WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24TH, 1:30PM – 3:00PM • ASHEVILLE MASONIC TEMPLE
80 BROADWAY • DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE
Let’s Eat Doughnuhhhhhhhhts!
I know that y’all are super-excited about the 2019 Asheville Do-nut Thro-down and Bake Sale, because, as I write this, the event is still weeks away, and the Facebook event page says that 825 of you are “Interested” in coming.
Well, LET ME TELL YOU RIGHT NOW: If eight hundred and twenty five of you show up to this little event, about 550 of you gonna walk away empty-handed, ie: doughnutless, and SOL on a lotta levels.
FOR REAL: This event starts at 1:30 in the afternoon and is scheduled to end at 3:00! It is primarily a competition, with three judges, but I have also included a bake-sale so that the public can come buy doughnuts and coffee, to take home or enjoy right there. Teh bake sale is a benefit to raise money for the Asheville Masonic Temple’s historic theater restoration project, which is a registered non-profit.
So, again, the judging is scheduled to end at 3:00, the bake sale will end whenever the doughnuts run out.
THIS IS NOT A HUGE FESTIVAL!
Please, keep that in mind. Come early, get a doughnut, or two, or a dozen to support the cause, watch the judges, have fun, but for the love of god, DO NOT form an 825-person-long line outside the dang Masonic Temple! Not only will all the doughnuts be gone, but the event will literally be over before you get to the front of a line that long. It’s math.
So, set your expectations on a small, mellow, afternoon of doughnuts and coffee, and you will not be disappointed! In fact, it’s going to be fucking awesome, of that there is no doubt, so please come and join the fun! Just, please, don’t stand in line forever.
HERE’S WHAT’S UP
I make all my own graphics, BTW, so ©2019 Stu Helm, Yo.
The 2019 Asheville Do-nut Thro-down and Bake Sale
WHEN: Wednesday, April 24th. Doors open at 1:30. Bake sale goes until 3:00, or until all the doughnuts are sold out.
WHERE: The Asheville Masonic Temple
WHY: This is a fun competition, and a bake sale to raise money for and awareness about the non-profit, historic theater restoration project including the preservation of the hand-painted theater backdrops of the Asheville Masonic Temple. 100% of the money raised from the sale of doughnuts to the public will be donated directly toward the restoration and preservation of the theater. You can read more about the theatre here.
WHO: The competitors so far are (doughnuts in photos may or may not be the doughnuts entered into the contest):
I have six competitors and I could cap it there, because each is submitting two doughnut flavors, so that’s an even dozen doughnuts for the judges to try. I might add one or two more before game day, though!
I decided to cap the judges at three for this contest: A James Beard nominated chef, a police officer, and a nurse!
Little known fact: Nurses LOVE doughnuts!
Rules & guidelines for competitors in the 2019 Asheville Do-nut Thro-down include the following…
- Must provide the judges with a “classic” doughnut and a “specialty” doughnut.
- We leave it up to the participants to define those two categories for themselves.
- Doughnuts can be either cake or yeast style.
- Both filled doughnuts and doughnuts with holes are eligible in both “classic” and “specialty” categories.
- “Classic” doughnuts can be anything considered traditional, ie: old fashioned, vanilla glazed, basic jelly doughnut
- “Specialty” doughnuts can be as wild (or mild) as the contestant wants to get.
- Contestants are encouraged to do whatever they believe will get the best reaction from the judges and win the competition.
1 Classic Doughnut & 1 Specialty Doughnut per Competitor!
Each judge will taste and rate each contender’s doughnuts, both classic and specialty, after which their scores will be added, and the contender with the highest combined score will be declared the winner, and the 2019 Best Doughnut Maker in Asheville! They will receive accolades, bragging rights, props and respect, as well as an official graphic designed by yours truly, suitable for printing and framing!
Second and third place winners will also be announced, and will be guaranteed a spot at the 2020 Asheville Do-Nut Thro-Down!
The People can cast their votes in a public online HERE.
The majority of the doughnuts provided by competitors will be sold directly to the public during the competition in a bake sale, to raise money for the restoration and preservation of the Asheville Masonic Temple’s historic hand-painted theater backdrops.
Doughnuts will be priced at $2 each, or 1 dozen for $20.
100% of the money raised from doughnut sales will be dough-nated (wakka wakka) to the restoration and preservation of the Temple’s historic, hand-painted theater backdrops! If you haven’t seen these backdrops, please talk to me or Shay Brown about arranging a tour of the the theater and history of the backdrops. They are a true national treasure, located right here in little ol’ Asheville, WNC, and they need our help to keep from succumbing to the ravages of time!
Okay, that’s it.
I’ll see you there! RIGHT AT 1:30 if you wanna get a doughnut or two. Seriously, in the time that it took me to write this post, the number of people who marked themselves as “interested” in attending the bake sale has gone up to 913. That’s a literally more than 3X the number of doughnuts that will actually be available.
I can not stress enough that you should show up early. Doors open at 1:30.
This competition is co-produced by me, Stu Helm: Food Fan and Shay Brown Events, with support from Dig Local Asheville, Farm to Home Milk, and WPVM 103.7 Community radio featuring the arts & culture of Asheville.
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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.