Asheville food and drink

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…]

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Zillicoah Beer Company to celebrate official grand opening on Friday in Woodfin

The lineup will include an array of styles and collaborations with other brewers, including Burial Beer, Asheville Brewing and Fonta Flora.

by December 29, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Make Space, new commissary kitchen and cocktail lab, coming to Woodfin

Make Space, new commissary kitchen and cocktail lab, coming to Woodfin

Make Space will allow Sovereign Remedies cocktail bar in downtown Asheville to greatly expand its growing food offerings.

by December 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Ugly Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” at Rosetta’s

EAT OF THE WEEK: Ugly Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” at Rosetta’s

Ugly but Lovable Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” from Rosetta’s Kitchen I’ve been eating a lot of burgers lately. Like, a LOT of burgers. I’m doing a “survey” of sorts, just for my own personal information, of all the basic cheeseburgers in downtown. So far — and this is all in just about two or three weeks — I’ve had cheeseburgers from[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! 2017 “Best of Asheville” Awards!

THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! 2017 “Best of Asheville” Awards!

YASSSS! It’s that time again! It’s that magical time of year when a jolly old elf, with a big, fat belly made outta jelly, comes with a sack full o’ gifts for all the good people of the Asheville food scene! I am of course referring to myself, and the now infamous annual STOOBIE AWARDS, my yearly list of the[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm’s Asheville Advent Calendar of 25 Downtown Sweet Treats!

Stu Helm’s Asheville Advent Calendar of 25 Downtown Sweet Treats!

Downtown Asheville Advent Calendar of Daily Sweet Treats! Okay, first things first, this is not an ACTUAL advent calendar of downtown Asheville sweet treats. It’s just a list. You’ll have to use your imagination, to envision awwwll of downtown Asheville as one big, giant, three-dimensional advent calendar, and that the actual physical doors of the restaurants, bake shops, cafes, and[Read More…]

by December 1, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
THIS JUST IN: 5 Walnut and Table Asheville holiday hosting workshop!

THIS JUST IN: 5 Walnut and Table Asheville holiday hosting workshop!

Pick up some pro tips for hosting friends and family over the holidays.

by November 26, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic, I’m Just Here to Eat a Reuben for Lunch.

EAT OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic, I’m Just Here to Eat a Reuben for Lunch.

“DON’T PANIC. I’M JUST HERE FOR LUNCH.” Now that I lead food tours, there are certain restaurants where the staff might be triggered to panic when they see me walk in the door unexpectedly. Their first thought might go something like, “Oh fuck! Did I forget there’s a food tour coming?!?” Followed by “Holy shit, 16 hungry motherfuckers are about[Read More…]

by November 16, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Let’s Get Listy Wit It! Stu’s Top Ten Lunches in Downtown Asheville

Let’s Get Listy Wit It! Stu’s Top Ten Lunches in Downtown Asheville

Stu Helm’s Top 10 Lunches in Downtown Asheville Let’s Get Listy Wit It! The following top ten list includes places and items that I eat for lunch most often, places I think about eating lunch at more than other places, and a place or two I plan to eat more lunches at in the future. Of course, duh, I’m not[Read More…]

by November 3, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Eating My Cake & Feelings at The Bar

EAT OF THE WEEK: Eating My Cake & Feelings at The Bar

“I HEARD YOU HAVE CAKE.” “Aw yeah, Man. We’ve got some amazing cake,” responded the bartender — quite enthusiastically — to my seemingly out-of-place interest in cake at the brewery. The two young beer enthusiasts sitting next to me looked over, a little curious, exchanging glances while the bartender confirmed the inevitable. “You want a piece of cake, Buddy?” I[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville’s Thirsty Monk craft brewery plans to open in Denver, Portland

Asheville’s Thirsty Monk craft brewery plans to open in Denver, Portland

Thirsty Monk plans to buy an existing brewery in Denver, as well as a popular beer bar in Portland.

by October 23, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink
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…]

Had a Coffee Expo. Went Real Good. Here’s How We Did It. You Can Too.

Had a Coffee Expo. Went Real Good. Here’s How We Did It. You Can Too.

So, what does it take to put on a street festival like the Asheville Coffee Expo? After it was all over, except for #TheStruggleIsReal to break down our tent… Walking with my friend Dave Bristol (Aka Spaceman Jones) post-expo, he asked me what he would have to do in order to produce a [super-awesome, totally amazing, kick-ass] street festival like[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK! …or How I Ate the Ass-End of an Ox & Loved It!

EAT OF THE WEEK! …or How I Ate the Ass-End of an Ox & Loved It!

First an apology… Ho-o-o-o-o-ly shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, it’s been a long time since’t I wrote an “Eat of The Week” for you guys! It’s just that I haven’t eaten anything in weeks on end… just kidding.  But I haven’t eaten anything good in weeks and weeks… again, I kid.  Everything is business as usual, in the Stuffing-My-Face-With-Amazing-Food Department, it’s just that, well,[Read More…]

by October 13, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Asheville

Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Asheville

We checked out the views from five of our favorite Asheville rooftop bars on this edition of the GritVegas Weekend Update. Take a tour with us, from Capella on 9 to the Social Lounge, Pillar Bar to Top of the Monk & the Montford, and see what each one offers. Presented by the Grail Moviehouse – http://www.grailmoviehouse.com/ Please follow and[Read More…]

by October 12, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Word on the street: Dave and Buster’s eyes Asheville location

Word on the street: Dave and Buster’s eyes Asheville location

The giant restaurants and flashy arcade games at Dave and Buster’s have drawn big crowds for the publicly traded company.

by September 30, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink
MG Road in Asheville will morph into Christmas-themed pop-up bar

MG Road in Asheville will morph into Christmas-themed pop-up bar

The crazy cocktails come with fun ingredients and names like Bad Santa, Christmopolitan and Muletide.

by September 28, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Grail Moviehouse to screen Bourdain doc for Asheville nonprofit fundraiser

Grail Moviehouse to screen Bourdain doc for Asheville nonprofit fundraiser

Food Connection is a local nonprofit that rescues surplus prepared meals from Asheville restaurants and caterers and delivers the meals to nonprofits who feed the hungry.

by September 28, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink
New Asheville brewery, Devil’s Foot, will make sparkling, non-alcoholic drinks

New Asheville brewery, Devil’s Foot, will make sparkling, non-alcoholic drinks

Devil’s Foot has a full October schedule of tasting events; look for it at Asheville music venues.

by September 26, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Chef Khan Kogure pop-up series starts Sunday at Gan Shan Station in Asheville

Chef Khan Kogure pop-up series starts Sunday at Gan Shan Station in Asheville

The dinners feature six small plates of homestyle casual Japanese food for $50 per person, and select sake and beer options are available.

by September 22, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Dirk Hillegas, left, has been named the head brewer at Triple Seven Brewhouse, the  new craft brewery in the works at Westville Pub in West Asheville. Drew Smith, owner of Westville Pub, says the new brewery will allow the pub, a local institution, room to grow and evolve.

Hillegas to lead brewing team at Triple Seven Brewhouse in West Asheville

Triple Seven Brewhouse is the beloved Westville Pub’s move into the craft beer business.

by August 22, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink

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