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New downtown Asheville police district coming online soon

New downtown Asheville police district coming online soon

The downtown police district proposal faced criticism when it was first proposed about two years ago.

by September 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville News
68 Craven Street Condos

Plans submitted for Craven Street condo building and downtown Asheville building renovation

The projects are scheduled to be heard at the Aug. 19 meeting of the Asheville Technical Review Committee.

by July 30, 2019 1 comment Asheville News
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.

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
Styrofoam “snow” a concern for Asheville Downtown Commission

Styrofoam “snow” a concern for Asheville Downtown Commission

Sometimes it “snows” in November.

by November 12, 2018 6 comments Asheville News

Video: Progress report on The Arras in downtown Asheville

The Arras is on track to open next year.

Pack Square, Asheville, 2018.

Firefighters could begin patrolling Asheville streets to address public safety concerns

The pilot program integrates the roles of ambassador, public safety official, medical responder and law enforcement liaison, according to the proposal.

by July 10, 2018 3 comments Asheville News
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
Ben & Jerry’s planning to open downtown Asheville ice cream shop

Ben & Jerry’s planning to open downtown Asheville ice cream shop

A Ben & Jerry’s fanchisee has pulled construction permits to open an ice cream shop on Haywood Street in the heart of downtown.

by February 12, 2018 15 comments Asheville News
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…]

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…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Ugly Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” at Rosetta’s

EAT OF THE WEEK: Ugly Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” at Rosetta’s

Ugly but Lovable Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” from Rosetta’s Kitchen I’ve been eating a lot of burgers lately. Like, a LOT of burgers. I’m doing a “survey” of sorts, just for my own personal information, of all the basic cheeseburgers in downtown. So far — and this is all in just about two or three weeks — I’ve had cheeseburgers from[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! 2017 “Best of Asheville” Awards!

THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! 2017 “Best of Asheville” Awards!

YASSSS! It’s that time again! It’s that magical time of year when a jolly old elf, with a big, fat belly made outta jelly, comes with a sack full o’ gifts for all the good people of the Asheville food scene! I am of course referring to myself, and the now infamous annual STOOBIE AWARDS, my yearly list of the[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm’s Asheville Advent Calendar of 25 Downtown Sweet Treats!

Stu Helm’s Asheville Advent Calendar of 25 Downtown Sweet Treats!

Downtown Asheville Advent Calendar of Daily Sweet Treats! Okay, first things first, this is not an ACTUAL advent calendar of downtown Asheville sweet treats. It’s just a list. You’ll have to use your imagination, to envision awwwll of downtown Asheville as one big, giant, three-dimensional advent calendar, and that the actual physical doors of the restaurants, bake shops, cafes, and[Read More…]

by December 1, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
FANCY EATIN’: Isa’s Bistro is now Isa’s FRENCH Bistro, Yo!

FANCY EATIN’: Isa’s Bistro is now Isa’s FRENCH Bistro, Yo!

That’s Isa’s FRENCH Bistro to you, Bub. Somehow, Paddy and I got invited to a fancy-pants media dinner at Isa’s last week. Paddy, of course, is my friend and fellow food tour guide, Patrick Riels, with Asheville Food Tours, and he and I are just about the most unlikely looking pair of people to ever be seated among the elite[Read More…]

by November 22, 2017 0 comments Asheville News
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! …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
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
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: 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 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: 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
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 Sandwich Report: Lexington Corner Market takes it to another Level with bread from The Rhu

Asheville Sandwich Report: Lexington Corner Market takes it to another Level with bread from The Rhu

Seeking sandwiches, excellent bread required.  Bread is bread, right? WRONG! Oh my god. So fucking wrong. What planet do you live on? Some bread sucks, some bread rüles, and gott-dang it, one particular kind of bread being offered in this city is so amazing, that when Rebecca Hecht, co-owner of Lexington Corner Market dropped me a note letting me know[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Wonton over the line, sweet Jesus

EAT OF THE WEEK: Wonton over the line, sweet Jesus

Stu says Red Ginger’s Szechuan wontons were so good, that they’re bound to become one of his favorite dishes for lunch.

by February 2, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink
News obit: Barry Olen, downtown Asheville champion and business owner, dies

News obit: Barry Olen, downtown Asheville champion and business owner, dies

Olen was a key player in an effort to revitalize Asheville in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

by January 10, 2017 1 comment Asheville News, feature
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
Karmasonics indy music shop in downtown Asheville to close after 22-year run

Karmasonics indy music shop in downtown Asheville to close after 22-year run

The downtown shop was Asheville’s longest-lived independent music shop.

