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Asheville Improv Collective finds new home; set to launch shows, classes

Asheville Improv Collective finds new home; set to launch shows, classes

Asheville Improv Collective events start this weekend at Habitat Tavern & Commons on Broadway Street.

by January 12, 2017 0 comments Asheville features
EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

Everybody say “Ho-oh!” As in hoe cakes. Also as in “ho ho ho,” for the Holidays, or in this case: HO-leeee shiiiiit, that’s good food! Last Tuesday, I ate a “Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cake” from the Root Down Food Truck that was so insanely tasty, I ate it again on Thursday. I ferkin’ lerved it both times and[Read More…]

by December 23, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Opinion, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

My Whole Family Loves a Good Meat Pie. I’m from a pie family. We like pie. Apple pie, sweet potato pie, rhubarb, pumpkin, cherry pie… make any pie out of any fruit, squash, custard, or pudding, and we will eat it. Make a pie out of meat, and we will eat ALL of it. You and your family will have no[Read More…]

by December 16, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Opinion, Reviews
Christmas Jam 2016, part I: Haynes, Johnson and Krauss kick off

Christmas Jam 2016, part I: Haynes, Johnson and Krauss kick off

Holly Bowling was also one of the bright stars of the night.

by December 12, 2016 2 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Ashvegas 2016 Year in Review: Bestselling books at Malaprop’s in Asheville

Ashvegas 2016 Year in Review: Bestselling books at Malaprop’s in Asheville

A local cookbook, a story about a stunt cat and much more top the lists of adult and children’s bestsellers at Malaprop’s this year.

by December 12, 2016 1 comment Asheville books, Asheville News
EAT OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Pie! (As Seen on TeeVee?)

EAT OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Pie! (As Seen on TeeVee?)

How & Why I Talked with My Mouth Full of Pie, Possibly for TeeVee. This week, I ate a lotta stuff that coulda been my Eat of the Week, but I only ate one thing on camera — for possible inclusion on an episode Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations — and that was an amazing piece of sweet potato[Read More…]

Karl Denson brought the funk but not the fire to Asheville show

Karl Denson brought the funk but not the fire to Asheville show

Caleb Calhoun I came into the night tittering like a school girl. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with special guest Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic guitarist) at New Mountain AVL last week was enough to get me pumped. The addition of local hotshots The Digs to the lineup provided an extra shot of adrenaline. This was, I suspected, going to be a night to remember.[Read More…]

by December 8, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
What’s so special about Asheville? The Junction’s tasting table for one thing

What’s so special about Asheville? The Junction’s tasting table for one thing

The Tasting Table at Asheville’s Tiny Junction Restaurant is a Very Special Place. If you’ve ever wondered what makes the Asheville food scene so special, wonder no longer: It’s the people, Dumbass. The chefs, the cooks, the restaurateurs, the servers, the bartenders, the farmers, the makers, the bakers, and even us, the eaters. We are what makes the scene so[Read More…]

VIDEO: Things to do around Asheville this weekend

VIDEO: Things to do around Asheville this weekend

There’s an irreverent holiday play, and plenty of holiday shopping opportunities, this weekend.

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…]

Modern Black Book offers matchmaking help to singles in the Asheville area.

Looking for dating help? Then meet this Asheville matchmaker

With Modern Black Book, Dema Badr is looking to set up Asheville-area singles for dating success.

by October 13, 2016 0 comments Asheville features, feature
At High Hampton Inn, hidden WNC mountain gem shines in ‘Dirty Dancing’ spotlight

At High Hampton Inn, hidden WNC mountain gem shines in ‘Dirty Dancing’ spotlight

The old lodge is getting new attention after serving as a location for filming of the television remake of “Dirty Dancing.”

by October 7, 2016 0 comments Asheville features, feature
Trivia bits about ‘Masterminds’ movie made in Asheville

Trivia bits about ‘Masterminds’ movie made in Asheville

Some fun facts about the making of “Masterminds” in and around Asheville.

A scene from the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure./ Photo by Frantz-Photography.com

Dirty Dancing Festival returns to Lake Lure this weekend with renewed engergy

The Dirty Dancing Festival is now locally owned and operated by the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.

by August 19, 2016 0 comments Asheville features
The GritVegas Weekend Update – 8/18/16

The GritVegas Weekend Update – 8/18/16

Asheville, what up? We’re here with the full weekend report, plus an extra event happening next Tuesday for Asheville Puppet Week! This weekend, you can meet our special guest Toybox and a whole shebang of other puppeteers and their creations in person, eat Korean fusion food downtown, catch a documentary, see live music in the streets, shop for handmade trinkets, and more.[Read More…]

Community comes to aid of Asheville singer Kat Williams after kidney disease diagnoses

Community comes to aid of Asheville singer Kat Williams after kidney disease diagnoses

Kat Williams has been a staple on the Asheville music scene for nearly two decades.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Asheville breweries team up for big fundraiser

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Asheville breweries team up for big fundraiser

The series of events includes a passport program encouraging folks to visit each brewery to collect Parkway Beer Passport stickers.

