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Asheville chef and restauranteur Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani

Asheville restaurant newcomers: Some of what’s still coming, and when

New Asheville restaurants still in the works include Tacos El Gallo, Pachamama5, Jettie Rae’s, Asheville Proper and more.

by May 6, 2020 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Flori Pate, founder of the nonprofit Food Connection, talks with folks who drove up to a recent meal give-away staged at the Asheville Masonic Temple. With meals prepared by a team from Cultura restaurant, and with help from Shay Brown and her events crew, they handed out meals to out-of-work service industry folks./ photo by Jason Sandford

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Dining In for Life, Food Connection collab donation, more Asheville food news

Also, the Freez (formerly Tastee Freez) on Patton Avenue has announced plans to reopen on Friday, May 1, and more.

A team from House of Raeford, a North Carolina-based, family owned poultry producer, sold 40-pound boxes of chicken breasts, wings, thighs and tenders directly to consumers on April 21 at the WNC Ag Center. The crew sold two tractor-trailer loads of chicken products in 90 minutes as area residents in their cars lined up to wait for nearly two hours. More area House of Raeford chicken sales are coming up./ photo by Jason Sandford

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Canton chicken sale, Daddy Ds in West Asheville, more

Also, Sunshine Sammies is open and serving ice cream sandwiches and other treats curbside from their ice cream truck, which is parked in front of their South Lexington Avenue shop, and more.

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Smoky Park Dunkin’ shop remodeled, Bottle Riot offers online ordering, more Asheville food news

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Smoky Park Dunkin’ shop remodeled, Bottle Riot offers online ordering, more Asheville food news

Also, Asheville Chef Katie Button continues to call for federal aid specifically targeting independent restaurants, and more.

by April 19, 2020 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Updated: The best list for Asheville restaurant takeout, delivery

Updated: The best list for Asheville restaurant takeout, delivery

The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association’s updated google doc of restaurant takeout, delivery and more.

by April 9, 2020 0 comments Asheville food and drink
2019 ASHEVILLE FOOD FAN AWARDS! Best of Asheville part 3: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

2019 ASHEVILLE FOOD FAN AWARDS! Best of Asheville part 3: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

2019 BEST OF ASHEVILLE FOOD PART 3 The Final Countdown WARNING: The following blog post contains adult language. Alright folks, let’s fuckin’ do this! Let’s get through the final categories of the 2019 Food Fan Awards (née The Stoobies), and then we can have ourselves a party on the 27th to announce the winners and eat our faces awwwwfffff!!! PARTY PARTY[Read More…]

by January 21, 2020 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Asheville News
2019 ASHEVILLE FOOD FAN AWARDS! Best of Asheville part 2: MAKERS BAKERS TRUCKS ‘N’ SUCH

2019 ASHEVILLE FOOD FAN AWARDS! Best of Asheville part 2: MAKERS BAKERS TRUCKS ‘N’ SUCH

2019 BEST OF ASHEVILLE FOOD PART 2 Makers, Bakers, Trucks ‘n’ Such Warning, Refresher, and Seven Years Later… WARNING: The following blog post contains adult language. REFRESHER: Hi, my name is Stu Helm. I started writing food reviews for my friends on Facebook about 8 years ago, and now — thanks in large part to Ashvegas — I’m happy to say[Read More…]

2019 ASHEVILLE FOOD FAN AWARDS! Best of Asheville part 1: LET’S GET THIS FUNKY PARTY STARTED!

2019 ASHEVILLE FOOD FAN AWARDS! Best of Asheville part 1: LET’S GET THIS FUNKY PARTY STARTED!

2019 BEST OF ASHEVILLE FOOD PART I Let’s Get this Funky Party Started Warnings, Intros, and Lame Excuses WARNING: The following blog post contains a lahhhhhhht of swears. For some reason (#fucktrump) I just feel the need to swear even more than usual these days. If you don’t like swears, I apologize, I really do. Like swears, that is. I[Read More…]

by January 7, 2020 0 comments Asheville food and drink
From left, Russell and Mercy Joseph, who are partners in the new Asheville Proper restaurant planned at the Grove Arcade with Mindi and Owen McGlynn./ photo courtesy of Asheville Proper

Asheville Proper, a new steakhouse, planned for downtown Grove Arcade

At Asheville Proper, ribeye, porterhouse, NY strip and other classic cuts of meat will be cooked over a wood-fired flame on a custom grill.

