PUNK ROCK HOT DOGS 2021
WINNERS & THANK YOUS
PUNK ROCK HOT DOGS
Posted to Stu Helm: Food Fan Facebook page on 7/31/2021 & 8/01/2021
COUNTDOWN TO PUNK ROCK HOT DOGS: TODAY IS THE DAY!
VIPS ADMITTED AT 11AM / GENERAL ADMISSION AT 1PM / EVENT GOES UNTIL THE DOGS RUN OUT!
SEE YOU THERE!
ALL THE DOGS ARE GONE! No more hot dogs! The 2021 Punk Rock Hot Dogs throw down is done and over and the doors are closed and locked. It was wildly successful and a ton of fun and I will announce the winners soon! Don’t go to The Asheville Masonic Temple to get dogs, because there are none left. 🌭🔥
Here are the ten competing Punk Rock Hot Dogs in order: Baba Nahm, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Black Bear BBQ, Cultura, The Malvern Asheville / The Barksdale, The Odditorium, Puke / Brasstown Beef, Pupuseria Paty Asheville, Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro, and Zack of All Trades / Farm Dogs! ALL of them were awesome! See if you can guess who won the Judges’ Choice and who won The People’s Choice! I’ll announce it next. And yes, you read that right, Puke competed today. Bun It LLC was unfortunately unable to make it, so I partnered up with Brasstown Beef and together we offered the “Saucisse avec sauce American Classique.” 🙂 Thank you to all the competitors! You crushed it! Thank you VIP ticket holders! Together we raised over $4,000 to put toward badly needed repairs and restoration to The Asheville Masonic Temple!
Stay tuned for winners!!!
CONGRATS! To the winners of The People’s Choice award, Chef Chris Cox from The Malvern Asheville, who teamed up with Casey Miller Hot Dog Queen at The Barksdale and Butcher Meg Montgomery from
Foothills Local Meats to make this masterpiece!
From Chef Cox:
“Custom made hotdog from Foothills Local Meats, stuffed with pickled onions and cheddar. Then we topped it with pickles, pickled onions, shredded lettuce, blowtorched American cheese, potato stix, special sauce and everything bagel spice. In essence , a burger from the burger boi.
It was based off of The Vandals song Anarchy Burger. I figured it was punk AF too avoid the hot dogs and do my own thing. 👊”
CONGRATS!!! To Chef Eric Morris from Cultura who won The Judges’ Choice Award for his incredible Hocto Dog! It consists of squid ink brioche bun, fried octopus tentacle, green papaya salad, XO mayo and fried shallot. Chef Eric seems to have really understood the part in the rules where it said “there are no rules!” LOL His monstrous creation scored more points with the judges than any other hot dog! The categories were Presentation, Creativity, Taste, and How Fucking Punk Is It? One judge gave it a perfect score!
Along with accolades, bragging rights, street cred, well known chops, and the respect of his peers, Chef Eric won a kickass prize package sponsored by Asheville Spice Company and Paul Taylor Sandals, Belts and Vintage Buckles!
Go see Chef Eric Morris at Cultura as soon as you can. Not only is he the 2021 Hot Dog Champ, NOT ONLY is he punk as FUCK, but he is truly an amazing chef!
Congrats to Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, who came in 2nd place with the judges! They turned their hot dog into a FULLY FUNCTIONAL pipe, and served it with a lighter, a pipe stem, and an actual, smokable nug of Delta 8. If I’m lyin’ I’m dyin’. All hail Bear’s for this hilarious entry that was as delicious as it was creative!
They were repped by Catering/Events Director Alex and GM/Pit Master Collyn and served up “an all beef frank ‘bowl’ with red and green relish, mustard, and EZ cheese, in a potato bun rolled in umami house made ‘keef’
Oh, and a healthy lil nug of delta 8!”
And finally, congrats to Zack Neel representing Farm Dogs, who placed third with the judges and second with the people!
In Zack’s own words, “It was the underdog. Chosen to represent bad vibes. A local punk band that actually recorded an album in my basement during quarantine. Their name is bad vibes. Each ingredient represented a member of the band. It had arugula, chimmichurri, ginger balsamic bacon jam and shoestring potato” Zack was helped by Caitlyn Hope Wood and Justin Owen.
Thank you to ALL the professional dog slingers who participated in the 2021 Punk Rock Hot Dogs throw down! You all brought the fun, the attitude, the creativity, and the deliciousness! ❤️❤️❤️
Black Bear BBQ, The Odditorium, Brasstown Beef / Puke, Baba Nahm, The Malvern Asheville / Foothills Local Meats / The Barksdale, Pupuseria Paty Asheville, Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Zack of All Trades / Farm Dogs, and Cultura.
Thank you to all of the Punk Rock Hot Dogs judges who powered down hot dog after hot dog after hot dog and gave equal consideration to every single hot dog, from the 1st hot dog to the 10th hot dog, they persevered!
Team White Claw Outlaws: AC and Chad.
Team Hot Dog Dumpster: Vaughn & Sarah
Team People with Meat Tattoos: C. Cappah & Karis
Team Big Boys: Paddy Riels and Chef Steven Goff.
They had fun, but took the job seriously, and their results were undeniable!
Thanks to EVERYONE who bought a VIP ticket and showed up to eat dogs! You helped us to raise $4,000 for repairs to one of Asheville’s most beautiful, and historic buildings, The Asheville Masonic Temple! I ❤️ YOU ALL!!!
