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Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 3: So Many Burgers!

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 3: So Many Burgers!

I’m a well known burger fan. I eat a lot of burgers. Burger me. Gim burg. My current plan — don’t tell my doctor — is to eat all the burgers. Last year (2017), I began burger-binging my way through downtown Asheville, eating them here, there, and everywhere. I’m going rank each burger as I eat them, from BEST to[Read More…]

With new work, Asheville artist Jeremy Russell embraces subtle synchronicity

With new work, Asheville artist Jeremy Russell embraces subtle synchronicity

Russell hopes that viewers will see that his new work represents “an honest search, an honest approach.”

Lack of diversity detracts from first Asheville climate conference

Lack of diversity detracts from first Asheville climate conference

The conference is another disappointing example of how some of our most respected civic and business leaders still fail to take into account people of color and their concerns.

by March 19, 2018 9 comments Opinion
Ashvegas Op-Ed: Rising fees hurt Asheville’s Aston Park Tennis Center

Ashvegas Op-Ed: Rising fees hurt Asheville’s Aston Park Tennis Center

If Asheville City Council wants to convert Aston Park into a country club-like facility, they’re well on their way to doing so.

by February 17, 2018 2 comments Asheville News, Opinion
REVIEW: Vivian, Asheville, Serious French Food in The River Arts District

REVIEW: Vivian, Asheville, Serious French Food in The River Arts District

Vivian offers Asheville serious French food in The River Arts District VIVIAN EST BON COMME IL SE FAIT, YO (VIVIAN IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS, YO) That’s it. That’s it right there. Vivian is as good as it fucking gets. I can’t say much more than that. I’ve been there a lot since they first opened their doors in[Read More…]

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene prt 3: PEOPLE POWER!

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene prt 3: PEOPLE POWER!

2017 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART III PEOPLE POWER! I’m a real people person… most of the time… some of the time…. people are fine, I suppose, whatever, they exist and I have to live with them. I have a personal mantra that has helped me to understand the evils of the world, and that is: “People are the Problem,” (Alt:[Read More…]

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 2: THE SPECIFICS

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 2: THE SPECIFICS

2017 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART II THE SPECIFICS Are you as ex-fucking-cited about part two of these dang Stoobie awards as I am?!? Yeeeeeah, Baby! Last week I posted part one HERE on Ashvegas, and when I shared it on Facebook, and it got a ton of reach — organic reach — so the excitement is at a fever pitch,[Read More…]

Stu Helm’s Asheville Food Fan Checklist! What’s Your “AVL Food Fan” Score?

Stu Helm’s Asheville Food Fan Checklist! What’s Your “AVL Food Fan” Score?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ASHEVILLE! Yes, I’m sill working on part two of the Stoobie Awards (you can read part one HERE if you haven’t already) but  in the meantime, I thought I’d share a list that I recently made for Facebook. I call it my “Asheville Food Fan (partial) Checklist.” I jammed the word “partial” in there because, yeah, there[Read More…]

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 1: SUNRISE / SUNSET

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 1: SUNRISE / SUNSET

2017 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART I – SUNRISE SUNSET Yeah, Man! Stoobie Awards time! It’s one of my favorite / least favorite series of posts to write every year, because awarding “Bests” to the friends, acquaintances, associates, and even casual strangers that I know in the local food industry is fun and satisfying of course, but it is also fraught[Read More…]

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 8 Things I Still Love Despite Their Obvious Flaws

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 8 Things I Still Love Despite Their Obvious Flaws

Time for another #PositiveList! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. Everything between the hashmarks has been cut ‘n’ pasted from my personal Facebook page. ### 8 Things I Still Love Despite Their Obvious Flaws… 8) BIRDS – “Tweedle dee tweedle dee tweep[Read More…]

by December 21, 2017 2 comments Asheville features
Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 10 Famous People I want to Personally Thank Today

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 10 Famous People I want to Personally Thank Today

Of course it’s time for a #PositiveList! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. Everything between the hashmarks has been cut ‘n’ pasted from my personal Facebook page. ### When we say we’re “thankful” on Thanksgiving, who are we thanking? God? Odin? Kali?[Read More…]

by November 23, 2017 0 comments Asheville features
Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: Top 6 Most Awesome Ideas I’ve Had Recently While Walking…