COMING SOON: 4 New Restaurants in downtown Asheville

COMING SOON: 4 New Restaurants in downtown Asheville

Calypso, Manicomio Pizza & Food, Baba Nahm and Well Played are all in the works.

by December 1, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Asheville News
Why I Loved the 2016 Taste of Asheville (and think you should too)

Why I Loved the 2016 Taste of Asheville (and think you should too)

According to Me, the 2016 Taste of Asheville was the place to be for eaters last week. One of my favorite stories to tell could be titled “A Friend of Jane’s.” It’s a true story about how I showed up late and ticket-less to the Taste of Asheville one year, and while standing in an enormous line with the high-end[Read More…]

by November 28, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink
Slidr, free on-demand ride service, coming to downtown Asheville

Slidr, free on-demand ride service, coming to downtown Asheville

Slidr is the name of a new free, on-demand ride service in downtown Asheville. The new business has been in the works for a couple of years now. Slidr uses electric vehicles that resemble golf carts to shuttle people around downtown, the South Slope, the River Arts District and Biltmore Village. The vehicles have room for six passengers. Service will[Read More…]

by October 20, 2016 3 comments Asheville News, feature
Asheville City Councilwoman Julie Mayfield, center, talks to the Buncombe County TDA about proposed new hotel regulations during the TDA's monthly meeting Wednesday. /Photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville hoteliers bristle as City Council moves to tighten grip on development

Local hotel owners and executives aren’t happy with the direction City Council is headed.

by September 30, 2016 16 comments Asheville News, feature
The Tunnel Road site of a new Fairfield Inn and Suites, the first new hotel construction on Tunnel Road since 2008. /Photo by Jason Sandford

New hotel going up on Tunnel Road in Asheville; first new property there since 2008

Hoteliers are looking outside the city’s core as downtown becomes saturated with new hotel plans and construction.

by September 26, 2016 6 comments Asheville News
Update coming on remodeling of former BB&T building in Asheville

Update coming on remodeling of former BB&T building in Asheville

Asheville’s tallest building, the former BB&T office building, is being remade into luxury condos and a boutique hotel.

by September 20, 2016 3 comments Asheville News, feature
Chestnut and Asheville Brewing Company team-up for a Pre-Brewgrass Beer Dinner

Chestnut and Asheville Brewing Company team-up for a Pre-Brewgrass Beer Dinner

Fuel up before you drink up.

Site preparation for new downtown Asheville condos set to start Friday

Site preparation for new downtown Asheville condos set to start Friday

Plans for the condos were announced three years ago.

by August 25, 2016 2 comments Asheville News
French Broad Food Co-op buys adjacent land in downtown Asheville

French Broad Food Co-op buys adjacent land in downtown Asheville

The co-op has been seeking a development partner to help it build a bigger store, and much more, on property it owns in the heart of downtown.

Word on the street: Scully’s bar in downtown Asheville closing

Word on the street: Scully’s bar in downtown Asheville closing

Something new is in the works for the beloved watering hole.

Word on the street: 20-story office building considered for downtown Asheville

Word on the street: 20-story office building considered for downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville is booming. Could a tall, new office building be next?

by May 20, 2016 7 comments Word on the street
6 or 10 Places to Grab a Cheap Lunch in Downtown Asheville

6 or 10 Places to Grab a Cheap Lunch in Downtown Asheville

The saddest thing… Google sent me an email recently, the subject of which was “Top suggested Google+ Pages for you.” ._. I’ve got a top suggestion for you, Google+: Pull the plug. Nobody cares. You’re not a thing. You never were. You’re never going to be. Stick to email and search engines. You’re good at those things. Really good! I[Read More…]

by April 19, 2016 8 comments Asheville food and drink, List
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…]

Somebody is RickRolling downtown Asheville motorists with fake parking tickets

Somebody is RickRolling downtown Asheville motorists with fake parking tickets

Never gonna give you up.

by March 5, 2016 1 comment Asheville News
City of Asheville installing new ‘smart’ parking meters in downtown

City of Asheville installing new ‘smart’ parking meters in downtown

The meters will still accept coins, but the city is preparing for more and more people to use credit or debit cards to pay for a parking spot.

by February 25, 2016 0 comments Asheville News
In stories of Asheville’s past successes, author finds collaboration is key

In stories of Asheville’s past successes, author finds collaboration is key

From past to present, author Marilyn Ball sees the city as a place where people come together, eventually, for good results.

by February 13, 2016 3 comments Asheville News
PHOTOS: Winter FashMob at Grove House complex in downtown Asheville a hit

PHOTOS: Winter FashMob at Grove House complex in downtown Asheville a hit

The “fashion mob” meet-up brings together Asheville’s tight-knit community of fashion designers, photographers, models and more for pics and kicks.

by January 19, 2016 0 comments Asheville fashion