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November 4, 2017

UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt, Chicago, IL 60608

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Let's Get cheesy!

 

Mac & Cheese Fest celebrates the dish by featuring variations spanning continents and cultures. Explore the culinary genius of Chicago chefs as they carefully prepare exquisite versions of your favorite rainy day dish. Participating restaurants will forever transform your perception of your childhood favorite; from truffle braised duck mac & cheese to white cheddar and chorizo macarón con queso all paired with beer and spirits!

 

The 4th Annual event will be held on Saturday, November 4th from 12:00-3:00pm (lunch) and 6:00pm-9:00pm (dinner) at the UIC Forum located at 725 W Roosevelt Rd Chicago, IL

 

Mac & Cheese Fest is offering two types of tickets via Ticketmaster:

  • General Admission - $65 plus applicable fees
  • VIP - $105 plus applicable fees

General Admission includes ($65):

  • All you can sample
  • 5 drink tickets for beer, wine and spirits
  • Vote who has the best mac & cheese

VIP includes ($105):

  • All you can sample
  • 5 drink tickets for beer, wine and spirits
  • Priority Check-In
  • In and out access to VIP section. 
  • Mac & Cheese Fest Official T-Shirt
  • Vote who has the best mac & cheese
 

2017 Beverage Sponsors

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2017 EXPERIENCE PARTNERS

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OFFICIAL 2017 CHEESE SPONSOR

OFFICIAL CHEESE SPONSOR
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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Mac & Cheese makes an impact.

Many remember enjoying their first mac & cheese dish as young children in the comfort of their homes surrounded by family, "Home is Mac & Cheese". 

Mac & Cheese Fest has proudly partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana as a supporter of bringing comfort to many children and families in need.  A portion of the event proceeds go to support the charity's programs.  

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana offers a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in local Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana medical facilities

Mac & Cheese Fest Charitable Contributions Summary

Since the inception of the festival, Mac & Cheese Fest has donated a total of $35,000 to Ronald McDonald House!

New Year. New Competition.

2016 Lunch GOLDEN NOODLE WINNER - Rosebud Prime

list updated as of November 1, 2017

* vegetarian option

It's all going down on November 4th, 2017! Who will take THE GOLDEN NOODLE home and win bragging rights for 2017. 

TWO GOLDEN NOODLE's will be awarded this year for the ultimate mac & cheese showdown.

Bookmark this page to stay updated on the latest restaurants added to the line-up. 

Check out our previous 20162015, and 2014 competing restaurants!

Lunch Session (12pm-3:00pm)

Restaurant | Chef | Dish

Animale | Chef Brian McGrath | Mac & Cheese Poutine

Bangers & Lace (Evanston) | Chef AJ Francisco | Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Baptiste & Bottle | Chef James Lintelmann | Smoked Cheese Curd Mac*

Bistro Campagne | ... | Bistro Campagne's Maison Mac n Cheese

Blackwood BBQ | Chef Aaron Johnson | Smokehouse Brisket Mac

Carnivale | Chef Rodolfo Cuadios | Mac & Cheese Cake Pops

ConeCepts | Chef Turn Cummings | Beer Braised Brisket Mac & Cheese

Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe | Chef Chuck Pine | Shhh...it's a secret.

Drew’s on Halsted | Chef Drew Johnson | Drew's Lobster Mac Delight

Famous Dave's BBQ | Chef Shelly Marek | Dave's Cheesy Jalapeno Mac & Cheese*

Fiesta Mexicana Restaurants | Chef Tania D'Agostino | Fiesta Chipotle Mac & Cheese*

Fireside Restaurant | Chef Javier Cruz | Gouda Mac & Peas

Hells BBQ Inc. | Chef Keith Richards & Noemi Rios | Brisket Mac & Cheese

HopCat Chicago | Chef Hilario Clauijo | Killer Mac & Cheese

Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill | Chef Dion Solano | Shhh...it's a secret.

Joey G's Mac & Cheese | ... | Shhh...it's a secret.

Kitty O'Sheas at the Hilton Chicago | Chef Mario Garcia & Chef Erica McGhee | Shhh...it's a secret. - 2014 GOLDEN NOODE WINNER & 2015 1st Runner-Up

Kroll's South Loop | ... | Wisconsin Beer Battered Mac & Cheese

Mahoney's Pub & Grille | Chef Alex Gomez | Strawberry Mac & Cheesecake

Midnight Mac and Cheeserie | ... | Shhh...it's a secret.

