Asheville food and drink

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…]

French Broad Chocolates celebrates 10th anniversary with party at Asheville factory

French Broad Chocolates celebrates 10th anniversary with party at Asheville factory

The Jan. 29 party goes from 3-6 p.m. at its chocolate factory on Asheville’s South Slope.

by January 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
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…]

by January 19, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Opinion, Reviews
Roots run deep at Yancey County’s first craft brewery, Homeplace Beer Co.

Roots run deep at Yancey County’s first craft brewery, Homeplace Beer Co.

John Silver hopes to begin serving beer in downtown Burnsville this spring.

by January 18, 2017 4 comments Asheville beer, feature
2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 4: “People, Places, Things” Asheville’s Best Chefs, Servers, More!

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 4: “People, Places, Things” Asheville’s Best Chefs, Servers, More!

“Best” is Such a Loaded Word… I like to use the term, “of The Year,” rather than “Best” when it’s time to hand out Stoobie Awards to the people that I meet and engage with along the way in the Asheville Food scene. When it comes to “Chef of the Year,” for example, I factor in a lot more than[Read More…]

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 3: “Jazzed and Baked” Asheville’s Best Coffee and Pastries!

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 3: “Jazzed and Baked” Asheville’s Best Coffee and Pastries!

Part Three, Wherein Our Hero gets Blazed and Eats Cake… Welcome to the  3rd, and in some ways my favorite, installment of the annual Stoobie Awards! If you missed Parts One & Two, you can read them here: “2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 1: ‘THE BASICS’ Asheville’s Best Burger, Pizza, Sandwich, More!“ And here: “2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES[Read More…]

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES (+1)” Asheville’s Best Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES (+1)” Asheville’s Best Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

Stoobies Part Toobies… Hey-ey! Welcome back to the annual Stoobie Awards, Asheville’s most… um… Prestigious? Meaningless? Somewhere inbetweeningiest… culinary awards! The Stoobies are given out once a year by little ol’ me, Stu Helm, and nobody else.  This is Part Two, in which I will dole out awards for the best places to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and of[Read More…]

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 1: “THE BASICS” Asheville’s Best Burger, Pizza, Sandwich, More!

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 1: “THE BASICS” Asheville’s Best Burger, Pizza, Sandwich, More!

It’s that time of year everyone… The Stoobie Awards are here! Every year, year after year, the good people of Asheville get to vote for all their favorite stuff in the pages of the Mountain Xpress‘s “Best of WNC” issue… I mean issues… volumes? Anthologies?!? Gosh it seems like they’ve got a lot of categories these days. Everything from best[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

Everybody say “Ho-oh!” As in hoe cakes. Also as in “ho ho ho,” for the Holidays, or in this case: HO-leeee shiiiiit, that’s good food! Last Tuesday, I ate a “Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cake” from the Root Down Food Truck that was so insanely tasty, I ate it again on Thursday. I ferkin’ lerved it both times and[Read More…]

by December 23, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Opinion, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

My Whole Family Loves a Good Meat Pie. I’m from a pie family. We like pie. Apple pie, sweet potato pie, rhubarb, pumpkin, cherry pie… make any pie out of any fruit, squash, custard, or pudding, and we will eat it. Make a pie out of meat, and we will eat ALL of it. You and your family will have no[Read More…]

by December 16, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Opinion, Reviews
White Labs plans to start Asheville yeast production in January

White Labs plans to start Asheville yeast production in January

A tasting room should be open to the public in spring 2017, the company says.

by December 15, 2016 0 comments Asheville beer, Asheville News
Doc Brown’s BBQ now open in Candler

Doc Brown’s BBQ now open in Candler

Doc Brown’s all over the place, as usual. Doc jumps from one topic to another, rapid-fire, as his thoughts race. In an hour-long conversation at his new 1320 Smoky Park Highway restaurant, Doc Brown’s BBQ, he muses on everything from contact theory to Candler’s gradual gentrification. He references the influence of Kitty O’Kelly, “the queen of Hominy Valley,” and ticks off the[Read More…]

by December 13, 2016 6 comments Asheville food and drink, feature
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…]

