PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 23 – “Wine, Food, Cocktails, and Competitions”

avl_food_fans_logo_1600X1600“Way too much joy for me.” – Stu Helm

Hello Asheville!

BOOM! Episode #23 “Wine, Food, Cocktails, and Competition” has been recorded, and posted, and is ready to listen to. Just click the link below…

Click here to check it out: http://www.AVLFoodFans.com/23-wine-food-cocktails-and-competition

In this episode, our special guest is Kris Kraft from the Asheville Wine & Food Festival! We get the total low-down on alllll of the AWFF events coming up this Summer, including Cocktail Week, Elixir, Sweet, and the Grand Tasting! It’s huge, y’all! Skip ahead to the 30 minute mark if you just want to hear the interview.

Foreground: Lucy Murphy L-R: Chef Joe Scully, Kris Kraft, Stu Helm

L-R: Chef Joe Scully, Kris Kraft, Stu Helm. Foreground: Lucy Murphy. photo by Matt Johnson

Before the interview, Lucy Murphy from Asheville Independent Restaurant Association helps us deliver the food news, which this time includes stories or mentions of the following:

Oskar Blues REEB Ranch, Smash Box Mobile Kitchen, Blue Smoke BBQ, Root Down food truck, Dig Local Asheville, Salvage Station, Mod Pizza, Blaze Pizza, Southern Season, Ingles Markets, common housefly: a kitchen emporium, Biscuit head, Old Etowah Smokehouse, Trade and Lore Coffee, Hops & Vines, Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest, Highland Brewing Company, Asheville Spring Herb Festival, The Odditorium, Pasties & Pastries: Easy-Bake Bake Off!, Ramp Fest, Navitat Canopy Adventures, Mr. Bob’s Do-Nuts, HOLE – Hot Doughnuts and Fresh Coffee, Vortex Doughnuts, Geraldine’s Bakery, French Broad Food Co-op, ASAP – Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, and LEAF Community Arts. Joe and Lucy threaten to drag me to LEAF, and I let them know that there are “no amount of rufies,” could get me to go to LEAF. “Way too much joy for me.”


L-R: Stu Helm, Lucy Murphy – Photo by Matt Johnson

At about the 45 minute mark Joe and I say goodbye to Kris Kraft, and have a fun talk about food competitions! Joe has some insights as a competitor, and I have some “pro tips” for judges. Joe and I frickin’ LOVE talking about ever single aspect of the food scene together, and we really enjoying the show, and I hope you guys enjoy listening!

Our #1 listener Tommy says, “I laugh, and I learn stuff.”

Click here to check it out: http://www.AVLFoodFans.com/23-wine-food-cocktails-and-competition

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Thanks as always to our underwriters, Chestnut, The Corner Kitchen, Corner Kitchen Catering, 67 biltmore downtown eatery + catering, Aloft Asheville Downtown, and Blue Ridge Restaurant Equipment for their support! Thanks as well to our producer Matt at ZaPow studios, and the Derita Sisters for our theme song. Thanks to Kris for being on the show, and thanks to Chai Pani for sending us food. This time, Joe and I ate in, so the audience is spared my constant chomping of pakoras.


L: Chef Joe Scully, R: Stu Helm, The Food Fan. photo by Matt Johnson


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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