Asheville features

Christmas Jam 2016, part I: Haynes, Johnson and Krauss kick off

Christmas Jam 2016, part I: Haynes, Johnson and Krauss kick off

Holly Bowling was also one of the bright stars of the night.

by December 12, 2016 2 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Ashvegas 2016 Year in Review: Bestselling books at Malaprop’s in Asheville

Ashvegas 2016 Year in Review: Bestselling books at Malaprop’s in Asheville

A local cookbook, a story about a stunt cat and much more top the lists of adult and children’s bestsellers at Malaprop’s this year.

by December 12, 2016 1 comment Asheville books, Asheville News
EAT OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Pie! (As Seen on TeeVee?)

EAT OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Pie! (As Seen on TeeVee?)

How & Why I Talked with My Mouth Full of Pie, Possibly for TeeVee. This week, I ate a lotta stuff that coulda been my Eat of the Week, but I only ate one thing on camera — for possible inclusion on an episode Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations — and that was an amazing piece of sweet potato[Read More…]

Karl Denson brought the funk but not the fire to Asheville show

Karl Denson brought the funk but not the fire to Asheville show

Caleb Calhoun I came into the night tittering like a school girl. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with special guest Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic guitarist) at New Mountain AVL last week was enough to get me pumped. The addition of local hotshots The Digs to the lineup provided an extra shot of adrenaline. This was, I suspected, going to be a night to remember.[Read More…]

by December 8, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
What’s so special about Asheville? The Junction’s tasting table for one thing

What’s so special about Asheville? The Junction’s tasting table for one thing

The Tasting Table at Asheville’s Tiny Junction Restaurant is a Very Special Place. If you’ve ever wondered what makes the Asheville food scene so special, wonder no longer: It’s the people, Dumbass. The chefs, the cooks, the restaurateurs, the servers, the bartenders, the farmers, the makers, the bakers, and even us, the eaters. We are what makes the scene so[Read More…]

VIDEO: Things to do around Asheville this weekend

VIDEO: Things to do around Asheville this weekend

There’s an irreverent holiday play, and plenty of holiday shopping opportunities, this weekend.

UN CHAIN AVL: Bartaco Destroys Art Deco Treasure

UN CHAIN AVL: Bartaco Destroys Art Deco Treasure

[the following editorial about Bartaco is the opinion of the author alone] WHY WE RESIST Did you know that Asheville has one of the most notable collections of Art Deco buildings of any city in the country? In the world, actually. That seems really amazing when you think about it, but it’s absolutely true! Google it. You’ll see. I did[Read More…]

Modern Black Book offers matchmaking help to singles in the Asheville area.

Looking for dating help? Then meet this Asheville matchmaker

With Modern Black Book, Dema Badr is looking to set up Asheville-area singles for dating success.

by October 13, 2016 0 comments Asheville features, feature
At High Hampton Inn, hidden WNC mountain gem shines in ‘Dirty Dancing’ spotlight

At High Hampton Inn, hidden WNC mountain gem shines in ‘Dirty Dancing’ spotlight

The old lodge is getting new attention after serving as a location for filming of the television remake of “Dirty Dancing.”

by October 7, 2016 0 comments Asheville features, feature
Trivia bits about ‘Masterminds’ movie made in Asheville

Trivia bits about ‘Masterminds’ movie made in Asheville

Some fun facts about the making of “Masterminds” in and around Asheville.

A scene from the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure./ Photo by Frantz-Photography.com

Dirty Dancing Festival returns to Lake Lure this weekend with renewed engergy

The Dirty Dancing Festival is now locally owned and operated by the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.

by August 19, 2016 0 comments Asheville features
The GritVegas Weekend Update – 8/18/16

The GritVegas Weekend Update – 8/18/16

Asheville, what up? We’re here with the full weekend report, plus an extra event happening next Tuesday for Asheville Puppet Week! This weekend, you can meet our special guest Toybox and a whole shebang of other puppeteers and their creations in person, eat Korean fusion food downtown, catch a documentary, see live music in the streets, shop for handmade trinkets, and more.[Read More…]

Community comes to aid of Asheville singer Kat Williams after kidney disease diagnoses

Community comes to aid of Asheville singer Kat Williams after kidney disease diagnoses

Kat Williams has been a staple on the Asheville music scene for nearly two decades.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Asheville breweries team up for big fundraiser

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Asheville breweries team up for big fundraiser

The series of events includes a passport program encouraging folks to visit each brewery to collect Parkway Beer Passport stickers.

Movie review: ‘Swiss Army Man’

Movie review: ‘Swiss Army Man’

“Swiss Army Man” digs deeper than entertainment; it’s an interpretive dance with a haunting score, writers our reviewer.

by July 21, 2016 0 comments Opinion
REVIEW: OWL Bakery, Table Asheville, Gan Shan Station

REVIEW: OWL Bakery, Table Asheville, Gan Shan Station

OWL Bakery has an insanely cute interior design, says Stu, who offers his opinion on the eats, too.

A Month of Brundays part 7 – English Breakfast, Country Women, & Duncan the Plumber

A Month of Brundays part 7 – English Breakfast, Country Women, & Duncan the Plumber

The latest on the Asheville brunch scene from Stu.

DOUGHNUTTING: Doughnut Diplomacy with Bob and Rob from Mr. Bob’s

DOUGHNUTTING: Doughnut Diplomacy with Bob and Rob from Mr. Bob’s

Everybody knows that Stu loves doughnuts.

REVIEW: The Montford Pull-Up Deli and Grill

REVIEW: The Montford Pull-Up Deli and Grill

The Montford Pull-Up is straight-up delicious.

No Taste Like Home: Foraging for Food with Stu Helm and Friends

No Taste Like Home: Foraging for Food with Stu Helm and Friends

“WILL FORAGE FOR FOOD” (If we can bring it to a high-end restaurant afterward & have it paired & prepared by some of Asheville’s best cooks). Written by Stephan Pruitt and Stu Helm Illustration by Stu Helm Photos & Photo Captions by Stephan Pruitt (unless otherwise indicated) To see even more photos from this trip, check out Stephan’s version of[Read More…]

Community rallies for online auction to benefit Ryan Conrad and family in Asheville

Community rallies for online auction to benefit Ryan Conrad and family in Asheville

Items up for bid cover the gamut from original art to private yoga sessions, house concerts and much more.

by June 16, 2016 0 comments Asheville benefits, feature
Suds the brew cat protects beer and buddies up at Hendersonville’s Sanctuary Brewing

Suds the brew cat protects beer and buddies up at Hendersonville’s Sanctuary Brewing

Suds was adopted from the Working Cats program at the Asheville Humane Society.

From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O'SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

EAT. WRITE. REPEAT. How to Become a Food Writer in 3 Easy Steps

Stu talks food writing.

Asheville Museum of Science benefit set for June 9

Asheville Museum of Science benefit set for June 9

The Asheville Museum of Science is the new iteration of the Colburn Earth Science Museum.