Asheville foodie thinks about food insecure WNC child while biting into foie gras doughnut
Jun17

Asheville foodie thinks about food insecure WNC child while biting into foie gras doughnut

ASHEVILLE- It was the least John Filmore of West Asheville could do.   ‘This is for Billy,’ Filmore thought as he bit into his foie gras doughnut, while picturing a faceless food insecure child, Filmore would likely never meet or associate with.   “After reading that an estimated 104,000 people are food insecure in WNC that bite of foie gras doughnut was like ten times better, because I was so grateful for what I have,” said Filmore.   “But what really can you do? I bring in a canned food item to my local favorite restaurant that will later be donated to MANNA Food Bank to receive 10 percent off my bill like any good foodie would. I do what I can you know?”   A new report by the hunger-relief organization Feeding America not only revealed 104,000 individuals are food insecure in WNC, but an estimated 27 percent of children in WNC are food insecure.   TakePart.com also listed Asheville No. 9 nationwide in food hardship reporting, “21.8 percent of people in the Asheville area are struggling with food hardship.”   Filmore continued his tribute to a local food insecure child by posting a rather dark photo of his doughnut on Instagram, with the hash tag #thisisforyoubilly.   “I used the Sutro filter on Instagram to capture the doughnut,” said Filmore.   “I wanted to use a dark filter to express the pain each food insecure child in WNC experiences going to bed on an empty stomach. I’m just trying to spread awareness like those quarter a day infomercials on television.  I do what I can you know?”   Filmore completed his tribute to Billy by sending a check to MANNA, knowing the money would be put to good use and could possibly pay him back when tax season comes around as a deduction.   Filmore slept soundly last night, with the foie gras doughnut still digesting in his stomach, because he knew he did all he could do for Billy that day and tomorrow he could return to sharing anti-Monsanto and anti-NSA memes via Facebook like a responsible engaged...

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Farm Burger A ok, but not Asheville’s best burger yet
Jun12

Farm Burger A ok, but not Asheville’s best burger yet

I strolled into Farm Burger Asheville for the first time last night. I ordered the burger pictured above, which is the No. 5, a burger topped with pine street bacon pimento onion marmalade, looking glass creamery goat cheese, and arugula. The burger’s ingredients were super fresh, the burger was perfectly cooked, and plenty juicy,  but the richness of the looking glass creamery goat cheese was a little overwhelming. I will have to try a burger without the goat cheese next time to see how Farm Burger matches up with my favorite burger in town which is UJoint’s Steinbeck Burger, a burger topped with pimento cheese, bacon, and jalapenos. (Granted UJoint’s atmosphere, patio, and tater tots may raise the profile of the Steinbeck in my mind) Pro tip- Do not order the bucket of fries at Farm Burger for $2.50. The fries that come with the burger in the basket for $1.50 is the same size or bigger than the bucket. My roommate fell for that last night. My roommate however did love his build your own burger which included chili, a fried egg, and Wisconsin cheddar. What is your favorite burger in...

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Gun Bill has Asheville man excited at thought of putting still mooing steak served at local restaurants out of misery with handgun
Apr29

Gun Bill has Asheville man excited at thought of putting still mooing steak served at local restaurants out of misery with handgun

