[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…]
The dinner is set for Feb. 18.
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…]
Stu and co-host Joe Scully talk about the possibility of abolishing tipping, and much more.
Stu’s got a Thanksgiving Day run-down for you.
Jenny Fares of Sound Mind Creative has produced and organized the event, which features more than a dozen Asheville artists and designers.
Stu and Joe talk to Mountain Xpress food writers Gina Smith and Jonathan Ammons.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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 and Joe interview Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground boutique flour mill, and baker Laura Geotz of Table/Tod’s Tasties/ Imperial life.
Stu and Scully get romantic, and chat about good first-date restaurant spots.
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
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 goes off on coffee. As usual, beware the liberal use of four-letter words.
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…]
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.
Also, Stu wants to know if you’re a local, independent restaurant and you have a “kid’s eat free” policy.
Also, Helm notes the passing of Drexler McStyles.