Dig This... with Stu Helm
A quick peek at the life and times of Asheville’s #1 Food Fan
photo by Stu Helm on Instagram @stuhelmfoodfan
Lucky Mushroom Toast
North Asheville, you are so lucky. You have a ton of great places to eat now! I lived up on North Charlotte Street, behind the JCC for 8 long years, and maaaan… the pickin’s were slim. Now days you’ve got a plethora, including the brand new Waterbird Cafe, located in the space where Rosebud Video used to be, next to Ultimate Ice Cream!
Depending on the time of day, there’s a lack of cafés up that way, so the fact that you can get a cup of coffee at Waterbird is great, but on a recent visit, it was the food that really impressed me! I ordered the MBLT (the “M” is for mozzarella), and my GF, Dawn, ordered the panzanella, which is a “bread salad.” Both were great, but the kitchen also sent out some of their mushroom toast (see picture), and whoa. That was a show stopper.
Bread from OWL Bakery, a ton of sauteed local mushrooms, local cheese, local greens and micro-greens, plan an awesome sweet tomato jam, and I dunno what else. A ton of butter, or something. It was frickin’ goood, whatever it was. The food at Waterbird gets two thumbs-up from me so far, and I’ll be going back to my old neighborhood more often than ever to pay a visit their menu!
Below are a few of the locally curated Scoops from the Dig Local Scoop Calendarthis week! One Scoop for each day is displayed here, but much more for every day can be seen on the Scoop Calendar. Find where to go and what to do, every day in Asheville with the free Dig Local Appand DigLocal.com.
Kick off your Monday with The Summer Sale at Roanline! They are running some killer deals on spring & summer apparel, bags, and accessories- 40% OFFin-store and online at roanline.com, including great finds from Topo Designs, Free Fly, United By Blue, KAVU, Carve Designs, Howler Brothers, and Fayettechill. Keep in mind, this is end of season merchandise, so when they're out, they're all out.Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.
The Hop Ice Cream Cafeturns 40this Tuesday! As one of the ice cream staples of Asheville, we’re so excited about this new decade celebration! For the event, they’re offering free kiddie scoops for everyone and will even have Sirius B. performing a family-friendly show from 6pm-8pm at the Merrimon location. (pictured are the owners of The Hop who also happen to be UNCA alumni, Ashley and Greg Garrison with their adorable kids.) We dig family businesses!Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.
Find your Zen Blend! If you're like us you can't get enough of the essential oil craze. Join us at Bhramari Brewing Company on Wednesday for an essential oil class starting at 7pm. With therapeutic options such as making your own poison ivy treatment, bug bite treatment, or cooling spray, this workshop should be loads of fun. You’ll leave smelling sweet.Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.
Thursday, August 30th
We dig the sweet harmonies of Asheville's own The Paper Crowns. Well, Thursday they'll be teaming up with Eavesdrop who is on tour from Massachusetts at UpCountry Brewing Company! Music starts at 8pm and we can't wait. Come early and get some of UpCounty's delicious food including their delicious candied bacon turkey club served up with sweet potato fries with a side of paprika aioli. They've even got items specifically for your dog on their menu. #ashevillelovesdogsCheck out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.
Friday, August 31st
If you’re a big fan of IPA, here’s great news for you! Highland Brewing Companyis releasing POW!, a triple IPA. Bursting with Simcoe Lupulin Powder, Mosiac, Amarillo, Citra, El Dorado, and Centennial hops, we can’t wait to taste this local brew!
Check out the rest of Friday’s Scoops here.
The 2018 Beer City Cup is back this Saturday! It is the nation’s largest adult soccer tournament, featuring over 100 teams. Participants compete for cash prizes and also can enjoy locally crafted brews! The event will be held Downtown at Memorial Stadium!Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.
Want to catch some seriously local Asheville Vibes? You won't want to miss this year's LAAF(Living Asheville Arts Festival) on Sunday from noon to 9 pm. This street festival on Lexington Avenue highlight's Asheville's unique personality. Find local art, food, beer, music, street performers, and more funky cool stuff.Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
Again, for all of this week’s Scoops and more, visit DigLocal.com or download the Dig Local App. Keep Digging Local!