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    Contact Sera Nelson at sera@wags4kids.com

  • Are You A Food Vendor?

    BRING IT!

    Bring your best mac 'n cheese and non-alcoholic sips to throw down against the Best of Cleveland at the Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown. May the best Mac win...

    Food has always been an important part of getting people downtown, and not just in Cleveland. Other cities like Los Angeles, Albany, N.Y., Aspen, Colo. and Austin, Texas, have their own versions. No city compares to Cleveland. The Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown prides itself with the sense of community. It's another step in trying to build off a growing foodie and craft beer culture. More than that – Cleveland is an 18-hour-a-day city that loves to eat and drink for a great cause that they can see make a change in the community that they live, work and play in. Proceeds from the tasting benefiting local charity, Working Animals Giving Service for Kids – providing mobility service and autism spectrum service dogs exclusively to children with special needs throughout Northeast Ohio. Cleveland is blessed with a wide range of culinary excellence. As a first annual event, the only cost to compete is your pride. We would like to showcase the diverse options available in our community.

     

    Thank you for your interest. Deadline for applications is January 30.

    Estimated Attendance: 1,500

    Event Location: Red Space, 2400 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114 Map It

    - There is a loading dock around the rear of the building with easy access to the event space.

     

    Load In Time: A W.A.G.S. 4 Kids staff member will be at the event location after 8am on Saturday, February 25th. Doors open at 12:00pm. Please be on site no later than 11:00am.

     

    Provided by Us/The Venue:

    • 2 - 6' Tables with linens

    • Please let us know if your require electricity. Most will require an extension cord.

    • BEST MAC Winners to receive an editorial feature in Cleveland Scene Magazine PLUS a really awesome trophy.

    Provided By You:

    • Samples for 1,500 - 2,000 guests donated for your table

    • Burners are okay, Sternos preferred.

    • Please bring your own serving pieces

    • Up to One (1) 6’ Horizontal and/or Two (2) Vertical banners to brand your table along with any other promotional materials you wish to bring.

    • Set-up/Break-down to be completed by you/your staff.

    *There is no on-site kitchen. Please be prepared to bring your dish pre-prepared (preferred) or bring a mobile kitchen.

     

    Benefits Include:

    • BEST MAC Winners to receive an editorial feature in Cleveland Scene Magazine PLUS a really awesome trophy.

    • Announcement on event advertisement materials.
    • Corporate recognition at tasting table.
    • Acknowledgement and thank you at the event.
    • Logo on the event map.
    • Acknowledgement during all live broadcast interviews - TV & Radio (February 2017)
    • Acknowledgement and link on W.A.G.S. 4 Kids website for one year.
    • Acknowledgement and link on W.A.G.S. 4 Kids social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    • Acknowledgement and thank you in W.A.G.S. 4 Kids newsletters.
    • Logo in W.A.G.S. 4 Kids e-blast
  • Or Apply Online Here...

  • Do You Want To Volunteer?

    Volunteer!

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering for The Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown! Volunteers are truly the backbone of any event and your support is greatly appreciated.

    What to expect as a volunteer

    What to wear:

    • A shirt with sleeves
    • Pants, shirts or shorts that you don't mind getting dirty
    • Comfortable closed toes shoes

    Purses and other valuable items can be stored in a secured area. We will provide water for you throughout the event.

    Rules and Expectations

    Our volunteers are a key attribute to the festival and to our patrons; you are instrumental in setting the friendly vibe that keeps people coming back. As such, we ask that volunteers maintain a friendly, civil, and welcoming demeanor at all times.

     

    We also ask that all volunteers report for work on time, dressed appropriately, and free of the influence of alcohol or other substances. Here is a complete list of volunteer rules and expectations:

     

    Volunteer Expectations:

    1. Report to your volunteer coordinator 10 minutes prior to your shift start.
    2. An ability to work well with a variety of other people including W.A.G.S. 4 Kids staff, other volunteers and attendees.
    3. Give us your best effort and perform quality work – stay on task.
    4. Wear comfortable pants, shorts or a skirt you don't mind getting dirty and close-toed shoes, and a shirt with sleeves.
    5. Maintain excellent housekeeping, help remove rubbish and leave area clean for the next shift.
    6. If you have complaints, issues and/or questions about any volunteer’s actions or decisions, please direct your concern to your Captain and the volunteer coordinator will come and help resolve the situation.
    7. Volunteers will have the ability to sample the beverages they are serving and will receive 1 tasting cards (of 20 tastes) to sample the Mac 'N Cheese. However, volunteers are required to stay sober during their shift.

    Questions? Call 216.586.5853 ext. 2 or email sera@wags4kids.com

     

    Volunteer Perks

    • 1 free Mac 'N Cheese Tasting Card to be used at festival.
    • Tastings of the beverages you will be pouring (Servers) or 4 drink tickets (Green Team, Runner, Captain).
    • The guaranteed ability to buy one (1) ticket with 10 tasting tickets for one (1) family member or friend for half price ($12) for the festival and one (1) ticket with 20 tasting tickets for half price ($20).
    • Set-up & Tear Down volunteers will be given the guaranteed ability to buy four (4) tickets for half price ($20) for yourself, a family member or a friend for the event with 20 tasting tickets.
    • Our eternal gratitude.

    Job Descriptions

    Captain

    Captains will be assigned a section of booths to ensure a high quality guest and vendor experience. Working with the event staff, duties include volunteer coordination plus monitoring ice supplies and cleanliness. Experience in special events and/or customer service preferred.

     

    Runner

    Distribute ice, water and soft drinks, relay communication, assist staff and Captains in a variety of tasks. Must be able to repeatedly lift 50lbs or more.

     

    Green Team

    This team will carry out duties related to sustainability and maintaining an attractive environment for guests.

     

    Tasting/Drink Tickets

    Sell tasting or drink tickets. Track total tickets sold. Must be comfortable processing credit cards.

     

    Set-up/Tear-down

    Set-up/Tear-down crews are needed Saturday before and after the event. In addition to moving tables, barriers and supplies, the duties require the ability to repeatedly move 50lbs bags of ice and cases of beer.

     

    Beer & Liquor Servers

    Collect drink tickets. Pour samples of wine, beer and/or cocktails for guests. Keep service area tidy. Clean-up area at end of your shift. Looking for friendly people with the ability to stand for extended periods. Experience a plus.

     

  • Contact Us

    Event Chairs

    Corey May

    Sera Nelson

     

    Volunteer Coordinators

    Sophia Augier

    Carrie Domer

    Christine Taylor Pratt

     

    Food & Beverage Vendor Coordinators

    Tony Hanf

    Kendall Embrescia-Hridel

     

    Media Coordinator

    Sera Nelson

     

    For Any Questions or Media Inquiries Call:

    Sera Nelson

    Director of Development & Special Events - W.A.G.S. 4 Kids
    email: sera@wags4kids.com
    phone: 216.586.5853 ext. 2