Asheville food and drink

THIS JUST IN: 5 Walnut and Table Asheville holiday hosting workshop!

THIS JUST IN: 5 Walnut and Table Asheville holiday hosting workshop!

Pick up some pro tips for hosting friends and family over the holidays.

by November 26, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic, I’m Just Here to Eat a Reuben for Lunch.

EAT OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic, I’m Just Here to Eat a Reuben for Lunch.

“DON’T PANIC. I’M JUST HERE FOR LUNCH.” Now that I lead food tours, there are certain restaurants where the staff might be triggered to panic when they see me walk in the door unexpectedly. Their first thought might go something like, “Oh fuck! Did I forget there’s a food tour coming?!?” Followed by “Holy shit, 16 hungry motherfuckers are about[Read More…]

by November 16, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Let’s Get Listy Wit It! Stu’s Top Ten Lunches in Downtown Asheville

Let’s Get Listy Wit It! Stu’s Top Ten Lunches in Downtown Asheville

Stu Helm’s Top 10 Lunches in Downtown Asheville Let’s Get Listy Wit It! The following top ten list includes places and items that I eat for lunch most often, places I think about eating lunch at more than other places, and a place or two I plan to eat more lunches at in the future. Of course, duh, I’m not[Read More…]

by November 3, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Eating My Cake & Feelings at The Bar

EAT OF THE WEEK: Eating My Cake & Feelings at The Bar

“I HEARD YOU HAVE CAKE.” “Aw yeah, Man. We’ve got some amazing cake,” responded the bartender — quite enthusiastically — to my seemingly out-of-place interest in cake at the brewery. The two young beer enthusiasts sitting next to me looked over, a little curious, exchanging glances while the bartender confirmed the inevitable. “You want a piece of cake, Buddy?” I[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville’s Thirsty Monk craft brewery plans to open in Denver, Portland

Asheville’s Thirsty Monk craft brewery plans to open in Denver, Portland

Thirsty Monk plans to buy an existing brewery in Denver, as well as a popular beer bar in Portland.

by October 23, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink
Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 3 Southern Dishes with an ‘n’ in the Middle…

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 3 Southern Dishes with an ‘n’ in the Middle…

Let’s do another one of those #PositiveLists! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. Sometimes I try to make my #positivelists poignant and funny, other times, they are literally just a list of food or cute animals. Below is a brief example of the[Read More…]

Had a Coffee Expo. Went Real Good. Here’s How We Did It. You Can Too.

Had a Coffee Expo. Went Real Good. Here’s How We Did It. You Can Too.

So, what does it take to put on a street festival like the Asheville Coffee Expo? After it was all over, except for #TheStruggleIsReal to break down our tent… Walking with my friend Dave Bristol (Aka Spaceman Jones) post-expo, he asked me what he would have to do in order to produce a [super-awesome, totally amazing, kick-ass] street festival like[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK! …or How I Ate the Ass-End of an Ox & Loved It!

EAT OF THE WEEK! …or How I Ate the Ass-End of an Ox & Loved It!

First an apology… Ho-o-o-o-o-ly shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, it’s been a long time since’t I wrote an “Eat of The Week” for you guys! It’s just that I haven’t eaten anything in weeks on end… just kidding.  But I haven’t eaten anything good in weeks and weeks… again, I kid.  Everything is business as usual, in the Stuffing-My-Face-With-Amazing-Food Department, it’s just that, well,[Read More…]

by October 13, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Asheville

Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Asheville

We checked out the views from five of our favorite Asheville rooftop bars on this edition of the GritVegas Weekend Update. Take a tour with us, from Capella on 9 to the Social Lounge, Pillar Bar to Top of the Monk & the Montford, and see what each one offers. Presented by the Grail Moviehouse – http://www.grailmoviehouse.com/

by October 12, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Word on the street: Dave and Buster’s eyes Asheville location

Word on the street: Dave and Buster’s eyes Asheville location

The giant restaurants and flashy arcade games at Dave and Buster’s have drawn big crowds for the publicly traded company.

by September 30, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink
MG Road in Asheville will morph into Christmas-themed pop-up bar

MG Road in Asheville will morph into Christmas-themed pop-up bar

The crazy cocktails come with fun ingredients and names like Bad Santa, Christmopolitan and Muletide.

by September 28, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Grail Moviehouse to screen Bourdain doc for Asheville nonprofit fundraiser

Grail Moviehouse to screen Bourdain doc for Asheville nonprofit fundraiser

Food Connection is a local nonprofit that rescues surplus prepared meals from Asheville restaurants and caterers and delivers the meals to nonprofits who feed the hungry.