And BIG thanks to my boss at Kickbackavl, Jennie Townsend, who sponsored the VIP Bags, providing all of the VIPs with bio-degradable to-go wares, which enabled our guests to take home the hot dogs they could not finish, and helped us cut down on both food waste and single use plastics! All hail Jennie! She stepped up, even though she had to step away from the judge’s table this year, because she’s about to have a baby, and the baby doctor told her, “Yeah, no, don’t eat 10 weird hotdogs.” We ❤ you, Jennie!
The BIGGEST THANKS OF ALL goes to my cohort and co-conspirator, Shay Brown Events! Without Shay, I’m just a guy with ideas. With Shay, events happen. Shay and her crew are BOMB. They get shit done. Thank you, Shay, for keeping this group of misfits in line, and making Punk Rock Hot Dogs 2021 a big, fun, hella successful party! ❤️❤️❤️🌭🌭🌭🎉🎉🎉🔥🔥🔥
And finally I want to thank my new friend, and the new executive chef at my imaginary restaurant, Puke. Chef Bennet Depew from Brasstown Beef stepped up at the very last minute, threw on a Puke shirt, and started slinging hotdogs under the Puke banner. Y’see, one of our vendors was unfortunately unable to attend on the day of the event, but I had a secret contingency plan for Puke to step in if such an emergency should occur! I enlisted Chef Depew at 10:59am (doors were at 11:00), and without hesitation, he said, “Can I just throw a dog on a bun, squirt mustard all over it, and call it something like, “Saucisse avec sauce American classique?” And I replied, as I wiped away a tear, “That’s exactly what Puke would do. You’re hired.” It was a beautiful moment in hot dog history, and Chef Depew did a beautiful job! Even though we came in last place, we did not have a low score! None of the dogs were panned by the people or the judges! Not even Puke’s!
In all seriousness, the Brasstown Beef hot dogs were DE-FRICKIN-LICIOUS and Chef Depew cooked them just right. I ate two Classiques myself! 🙂❤️🌭🔥
PUNK ROCK HOT DOGS
Posted to Stu Helm: Food Fan Facebook page on 7/30/2021
PUNK ROCK HOT DOGS VIP TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT!
VIP Ticket holders, please show up as close to 11:00am as you can to claim your dogs, eat in comfort, and cast your vote!
There will be lots of dogs, so even if you don’t have a VIP ticket, you can come to The Asheville Masonic Temple from 1pm to 3pm, GET IN FREE, and purchase dogs directly from the vendors until they run out!
All VIP ticket sales will be donated to the Temple for much needed repairs!
When dogs are purchased directly from the vendors, the vendors get to keep that money!
SO AGAIN: Even if you don’t have a VIP ticket, you can show up after 1pm to partake in the Punk Rock Hot Dog madness!
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR: The Odditorium, Zack of All Trades / Farm Dogs, Baba Nahm, Cultura, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro, Bun It LLC, Pupuseria Paty Asheville, The Malvern Asheville / The Barksdale, and Black Bear BBQ
Thank you Shay Brown Events, The Asheville Masonic Temple, Zambra, Brasstown Beef, Kickbackavl, Sysco, Paul Taylor Sandals, Belts and Vintage Buckles, Asheville Spice Company, Fermenti, Urban Combat Wrestling, and Puke for your support!
Posted to Stu Helm: Food Fan Facebook page on 7/21/2021
Happy National Hot Dog Day, Y’all! Eat dogs! Think about dogs! LIVE AND BREATHE HOT DOGS!!!! And get ready for July 31st and the 2nd ever Punk Rock Hot Dogs competition at the The Asheville Masonic Temple! In 2019, there were six competitors and the winner was Chef Steven Goff (ex Aux Bar, currently at Jargon) with his GG Allin-insipred “Toilet Dog.” This year, Chef Goff is our head judge, and there are TEN Hot Dog Slingers vying for the prize! Here are some images from last time!
Tickets are still available for this year: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/stu-helms-punk-rock-hot…
Our 2021 Competitor Line-up is: Baba Nahm, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Black Bear BBQ, Bun It LLC, Cultura, The Malvern Asheville / The Barksdale, The Odditorium, Pupuseria Paty Asheville, Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro, and Zack of All Trades representing Farm Dogs!
Thanks to Shay Brown Events and The Asheville Masonic Temple, as well as Zambra, Sysco, Brasstown Beef, Kickbackavl, Paul Taylor Sandals, Belts and Vintage Buckles, Asheville Spice Company, Fermenti, Urban Combat Wrestling, and Puke for your support.
Posted to Stu Helm: Food Fan Facebook page on 7/20/2021
Y’all. I’m not trying to pick a favorite from the competitors in the upcoming Punk Rock Hot Dogs competition, but I just got off the phone with Vegas, and they said Chef Chris Cox from The Malvern Asheville / The Barksdale is the one to beat this year. He’s had a lot of practice, and he’s brimming with confidence! He posted these pictures to my Group page a few weeks ago, and pretty much said he’d be walking away with the trophy. We’ll see what Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro, Baba Nahm, Black Bear BBQ, Bun It LLC, Cultura, Pupuseria Paty Asheville, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, The Odditorium, and Zack of All Trades / Farm Dogs have to say about that!
We still have a few VIP tickets left, they are limited though, so get ’em while they last: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/stu-helms-punk-rock-hot…
Thanks, Shay Brown Events, The Asheville Masonic Temple, Brasstown Beef, Zambra, Sysco, Kickbackavl, Paul Taylor Sandals, Belts and Vintage Buckles, Asheville Spice Company, Fermenti, and Puke for their support!
Posted to Stu Helm: Food Fan Facebook page on 7/19/2021
I made a quick infographic to help explain the VIP ticket sitch for Punk Rock Hot Dogs 2021. They are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stu-helms-punk-rock-hot-dogs-competition-tickets-160260831461
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