FOOD NEWS: Two Pop-Ups, a Show Down, and Free Dessert!

Did somebody say free dessert? Yes! The good folks at Woodfire Grille are giving away free desserts! I’m a fan of the Woodfire Grille. I’ve eaten there twice, pigged-out on many food items both times, including dessert, and thoroughly enjoyed every bite! I’m also a fan of the upcoming Food Truck Showdown, which I’ll be a judge at again this year, and I am most definitely a fan of pop-ups, two of which are happening soon or NOW! Scroll down to read the deets…


THIS JUST IN: From our friends Catawba Brewing Company


Catawba Brewing Company continues its immensely popular Culinary Series with Chef Matthew Sganga of Stone Table on March 18 at 6pm. The event will benefit The Arc of Union/Cabarrus. Newbill of Health Urban Farms will also collaborate on the event.

Join your neighbors for an exquisite dining experience inside Catawba’s beautiful new private event center – The Barrel Room at Catawba Brewing – for a rare opportunity to sample Monroe, North Carolina’s finest food without the 45-minute drive! Guests will enjoy five fabulous pairings based on the best ingredients available from local farmers and artisans chosen by Chef Matthew. An appetizer course will be served in an interactive cocktail party setting with a casual tour of the brew house. Following the tour, guests will be seated family style for four courses, each paired with a different craft beer. A generous portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Arc of Union/Cabarrus. With your ticket purchase, The Arc will fund services and programs designed to
protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities, supporting their full inclusion in the community in both Union County and Cabarrus County.

Tickets do not include gratuity, please be prepared for a 20% tip at the event.

Early Bird Tickets are $65.00 if purchased before March 10.
Ticket price after March 10 is $72.50.
TICKETS may be purchased at this link:

About Catawba Brewing Company:
Founded in 1999 by the Pyatt family, natives of Western North Carolina, Catawba Brewing operates a main production facility in downtown Morganton, NC; a boutique brewery/tasting room in downtown Asheville, NC; a tasting room in Asheville’s Biltmore Village and a new Catawba brewery/tasting room in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood area. Catawba beers can be found in NC, SC, TN, AL, GA, and now VA. Find us at

About Chef Matthew Sganga:
In 2001, Matthew Sganga began Stone Table restaurant as a small part-time catering service located in Monroe, NC. In 2002, Matthew left the well-loved Sante Restaurant in Matthews, NC where he was working as a chef de cuisine, to cater full time. It was under the training of Adam Reed of Sante that Matthew refined his love for fine food and quality ingredients. His Monroe restaurant expanded in 2017 into the old Seacrest Drug Store space in quaint downtown Monroe.

About Stone Table:
We’re a modern Southern kitchen serving down home Southern food with a high-end flare in the heart of Historic Downtown Monroe. We use fresh, local ingredients. It is our belief that to present you with a delicious meal, we must not cut any corners. We call this the Stone Table Way.

About Newbill of Health:
Our vegetables are grown on our Urban Farm in Downtown Monroe, NC. We oversee every step; from seed to harvest to delivery. Our foods are grown naturally from Non-GMO seed and without herbicides or pesticides, and are often heirloom varieties not found in stores. We provide clean, local, and sustainable vegetables, herbs, flowers, and plants that we are proud to feed our family and yours with – for pickup or delivery.

How do I get to the event?
Catawba Brewing is located at 933 Louise Avenue at the corner of Otts Street and Louise. Come around to the Otts Street end of the building and look for the small blue barrel-shaped awning: The Barrel Room at Catawba Brewing.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
65 spots in a shared lot, and 200 on-street overflow parking spaces available


THIS JUST IN: From The Food Truck Showdown
The Judges Have Their Orders!

I’m psyched to be a judge for the third year in a row at the Asheville Food Truck Show Down! This event, produced by the inimitable Carey Harnash, is one of the highlights of the Asheville Food Scene and winner of my 2017 Stoobie Award for Best Food Competition! The other judges this year are restaurateur Felix Meana (Cúrate, Nightbell), and food connoisseur Mark Rounds. Here’s the latest missive form Carey to the judges…


Dear Judges,

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you for volunteering to judge the 5th Annual Asheville Food Truck Showdown taking place Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the WNC Ag. Center – Expo Building. The stakes this year are very high for each of the 24 participating food trucks, so I know you will perform admirably in judging without bias or favoritism.  Please arrive at the WNC Ag. Center – Expo Building between 9 AM – 9:15 AM. The judging will start promptly at 9:30 AM. There are 6 groups, 4 food trucks per group.  You will be provided a scorecard for each truck to fill out.  The trucks were randomly assigned their group and order of presentation.  Each truck will present their dish.  At the end of the judging you will add up the totals and rank the top ten food trucks in order from 1 to 10 (1 is first place on down).  In the case of a tie, majority rules apply to break the tie.  As in year’s past there are not only categories relating to taste and presentation, but also for the outward appearance of the actual truck.  As such, you will have time after judging the food to walk around and judge the trucks before totaling you scores.

Thank you,
Carey Harnash


THIS JUST IN: From The Woodfire Grille
Winter special FREE DESSERT when you order A Woodfire Grille Specialty Entree.

(Offer valid through March 15, 2018 | Dine-in only)

Our Signature Desserts Include: Key Largo Key Lime Pie, Coconut Creme Pie, Chocolate Layer Cake, Pecan Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream.

Please show or mention this offer to get your free dessert.

1450 Tunnel Road (Inside the Holiday Inn) Asheville, NC,


Check out our website


THIS JUST IN: From a Facebook Food Fan
Baba Nahm Mash-up Pop-up


Hi Stu! We don’t know each other but do follow you and love our Asheville food scene! Went to baba nham for lunch today and he’s got some mash up pop up. What I had was delicious, grabbed a menu. Looks like it’s going through 3/5 so you haven’t missed out yet!” – Alan


Baba Nahm Pop-Up Food Shop – Baba Nahm
“A grab and go Middle Eastern food place in Asheville NC.”
Located in: Grove Arcade
1 Page Ave #139, Asheville, NC 28801

Sunday 11AM–3PM
Monday 11AM–6PM
Tuesday 11AM–6PM
Wednesday 11AM–6PM
Thursday 11AM–6PM
Friday 11AM–8:30PM
Saturday 11AM–8:30PM
Phone: (828) 575-2075


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Asheville Food Tours

From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O'SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O’SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

Stu 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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