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Hello Asheville!

Uh. It’s been a while since’t I posted to Ashvegas, sorry. Busy. Makin’ hot dogs at Clingman Cafe, dressing up like Banjo the Whistlepig, busting out graphic design for this and that client, eating, eating, always eating. I’ve got a lot of on my plate — in all senses of the expression — and I can already feel the clock ticking down to my imminent death. So many things to do… NOT ENOUGH TIME! Gah!!!

One of my fave new things to do is the AVL Food Fans podcast with Chef Joe Scully (from Corner Kitchen and Chestnut) which is hosted & produced by Zapow studios, and is available to listen to on line, and now from the iTunes store!  Just search for “avl food fans.”

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AVL Food Fan, Chef Joe Scully sits inside Zapow! Studios on Battery Park Ave.

Joe and I recently recoded the sensational second episode, during which we rattle off all the places to eat in the River Arts District, with an opinion or two thrown in here and there, and then we have two special guests, Bobby Sullivan and Clare Schwartz from the French Broad Food Co-op. Bobby corrects my errors from the previous podcast, and they both talk about the Green Opportunities teaching kitchen down there on Livingston Street. I ate at the GO! kitchen a while back and had an excellent meal! It’s a wonderful program that seems to benefit many people. You can find out more by… Googling it.

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Clare gives me and Joe, and all of you, the skinny on the Green Opportunities teaching kitchen.

Clare also informs me that their grocery manager, Ryan has stocked cheese popcorn in the FBFC snack isle after reading my FaceBook rant about the lack of it a while back. Ha ha! YES! Thank you, Ryan! The power of the complaint.

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Bobby and I exchange wide-eyed glances. I’m not sure why. Musta been something Joe said.

After our guests, Joe and I get romantic, and give our picks for the best places to go on a 1st date, a couples’ date night, and for a major anniversary. I suggest a place at which Dawn and I ate the number one meal we’ve had so far in 2015, and I tell Chef Joe that one of his suggestions is a “horrible idea.” Ha ha!  I’m such a dick.

You can listen to AVL Food Fans, episode 2 on the player right below, or by going to www.avlfoodfans.com.

As always, Joe is highly entertaining, talking about everything from his experiences as a young chef at the Waldorf hotel in NYC, to the food his mom cooked when he was growing up as one of 9 kids, and of course, Joe is always making a “conversational gambit.” This time with a zucchini stick in his hand. Last time it was a hot dog.

And speaking of Hot dogs…

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Click on this image to open a larger version that you can print out, color in at home and bring to the Clingman Cafe at any time, to be eligible to win a free hot dog!

Yeah, Man. Hot dogs!

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stu_helm_2013Stu Helm is an artist and writer living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing about food strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook. 

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2 Comments

  1. According to The River Arts District web page, Bywater is not part of the RAD, and honestly, I don’t consider it part of the arts district. Maybe in time, but there currently I would think the railroad bridge might be the northern edge. With that being said, what about Riverside Station? Are they part of the RAD?

    • They’re included in all the RAD art walk and “Second Saturday” promotions, and the free shuttle buses run down there, so I would say that Riverside Station is included. It and the buildings/properties adjacent to it are probably the “edge” of the District.

      Agreed that the railroad bridge currently marks the other boundary … that includes the new Smoky Mountain Supper Club but leaves out all those industrial properties directly north of it.

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