Asheville food and drink

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/

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
Asheville Sandwich Report: Bacon, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Bacon, Chicken & Bacon

Asheville Sandwich Report: Bacon, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Bacon, Chicken & Bacon

Bacon happens. A lot. Remember that time you gave up eating meat for a bunch of years? And remember how, when you finally started eating meat again, the very first thing you ate was bacon? And you were, all, like, “Holy fuck! Bacon! I love you! What the fuck was I thinking? I’ve missed you so much! Gah! Nom, glomp,[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Pop-up dinner Sunday in Asheville features a chef from Izakaya Rintaro in San Francisco

Pop-up dinner Sunday in Asheville features a chef from Izakaya Rintaro in San Francisco

Izakaya Rintaro is one of the hottest Japanese restaurants in the U.S. right now.

by July 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Best Shellfish Bowl Ever, The Junction, Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK: Best Shellfish Bowl Ever, The Junction, Asheville

Shellfish ain’t a hot dog. Last week, my Eat of the Week was a hot dog. [ LINK ] People like hot dogs. Hot dogs are super popular. Shellfish? Sure, plenty of people like shellfish too, but I’ll just put it like this: Hot dogs get a whoooole buncha more “likes” on social media than shellfish ever have or ever[Read More…]

by July 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
How to WIN the Battle of the Burger, and Everything Else, in Asheville , NC

How to WIN the Battle of the Burger, and Everything Else, in Asheville , NC

The Best Part About Being Me is Judging Food Contests I make no secret of the fact that I want all the food. Actually, truth be told, I don’t require ALL of it — necessarily — I just don’t wanna miss out on ANY of it! And that’s exactly why I love being a judge at the various food competitions[Read More…]

by July 22, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK:  Grass Fed Farm Dog, Farm Burger, Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK: Grass Fed Farm Dog, Farm Burger, Downtown Asheville

I’m a Simple Person. Gimme a hot dog, and I’m happy as fuck. My friends know that about me, and since they are my friends, they like to see me happy, so they often suggest that I eat a hot dog. Even my friends who can’t / don’t / won’t / would never in a brazillion years eat a hot[Read More…]

by July 19, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Local Legends: High Five Coffee

Local Legends: High Five Coffee

Take a tour of High Five Coffee’s 13 Rankin Avenue locale with barista Caroline. Learn a little bit about what makes High Five a special place for people of all backgrounds.  

Asheville Sandwich Report: 67 Sandwiches, Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Lobster, Jack Fruit & More!

Asheville Sandwich Report: 67 Sandwiches, Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Lobster, Jack Fruit & More!

Stu’s been eating a lot of sandwiches lately.

by July 6, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
The Hunt for Hot Dogs

The Hunt for Hot Dogs

Howdy folks! Since we’re approaching the 4th of July, we thought it only appropriate to do a lil’ hot dog hype piece and showcase one of our local vendors, right here in downtown Asheville. Yeah, that’s how we roll. So without further adieu: Hot dog fast facts  – Southerners eat more hot dogs than folks in other regions of the[Read More…]

by June 29, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
An ice cream taco from The Hop Ice Creamery. /photo by The Hop

Asheville Ice Cream Report: Ice cream tacos, ice cream CSA, ice cream sammies

Did you know that you can subscribe to an ice cream CSA? 

by June 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: A Presbyterian, a Teetotaller, & a 12-Stepper Walk Into a Bar…

EAT OF THE WEEK: A Presbyterian, a Teetotaller, & a 12-Stepper Walk Into a Bar…

Stu goes to a local watering hole for some of his favorite food, and ends up using the words “the best in Asheville” in his description.

by June 23, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
WNC Battle of the Burger set for July 9 at Salvage Station in Asheville

WNC Battle of the Burger set for July 9 at Salvage Station in Asheville

Sample the best burgers local restaurants have to offer while listening to tunes from Josh Phillips Big Band, Chalwa and Yellow Feather.

by June 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
From cookbooks to climate change, a social entrepreneur on a mission

From cookbooks to climate change, a social entrepreneur on a mission

Summer Rayne Oakes will sign copies of her new cookbook, SugarDetoxMe, at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Malaprop’s in downtown Asheville.

by June 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: These Mussels Were Smoky-Dokey!

EAT OF THE WEEK: These Mussels Were Smoky-Dokey!

Charred Things on the Deck… When the weather is nice in Asheville, it’s really nice, and that brings out the hippy-dippy-deck-diner in all of us. Who wants to sit and eat outside tonight? Raise your hands… oh… no… on second thought… put your hands back down… y’all been sweatin’… and there ain’t no amount of “Egyptian Goddess” scented oil gonna[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews