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Weekly Scoop (Dec. 3-9) - Next Stop on Stu Helm's Food Tour: Elk, Pierogies & Deviled Eggs

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Barrelhouse Lunch Junket

I recently took an official Asheville Food Tours lunch junket out to The Barrelhouse in North Asheville with my friend, boss and fellow food tour guide, Paddy Riels. We ordered a small feast of various things from the menu, took a bunch of pictures of it and then tucked right in.

We started with — and both gave the thumbs-up to — the deep-fried deviled eggs, which are crusted in panko breadcrumbs and have a very tangy, creamy, crunchy, warm and satisfying taste. Definitely recommended!

We also enjoyed the elk burger, which we split. This was a first for both of us, as we had never eaten elk before! It was quite good, and to me, largely indistinguishable from the various grass-or-apple-or-corn-or-spent grain-fed beef that we get around here, which all have their own distinct flavor.

To be honest, I don’t have a refined enough palate to tell the difference between various red meats yet. This burger could have been bison for all I know, but the fact that Paddy and I really liked it is all that matters. It came topped with Swiss, mushrooms, caramelized onions and Dijonaisse mustard, all on a beautiful Geraldine’s Bakery brioche bun.

Pierogies take up a large portion of the both the dessert menu and the regular menu, and of the 3 pierogies we tried — mushroom and Swiss, Buffalo chicken, and cheesesteak — the third was my favorite.

It was so good, in fact, that I will be going back to try their actual Philly, which they apparently only serve on Wednesdays. I’ll be trying their dessert pierogies next time too, as we were too full to order dessert on this visit. They have apple and chocolate, and they are deep fried — gim!

Try The Barrelhouse yourself and let me know what you think. It’s relatively new to the scene, and I feel as though there might be a lot of potential for deliciousness there.

Don't forget: You can find specials, deals and events from Barrelhouse every day on their Dig Local profile.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, Dec. 3

Old Time Christmas Week
at the WNC Farmers Market
From December 2-8, bring the family to shop everything you need for Christmas at the WNC Farmers Market. You can even meet your local tree farmers and select your favorite tree to bring home for the holidays!

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Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Pint for a Pint
at Highland Brewing
Help save a life by donating blood this Tuesday at Highland Brewing. You'll receive a free pint glass if you do!
Click here for more details.

Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

AVL Locals Appreciation Month
at Capella on 9 Rooftop Bar and Lounge
Are you a local? Receive 10% off your total bill all December long if you show your bartender or server this Dig Local post.

Click here for more details.

Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.

Thursday, Dec. 6

New Moon Fire Tonic Workshop
at West Village Market
Have you ever made fire tonic before? Learn how to whip up this warm and spicy blend of vegetables, herbs and apple cider vinegar to restore your immune system.

Click here for more details.

Check out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.

Friday, Dec. 7

Free Movie Friday: Home Alone
at Burntshirt Vineyards
This Friday, grab your friends and family and head over to The Summit Event Center at Burntshirt Vineyards for a free showing of Home Alone. 

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Check out the rest of Friday's Scoops here.

Saturday, Dec. 8

RAD South Holiday Market
at Plëb Urban Winery
Shop the 50+ studios and businesses of Riverview Station and The Foundation at the RAD South Holiday Market. 
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Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Bluegrass Brunch
at Mojo Kitchen & Lounge
Grab a drink from the Bloody Mary bar, check out the great selection of pickled products and pull up a chair to listen to Woody and Krekel & the Bald Mountain Boys.
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Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
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