Who Took Home Top Prize For the 3rd Annual Mac and Cheese Fest

GOOLDEN NOODLE AWARD FOR BEST MAC & CHEESE

GOOLDEN NOODLE AWARD FOR BEST MAC & CHEESE

The 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest has come and gone, but the memories will last forever.  The competition was intense on Saturday, November 5th. The People and Judges have spoken and have declared the Top Cheese(s) of 2016.  

Without further ado, your 2016 Winners are:

GOLDEN NOODLE for Best Mac & Cheese

Rosebud Restaurants / Rosebud Prime  (Lunch Session) with their Mac n' Cheese Arancini with Carbonara cream sauce, sweet green peas, milanese breading, braised bacon, and elbow pasta.

Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering (Dinner Session) with their Autumn Asiago Mac with creamy white mac, crispy fried brussels chips and a smoky chipotle-honey drizzle.

Additional winners included:

Lunch Session
1st Runner-Up for Best Mac & Cheese - Blackwood BBQ with Smokehouse Brisket Mac
2nd Runner-Up for Best Mac & Cheese - Real Urban Barbecue with White Cheddar Mac & Cheese topped with their Original BBQ Sauce
Most Creative Dish - Carnivale with Mac & Cheese Ice Cream
Best Presentation - NiX Restaurant at Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

Dinner Session
1st Runner-Up for Best Mac & Cheese
- Filini Chicago at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago with Blueberry Mascarpone Mac
2nd Runner-Up for Best Mac & Cheese - Harvest Room with Smoque Mac & Cheese
Most Creative Dish - Il Tavolino with Bad to the Bone Mac
Best Presentation - 720 South Bar & Grill at Hilton Chicago Hotel

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!

As featured on Fox News 32, Brace yourself: Mac & Cheese Fest 2016

Thank you to Fox News 32 and Corey McPherrin for helping us spread the cheesy news.  We previewed tons of delicious mac & cheese dishes from AMK Kitchen + Bar (2015 GOLDEN NOODLE Winner), Morton's Steakhouse, Goddess and Grocer, Jake Melnick's and The Hampton Social.  Click on the video below and get ready to start drooling.

 

You can sample all of their dishes this year on November 5th at UIC Forum. Tickets available at www.macandcheesechicago.com/buy-tickets

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!

As featured on WGN NEWS, the 2015 GOLDEN NOODLE Winnner Recipe

Many thanks to WGN News for featuring one of Mac & Cheese Fest's 2015 GOLDEN NOODLE winners, Auntie Vee's, and their award winning Mac & Cheese Bread Pudding.

Want to learn how to make Chef Navena Moore's dish? Look no further. Click the link below to read the full recipe!

Click here to view the entire clip - http://wgntv.com/2016/10/12/lunchbreak-mac-and-cheese-bread-pudding-with-smoked-gouda-white-chocolate-sauce-prepared-by-navena-moore-of-auntie-vees-and-details-about-the-mac-and-cheese-fest/

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!

Purchase tickets today for the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest.

 

As seen on Eater Chicago: Mac & Cheese Fest Returning

Many thanks to Eater Chicago for the feature!

"The popular Mac & Cheese Fest, which drew more than 4,000 people in 2015, is returning for a third year in 2016. Tickets ($65 general admission; $105 VIP) go on sale today for two sessions on Nov. 5 at UIC Forum, where you can taste around 100 chefs' takes on the classic American comfort food in their quest for the "Golden Noodle" that was won by AMK Kitchen Bar and Auntie Vee’s last year."

-Eater Chicago

Featured as a Time Out Chicago "Our Pick" for November 2016

Many thanks to Time Out Chicago for featuring the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest as one of their food festival "picks" for November.

Check for yourself!  https://www.timeout.com/chicago/events-calendar/november-events-calendar

Tickets for the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest go on sale Wednesday, September 21st at 10AM CST.  To learn more, visit www.macandcheesechicago.com.

As featured on Chicago Tribune, "Mac & Cheese Fest returns, tickets on sale Wednesday"

As featured on Chicago Tribune, "The third annual Mac & Cheese Fest returns Nov. 5 to the UIC Forum for a bacchanal of all things cheesy..."

Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-mac-cheese-fest-chicago-tickets-story.html

To learn more about the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest, visit the Event Info page.

Mac & Cheese Fest and Auntie Vee's Cupcakes Sharing the Love

Valentine's Day is only a few days away and we are feeling all cheesy good inside!  