Asheville food makers Roots Hummus, Munki Foods, more spotlighted in Nov. 7 taste, talk

Asheville food makers Roots Hummus, Munki Foods, more spotlighted in Nov. 7 taste, talk

Founders of Looking Glass Creamery, Firewalker Hot Sauce and Postre Caramels are the other featured guests.

by October 30, 2019 0 comments Asheville food and drink
At Taste of Asheville, sample bites and beverages from 50 AVL indy restaurants

At Taste of Asheville, sample bites and beverages from 50 AVL indy restaurants

The Taste of Asheville is set for Nov. 21 at The Venue in Asheville.

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Popeyes open on Airport Road in South Asheville

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Popeyes open on Airport Road in South Asheville

Also, Chef Steven Goff of AUX Bar in Asheville was recently named the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association’s “chef of the year” following a cook-off competition.

Chow Chow food festival in Asheville/ photo by Reese Moore Photography

Chow Chow food festival in Asheville, reviewed

Chow Chow crowned a new culinary star on the Asheville food scene: Benne on Eagle restaurant.

Chef Graham House of Sovereign Remedies restaurant and cocktail bar in Asheville preparing plates for a James Beard House dinner in the summer of 2018./ photo by Jason Sandford

Sovereign Remedies’ recipe for success: host a James Beard House dinner

How an Asheville restaurant crew went to New York City to serve up a prestigious dinner at the James Beard House.

WIN TICKETS to Session Fest at Zillicoah Beer Compay in Woodfin

WIN TICKETS to Session Fest at Zillicoah Beer Compay in Woodfin

Win tickets!

by August 16, 2019 4 comments Asheville food and drink
In Asheville, Karen’s Spice Kitchen wins curry fans one spice packet at a time

In Asheville, Karen’s Spice Kitchen wins curry fans one spice packet at a time

The blended spice packets can be found all over Asheville, from The Chop Shop Butchery to Earth Fare and beyond.

Zillicoah Beer Company’s Session Fest 2019 set for Aug. 24

Zillicoah Beer Company’s Session Fest 2019 set for Aug. 24

Zillicoah Beer has invited about 30 breweries to participate, and is partnering with Buxton Hall BBQ on food.

by July 23, 2019 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Punk Rock Hot Dogs pop-up and competition Saturday at Asheville Masonic Temple

Punk Rock Hot Dogs pop-up and competition Saturday at Asheville Masonic Temple

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and hot dogs will be on sale to the public until they run out.

Summer status update on Chow Chow 2019, the new Asheville food fest

Summer status update on Chow Chow 2019, the new Asheville food fest

Asheville’s new signature culinary event aims to be an immersive event that tells a story about everyone involved in the city, and the region’s, food culture.

by June 26, 2019 2 comments Asheville food and drink
An architectural rendering of the proposed Jetti Rae's Seafood and Such restaurant being proposed for 144 Riverside Drive in the Asheville River Arts District.

New riverside restaurant, Jettie Rae’s, proposed for Asheville River Arts District

The riverside restaurant proposed for 144 Riverside Drive will welcome tubers and boaters who arrive from the French Broad River.

Asheville Food Truck Showdown set for May 18 at WNC Ag Center

Asheville Food Truck Showdown set for May 18 at WNC Ag Center

The event will feature 18 local food trucks, and judges will award prizes in categories including Best Overall, People’s Choice, and VIP Taster’s Choice.

Looking for an Asheville restaurant job? Find it at this job fair Tuesday

Looking for an Asheville restaurant job? Find it at this job fair Tuesday

Asheville restaurants have struggled recently with filling open positions.

Stu Helm Asheville Food Updates and Stuff: Stoobies, Pizza, Mac & More!

Stu Helm Asheville Food Updates and Stuff: Stoobies, Pizza, Mac & More!

Stu’s got a lot of updates.

At Asheville’s first Stoobie Awards live event, Vivian restaurant wins big

At Asheville’s first Stoobie Awards live event, Vivian restaurant wins big

Other winners included Jane Anderson, who was named Food Person of the Year, and Chef Meherwan Irani, who was named Restaurateur of the Year.

