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PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 15 – “Gluten and Copyright Free”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 15 – “Gluten and Copyright Free”

GLUTEN AND COPYRIGHT FREE ON AVL FOOD FANS! Hello Asheville! The latest episode of AVL Food Fans is in the can! It’s our 15th episode and it’s another great one! Chef Joe and I are joined by special guests Chef Peter and Martha Pollay, husband and wife co-owners of Posana restaurant on Biltmore Ave. We discuss their farm-to-table philosophy, the[Read More…]

Opinion: In Asheville, a Deschutes downer as high-energy campaign rolls on in Virginia

Opinion: In Asheville, a Deschutes downer as high-energy campaign rolls on in Virginia

There’s little outward excitement for Deschutes coming to the Asheville area.

by December 21, 2015 19 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Three

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Three

Stu picks his best Asheville restaurant of the year, names his best server of the year and much, much more.

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 14 – “Velvet and Lace and Lucy”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 14 – “Velvet and Lace and Lucy”

Stu and Joe discuss the end of the line for King James Pub, and much more.

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.

Cheeseburgers for Charity: Bull and Beggar teams with Selfish Jerk to Raise Money for MANNA

Cheeseburgers for Charity: Bull and Beggar teams with Selfish Jerk to Raise Money for MANNA

Stu is giving up his favorite cheeseburger at Bull and Beggar for the next two weeks so he can give to MANNA.

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
Donor promises up to $10,000 to pay for one year of RiverLink personalized plate for people

Donor promises up to $10,000 to pay for one year of RiverLink personalized plate for people

RiverLink and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund gets $10 for every license plate.

by November 17, 2015 2 comments Asheville benefits
“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.

New Asheville coffee spot, Edna’s at The River, how open!

New Asheville coffee spot, Edna’s at The River, how open!

Edna’s is part of the new Asheville Food Truck Park on Amboy Road.

Halloween Poster Show set for The Orange Peel in Asheville

Halloween Poster Show set for The Orange Peel in Asheville

Jenny Fares of Sound Mind Creative has produced and organized the event, which features more than a dozen Asheville artists and designers.

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: Food Fan – FOOD MAP – Asheville’s RAD

Stu Helm: Food Fan – FOOD MAP – Asheville’s RAD

  Hello Asheville! Click, drag, click, drag, click click click, join, eyedropper, click, paint bucket, click, deselect… oh, hi! I didn’t see you there. I’ve been working in Adobe Illustrator making a bunch of nifty Food Maps!  That means I’ve been doing lots and lots and LOTS of clicking and dragging and selecting and deselecting… and when things get really exciting,[Read More…]

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…]

Food, music, panel discussions set for HempX at Highland Brewing in Asheville

Food, music, panel discussions set for HempX at Highland Brewing in Asheville

The festival, aimed at talking up the beneficial uses of hemp, will be held Sept. 18-19.

by September 17, 2015 0 comments Asheville features
Mostly sparkling reviews for WNC author Ron Rash’s new novel, ‘Above the Waterfall’

Mostly sparkling reviews for WNC author Ron Rash’s new novel, ‘Above the Waterfall’

The author of “Serena” and “Nothing Gold Can Stay” has another hit on his hands.

by September 10, 2015 0 comments Asheville arts, Asheville books
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…]

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

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 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.

Feingold funny: Asheville voice talent actress creates comedy short

Feingold funny: Asheville voice talent actress creates comedy short

Check out Sharon Feingold in this “Portlandia”-esque comedy short.

by August 5, 2015 1 comment Asheville features
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
Asheville’s Scheve is a stand-up guy, and his comedy show Thursday is personal

Asheville’s Scheve is a stand-up guy, and his comedy show Thursday is personal

Scheve’s show Thursday at Altamont Theatre will benefit Mission Children’s Hospital.

by July 20, 2015 1 comment Asheville features
Meow! Cat cafe coming soon to downtown Asheville

Meow! Cat cafe coming soon to downtown Asheville

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, which plans to open the cat cafe, hopes to adopt 500 more cats a year through the venture.

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…]

Reset and renew with a tour along the French Broad Paddle Trail

Reset and renew with a tour along the French Broad Paddle Trail

A lazy river, beautiful campsites and glorious nature all around.

by June 9, 2015 2 comments Asheville features
Asheville Fringe Festival summer fundraiser at New Mountain set for July 14

Asheville Fringe Festival summer fundraiser at New Mountain set for July 14

Free workshops for artists and much more.

by June 9, 2015 0 comments Asheville benefits
12 Bones barbecue cookbook launch party set for Sunday in Asheville

12 Bones barbecue cookbook launch party set for Sunday in Asheville

Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Mackensy Lunsford wrote the book with the restaurant’s owners and chef.

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 Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

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…]

Comedian Kleiber at The Millroom in Asheville on May 30

Comedian Kleiber at The Millroom in Asheville on May 30

The show is a fundraiser for the Pisgah Division of the March of Dimes.

by May 26, 2015 0 comments Asheville benefits