ASHEVILLE- Dane Bernard can’t seem to get his steak well done at local Asheville restaurants.   Every time Bernard gets a steak at a local eatery it seems to still be mooing according to Bernard.   But the steaks won’t be mooing for long if a new gun bill approved by a North Carolina House committee this past Wednesday allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, city greenways, bars, and restaurants becomes law.   “Some steaks I get in this town still have a heart beat when they come to my table,” said Bernard.   “This new law will allow me to whip out my pistol and put that cow out of its’ misery right after I say grace. You smell that? That smells like America my friend. All these Asheville chefs like to cook with fancy smancy ingredients, but have you ever tried a 32 oz T-Bone seared in gun powder, partner?”   It is unclear whether House Bill 937 would actually permit Bernard from firing his firearm at a defenseless cut of meat in a public place, but it would permit Bernard to carry in his firearm at a restaurant with little restrictions.   “I assure anytime I fire my pistol it is in self defense,” said Bernard.   “You think I see a still bleeding steak coming when I order it well done? I’m just trying to defend myself from a chef that doesn’t know what he or she is doing.”   The new gun bill escaped several proposed amendments including an amendment that would require servers to ask people if they are carrying a weapon before bringing them a drink, since people carrying concealed weapons aren’t supposed to consume alcohol.   “Good move by the committee, I can’t get through breakfast without a Budweiser let alone dinner,” said Bernard.   The new gun bill will add to the already ongoing debate about guns that has been going on strong for several months in Asheville now. Read our previous articles about other gun controversies in Asheville here and...

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Missed Asheville on Food Network’s Rebel Eats? Watch it online and find out what I thought about it
Apr02

Missed Asheville on Food Network’s Rebel Eats? Watch it online and find out what I thought about it

Asheville was featured on Food Network’s Rebel Eats this past Saturday with Food Network Star Justin Warner. You can watch the full episode here.   The Pisgah Brewery and  the Blind Pig portion of the show starts around the 15 minute mark. You can also watch a clip of Justin’s visit to Ultimate Ice Cream here, which unfortunately did not make the episode.   After watching this episode it confirmed my desire to attend a Blind Pig event soon. For my friends bachelor party we decided to get a little tipsy and create our own Asheville food crawl Saturday night at places like Wicked Weed, The Southern, and Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder. Mike Moore of Blind Pig is doing some pretty amazing things already at the newly open Seven Sows. The buttermilk hushpuppy basket with hot pimento cheese and the crispy fried chicken livers at Seven Sows blew us away! I could bathe in that pimento cheese bro, no joke. So yeah Blind Pig sign me up, because I want to attend a Moore hosted party.   I hope the Food Network continues Rebel Eats, Justin is pretty funny and the show’s vibe kind of  reminds me of a similar show the Cooking Channel tried to do with New York chef Eddie Huang. Thankfully Vice picked up where the Cooking Channel left off, Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off the Boat is my favorite food show airing today.  ...

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Set your DVR’s yo! Asheville episode of Rebel Eats premieres tomorrow night
Mar29

Set your DVR’s yo! Asheville episode of Rebel Eats premieres tomorrow night

Food Network Star Justin Warner was in Asheville in January to film an episode of his new Food Network Show Rebel Eats. The Asheville episode premiers tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. on the Food Network.   Warner visited Ultimate Ice Cream and the Blind Pig Supper Club while he was here.  Here is a blurb from Mackensy Lunsford of Eat Scene about Warner’s visit with Blind Pig: Masterminding the road-food inspired dinner was an all-star team of chefs including Mike Moore of Blind Pig (and the forthcoming Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder), Elliott Moss of the Admiral (who’s helping to build a restaurant on Banks Avenue that will feature Southern-focused fare), and some of the kitchen staff of Storm Rhum Bar, headed by chef Owen McGlynn. Assisting in the production of the food (particularly the whole-hog barbecue) was Justin Warner of Do or Dine in Brooklyn. Warner, winner of the reality show “Food Network Star,” is in town filming part of a series for the Food Network. The title of the venture is still under wraps.   The evening’s menu included creative riffs on truck-stop classics including bacon and eggs (with a sous vide 63-degree egg and coffee gastrique) and a brilliant deconstructed pot roast with potato-bone marrow puree.   It will be good to get a first hand look at how Blind Pig operates because I tend to romanticize the events in my head. Someday I will scrounge up enough change to attend one of their events.   I set my DVR, because I have a life and there is no way I would be at home by myself on a Saturday night watching the Food Network. Just kidding if my friends from out of town weren’t in town I would probably be doing exactly that! I can’t tell you how many times I have cried myself to sleep to Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives marathons on Friday evenings (too much...

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