Asheville food and drink

The Med, Asheville’s longest-running downtown restaurant, sold to new owners

The Med, Asheville’s longest-running downtown restaurant, sold to new owners

The new owners say they plan to stay true to the roots of the classic diner.

Breaking down Asheville’s ambitious new food festival

Breaking down Asheville’s ambitious new food festival

One benefit of a big new Asheville food festival – drawing the attention of James Beard Award judges, who have yet to bestow an award on an Asheville food scene player.

by September 5, 2018 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 4: Slowing Down

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 4: Slowing Down

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…]

by August 30, 2018 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville culinary rock stars team up for new food festival

Asheville culinary rock stars team up for new food festival

Asheville tourism officials on Wednesday morning pledged $75,000 to festival organizers.

At Cork & Craft in West Asheville, emphasis is on the wine

At Cork & Craft in West Asheville, emphasis is on the wine

With a lounge area, back patio and plenty of affordable wines, Cork & Craft wants to make their Haywood Road location as comfortable as possible for folks.

by June 18, 2018 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Sweet Treat to beat the Summer Heat

Sweet Treats to beat the Summer Heat

It’s gonna be a long, hot summer, but Asheville’s full of icy, locally made treats. Jason and Kara have the scoop on local favorites for ice cream, milk shakes, shaved ice and more.

by June 14, 2018 0 comments Asheville food and drink
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…]

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New 12 Bones brewery ready to hire head brewer

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New 12 Bones brewery ready to hire head brewer

Also, Green Sage has announced its opening a new cafe on Merrimon Avenue, and much more.

VIDEO: Daidala Ciders and the Andy Herod Gallery

VIDEO: Daidala Ciders and the Andy Herod Gallery

Check out this combination of a cider tap room and art gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District.

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 2: Fitting In with Others

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 2: Fitting In with Others

The AUX Bar burger ranks at the very top of Stu’s survey for this month.

by March 27, 2018 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Chai Pani, Rezaz restaurants re-open in Asheville after renovations

Chai Pani, Rezaz restaurants re-open in Asheville after renovations

Rezaz has a new expanded menu to go along with its significant makeover.

by March 13, 2018 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey: Best and Worst So Far

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey: Best and Worst So Far

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 went to all of my favorite places of course, as well[Read More…]

by February 27, 2018 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm: Eating Lap Cheong & Country Ham at Buxton Hall’s Punk Wok Pop-up

Stu Helm: Eating Lap Cheong & Country Ham at Buxton Hall’s Punk Wok Pop-up

Sometimes, I get Invited to Dinner. I Rarely Say No. Recently the nice folks from Buxton Hall Barbecue reached out to me, and invited me to attend one of their “Punk Wok” pop-up dinners. I had been to several of these in the past, and they rüle, so true to form, I did not say no. The reason for the[Read More…]

by February 7, 2018 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
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 4: BEST of the BEST

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene prt 4: BEST of the BEST

The best of the best.

by January 30, 2018 1 comment 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