2018 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville’s Food Scene pt 3: PEOPLE WHO FEED PEOPLE

2018 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville’s Food Scene pt 3: PEOPLE WHO FEED PEOPLE

2018 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART III – People Who Feed People Welcome to Part Three, the final installment in the nominations process for the 2018 Stoobie Awards! These are the sixth annual Stoobie Awards, and 2018 marks the very first time ever that we’re throwing a party and doing a LIVE ceremony to give away the awards! If you haven’t[Read More…]

by January 21, 2019 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stoobie Awards live event set for Asheville Masonic Temple on Jan. 28

Stoobie Awards live event set for Asheville Masonic Temple on Jan. 28

Find out who Stu says is tops on the Asheville food scene during the live event, which will also feature a ton of great food and drink.

2018 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville’s Food Scene pt 2: ECLECTIC BOOGALOO

2018 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville’s Food Scene pt 2: ECLECTIC BOOGALOO

2018 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART II – Eclectic Boogaloo Welcome to Part Two of Three of the 2018 Stoobie Awards! If you unfamiliar with the Stoobies, that’s okay! They are basically a “Best of Asheville’s Culinary Scene,” honorific, that comes with an actual physical award, all based on one person’s opinion: Mine! Who the fook am I? Well, nobody, really, just an[Read More…]

2018 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville’s Food Scene pt 1: A NEW BEGINNING

2018 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville’s Food Scene pt 1: A NEW BEGINNING

2018 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART I – A New Beginning Ya know what? These fuckin’ Stoobie Awards could get awfully boring and repetitive if I’m not careful. Like, how many times do I really need to give Sunny Point the “Best Shrimp ‘n’ Grits” award? Answer: Every fucking time forever and ever that’s how many, because that’s how fucking good those[Read More…]

Gratitude abounds at Haywood Street Congregation’s Welcome Table in Asheville

Gratitude abounds at Haywood Street Congregation’s Welcome Table in Asheville

Haywood Street Congregation, an Asheville urban ministry, has a variety of offerings, including a clothes closet and substance abuse and recovery support, to name just a few.

Ambitious new Asheville culinary festival seeking sponsors, ideas

Ambitious new Asheville culinary festival seeking sponsors, ideas

The Asheville Independent Restaurants group is holding a forum on Nov. 7 to help folks know more about the new food festival.

by October 11, 2018 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Asheville Coffee Expo, under new ownership, returns Saturday

Asheville Coffee Expo, under new ownership, returns Saturday

This year’s event is will feature a familiar array of shops, sweets and more as Abby Dickinson plans for growth.

The Med, Asheville’s longest-running downtown restaurant, sold to new owners

The Med, Asheville’s longest-running downtown restaurant, sold to new owners

The new owners say they plan to stay true to the roots of the classic diner.

Breaking down Asheville’s ambitious new food festival

Breaking down Asheville’s ambitious new food festival

One benefit of a big new Asheville food festival – drawing the attention of James Beard Award judges, who have yet to bestow an award on an Asheville food scene player.

by September 5, 2018 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 4: Slowing Down

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 4: Slowing Down

I’m a well known burger fan. I eat a lot of burgers. Burger me. Gim burg. My current plan — don’t tell my doctor — is to eat all the burgers. Last year (2017), I began burger-binging my way through downtown Asheville, eating them here, there, and everywhere. I’m going rank each burger as I eat them, from BEST to[Read More…]

by August 30, 2018 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville culinary rock stars team up for new food festival

Asheville culinary rock stars team up for new food festival

Asheville tourism officials on Wednesday morning pledged $75,000 to festival organizers.

At Cork & Craft in West Asheville, emphasis is on the wine

At Cork & Craft in West Asheville, emphasis is on the wine

With a lounge area, back patio and plenty of affordable wines, Cork & Craft wants to make their Haywood Road location as comfortable as possible for folks.

by June 18, 2018 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Sweet Treat to beat the Summer Heat

Sweet Treats to beat the Summer Heat

It’s gonna be a long, hot summer, but Asheville’s full of icy, locally made treats. Jason and Kara have the scoop on local favorites for ice cream, milk shakes, shaved ice and more.

by June 14, 2018 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 3: So Many Burgers!

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 3: So Many Burgers!