by September 28, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink
New Asheville brewery, Devil’s Foot, will make sparkling, non-alcoholic drinks

New Asheville brewery, Devil’s Foot, will make sparkling, non-alcoholic drinks

Devil’s Foot has a full October schedule of tasting events; look for it at Asheville music venues.

by September 26, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Chef Khan Kogure pop-up series starts Sunday at Gan Shan Station in Asheville

Chef Khan Kogure pop-up series starts Sunday at Gan Shan Station in Asheville

The dinners feature six small plates of homestyle casual Japanese food for $50 per person, and select sake and beer options are available.

by September 22, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Dirk Hillegas, left, has been named the head brewer at Triple Seven Brewhouse, the  new craft brewery in the works at Westville Pub in West Asheville. Drew Smith, owner of Westville Pub, says the new brewery will allow the pub, a local institution, room to grow and evolve.

Hillegas to lead brewing team at Triple Seven Brewhouse in West Asheville

Triple Seven Brewhouse is the beloved Westville Pub’s move into the craft beer business.

by August 22, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Asheville Sandwich Report: Bacon, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Bacon, Chicken & Bacon

Asheville Sandwich Report: Bacon, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Bacon, Chicken & Bacon

Bacon happens. A lot. Remember that time you gave up eating meat for a bunch of years? And remember how, when you finally started eating meat again, the very first thing you ate was bacon? And you were, all, like, “Holy fuck! Bacon! I love you! What the fuck was I thinking? I’ve missed you so much! Gah! Nom, glomp,[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Pop-up dinner Sunday in Asheville features a chef from Izakaya Rintaro in San Francisco

Pop-up dinner Sunday in Asheville features a chef from Izakaya Rintaro in San Francisco

Izakaya Rintaro is one of the hottest Japanese restaurants in the U.S. right now.

by July 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Best Shellfish Bowl Ever, The Junction, Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK: Best Shellfish Bowl Ever, The Junction, Asheville

Shellfish ain’t a hot dog. Last week, my Eat of the Week was a hot dog. [ LINK ] People like hot dogs. Hot dogs are super popular. Shellfish? Sure, plenty of people like shellfish too, but I’ll just put it like this: Hot dogs get a whoooole buncha more “likes” on social media than shellfish ever have or ever[Read More…]

by July 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
How to WIN the Battle of the Burger, and Everything Else, in Asheville , NC

How to WIN the Battle of the Burger, and Everything Else, in Asheville , NC

The Best Part About Being Me is Judging Food Contests I make no secret of the fact that I want all the food. Actually, truth be told, I don’t require ALL of it — necessarily — I just don’t wanna miss out on ANY of it! And that’s exactly why I love being a judge at the various food competitions[Read More…]

by July 22, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK:  Grass Fed Farm Dog, Farm Burger, Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK: Grass Fed Farm Dog, Farm Burger, Downtown Asheville

I’m a Simple Person. Gimme a hot dog, and I’m happy as fuck. My friends know that about me, and since they are my friends, they like to see me happy, so they often suggest that I eat a hot dog. Even my friends who can’t / don’t / won’t / would never in a brazillion years eat a hot[Read More…]

by July 19, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Local Legends: High Five Coffee

Local Legends: High Five Coffee

Take a tour of High Five Coffee’s 13 Rankin Avenue locale with barista Caroline. Learn a little bit about what makes High Five a special place for people of all backgrounds.  

Asheville Sandwich Report: 67 Sandwiches, Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Lobster, Jack Fruit & More!

Asheville Sandwich Report: 67 Sandwiches, Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Lobster, Jack Fruit & More!

Stu’s been eating a lot of sandwiches lately.

by July 6, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
The Hunt for Hot Dogs

The Hunt for Hot Dogs

Howdy folks! Since we’re approaching the 4th of July, we thought it only appropriate to do a lil’ hot dog hype piece and showcase one of our local vendors, right here in downtown Asheville. Yeah, that’s how we roll. So without further adieu: Hot dog fast facts  – Southerners eat more hot dogs than folks in other regions of the[Read More…]

by June 29, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
An ice cream taco from The Hop Ice Creamery. /photo by The Hop

Asheville Ice Cream Report: Ice cream tacos, ice cream CSA, ice cream sammies

Did you know that you can subscribe to an ice cream CSA? 

by June 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: A Presbyterian, a Teetotaller, & a 12-Stepper Walk Into a Bar…

EAT OF THE WEEK: A Presbyterian, a Teetotaller, & a 12-Stepper Walk Into a Bar…

Stu goes to a local watering hole for some of his favorite food, and ends up using the words “the best in Asheville” in his description.

by June 23, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
WNC Battle of the Burger set for July 9 at Salvage Station in Asheville

WNC Battle of the Burger set for July 9 at Salvage Station in Asheville

Sample the best burgers local restaurants have to offer while listening to tunes from Josh Phillips Big Band, Chalwa and Yellow Feather.

by June 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
From cookbooks to climate change, a social entrepreneur on a mission

From cookbooks to climate change, a social entrepreneur on a mission

Summer Rayne Oakes will sign copies of her new cookbook, SugarDetoxMe, at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Malaprop’s in downtown Asheville.

by June 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: These Mussels Were Smoky-Dokey!

