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ASHVEGAS.COM is a local news and entertainment website serving the city and the people of Asheville, N.C., sharing local news, the word on the street, events, and information as it happens. We’re the first place to look for the Asheville news you care about. Ashvegas is owned by Jason Sandford, who has been covering news in Asheville for more than 25 years.

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Ashvegas also produces a monthly pop-up concert and podcast called Music on the Fly at the Asheville Regional Airport. The series features local musicians playing right at a departure gate in the airport. The series is sponsored by the Asheville Regional Airport.

Ashvegas is produced by:

Jason Sandford, owner, founder and editor: Jason is a writer, reporter and photographer who grew up in Asheville. He’s a 20-year veteran journalist, having worked for daily newspapers around the world. His newspaper experience includes stints at: the Bladen Journal in Elizabethtown, N.C.; the Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, N.C.; the Florence Morning News in Florence, S.C.; the Asheville Citizen-Times in Asheville, N.C.; European Stars & Stripes in Darmstadt, Germany; and the alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress in Asheville, N.C..  Reach Jason here.

Stu Helm/Asheville Food Fan: Stu Helm is an artist and writer living in Asheville. He’s 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. Stu began writing restaurant reviews strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook in 2013.

Other contributors include: Jack Igelman, Caleb Calhoun and Jane Kramer.

Thanks for stopping by.


CYNTHIA A SPRATT January 23, 2017 - 5:44 pm

Where is Darcel . She has not been on since you let my favorite go.

Trudi glenn December 4, 2016 - 10:33 am

Reading Stu Helm makes me never want to read ashvegas again. He uses crude language to no effect . It makes no sense how he writes about food. Often crude language is used when one does not know how to write effectively. Just don’t see his value to your site.

Cheryl November 1, 2016 - 10:42 pm

Please sign me up for all email updates if this subscription service is still available. Thanks! Cheryl

Kathy Hurley September 10, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Let’s get the community fired up for Debate Watch Parties?
Back in 2012 – many places did the Watch Parties, including the Wedge and the Millroom.
Now it being 2016 – be great if New Belgium with their big screen and Wicked Weed and Wedge!
Ashvegas drum it up, be a great community watch for all venues.

Jason Schutz September 2, 2016 - 4:47 pm

Hey Jason, it’s Jay at One World. I just wanted to drop you a line about our AsheVegas Pale Ale. I figured it would be cool since we all live in AsheVegas. Any interest in having it at one of your events?

Jason Sandford September 12, 2016 - 11:04 am

Hey Jay! That’s awesome! I’ll come by and check it out!

Gail August 23, 2016 - 9:55 am

Sign me up for news on Food & Bev in Asheville

Galer Oxana August 7, 2016 - 11:00 am

Hello. I want to buy advertising on your
website. How much it will cost ?

Find July 23, 2016 - 7:25 pm

I’d love two tickets to the Altamont. My favorite music venue in Asheville.

thor x jones July 8, 2016 - 9:08 am

How about one that says “WE STILL PRAY” with the “RAY” exed out?

Mkwaogma July 3, 2016 - 6:28 pm

pulled in here this 4th of July to see if there was any good scoop on a killer hot dog here in Asheville, partially growing up in the land of mighty Hot Dogs CHICAGO I was craving a tasty one with a slice of tomato and celery salt.

Rena Wright June 14, 2016 - 5:53 pm

Hello: My name is Rena Wright and I am a member of the Asheville Time Bank, an organization that I hope you’ll be open to allow me to share on your Facebook site. If you haven’t yet heard of it, “Timebanking is a way for people to exchange services with others in the group. All services provided are credited in hours which can be used to have someone else do something for you. Share your skills and get your needs met without cash. Do What you enjoy and find someone else to do the things you don’t want to do.”
Asheville Timebank is part of an international organization and I hope a movement that will catch on fire in Asheville. We currently have 90-something members. But would love to get the word out. Please let me know if we can post on your site. For instance, we have a monthly potluck coming up on June 29th. Thanks for publishing your wonderful community service. Hope to hear from you! Rena

Anjulee June 12, 2016 - 12:42 pm

Many articles in news recently about good employees being let go and replaced with foreign workers. Are former Mission Hospital employees ready to spill their guts about jobs going to India, entire departments dissolved, anesthesiologists fired because their local office would not join the Mission powerhouse, long-time employees with great benefits and high wages replaced with new graduates….and that is not all. When will Mission be investigated?

John Varner June 9, 2016 - 10:07 am

Do you have an email subscription? If so, please add me!

joseph a. pearson May 23, 2016 - 4:24 pm

hello i am joseph a. pearson i am a painter and resident artist at the pink dog here in asheville.
i have the opening of a 2 person show there next month. the opening reception is june 3rd 5-8 p.m.
the title of the exhibition is “perceptions black male: imagers of dignity. i am writing to see if you will publish my press release?


P. Fabrikant May 16, 2016 - 4:06 pm

The cinema site would be a great location for a new Publix.

Helen May 14, 2016 - 5:58 pm

Is Limones expanding into the old Kava spot. Just saw 2 peeps leaving it, wearing Limones shirts. Would make sense since they are always slammed.

Courtney Rossi April 6, 2016 - 8:51 am

How can I start receiving email updates from Ashvegas?

Christi Whiteley March 28, 2016 - 2:52 pm

Jason’s contact link doesn’t work.

Jack Wall March 21, 2016 - 3:10 pm

I would like to start receiving email updates about the Evansville dining Scene can you all help me get on the mailing list

DC Tomlin March 9, 2016 - 10:48 am

Just curious why not ONE presidential candidate has come to Asheville to campaign and the elections are Tuesday-Greenville and the upstate had almost if not every single person running deluge the area sometimes more than once in the month preceding the SC Primary yet Asheville and WNC have not seen one-Is WNC on the radar for any of these guys-republican or Democrat-I just find it strange and a little disappointing as a few of them have campaigned in the middle and eastern part-it seems to be the same ole same ole-WNC isn’t a part of the state machine or environment-just the step child.

BJ Leiderman February 18, 2016 - 4:37 pm

Thanks, but you misspelled my name!

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