Opinion

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Two

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Two

Hello Asheville! Sacre bleu, c’est la Stoobies part deux! If you haven’t read part one yet you can do that HERE, and if you don’t know what the Stoobie Awards are… yeah, it’s all explained in part one and I don’t feel like repeating it here, so either go read that, or figure it out along the way. It’s not[Read More…]

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards are Here!

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards are Here!

Hello Asheville! Well, Folks, it’s that magical time of year again, when all the world anticipates wonderful gifts doled out by a jolly white guy, with a big ol’ beard, and a fat sack full of fun… that’s right it’s time for me to announce the contestants and winners of the muhfuckin’ 2015 Stoobie Awaaarrrds!!! Yeah, Man! As some of[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan – A Lotta Ranting, Not A lot About Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan – A Lotta Ranting, Not A lot About Food

Warning: The following post has 33 percent more curse-words than Stu’s average post.

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.

Could Roanoke mayor’s anti-immigration remarks sour Deschutes on opening there?

Could Roanoke mayor’s anti-immigration remarks sour Deschutes on opening there?

In making his comments, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers may have pissed away a lot of goodwill building in favor of the city.

by November 19, 2015 31 comments Opinion
“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.

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 11 – “Ready Set Go Kitchen Ready”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 11 – “Ready Set Go Kitchen Ready”

Chef Liam Luttrell-Rowland, chef at the Edington Center and lead trainer for Green Opportunities’ GO-Kitchen Ready program, is the special guest this week.

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…]

Roanoke, Asheville step up media campaigns in race for Deschutes Brewery

Roanoke, Asheville step up media campaigns in race for Deschutes Brewery

The “Deschutes 2 Roanoke” page on Facebook has about 1,600 likes so far.

by October 14, 2015 2 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
Asheville, once again on bended knee to big brewer, has Deschutes decision near

Asheville, once again on bended knee to big brewer, has Deschutes decision near

As the Deschutes decision comes down to the wire, the Buncombe County brewing community prepares, once again, to put its best beer forward.

by October 9, 2015 13 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
Opinion: The Asheville community’s response to Waking Life scandal is justified

Opinion: The Asheville community’s response to Waking Life scandal is justified

Asheville is trying to encounter your humanity now, Jacob and Jared. It’s not too late for you to learn to do the same for the women you gamed.

by September 28, 2015 33 comments Opinion
Opinion: After Waking Life scandal, women assess the damage done

Opinion: After Waking Life scandal, women assess the damage done

Jacob and Jared described us as “gullible” and “sluts.” We are far from this. We are strong, courageous women.

by September 28, 2015 8 comments Opinion
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…]

Asheville writer pens open letter to Waking Life owner: Wake up

Asheville writer pens open letter to Waking Life owner: Wake up

“This is not shaming you. This is seeing you. Know the difference.”

by September 20, 2015 14 comments Opinion
Stu Helm: Anyone got a job for out-of-work Waking Life baristas?

Stu Helm: Anyone got a job for out-of-work Waking Life baristas?

Stu’s wondering if anyone might have a job for the Waking Life barista’s who quit their jobs in the wake of the scandal.

by September 20, 2015 6 comments Opinion
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: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 3: Bozen-Bolzano & Venice, Italy

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 3: Bozen-Bolzano & Venice, Italy

Hello Asheville! How’s it hangi… oh wait, that’s not a polite thing to ask. Sorry. I’ll try again: How’s your whole (comedic pause) family? Good? Good. Mine too. We’re all very good in fact, thanks for asking. We’re settling back in and getting caught-up on work and school after our… whirlwind… family trip! That’s right… It’s #familytrip part three, Yo![Read More…]

VIDEO: Stu Helm The Food Fan visits Chef Ryan at Buffalo Nickel

VIDEO: Stu Helm The Food Fan visits Chef Ryan at Buffalo Nickel

Hello Asheville! It’s my favorite time of year here in WNC! Faaawwwlllll! Who doesn’t love Fall? Raise your hands if you love Fall. Now, raise your hands if you don’t love Fall. Those in group B, please leave the room. Idiots. What are you, Summer people? Go live on the Sun then. See what that gets you. I like cool foggy mornings, followed by cool crisp days, and[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…]

Hendersonville Lightning op-ed: Reform N.C. alcohol laws now

Hendersonville Lightning op-ed: Reform N.C. alcohol laws now

The opinion piece suggests lawmakers rein in the N.C. ALE and ABC, two state agencies whose recent actions are suppressing the vitality of WNC’s craft beer industry.

by August 24, 2015 3 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
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[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, Family Trip, Part 1, The Airport and Airplane Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 1, The Airport and Airplane Food

Being on a plane is like being in prison, where you gotta trade cigs for toilet wine.