I’m a well known burger fan. I eat a lot of burgers. Burger me. Gim burg. My current plan — don’t tell my doctor — is to eat all the burgers. Last year (2017), I began burger-binging my way through downtown Asheville, eating them here, there, and everywhere. I’m going rank each burger as I eat them, from BEST to[Read More…]

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New 12 Bones brewery ready to hire head brewer

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New 12 Bones brewery ready to hire head brewer

Also, Green Sage has announced its opening a new cafe on Merrimon Avenue, and much more.

VIDEO: Daidala Ciders and the Andy Herod Gallery

VIDEO: Daidala Ciders and the Andy Herod Gallery

Check out this combination of a cider tap room and art gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District.

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 2: Fitting In with Others

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 2: Fitting In with Others

The AUX Bar burger ranks at the very top of Stu’s survey for this month.

by March 27, 2018 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Chai Pani, Rezaz restaurants re-open in Asheville after renovations

Chai Pani, Rezaz restaurants re-open in Asheville after renovations

Rezaz has a new expanded menu to go along with its significant makeover.

by March 13, 2018 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey: Best and Worst So Far

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey: Best and Worst So Far

I’m a well known burger fan. I eat a lot of burgers. Burger me. Gim burg. My current plan — don’t tell my doctor — is to eat all the burgers. Last year (2017), I began burger-binging my way through downtown Asheville, eating them here, there, and everywhere. I went to all of my favorite places of course, as well[Read More…]

by February 27, 2018 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm: Eating Lap Cheong & Country Ham at Buxton Hall’s Punk Wok Pop-up

Stu Helm: Eating Lap Cheong & Country Ham at Buxton Hall’s Punk Wok Pop-up

Sometimes, I get Invited to Dinner. I Rarely Say No. Recently the nice folks from Buxton Hall Barbecue reached out to me, and invited me to attend one of their “Punk Wok” pop-up dinners. I had been to several of these in the past, and they rüle, so true to form, I did not say no. The reason for the[Read More…]

by February 7, 2018 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
REVIEW: Vivian, Asheville, Serious French Food in The River Arts District

REVIEW: Vivian, Asheville, Serious French Food in The River Arts District

Vivian offers Asheville serious French food in The River Arts District VIVIAN EST BON COMME IL SE FAIT, YO (VIVIAN IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS, YO) That’s it. That’s it right there. Vivian is as good as it fucking gets. I can’t say much more than that. I’ve been there a lot since they first opened their doors in[Read More…]

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene prt 4: BEST of the BEST

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene prt 4: BEST of the BEST

The best of the best.

by January 30, 2018 1 comment Asheville food and drink
2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene prt 3: PEOPLE POWER!

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene prt 3: PEOPLE POWER!

2017 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART III PEOPLE POWER! I’m a real people person… most of the time… some of the time…. people are fine, I suppose, whatever, they exist and I have to live with them. I have a personal mantra that has helped me to understand the evils of the world, and that is: “People are the Problem,” (Alt:[Read More…]

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 2: THE SPECIFICS

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 2: THE SPECIFICS

2017 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART II THE SPECIFICS Are you as ex-fucking-cited about part two of these dang Stoobie awards as I am?!? Yeeeeeah, Baby! Last week I posted part one HERE on Ashvegas, and when I shared it on Facebook, and it got a ton of reach — organic reach — so the excitement is at a fever pitch,[Read More…]

Stu Helm’s Asheville Food Fan Checklist! What’s Your “AVL Food Fan” Score?

Stu Helm’s Asheville Food Fan Checklist! What’s Your “AVL Food Fan” Score?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ASHEVILLE! Yes, I’m sill working on part two of the Stoobie Awards (you can read part one HERE if you haven’t already) but  in the meantime, I thought I’d share a list that I recently made for Facebook. I call it my “Asheville Food Fan (partial) Checklist.” I jammed the word “partial” in there because, yeah, there[Read More…]

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 1: SUNRISE / SUNSET

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 1: SUNRISE / SUNSET

2017 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART I – SUNRISE SUNSET Yeah, Man! Stoobie Awards time! It’s one of my favorite / least favorite series of posts to write every year, because awarding “Bests” to the friends, acquaintances, associates, and even casual strangers that I know in the local food industry is fun and satisfying of course, but it is also fraught[Read More…]