EAT OF THE WEEK: These Mussels Were Smoky-Dokey!

Charred Things on the Deck… When the weather is nice in Asheville, it’s really nice, and that brings out the hippy-dippy-deck-diner in all of us. Who wants to sit and eat outside tonight? Raise your hands… oh… no… on second thought… put your hands back down… y’all been sweatin’… and there ain’t no amount of “Egyptian Goddess” scented oil gonna[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
FANCY EATIN’! Early “Dinner of the Year Contender,” Local Provisions.

FANCY EATIN’! Early “Dinner of the Year Contender,” Local Provisions.

Getting to Knowww Youuu… I always say that liking the people who make the food I like, makes me like the food they make even more than I liked it before! This has never been more true than in the case of Local Provisions, owned and operated by Chef Justin and Brooke Burdett. I’ve been popping into Local Provisions once[Read More…]

by May 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville Sandwich Report: Around the World & Home Again in Asheville, NC

Asheville Sandwich Report: Around the World & Home Again in Asheville, NC

I may have overdid it on the sandwiches… Now that I write a sandwich report every month, I might be perhaps going a li’l cray-cray on the sandwich consumption. Everywhere I go, no matter how fancy or mundane the establishment, I’m like, “Gotta getta sandwich.” Cúrate: Gotta getta sandwich. Food truck at Foundy: Gotta getta sandwich. Pete’s Pies, where I[Read More…]

by May 19, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

EAT OF THE WEEK: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

In Asheville, we call it CAAAAKE!!! Holy fuck, are you kidding me? You guys may or may not already know that 50/Fifty The Art of Dessert is the weekly “food sponsor” for my Food Fan Radio Show, which means that every Tuesday, Chef Mandy Butler whips us up something fancy and fantastic, and her husband Chris swings it by the[Read More…]

by May 18, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Norwegian-American Ski Queen Cheeseburger

EAT OF THE WEEK: Norwegian-American Ski Queen Cheeseburger

Ski Queen Me. I had a little time to kill so I decided to eat some cheese. I went to see Brenton Vasconcellos at the 5 Walnut Wine Bar’s Cheese Shop — because he’s a super nice guy, who is super enthused about cheese — and, as it turns out, I happen to be in exactly the right place, at[Read More…]

Asheville entrepreneurs brew ideas to cash in on craft beer’s appeal

Asheville entrepreneurs brew ideas to cash in on craft beer’s appeal

Brewfully, Brewed Clues, Brewpon and Brew-Ed Tours are three examples of how the craft beer scene is inspiring entrepreneurs.

Asheville Sandwich Report: Grouben, Reuben, Wraps ‘n’ Blatz!

Asheville Sandwich Report: Grouben, Reuben, Wraps ‘n’ Blatz!

Nowadays, I Eat a Lotta Sandwiches… I’ll tell you what, when you write a monthly column called “The Asheville Sandwich Report,” you start getting a lot of sandwich recommendations! Ha! No joke. Everyone from my own mother, to good ol’ Duncan the Plumber has a sandwich or two in mind that they want me to try, so I’ve been trying[Read More…]

by May 3, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Congratulations! It’s a Bagel!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Congratulations! It’s a Bagel!

I like Bagels. This week, my Eat of the Week is… a bagel. Yep. Just a regular ol’ bagel with cream cheese, that I ordered and ate at PennyCup Coffee Co. in The River Arts District (RAD). It was frickin’ awesome. No doubt. I loved it, and it made me super happy. It was a real bagel. Like, an actual[Read More…]

by April 28, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: A Pocket Full of Memories

EAT OF THE WEEK: A Pocket Full of Memories

Eating My Emotions… I don’t know if it’s just because I’m getting old or what, but I feel more and more emotional these days when I eat the food that I enjoyed during earlier times in my life. The soft-serve ice cream from Frostbite, for example, [ LINK ] that reminds me so much of my happy childhood Summers spent[Read More…]

by April 16, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink
Asheville Sandwich Report: Döner, Shawarma, Pav, Pork Triple Threat & Fried Chicken on a Bun!

