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Weekly Scoop (January 20-26) - Attention, foodies! The Asheville Food Fan Awards are back! 🏆🥘 Plus lots to do this week!

Attention, Foodies!
The Asheville Food Fan Awards are Back!

Stu Helm and Shay Brown. Photo courtesy of Stu Helm: Food Fan

It’s time, people! One of the top authentically Asheville events of the year is happening on Monday, the 27th, and if you’ve ever been to one of our friend Shay Brown’s soirees, you know it’s going to be amazing! Add the hilariously irreverent food expert Stu Helm and Mr. AshVegas, Jason Sanford to the mix and know you’ll leave full AND entertained. Last year we discovered some of our most favorite dishes that we had not tried from attending the Asheville Food Fan Awards, and we’re super curious about who will win what this year. Heads up that as always, it will sell out, so don’t be an Asheville procrastinator and wait to get your tickets!

You may have noticed the name change from “The Stoobie Awards” to the “Asheville Food Fan Awards." If you’re wondering why, it’s because last year after the amazing live ceremony, party, and all of the time and effort that everyone put into everything, Stu Helm realized this thing had outgrown him and the simple name The Stoobies! So, while all of the nominees and winners will still be chosen by Stu, and no one else, the name isn’t such an inside joke anymore. The joke being that when Stu started awarding these “Best of” six years ago, literally no one cared, so he thought it would be funny to name them after himself in an act of sarcastic self-aggrandizement. Now that people actually do care, the decision was made to give them a new name.

Stu has enlisted a secret academy of eaters who will help him find more of the great food out there in Asheville. Just as the awards themselves have outgrown Stu and the original vision, so has the food scene outgrown his capacity to keep up with all of it and try every little thing. So Stu formed an academy of members who will be steering him towards the best bites and dishes they’ve had this year, as well as weighing in on their favorite chefs and restaurants. Stu will still be making all of the final decisions, but the folks recruited to advise Stu are what he calls his A-team, compadres, councilors and fellow hardcore eaters.

So mark your calendars and grab your tickets here! Here are all of the juicy details:


 Monday, January 27, 2020 

V.I.P. Admission – 5:00 PM
Meet The Chef's and Sponsors 

General Admission: 6:00 PM

Awards Ceremony 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Evening Ends at 9:00 PM
After Party

Asheville Beauty Academy 



Asheville Masonic Temple
80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801


To have fun, while paying tribute to the great people who make up the amazing Asheville food scene!


Produced by: Stu Helm Food Fan, Shay Brown Events, and Ashvegas.com


Cultivated Cocktails, Dalton DistilleryNantahala Brewing, Hillman BeerCatawba BrewingBottle Riot (formally District Wine Bar), Biltmore WinesSouth Slope Coffee, Twisp Southern Hard Cider, Devil's Foot Beverage

Presented by: The Urban Gastronome


Sunny Point, Aux Bar
, Cúrate, Button's Bagels, Underground CafeSandhill Kitchen, Sunshine Sammies, The Worthy Baker, 50 Fifty the Art of DessertsRosaBee'sManicomio Pizza, French Broad Chocolate LoungeSovereign RemediesBottle Riot, Golden Fleece, Mountain Madre, Rustic Grape, H&F BurgersStorm Rhum Bar & Bistro, Daphne at Twisted Laurel, Perspective Café, Noble Cider: The Greenhouse, to name a few…

CBD Lounge by Franny’s Farmacy 

VIP Tickets Limited - Include Food and (2) Drink Tickets with a Private Bar and Cocktail Hour with CBD Lounge.

General Admission Tickets - Include Food

Cash Bar

The Asheville Food Fan Awards (AKA The Stoobie Awards) are produced by Shay Brown of Shay Brown Events Management.

Want a chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to the 2019 Asheville Food Fan Awards?
Head to Dig Local's Instagram to enter!

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, January 20

Hands-On DIY Sausage Making Class
at Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Make sausages with HNG’s head butchers! Each participant will make their own pork sausage. From grinding to mixing, recipes and proportions, to casings, you’ll learn about it all and do it all, too!
Tickets and more details.
More to do Monday
Tuesday, January 21
Cicerone Off-Flavor Course
at Highland Brewing Company
Become a beer tasting expert and learn about six different common beer off-flavors!
Tickets and more details.
More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, January 22

YOLA with Amythyst Kiah
at The Grey Eagle
YOLA's Walk Through Fire World Tour with special guest Amythyst Kiah rolls through Asheville! All ages; doors 7pm, show 8pm.
Tickets and more details.

More to do Wednesday

Thursday, January 23

Local Brew for Yew
at Asheville Burger & Mug Shakes

Enjoy a local brew with a locally and responsibly sourced grass-fed burger. Do some good and keep it local! #TreatYoSelf
More details.

More to do Thursday

Friday, January 24

Shop Session: Larkin
at Ware

Bring your favorite canned beverage (beer/wine/anything not in glass) and something comfy to sit on the floor, and enjoy the acoustic brilliance of Larkin. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Tickets and more details.
More to do Friday
Friday is the last day to submit music!

Saturday, January 25

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Release
at Burntshirt Vineyards
Celebrate the first wine release party of 2020: a 2017 vintage of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheers!
More details.
More to do Saturday

Sunday, January 26

AVL Conscious Family Dinner
with The NOHM Elixir Bar
Head to One World Brewing West to celebrate our vibrant community while imbibing on elixirs, craft beer and a plated meal that is forest to feast style. Bring your business cards!
Tickets and more details.
More to do Sunday
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