2016 Award Winning Mac & Cheese Recipe

You have to trust us when we say this dish is AMAZING! Amazing Edibles Catering took home the dinner session GOLDEN NOODLE in 2016 for best mac & cheese for their Autumn White Mac & Cheese with Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Fingerling Potato Chips and Chipotle Honey Drizzle.

They are sharing the secret recipe just for you! Try it out and make sure to tag us on Instagram @macandcheesefest!

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AUTUMN WHITE MAC & CHEESE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Pasta Shells (medium) – 12 oz
  • All purpose flour – 2 oz (1/2 cup)
  • Asiago cheese – 4 oz (1/2 cup)
  • Parmesan cheese – 4 oz (1/2 cup)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese – 4 oz
  • Heavy cream – 20 oz (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • Sriracha hot sauce – 1 oz (about 2 Tbs)
  • Dijon mustard – 1 oz (about 2 Tbs)
  • Salt and pepper – 1 dash each
  • White cheddar cheese– 4 oz (1/2 cup)
  • Butter – 2 oz (about 4 Tbs)
  • Garnish
  • Crispy Brussels sprouts – 4 oz (1/2 cup)
  • Fingerling potato chips – 4 oz (1/2 cup)
  • Chipotle honey – 4 oz (1/2 cup)

Directions:
Cook Pasta to Al Dente drain, rinse cool and set aside. Melt butter in pot and whisk in flour, cook for 3 minutes, or until starts to tighten. Fold in heavy cream, cheeses, Sriracha, Dijon, salt and pepper. Cook till melted. Stir in cooked pasta and heat to desired temperature. Serve with both chips laid over the top and garnished with chipotle honey and purple basil micro greens.

Fingerling Potatoes

Ingredients:
1lb of fingerling potatoes
canola oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Using a mandolin slicer, shave fingerling potatoes thinly into cold water. Pat dry and fry in oil at 375 degrees F for 1-2 minutes. Lightly toss in salt and let rest on towels to drain oil.

Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:
1 lb of Brussels sprouts
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Peal away leaves from Brussels sprouts one by one and fry them in oil at 375 degrees F for 1-2 minutes or until it starts to brown. Lightly toss in salt and let rest on towels to drain oil.

About Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering

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!

Amazing Edibles is a full service catering company that does everything from drop off breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to cook onsite picnics, plated dinners, butlered hors d'oeuvres receptions, social events and cooking classes. 

About Mac & Cheese Fest

How To Survive Mac & Cheese Fest

As they say, "it ain't easy being cheesy." It also is not easy attending a festival featuring TONS of amazing mac & cheese across Chicagoland. You have to go in with a plan of attack. 

Former Mac & Cheese Fest Judge and Patch.com Contributor, Ben Feldheim, is giving it to you real with his tips on how to survive Mac & Cheese Fest

Check out Ben's five tips on how to survive the cheesiest fest in Chicago!  Read more here - https://patch.com/illinois/orlandpark/how-survive-mac-cheese-fest

Get your tickets for November 4, 2017! Lunch and dinner session tickets available.

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About Mac & 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!

 

 

Welcome Back Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Mac & Cheese Fest would like to welcome back Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits to the 2017 beverage sponsor team.  

Get your tickets for November 4! Lunch and dinner session tickets still available. Make sure to visit their station to sample their selection of white and red wines!

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About Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

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Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean

Mac & Cheese Fest welcomes back Tito's

Mac & Cheese Fest is excited to welcome back Tito's Handmade Vodka to the 2017 beverage sponsor team!  They will be serving their award winning vodka once again. 

Get your tickets for November 4, 2017! Lunch and dinner session tickets available. Make sure to visit their station to sample the special drink they have for Mac & Cheese Fest.

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About Tito's Handmade Vodka

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Founded in 1997, Bert "Tito" Beveridge, now a 40-something geophysicist, obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tito distills his corn-based, gluten-free vodka 6 times in old-fashioned pot stills, the first of which he built himself. Tito's Handmade Vodka has gone on to win the prestigious Double Gold Unanimous Judge's Choice at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and continues to receive critical acclaim for its impeccably pure taste, affordability, and brand growth.

Virtue Cider joins the Mac & Cheese Fest 2017 sponsor team

Mac & Cheese Fest is excited to welcome new beverage sponsor, Virtue Cider!  They will be pouring a selection of ciders to help you quench your thirst. 

Get your tickets for November 4, 2017! Lunch and dinner session tickets available. Make sure to visit their station to sample delicious cider.

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About Virtue Cider

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Gregory Hall founded Virtue Cider in 2011. He is known for his 20-year tenure as brewmaster at the Goose Island Beer Company, having won 14 consecutive Great American Beer Festival medals and pioneered bourbon barrel-aged beer with Bourbon County Stout. In the spring of 2011, Hall left Goose Island and embarked on a two-month pilgrimage to study the craft of cider, touring and tasting at top cidermakers in England and France. He brought his extensive experience and innovative style to launch Virtue Cider first in the Roscoe Village neighborhood in Chicago. In 2013, Hall brought the cidermaking venture as close as possible to one of the United States' best apple-growing states of Michigan and launched Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan.

 

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.