Millie's Supper Club | ... | Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese - Three Cheese Mac & Cheese

Nix's at Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel | Chef Cliff Ostrowski | Italian Love Mac & Cheese

Orso's Restaurant | Chef Victor Flores | Orso's Creamy Pesto Mac and Cheese

Public House | Chef Jeremy Tannehill | Chicken, Mac, & Waffles

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern | Chef Bryant Anderson | Rack Mac Attack

Real Urban Barbeque | Chef Jeff Shapiro & Chef Dean Eliacostas | Shhh...it's a secret. - 2015 & 2016 2nd Runner-Up

Rosebud Prime | Chef Fabio Capparelli, Moosah Reaumet, & Andrew Sikkelrus | Shhh...it's a secret.

Tap House Grill | Chef Robert Zrenner | Shhh...it's a secret.

Texican | Chef Kim Dalton | Texas Chili Mac

The Goddess and Grocer | Chef Ryan Jackson | Pretzels and Pork Mac & Cheese

The Grill on the Alley | Chef Geordan Stenson | Loaded Mac & Cheese

The Hampton Social | Chef Ivy Stark | Shrimp and Chorizo Mac n Cheese

Warren's Ale House | Chef Kevin Hay | Ghost Pepper Mac with Smoked BBQ Brisket

Wood Fire Counter | Chef Kevin Whittier | NOLA Mac & Cheese

World of Beer - Evanston | Chef Crystal Y | WOB Mac & Cheese

XO Marshmallow | ... | S'More Some Sugar on Brie

Dinner Session (6pm-9:00pm)

Restaurant | Chef | Dish

720 Bar at The Hilton Chicago | Chef Mario Garcia & Chef Robert McKenzie | Shhh...it's a secret

Amazing Edibles Catering | Chef Matt Ryan | Amazing Portuguese Mac’ N Cheese  - 2016 GOLDEN NOODLE WINNER & 2015 1st Runner-Up

Bakin & EggsChef Bob & Gina Hartwig | Jalapeno Bacon Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

Bangers & Lace (Evanston) | Chef AJ Francisco | Shhh...it's a secret.

Bohemian House | Chef Andrew Kappa | Käsespätzle

Calzone & Macaroni Co. | Chef Nic Lindsey | Cannoli Macaroni

Carlucci Restaurant | Chef Jonathan Harootunian | "Jonny Mac"

Chuck's Southern Comforts CafeChef Chuck Pine | Shhh...it's secret.

ConeCepts | Chef Turn Cummings | Beer Braised Brisket Mac & Cheese

Famous Dave's BBQ | Chef Shelly Marek | Dave's Cheesy Jalapeno Mac & Cheese*

FTW Chicago | ... | Mammas Mac & Cheese

Hells BBQ Inc. | ... | Shhh...it's a secret.

House of Blues Restaurant and Bar | Chef Blake Ogilvie | Bacon Mac and Cheese

Mago Grill & Cantina | Chef Ric Munoz & Chef Juan Gonzalez | Revolucion Mac & Cheese

Mastro's | ... | The Ultimate Chicago Style Mac & Cheese

Midnight Mac and Cheeserie | ... | Shhh...it's a secret.

Pierrot Gourmet at the Peninsula Chicago | Chef Norman Hargove | French Onion Mac n’ Cheese

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern | Chef Bryant Anderson | Rack Mac Attack

Roanoke Restaurant and Club | Chef Ryan Kikkert | Creole Mac & Cheese

Rockit Bar & Grill | Chef Michael Sheerin | Cheeseburger Mac

Rudy's Bar and GrilleChef Chris Spitzer and Kris Jares | Shhh...it's a secret

SafeHouse | Chef David Hardy | Licensed to Kill Cheese Macaroni

Son of a Butcher | Chef Rick Rodriguez | Shhh...it's a secret.

Weber Grill Restaurant | Chef Erik M | Smoked Bacon & White Cheddar Mac N Cheese

Whisk | Chef David Rodriguez | BBQ Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

World of Beer - Evanston | Chef Crystal Y | WOB Mac & Cheese

XO Marshmallow | ... | S'More Some Sugar on Brie

and more....

2016 Dinner GOLDEN NOODLE Winner - Amazing Edibles

2016 Dinner GOLDEN NOODLE Winner - Amazing Edibles