When our job is to find the most amazing mac & cheese, we only feel it's fair to spread the love with those around us.  We want to thank your 2015 dinner session GOLDEN NOODLE winner, Auntie Vee's Cupcakes, for sharing their award winning Mac Cheesie Pudeezie along with some of their delicious desserts with awesome mac & cheese fans.

Sampling the award winning mac & cheese by Auntie Vee's Cupcakes

Owner and Chef Navena Moore says, "This Mac & Cheese was as most of my dishes are; an epiphany.  I thought, why not fuse the ever so famous dish, mac & cheese, with my popular bread pudding to create a sweet and savory bread pudding. And there you have it. Mac Cheesie Bread pudeezie was born!!" 

Owner and Chef Navena Moore

The winning dish, Mac Cheesie Bread Pudeezie, is layered with croissants and elbow pasta then engulfed with a five cheese cream sauce, topped with another layer of Colby Jack and Mozzarella cheese, drizzled with chider brown sugar pecan topping and coupled with a smoked gouda white chocolate sauce.  

Auntie Vee's Red Velvet dessert

Auntie Vee's Red Velvet dessert

Auntie Vee's Cupcake

Auntie Vee's Cupcake

To check out Auntie Vee's deliciousness you can find their food truck on:

  • Wednesday: Clark & Monroe from 11a-2p
  • Fridays: Jackson & Wabash from 11a-2p

Or visit their website http://www.auntievees.com or by phone 630-635-2466 for more information about their mac & cheese, baked goods and desserts!

Mac & Cheese Fest explores the culinary genius of Chicago chefs as they compete for the best mac & cheese dish.  The GOLDEN NOODLE is awarded to the best mac & cheese by a panel of foodie judges and guests.  Visit www.macandcheesechicago.com for more information.

Official Mac & Cheese Fest Chicago 2015 Video

Looking for your 10 seconds of fame?  We may have it!  

Check out the official 2015 Mac & Cheese Fest video.  You may get VERY hungry after viewing.  You have have been warned.  Watch all the cheesiness unfold in less than 3 minutes. 

If you were not able to join us for 2015, we forgive you. You have 2016 to make it up. 

Congratulations once again to all of the 2015 winners!

(Lunch session)
GOLDEN NOODLE WINNER: AMK Kitchen Bar
1st runner-up: Kitty O'Sheas
2nd runner-up: Real Urban BBQ
Most creative dish: Carnivale
Best presentation: Knife & Tine

(Dinner session)
GOLDEN NOODLE WINNER: Auntie Vee's
1st runner-up: Amazing Edibles Catering
2nd runner-up: Red Door
Most creative dish: State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Best presentation: Real Urban BBQ

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!
 

Mac & Cheese Fest crowns two winners at UIC Forum

Drumroll please... 

Presenting your the winners of the 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest Chicago 2015:

(Lunch Session)
GOLDEN NOODLE: AMK Kitchen Bar
1st runner-up: Kitty O'Sheas
2nd runner-up: Real Urban BBQ
Most creative dish: Carnivale
Best presentation: Knife & Tine

(Dinner Session)
GOLDEN NOODLE: Auntie Vee's
1st runner-up: Amazing Edibles Catering
2nd runner-up: Red Door
Most creative: State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Best presentation: Real Urban BBQ

Many thanks to everyone who made this even an amazing success!  With your help Mac & Cheese Fest has donated $25,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.  It warms our hearts to be able to make such impact for families in need.

Read more about the event here (courtesy of Chicago Tribune).

Check out our gallery of photos of the festival filled with awesome people and amazing dishes!

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! Learn more at www.macandcheesechicago.com

VIDEO CLIP: For the Win, Kitty OSheas, and State and Lake Tavern Chicago on Windy City Live Segment

What a fun morning! Mac & Cheese Fest had the opportunity to preview interesting dishes of restaurants participating in Mac & Cheese Fest Chicago 2015 with Windy City Live.

Many thanks to FTW at Lucky Strike Bowling, Kitty OShea's at Hilton Chicago, and State and Lake Chicago Tavern at TheWit for showcasing their dishes and giving away gift cards to each of the Windy City Live guest! 

Interested in their recipes? Here you go!

State and Lake Chicago Tavern: Apple Mac & Cheese

Kitty OShea's: Truffle Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

For the Win: Mac Stuffed