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 & Food Festival, as well as mixologist Kala Brooks from Top of the Monk, who won the cocktail challenge at AWFF’s Elixir event this year.

After Chef Hollie and Kala, joe and I are joined by a third special guest, none other than the ever-awesome Sarajane Case, who talks with us about the Waking Life Espresso story.

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Waking Life losers Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens. Douche and Douchier.

Sarajane is a local writer, blogger, coffee lover, bon vivant, and a fellow Food Fan, and if you haven’t read her blog piece on Waking Life, you can do so by clicking this HERE.

Before any of that, Joe and I deliver the FOOD NEWS!

Here are some of the subjects that Chef Joe and I touched on during the Food News segment…

Clingman Cafe changes hands – Trip and Pamela Howell say goodbye after 9 years, the new owners are Dan and Debbie Bartok, whose family once owned the popular Hot Shot Cafe in Biltmore Village.

TacoBilly – It’s open, “best taco in town?”

Chef Adam Hayes, former executive chef at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville now directing the culinary operations for the restaurant and community at Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley.

The owners of Lexington Avenue Brewery in downtown Asheville recently bought 1.4 acres of land at 834 Riverside Drive, no immediate plans have been released.

Deschutes Brewery is picking Asheville for its new brewery

Publix grocery store coming to Weaverville

Grail Moviehouse, the new movie theater coming to downtown Asheville at 45 S. French Broad Ave., is “quickly coming together”

Biltmore Estate holding job a fair to hire more than 400 workers for winery, new hotel.

New Belgium Brewing Brewing in Asheville hiring 40 brewery workers.

Innovation Brewing in Sylva wins round in trademark dispute with Bell’s Brewery.

Cat Cafe Update!!! There is no update. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is still looking for a space for their Cat Cafe. I suggest the space where Waking Life used to be…

According to the New York Daily News, “(Waking Life owners) Owens and Rutledge also lost a loan from a local business support group to open a second location.”

If you have any food news for our Food News segment, please send it to me at: [email protected] 

After the Food News, I do a very brief review of lunch at the Korean House, and then Kala and Chef Hollie join us.

The current episode of AVL Food Fans is now available for listening to with the player below, or by going to where you can also download it. It is available for free from the iTunes store as well.

Thanks as always to Joe and all the folks at ChestnutThe Corner Kitchen, and Corner Kitchen Catering for sponsoring the show. Also, thanks to Matt and ZaPow studios for producing and hosting the show.



Stu Helm is an artist and writer living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing about food strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook. 


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