Opinion

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 12 – “AVL AIR Heads”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 12 – “AVL AIR Heads”

Stu and co-host Joe Scully talk about the possibility of abolishing tipping, and much more.

Could Roanoke mayor’s anti-immigration remarks sour Deschutes on opening there?

Could Roanoke mayor’s anti-immigration remarks sour Deschutes on opening there?

In making his comments, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers may have pissed away a lot of goodwill building in favor of the city.

by November 19, 2015 31 comments Opinion
“Possibly Turkey” –  Where to Eat and Drink in Asheville on Thanksgiving Day

“Possibly Turkey” – Where to Eat and Drink in Asheville on Thanksgiving Day

Stu’s got a Thanksgiving Day run-down for you.

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 11 – “Ready Set Go Kitchen Ready”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 11 – “Ready Set Go Kitchen Ready”

Chef Liam Luttrell-Rowland, chef at the Edington Center and lead trainer for Green Opportunities’ GO-Kitchen Ready program, is the special guest this week.

PODCAST: Stu Helm and Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 10 – “Pumpkin Spiced Radio”

PODCAST: Stu Helm and Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 10 – “Pumpkin Spiced Radio”

Stu and Joe talk to Mountain Xpress food writers Gina Smith and Jonathan Ammons.

Stu Helm: Food Fan – I hEArT Buxton Hall BBQ

Stu Helm: Food Fan – I hEArT Buxton Hall BBQ

Hello Asheville! Okay, so what if I’m having a very public love affair with Buxton Hall Barbeque? So WHAT? Piss off. When love comes my way, I let it wash over me like a tangy vinegar sauce, smoke me all night long, and slow-cook my heart until it falls apart into pile of delicious… heart… meat… Okay that analogy got[Read More…]

Roanoke, Asheville step up media campaigns in race for Deschutes Brewery

Roanoke, Asheville step up media campaigns in race for Deschutes Brewery

The “Deschutes 2 Roanoke” page on Facebook has about 1,600 likes so far.

by October 14, 2015 2 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
Asheville, once again on bended knee to big brewer, has Deschutes decision near

Asheville, once again on bended knee to big brewer, has Deschutes decision near

As the Deschutes decision comes down to the wire, the Buncombe County brewing community prepares, once again, to put its best beer forward.

by October 9, 2015 13 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
Opinion: The Asheville community’s response to Waking Life scandal is justified

Opinion: The Asheville community’s response to Waking Life scandal is justified

Asheville is trying to encounter your humanity now, Jacob and Jared. It’s not too late for you to learn to do the same for the women you gamed.

by September 28, 2015 33 comments Opinion
Opinion: After Waking Life scandal, women assess the damage done

Opinion: After Waking Life scandal, women assess the damage done

Jacob and Jared described us as “gullible” and “sluts.” We are far from this. We are strong, courageous women.

by September 28, 2015 8 comments Opinion
Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Hello Asheville! The eighth and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chef Hollie West of The Sweet Monkey Bakery, who won the Chef’s Challenge at the Asheville Wine &[Read More…]

Asheville writer pens open letter to Waking Life owner: Wake up

Asheville writer pens open letter to Waking Life owner: Wake up

“This is not shaming you. This is seeing you. Know the difference.”

by September 20, 2015 14 comments Opinion
Stu Helm: Anyone got a job for out-of-work Waking Life baristas?

Stu Helm: Anyone got a job for out-of-work Waking Life baristas?

Stu’s wondering if anyone might have a job for the Waking Life barista’s who quit their jobs in the wake of the scandal.

by September 20, 2015 6 comments Opinion
Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Hello Asheville! The seventh and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chefs Mandy and Christopher Butler from 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert, and they brought us[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 3: Bozen-Bolzano & Venice, Italy

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 3: Bozen-Bolzano & Venice, Italy

Hello Asheville! How’s it hangi… oh wait, that’s not a polite thing to ask. Sorry. I’ll try again: How’s your whole (comedic pause) family? Good? Good. Mine too. We’re all very good in fact, thanks for asking. We’re settling back in and getting caught-up on work and school after our… whirlwind… family trip! That’s right… It’s #familytrip part three, Yo! Excitement! Fanfare! Anticipation! If you haven’t read[Read More…]

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…]

Hendersonville Lightning op-ed: Reform N.C. alcohol laws now

Hendersonville Lightning op-ed: Reform N.C. alcohol laws now

The opinion piece suggests lawmakers rein in the N.C. ALE and ABC, two state agencies whose recent actions are suppressing the vitality of WNC’s craft beer industry.

by August 24, 2015 3 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
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[Read More…]

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.

Opinion: Owners of Asheville-area Dunkin’s Donuts are fair-minded people

Opinion: Owners of Asheville-area Dunkin’s Donuts are fair-minded people

Local Dunkin’ Donuts stores employ people of a range of ethnicities and religions, say employees.

by July 27, 2015 7 comments Opinion
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.