1, The Airport and Airplane Food

Being on a plane is like being in prison, where you gotta trade cigs for toilet wine.

AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 4 – “Coffee, cigarettes, and body odor”

AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 4 – “Coffee, cigarettes, and body odor”

This week’s guests include Chef Tracy Taylor of FIG Bistro and Bill Tanner of PennyCup Coffee Co.

by July 23, 2015 4 comments Asheville food and drink
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.

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