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


MAC & CHEESE FEST FEATURE: Travel + Leisure - 42 Ways to Have the Best Fall Ever

Thank you to Travel + Leisure for featuring Mac & Cheese Fest Chicago as an event to include in your Fall plans.

"Welcome to fall. Here’s how to do it right, in cities across the globe.

Summer is over, and with the change comes a new spate of seasonal activities. What’s the best way to experience fall in the world’s major metropolises? Read on for gotta-go autumn adventures." 

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VIDEO CLIP: Kitty O'Sheas, AMK Chicago, Public House, State and Lake Tavern, and Old Town Pour House on Fox 32 News

As Corey McPherrin says, "It's ooey, it's gooey and it is a foodie favorite almost no one can resist.  Mac & Cheese." 

He does speak the truth! Mac & Cheese Fest co-founder Melinda Joseph joined Fox 32, Good Day Chicago, to talk about Mac & Cheese Fest and preview several dishes from competing restaurants.

Click here to view the full clip http://www.fox32chicago.com/mornings/14804298-story

Thank you to Kitty O'Sheas (2014 GOLDEN NOODLE WINNER), AMK Chicago, Public House, State and Lake Tavern, and Old Town Pour House for sharing your dishes with Chicago this morning.

Mac & Cheese Fest Chicago is on October 24th, 2015 at UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt). For more information and tickets, please visit www.macandcheesechicago.com.

VIDEO CLIP: Rockit Burger Bar Previews Dish on WCIU You & Me Morning Segment

Rockit Burger Bar and Chef Amanda Downing previewed their Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese dish on WCIU You & Me Morning segment.  Everyone in the studio was DROOLING!

The dish includes:

Cavatappi Pasta, Cheddar Jack Cheese, Gorgonzola Cheese, Buffalo Sauce, Buttermilk Blue Cheese, and Fresh Chives.

Rockit Burger Bar is located at 3700 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.  Rockit will be competing during the lunch session this year.

Mac & Cheese Fest Chicago is on October 24th, 2015 at UIC Forum.  For more information and tickets, please visit www.macandcheesechicago.com .  Tickets on sale August 31st, 2015.

2015 Mac & Cheese Fest Restaurant Line-Up Revealed

Who will be competing for your votes on October 24th, 2015?  THE GOLDEN NOODLE is getting polished as we speak.  Who do you think is going to take THE GOLDEN NOODLE home this year?  Will Kitty O'Sheas have a 2-peat?  You are just going to have to wait until October 24th, 2015 to see.  

10pin Bowling Lounge*
Amazing Edibles Catering
AMK Kitchen Bar
Auntie Vee's
Bistro DRE
Blackfinn Ameripub*
Boombalatty Flats
BourBonQue*
Bub City
Calzone & Macaroni Co
Carnivale*
Charlatan
Cheesie's Pub & Grub
Chicago Q*
Cite
Connie's Pizza*
Creative Conecepts*
Deuce's + The Diamond Club
Devon Seafood Grill
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Erie Cafe
Famous Daves*
Fiesta Mexicana Restaurants*
Fork
FTW Chicago
Goddess and Grocer
Halsted's Bar & Grill*
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House Chicago
Jewell Events Catering
Jimmy Green's Bar & Grill
Jordan's Food of Distinction
Kitty O'Sheas (put a little trophy image next to them)*
Knife & Tine
Kroll's South Loop
Lady Gregory's
Louie's Chophouse
Luella's Southern Kitchen
Michael Jordan's Steak House

Mr. Brown's Lounge
Mrs. Murphy and Son's Irish Bistro
Municipal Bar & Dining Co*
Naansense
Noodles and Company*
Old Town Pour House
Orso's Restaurant*
Parkers' Restaurant and Bar
Pearl Tavern
Pierrot Gourmet
Piggyback Tavern
Porkchop
Pranzi
Public House
Randolph Tavern
Real Urban Barbeque
Red Door
Reggies
Robinson's No.1 Ribs
Rockit and Rockit Burger Bar*
Rudy's Bar and Grille*
South Water Kitchen*
Southern Pitch
State and Lake Chicago Tavern
State Restaurant & Cafe*
Tapworks Tavern & Grill
The Capital Grille
The Grillroom Chophouse & Winebar
The Kerryman*
The Marq
The Ogden
The Southern Pitch Food Truck
Toppers Pizza
Untitled Supper Club
Via Carducci Restaurants*
Whisk
Wise Owl Drinkery + Cookhouse
Wishbone Restaurant (Washington location)
Zed451

and many more! You can visit the complete restaurant list here.

Tickets go on sale August 31st, 2015 at 10am on Ticketmaster.com

A portion of the proceeds benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI). The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community.  RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’.