Asheville Sandwich Report: Döner, Shawarma, Pav, Pork Triple Threat & Fried Chicken on a Bun!

Ert’s Pernernced “Derner Kerberb…” Yeah, Americans and ümlauts.  We don’t quite know what to do with them. Who here pronounces the ümlauts in Mötörhead? Anyone? Anyone? Büeller? I didn’t think so. What about the word “döner?” As in: The Döner – Kebabs & Falafels, which is a brand new food vendor out there at The Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road[Read More…]

by April 14, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: What’s Shaped like a doo-doo, and tastes like heaven?

EAT OF THE WEEK: What’s Shaped like a doo-doo, and tastes like heaven?

WARNING: If you don’t like soft-serve, read no further. And if you don’t think that the term “soft-serve” is frickin’ hilarious, especially because the end product is very doo-doo shaped, please never read one of my columns again. If you don’t see the connection, then… y’know… wake up. Aaanyhoooo… now that we’ve dispensed with that, let’s get on to The[Read More…]

by April 7, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Balls! (AKA Croquetas de Setas en el Estilo de Cúrate!)

EAT OF THE WEEK: Balls! (AKA Croquetas de Setas en el Estilo de Cúrate!)

I love balls! Meatballs, hushpuppies, fritters, falafel, doughnut holes… dippin’ dots… even gum balls, atomic fire balls, and other ball-shaped sweets, snacks, bites, and bits. Gimme a ball that I can put in my mouth, and I’m happy. True story,  you can ask my mom, the first word I ever said in my life: “Ball!” And yes, Wiseguy, I have[Read More…]

by March 31, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
TASTING TABLE: Dim Sum School with Mary and Steve at Red Ginger

TASTING TABLE: Dim Sum School with Mary and Steve at Red Ginger

In this installment, Stu tries a chicken foot.

by March 29, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville area tailgate markets start opening this weekend

Asheville area tailgate markets start opening this weekend

Reminder: There’s a new location for Asheville City Market.

by March 27, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Southern Comfort for Breakfast

EAT OF THE WEEK: Southern Comfort for Breakfast

Not that kind of Southern Comfort, Numbskull. No no no, I’m not talkin’ about the sweet, sweet… sickeningly sweet… alcoholic beverage long-popular with America’s under-aged drinkers [ LINK ], I’m talkin’ about the kind of pure emotional comfort that I feel when I tuck into a really effing good, hot, fresh, hearty, wholesome dish of Southern cooking! Fuck, yeah. When[Read More…]

At Asheville’s Masonic meeting place, a new temple honoring food, music

At Asheville’s Masonic meeting place, a new temple honoring food, music

First up is a March 24 dinner featuring Chefs Steven Goff and Graham House.

STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

You saw that turtle video, right?

Asheville Sandwich Report: Revisiting Old Favorites and Making New Friends

Asheville Sandwich Report: Revisiting Old Favorites and Making New Friends

Gosh, I love a good sandwich… Y’know who makes a good sandwich, dontcha? CITY BAKERY. Yeah they do. It had been a long-ass muhfuckin’ time since’t I tucked into a good ol’ fashioned City Bakery sandwich, but recently I’ve been going back to this ol’ favorite eatery of mine a little more often, and I think that’s partly because I’ve[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Mussel Goo and Mirepoix

EAT OF THE WEEK: Mussel Goo and Mirepoix

You may have noticed… I eat a lotta food. Well, actually, I probably eat as much food as anyone else, maybe even a little less than some people — because I’m very small — but I do go out to eat a lot, and I take and post a ton of pictures of what I eat, so you may have[Read More…]

Matt Addis of Habitat Brewing.

As Habitat Brewing celebrates grand opening, it puts neighborhood first

Music, food trucks and more highlight the grand opening events today at tomorrow at Habitat Brewing on Broadway.

by February 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature
Blind Pig Supper Club launches crowdfunding effort to expand, improve

Blind Pig Supper Club launches crowdfunding effort to expand, improve

Mike Moore and company are seeking $25,000 for mobile equipment.

EAT OF THE WEEK: Meatballs on the Rooftop

EAT OF THE WEEK: Meatballs on the Rooftop

Best Bread, Best Views, Great Balls of Bison! Last week I wrote the first installment of a new feature here on Ashvegas that I’m calling “The Asheville Sandwich Report,” [ link ] and I went on and on and on and ON about how much I love a particular kind of bread being made by Chef Kaley Laird of The[Read More…]

Cambria Suites Hotel

Hotels will lead next wave of downtown Asheville restaurant openings

At least seven new restaurants, from seafood to tapas, are planned to open in downtown Asheville.

by February 18, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink