PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 12 – “AVL AIR Heads”

Hello Asheville!

Chef Joe Scully and I recorded our 12th episode of AVL Food Fans on November 17th, and it is now up posted and hosted, and available for listening to here:


Our special guests are Jane Anderson and Lucy Murphy from the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association! If you’ve ever wondered what exactly AIR is and does, they do a lot.

Jason Sandford from Ashvegas also joins us to do the Food News, and at the very end of the show, Chef Joe and I discuss “Front of the House / Back of the House Relations.”

In what we hope will be an ongoing discussion, we touch on the economic reasons that lie behind much of the FOH/BOH tension, and possible solutions like tip-sharing (did you know that it’s illegal in NC?), as well as abolishing the tipping system altogether! I also tell my famous “Kung Fu Chicken, No Cashews” story, which is the most extreme example of kitchen / dining room tension I have ever witnessed in my life. There was a knife. And kicking.

Please Listen and check out past episodes on our web site! We’ve had over 4,700 listens so far, thanks to you guys!

Thanks to Chestnut, The Corner Kitchen, Corner Kitchen Catering, Aloft Asheville Downtown, Coffee Crate, and Blue Ridge Restaurant Equipment for their support, and Matt at ZaPow for producing, recording and hosting the show online, as well as WPVM 103.7 The Voice for rebroadcasting us every Friday at 5PM. Oh, and of course, thank you to the Derita Sisters for our theme song!

You can listen to this episode, and catch-up on past episodes by going to http://www.spreaker.com/show/avl-food-fans or look for us and subscribe for FREE through iTunes store!

Thanks so much for listening! You guys have made AVL Food Fans the most popular podcast ever… about food… in Asheville. Yay!


Chef Joe Scully (L) and Stu Helm (R): AVL Food Fans


You can listen to the current and past episodes of AVL Food Fans at www.avlfoodfans.com where you can also download it.  It is available for free from the iTunes store as well. Thanks as always to our Producer Matt from ZaPow studios, as well as WPVM 103.7 The Voice, who rebroadcast our show every Friday at 5pm, and of course, our underwriters, Chestnut, The Corner Kitchen, Corner Kitchen Catering, and Aloft Asheville Downtown. And thanks to our listeners! As of October 13th, 2016 we’ve had 3,698 listens, which is an average of 410+ per show! That’s great, we appreciate you guys very much!


IMG_0273Stu Helm is an artist, writer, and podcaster 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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