Opinion: Owners of Asheville-area Dunkin’s Donuts are fair-minded people

Opinion: Owners of Asheville-area Dunkin’s Donuts are fair-minded people

Local Dunkin’ Donuts stores employ people of a range of ethnicities and religions, say employees.

by July 27, 2015 7 comments Opinion
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 Top 3 (okay, 5) Cheese Popcorn Snacks

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Top 3 (okay, 5) Cheese Popcorn Snacks

If he’s in for one kernel, he’s in for the bag.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Hello Asheville! Do you guys like to do stuff? I like to do stuff. A lot of stuff. As a way to make money, occupy my hands, or just pass the time in a remotely interesting fashion, using the limited skills that I have, until I finally go belly-up and die. I like to write. About food and flip flops and such. I like to draw[Read More…]

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…]

In Asheville’s conversation about creative placemaking, is art itself being displaced?

In Asheville’s conversation about creative placemaking, is art itself being displaced?

Three Asheville artists dig deeper into a recent conversation about the role of public art and the concept of creative placemaking.

by June 2, 2015 16 comments Asheville arts, Opinion
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.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Red Stag Grill / Bohemian Hotel, Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Red Stag Grill / Bohemian Hotel, Asheville

Hello, Asheville! How you doin’? Good? Good. I’m doing good too, thanks. In fact, I’m doing kind of awesome. I recently had a very amazing and unique experience. Unique to me, that is. I have a feeling that some of the other lucky people who had this experience with me were not as new to it as I was. I’m talking about my very first[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Asheville Wine & Food Festival, bitters and booze

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Asheville Wine & Food Festival, bitters and booze

Stu’s all over the place in this one, from blogging and bitters to Bill Cunningham. Check it, and beware the swear words.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on [Re]HAPPENING, Ultimate Ice Cream, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Buxton Hall BBQ, Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on [Re]HAPPENING, Ultimate Ice Cream, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Buxton Hall BBQ, Asheville

Hey ReHaps, you might want to add a food truck or two for next year.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Buffalo Nickel Brunch, West Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Buffalo Nickel Brunch, West Asheville

Question: What, exactly, Stu wonders, is scrapple?

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on the LoveTown activists in Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on the LoveTown activists in Asheville

Is Asheville a town in which any interest or entity can simply purchase the ability to brand us as their own?

by April 8, 2015 32 comments Opinion
Opinion: To continue to improve, Mission Hospital must understand suffering of both patients and nurses

Opinion: To continue to improve, Mission Hospital must understand suffering of both patients and nurses

Mission must renew its recommit to its stated values.

by April 4, 2015 10 comments Opinion
Ashvegas reader: Asheville police cracked down on busking and it ruined my visit

Ashvegas reader: Asheville police cracked down on busking and it ruined my visit

Friday’s wonderfully warm spring weather brought out the street performers, the visitors and the police.

by April 4, 2015 24 comments Opinion
Wild Connections: A call to learn about WNC’s wild places, then work to defend them

Wild Connections: A call to learn about WNC’s wild places, then work to defend them

As spring arrives, anappeal to get out, enjoy nature and join those who are fighting to save our wild places, not from ourselves but for ourselves.

by March 30, 2015 0 comments Opinion
Stu Helm, Food Fan: On Gan Shan Station, {Re}HAPPENING, Asheville

Stu Helm, Food Fan: On Gan Shan Station, {Re}HAPPENING, Asheville

The dumplings and curry pork special were delicious, but please change the in-house tunes, Stu reports.

Ashvegas movie review: Chappie

Ashvegas movie review: Chappie

Despite the savage criticism, this reviewer likes this doggone movie.

by March 19, 2015 2 comments Opinion
Big show gives glimpse of what renovations could do for Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Big show gives glimpse of what renovations could do for Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

A built-out stage thrusts the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and a star pianist into much closer proximity with an adoring audience.

by March 19, 2015 4 comments Opinion
New Buncombe County district attorney faces first test in high-profile homicide

New Buncombe County district attorney faces first test in high-profile homicide

Todd Williams is moving methodically through the investigation into the deaths of Cristie Codd, her unborn child and her husband, J.T. Codd.

by March 19, 2015 24 comments Opinion
Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Sundays, balls, brains, and Asheville Industry Night

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Sundays, balls, brains, and Asheville Industry Night

Stu asks: Are you punk enough?

Dude Food Subcategory: "Heart Attack Special." A fist-sized ball of meat, covered in meat-drippin's and Funyuns, on a bed of deep-fried taters, and asparagus. Fuck. Yes.

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Red Stag Grill, AIR Passport, Restaurant Week Asheville

Helm reports that he pounded back that meatloaf like a hungry Hessian.

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.

Budweiser Super Bowl ad kicks craft beer in the nuts; will Asheville aka Beer City USA respond?

Budweiser Super Bowl ad kicks craft beer in the nuts; will Asheville aka Beer City USA respond?

Asheville craft beer lovers, what say you?

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.

Opinion: How a tourism guide got Asheville wrong, and repairing the damage done

Opinion: How a tourism guide got Asheville wrong, and repairing the damage done

The Frommer’s blunder pulls apart Asheville community. It obscures the story of Asheville. It disrespects the city’s soul.

by January 3, 2015 73 comments Opinion
Opinion: It’s time for WCQS to tune into the Asheville community

Opinion: It’s time for WCQS to tune into the Asheville community

Asheville deserves a radio station that is tuned into its unique vibrancy.

by December 26, 2014 33 comments Opinion