Downtown Asheville

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…]

Chestnut Asheville to Host Jones vonDrehle Vineyards Wine Dinner

Chestnut Asheville to Host Jones vonDrehle Vineyards Wine Dinner

The dinner is set for Feb. 18.

Chicken, biscuit, gravy, eggs, cheese, and hash browns a la Mojo.

Asheville Bluegrass Brunch at Mojo Kitchen and Lounge

Hello Asheville, In my “Best of 2015” Stoobie Awards, I have listed three “brunches of note,” along with the winner for “Best Brunch 2015!” That high honor went to my friends at The Junction, with The Grey Eagle, and Buffalo Nickel also receiving the nod. In my piece I admit that I don’t eat a lot of brunch, because my[Read More…]

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Three

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Three

Stu picks his best Asheville restaurant of the year, names his best server of the year and much, much more.

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 12 – “AVL AIR Heads”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 12 – “AVL AIR Heads”

Stu and co-host Joe Scully talk about the possibility of abolishing tipping, and much more.

“Possibly Turkey” –  Where to Eat and Drink in Asheville on Thanksgiving Day

“Possibly Turkey” – Where to Eat and Drink in Asheville on Thanksgiving Day

Stu’s got a Thanksgiving Day run-down for you.

Halloween Poster Show set for The Orange Peel in Asheville

Halloween Poster Show set for The Orange Peel in Asheville

Jenny Fares of Sound Mind Creative has produced and organized the event, which features more than a dozen Asheville artists and designers.

PODCAST: Stu Helm and Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 10 – “Pumpkin Spiced Radio”

PODCAST: Stu Helm and Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 10 – “Pumpkin Spiced Radio”

Stu and Joe talk to Mountain Xpress food writers Gina Smith and Jonathan Ammons.

Stu Helm: Food Fan – I hEArT Buxton Hall BBQ

Stu Helm: Food Fan – I hEArT Buxton Hall BBQ

Hello Asheville! Okay, so what if I’m having a very public love affair with Buxton Hall Barbeque? So WHAT? Piss off. When love comes my way, I let it wash over me like a tangy vinegar sauce, smoke me all night long, and slow-cook my heart until it falls apart into pile of delicious… heart… meat… Okay that analogy got[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Hello Asheville! The eighth and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chef Hollie West of The Sweet Monkey Bakery, who won the Chef’s Challenge at the Asheville Wine &[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Hello Asheville! The seventh and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chefs Mandy and Christopher Butler from 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert, and they brought us[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 6 – “Everyone Loves Grass, Even Cows””

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 6 – “Everyone Loves Grass, Even Cows””

Hello Asheville! The sixth and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast is “in the can” as they say, and it’s our best one yet! ___ As always, Chef Joe Scully from Chestnut​ and The Corner Kitchen​ is my co-host, and this time, our special guest is Jamie Ager from Hickory Nut Gap Farm​ who talks to us about happy cows[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Hello Asheville! Well, Summer is wrapping-up, winding down, moving on, and effing off for another year. I hope you had a good one! I did, that’s for sure, and one of the main reasons for my good Summer was the wonderful overseas vacation that I went on with 8 members of my immediate family.  Also known as: #familytrip As I reported the last time I wrote[Read More…]

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Hello Asheville! Here are just a few shots of some of the staff, volunteers, and attendees at the three major events that make up  the Asheville Wine and Food Festival: Elixir, Sweet, and The Grand Tasting. The women looked great, as usual. The men? Frump-dee-dump-dump (to the theme of TV’s Dragnet) for the most part. A few dudes looked okay,[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu used to be a vegetarian once upon a time, but now he’s eating deliciously horrible stuff like veal.

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu and Joe interview Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground boutique flour mill, and baker Laura Geotz of Table/Tod’s Tasties/ Imperial life.

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 2 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 2 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu and Scully get romantic, and chat about good first-date restaurant spots.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Hello Asheville! Who likes lists? Lists are fun. Lately I’ve been keeping a list of ALLL the places that I eat at every month, and then posting my lists to FaceBook. This time around, I actually talked to Chef Joe Scully (from Corner Kitchen and Chestnut) about each and every one of the venues on my May List during the pilot episode of AVL Food Fans,[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

Hello Asheville! Have you guys seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet? Dawn and I caught it on opening weekend, and to be honest, I don’t think we should have had to pay full price… because we only used the very edge of our seats!  Wakka wakka. On a more serious note: Holy crapperdoodles!!! Action? You bet! Explosions? Like, a million of[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on coffee, coffee, coffee, and men in Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on coffee, coffee, coffee, and men in Asheville

Stu goes off on coffee. As usual, beware the liberal use of four-letter words.

VIDEO Food Fans Habibi Artisanal Baklava: Sweet Eats for a Good Cause

VIDEO Food Fans Habibi Artisanal Baklava: Sweet Eats for a Good Cause

I visit with Jennifer MacDonald from Habibi Artisanal Baklava, and Aimee Diaz from Bomba Cafe in Pack Sq., Downtown Asheville. Jennifer explains how profits from sales of her amazing baklava go to a non-profit that provides baskets of toys to refugee children in Lebanon… Part 1 – Meeting Jennifer, hearing the story of Habibi Baklava… _ Part2 – Meeting Aimee and tasting[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Zambra, Vue 1913, Grove Park Inn and Asheville romance

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Zambra, Vue 1913, Grove Park Inn and Asheville romance

The atmosphere at Zambra is one of its romantic bonfa fides: dimly lit with an “exotic” vibe, there’s usually some sexy Euro-lounge music playing softly in the background.

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Brooklyn Bro’s, Fuddruckers, whole milk and Asheville kids menus

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Brooklyn Bro’s, Fuddruckers, whole milk and Asheville kids menus

Also, Stu wants to know if you’re a local, independent restaurant and you have a “kid’s eat free” policy.

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Oskar Blues Brunch, Sovereign Remedies, Wasabi Asheville

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Oskar Blues Brunch, Sovereign Remedies, Wasabi Asheville

Also, Helm notes the passing of Drexler McStyles.

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