Movie review: ‘Swiss Army Man’

Movie review: ‘Swiss Army Man’

“Swiss Army Man” digs deeper than entertainment; it’s an interpretive dance with a haunting score, writers our reviewer.

by July 21, 2016 0 comments Opinion
REVIEW: OWL Bakery, Table Asheville, Gan Shan Station

REVIEW: OWL Bakery, Table Asheville, Gan Shan Station

OWL Bakery has an insanely cute interior design, says Stu, who offers his opinion on the eats, too.

A Month of Brundays part 7 – English Breakfast, Country Women, & Duncan the Plumber

A Month of Brundays part 7 – English Breakfast, Country Women, & Duncan the Plumber

The latest on the Asheville brunch scene from Stu.

DOUGHNUTTING: Doughnut Diplomacy with Bob and Rob from Mr. Bob’s

DOUGHNUTTING: Doughnut Diplomacy with Bob and Rob from Mr. Bob’s

Everybody knows that Stu loves doughnuts.

REVIEW: The Montford Pull-Up Deli and Grill

REVIEW: The Montford Pull-Up Deli and Grill

The Montford Pull-Up is straight-up delicious.

No Taste Like Home: Foraging for Food with Stu Helm and Friends

No Taste Like Home: Foraging for Food with Stu Helm and Friends

“WILL FORAGE FOR FOOD” (If we can bring it to a high-end restaurant afterward & have it paired & prepared by some of Asheville’s best cooks). Written by Stephan Pruitt and Stu Helm Illustration by Stu Helm Photos & Photo Captions by Stephan Pruitt (unless otherwise indicated) To see even more photos from this trip, check out Stephan’s version of[Read More…]

Community rallies for online auction to benefit Ryan Conrad and family in Asheville

Community rallies for online auction to benefit Ryan Conrad and family in Asheville

Items up for bid cover the gamut from original art to private yoga sessions, house concerts and much more.

by June 16, 2016 0 comments Asheville benefits, feature
Suds the brew cat protects beer and buddies up at Hendersonville’s Sanctuary Brewing

Suds the brew cat protects beer and buddies up at Hendersonville’s Sanctuary Brewing

Suds was adopted from the Working Cats program at the Asheville Humane Society.

From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O'SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

EAT. WRITE. REPEAT. How to Become a Food Writer in 3 Easy Steps

Stu talks food writing.

Asheville Museum of Science benefit set for June 9

Asheville Museum of Science benefit set for June 9

The Asheville Museum of Science is the new iteration of the Colburn Earth Science Museum.

Hornsby, Skaggs show at Pisgah Brewing will benefit Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville

Hornsby, Skaggs show at Pisgah Brewing will benefit Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville

The June 21 show will benefit the Asheville nonprofit, which helps indigent people with legal services.

A Month of Brundays – Part 6 – Brunch Cat Bobby Makes the Scene

A Month of Brundays – Part 6 – Brunch Cat Bobby Makes the Scene

JERUSALEM GARDEN • MISTY MOUNTAIN BAKESHOP AT SOVEREIGN REMEDIES • LOVE YOU A BRUNCH TRUCK AT OLE SHAKEY’S • INELIGIBLE DIM SUM IN FLORIDA   – by Stu Helm   Hello Asheville! Good lord! At this point in my brunch studies, I’ve eaten so many various brunches, at so many different places, that when I even hear someone say the[Read More…]

The Bathroom Bill That Laid a Turd in Foodtopia’s Punchbowl

The Bathroom Bill That Laid a Turd in Foodtopia’s Punchbowl

Reports from Asheville restaurants are mixed – some say the controversial law has definitely hurt business, while others say they’ve seen no impact.

Louis CK’s show at The Orange Peel in Asheville was just the sugar N.C. needs now

Louis CK’s show at The Orange Peel in Asheville was just the sugar N.C. needs now

Comedy has always been used as the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine of a social justice message go down.

by April 15, 2016 0 comments Opinion
Asheville Music School annual concert fundraiser set for April 21 at The Isis Music Hall

Asheville Music School annual concert fundraiser set for April 21 at The Isis Music Hall

If you like The Beatles, you’re in for a treat: AMS teachers and students will cover the classic “Abbey Road” album in its entirety.

A Month of Brundays Part 4 – Jazz, Blues, and a Bucket of Gravy.

A Month of Brundays Part 4 – Jazz, Blues, and a Bucket of Gravy.

