BREAKING NEWS: Stu Helm Tapped to Replace Gordon Smith

…As a Judge in the 2016 Wing War.

Hello Asheville!

I had a sad feeling, that has now turned into elation, as I have been tapped at the last minute to be a Judge in the 2016 Asheville Wing War! Whoop! Whoop! I’ve judged wings at the AWW two years in a row, and I was feeling left out that I didn’t get a spot on the panel this year, when… all of a sudden… at the very last possible moment… City Council Member and well respected West Asheville therapist, Gordon Smith cancelled for reasons unknown to me, but probably have something to do with… oh I dunno… running the city or helping people cope with life’s problems. Having no such good deeds on my own scheduled, I was more than happy to fill the vacancy, when Kelly Densen offered me Gordon’s seat!

So, I’ll see you all at the Wing War tomorrow! Here’s the deets from their web site:

Selling out in just days, the Asheville Wing War has become a staple of the local food scene over the past 5 years. More than a dozen local restaurants are nominated via social media by area residents and the restaurants go on to compete in Asheville’s hottest food contest.

Slated to be the largest Asheville Wing War to date, 1000 attendees are set to pack out the exhibition hall at the Crown Plaza Resort to eat wings, drink Sierra Nevada and Pisgah Brewing Company beer and vote for their favorite spicy hand-held chicken.

The wings are judged in two different categories: specialty and traditional, and are judged separately by local celebrity judges and by attendees choosing the People’s Choice Award.

The details:

When: February 28, 2016 2pm – 5pm

Where: Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive,  Asheville, NC 28806

How much: General admission $8 in advance/ $10 at the door; VIP $40 in advance

How it Works:

  • A limited number of VIP tickets (includes a sample of all wings and unlimited beer) go on sale January 12
  • General Admission attendees are able to purchase wing samples from each of the restaurants
  • Drink Beer (sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)
  • Funk act Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats will perform

The Challengers

Scully’s Signature Bar & Grill
The Social
Farm to Fender
East Village Grille
Luella’s BBQ
Mojo Kitchen and Lounge
Foggy Mountain Brewpub
Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que
Twisted Laurel
Creekside Taphouse
Black Mountain Ale House

My fellow judges will be…

Chef Duane Fernandes – Isa’s Bistro
Jonathan Ammons – Food Writer at Mountain Express and The Dirty Spoon
Evan Donovan – Weekend morning anchor and reporter at News 13 WLOS
Chef Mike Moore – Blind Pig Supper Club

Huh, all dude-judges this year. Wing War Sausage Party!

See ya there.

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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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