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: Top 6 Most Awesome Ideas I’ve Had Recently While Walking…

Let’s do another one of those #PositiveLists! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. Everything between the hashmarks has been cut ‘n’ pasted from my personal Facebook page. ### Top 6 Most Awesome Ideas I’ve Had Recently While Walking… 1) “The City of[Read More…]

by November 14, 2017 1 comment Asheville features
South Asheville sounds off, propelling Kapoor to big City Council win

South Asheville sounds off, propelling Kapoor to big City Council win

Broadly speaking, voters were motivated by an anti-incumbent streak and a clear desire to vote against a district election plan for Asheville City Council.

by November 8, 2017 5 comments Opinion
Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 8 Ways the Season 8 Premier of The Walking Dead COULD Have Been Worse…

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 8 Ways the Season 8 Premier of The Walking Dead COULD Have Been Worse…

Let’s do another one of those #PositiveLists! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. I know that I just posted one of my #positivelists here on Ashvegas yesterday, but then last night I watched the season 8 premier of AMC’s televised action horror[Read More…]

by October 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville features
Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 3 Southern Dishes with an ‘n’ in the Middle…

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 3 Southern Dishes with an ‘n’ in the Middle…

Let’s do another one of those #PositiveLists! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. Sometimes I try to make my #positivelists poignant and funny, other times, they are literally just a list of food or cute animals. Below is a brief example of the[Read More…]

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 5 Reasons Not to Hate the World Today

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 5 Reasons Not to Hate the World Today

Let’s do one of those #PositiveLists! I know I usually write about food, but last Spring a friend of mine (Hi Megan!) told me that she had heard that making positive lists improved one’s overall well-being. I’m already known among my Facebook friends for posting lists of everything from the number of fruiting trees in my yard, to the many[Read More…]

by October 18, 2017 0 comments Asheville features
Moving the Asheville arts forward, one review at a time

Moving the Asheville arts forward, one review at a time

Getting at the role of a reviewer in Asheville.

by April 25, 2017 3 comments Asheville arts, Opinion
Will there finally be justice for Zebb Quinn and his family?

Will there finally be justice for Zebb Quinn and his family?

A prime suspect in the mysterious disappearance of Quinn has reached a plea agreement in a separate homicide case; are answers forthcoming?

by April 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Asheville Music School fundraising concert Thursday features music by The Beatles

Asheville Music School fundraising concert Thursday features music by The Beatles

The featured music will showcase teachers and students covering The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album in its entirety with full instrumentation.

STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

You saw that turtle video, right?

EAT OF THE WEEK: Meatballs on the Rooftop

EAT OF THE WEEK: Meatballs on the Rooftop

Best Bread, Best Views, Great Balls of Bison! Last week I wrote the first installment of a new feature here on Ashvegas that I’m calling “The Asheville Sandwich Report,” [ link ] and I went on and on and on and ON about how much I love a particular kind of bread being made by Chef Kaley Laird of The[Read More…]

Asheville writer co-authors new book delving into secrets of restaurant success

Asheville writer co-authors new book delving into secrets of restaurant success

Asheville author Joseph D’Agnese has teamed up with entrepreneur/software developer Damian Mogavero to write book that delves into the secrets of restaurant success. In The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today’s Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats, D’Agnese and Mogavero take readers inside kitchens and eateries “to show us how data and statistics are helping restaurants stay profitable[Read More…]

Asheville’s Beer City Science Pub hosts ‘Meet Your Dog’ event Jan. 27

Asheville’s Beer City Science Pub hosts ‘Meet Your Dog’ event Jan. 27

The event includes a talk about dog behavior and the launch of a push to have Asheville dubbed Dog City, USA.

by January 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville pets
EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

Hot Brown is the Description that’s also a Dish. I absolutely love that there’s a traditional plate of food which is actually, officially, hilariously named “hot brown.” I love it for so many reasons. Let’s leave aside any obvious comparisons to a “dutch oven,” a “philly steamer,” or a “rusty trombone.” …yeah, no, let’s not bring up those things at[Read More…]