THE IMPERIAL LIFE, KING DADDY’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES, AND BUXTON HALL BBQ – by Stu Helm Hello Asheville! You know what? The more I brunch, the more I love it. After four months of covering various brunches for Ashvegas, it has become my favorite meal of the week. I really look forward to it happening almost every weekend, and I[Read More…]

Caviar benedict

REVIEW: Eleven Madison Park restaurant, New York City

Note to trolls: Whenever you make a reservation at a 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant, they know you’re coming, no matter who you are.

Help name Asheville’s new cat cafe, says Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Help name Asheville’s new cat cafe, says Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Puss N Boots Cafe, Central Purrrrk, Nibbles and Tails, Pet N Sip, Chez Chat and It’s Meow or Never are just a few of the the suggestions.

Malaprop’s bookshop March events include Erik Larson, Denise Kiernan, Catherynne Valente, more

Malaprop’s bookshop March events include Erik Larson, Denise Kiernan, Catherynne Valente, more

It’s a big month for Malaprop’s, which will also host a panel of YA writers and fantasy writer Catherynne Valente.

by February 23, 2016 0 comments Asheville arts, Asheville books
The front of this piece of cake looks like it crashed into an iceberg while crossing the Atlantic.

Review – Blackbird Restaurant Cake FAIL

COCONUT CAKE FROM BLACKBIRD. This piece originally appeared on my own blog, where it was so popular, I decided to share it with you guys on Ashvegas… Hello Asheville, I know you guys love it when I harsh-out in my reviews, because you tell me so. My scathing excoriation of The Glass Onion is the piece that more people mention[Read More…]

by February 22, 2016 12 comments Asheville food and drink, Opinion, Reviews
Food News: MANNA marks major milestone for feeding children

Food News: MANNA marks major milestone for feeding children

Earlier this week, food bank workers delivered their one millionth food pack designed for kids.

by February 17, 2016 1 comment Asheville features, Asheville News
HOT DOGS AND DOUGHNUTS: Happy Valentine’s Day, Asheville

HOT DOGS AND DOUGHNUTS: Happy Valentine’s Day, Asheville

Stu offers up the best in Asheville wieners and doughnuts just in time for Valentine’s Day.

ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – Brunching in Asheville, part 2

ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – Brunching in Asheville, part 2

ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – by Stu Helm Hello Asheville! I am not a fancy person, but I sure do like fancy eatin’. That being said… lehhht’s braaahhhhhnnnch! To me, eating brunch is like living The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, which can get a little pricey, but if you play your cards right, brunch can also be a[Read More…]

Asheville Citizen-Times goes all out on Bigfoot coverage

Asheville Citizen-Times goes all out on Bigfoot coverage

It’s a lame story, the daily newspaper can’t seem to get enough of it. Why? Because it brings precious website clicks.

by January 29, 2016 5 comments Opinion
Opinion: Dear Asheville, the corporate machine is dimming your age of art and opportunity

Opinion: Dear Asheville, the corporate machine is dimming your age of art and opportunity

You’re a unicorn, Asheville, but you’ve been so distant from your horse cousins that you’ve forgotten what makes you so unique.

by January 27, 2016 63 comments Opinion
Black Dome Mountain Sports to hold Feb. 5 fundraiser for Kayah Gaydish family

Black Dome Mountain Sports to hold Feb. 5 fundraiser for Kayah Gaydish family

The event includes a silent auction and slideshow.

by January 27, 2016 2 comments Asheville benefits
Cat cafe in Asheville a step closer to reality, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue announces

Cat cafe in Asheville a step closer to reality, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue announces

The animal rescue nonprofit hopes to boost adoptions with the opening of a new feline adoption center-slash-coffee shop.

by January 24, 2016 4 comments Asheville News, Asheville pets
5 Places to Hide and Eat in Downtown Asheville

5 Places to Hide and Eat in Downtown Asheville

Stu’s just trying to eat and be left the eff alone.

Buncombe commissioner candidate pledges to share Powerball winnings

Buncombe commissioner candidate pledges to share Powerball winnings

Chad Nesbitt says he will share his winnings equally with all registered Buncombe County voters if he hits the lottery.

by January 12, 2016 4 comments Asheville features
Benefits for Asheville families coming up at Grey Eagle, New Mountain, One Center Yoga

Benefits for Asheville families coming up at Grey Eagle, New Mountain, One Center Yoga

The goal of the events is to raise money for the families of Kayah Gaydish and Ryan Conrad.

Well-known Asheville yoga instructor seeks support following cancer diagnosis

Well-known Asheville yoga instructor seeks support following cancer diagnosis

Ryan Conrad will head to Duke Medical Center on Tuesday to get a full prognosis.

Stu Helm, AVL Food Fan: A Month of Brundays, or brunching in Asheville

Stu Helm, AVL Food Fan: A Month of Brundays, or brunching in Asheville

It’s breakfast AND lunch, and Stu freakin’ loves it. Strap on a feed bag and come with.

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…]