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…]

It’s all about brew education at AVL Beer Expo, set for February 2017

It’s all about brew education at AVL Beer Expo, set for February 2017

Look for educational panels, tastings and more at the second annual AVL Beer Expo, with tickets on sale now.

by December 6, 2016 0 comments Asheville beer
EAT OF THE WEEK! Shrimp, Two Ways at The Imperial Life

EAT OF THE WEEK! Shrimp, Two Ways at The Imperial Life

Livin’ The Imperial Life, or Gittin’ Shrimpy Wid It In the recent past I have awarded my Eat of the Week to a taco, a calzone, and a hot dog. It’s time I gave some love to the fancy food in this town, which I also eat the shit out of on a regular basis. I have some fave places[Read More…]

Food Truckin’, Come On! Peruvian Stew, Tikka Masala, & Damn Good Pizza!

Food Truckin’, Come On! Peruvian Stew, Tikka Masala, & Damn Good Pizza!

Some of the Best International Food in Asheville Comes Out the Window of a Truck. Ain’t no joke, Yo. It wasn’t too long ago that someone asked me, “why don’t you like food trucks, Stu?” I was ashamed, because I do like food trucks, but hadn’t frequented them with enough regularity for many to show up in my writing. Well,[Read More…]

by December 2, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
COMING SOON: 4 New Restaurants in downtown Asheville

COMING SOON: 4 New Restaurants in downtown Asheville

Calypso, Manicomio Pizza & Food, Baba Nahm and Well Played are all in the works.

by December 1, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Asheville News
Why I Loved the 2016 Taste of Asheville (and think you should too)

Why I Loved the 2016 Taste of Asheville (and think you should too)

According to Me, the 2016 Taste of Asheville was the place to be for eaters last week. One of my favorite stories to tell could be titled “A Friend of Jane’s.” It’s a true story about how I showed up late and ticket-less to the Taste of Asheville one year, and while standing in an enormous line with the high-end[Read More…]

by November 28, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Congratulations! It’s a Taco.

EAT OF THE WEEK: Congratulations! It’s a Taco.

EVERYONE IS TALKIN’ TACOS It’s no secret that about 15 or 16 new taco places are opening up in your neighborhood next week, and close to a thousand or more are slated for the greater Asheville area in the next month or two. The County Commission has approved a taco bar for every school, and Mission Hospital will soon replace[Read More…]

by November 25, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Foraging from a Truck at a Beer Dinner, Sans Beer

EAT OF THE WEEK: Foraging from a Truck at a Beer Dinner, Sans Beer

WILD ASHEVILLE FORAGED BEER DINNER WITH BELLY UP TRUCK. I like being invited to stuff! I can’t always make it to everything I get invited to, but I go as often as I can. It helps if I can walk to the stuff I get invited to, because I don’t drive. It’s even better if I have a purpose once[Read More…]

by November 18, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
New restaurant alert: Star Diner in Marshall prepares to open

New restaurant alert: Star Diner in Marshall prepares to open

The restaurant landed the former executive chef at Tupelo Honey and stands ready to elevate this little mountain town’s restaurant scene.

by November 18, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Mountain Madre, Asheville’s newest eatery, features Mexican food with a twist, and tequila

Mountain Madre, Asheville’s newest eatery, features Mexican food with a twist, and tequila

Asheville’s newest local, independently owned restaurant is opening soon following a series of practice runs with family and friends.

by November 15, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature
‘Taste of Asheville’ celebrates local independent restaurants Thursday

‘Taste of Asheville’ celebrates local independent restaurants Thursday

The theme of this year’s event is “Taste and Tunes,” with the Asheville Busker Collective providing musical entertainment.

by November 15, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink
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