• Did Someone Say Mac 'n' Cheese?

    The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown is back — as in, back, back. For real this time. After a reinvented version of the festival saw success on the blacktop this past summer we're happy to announce that the full-scale event this is BACK this spring, set for April 9, 2022.

     

    As per usual, 30 signature local chefs will showcase their mac-tastic bites along with over 20 craft beers, spirits and wines.

     

    Bringing back perennial favorites: The Cleveland Clinic, Gourmet Guy Cafe, Hatfield's Goode Grub, Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar, SOL, and more. Three local celebrity judges and YOU will decide who wins the the ultimate title in comfort food of Cleveland’s “Best Mac 'n' Cheese” at The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown.

     

    Presented by FirstEnergy & SMART Local 33, the Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown celebrates the rise of the Cleveland food scene, highlighting numerous Cleveland food trucks. The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown also is a fundraiser for W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, a local 501(c)(3) Non-Profit.

  • 6th Annual Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown

    Saturday, April 9, 2022

    12:00PM - 3:30PM

    The Madison

    4601 Payne Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103 ● Map It

     

    MAC 'N' CHEESE, 'N' MORE

     

    Cleveland's finest Restaurants & Food Trucks will be serving up delicious mac and cheese specials and MORE all day long. Listen to live acoustic entertainment at the Front St Social Stage, vote for your favorite mac dishes, and share your experiences on social to win prizes.

     

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    TOP FOOD TRUCKS COMPETE. YOU DECIDE WHO WINS.

    TEXT TO VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE MAC 'N CHEESE!

     

    Participating chefs will go head-to-head in two categories: “Classic Mac” and “Modern Mac” with one goal in mind – to be named the “Best Mac in Cleveland” by a panel of celebrity judges and a people’s choice vote by text.

     
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    SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

    ENJOY TASTY MAC, ALL WHILE SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES & A GREAT CAUSE

     
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    VIP $50/person. (All ages)

    General Admission $35/person. (All ages)

    Early Bird (General) $30/person. (All ages)

     

    Purchase your tickets!

     

    Tickets On Sale Now!

    Get 'em before we sell out! Want to sample all the deliciousness & cast your vote on the best of the bunch?

    Click Here

    Is Your Mouth Watering Yet?

    Check Out The Competition

    Calling All Volunteers!

    Help!

    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.

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    The Mac 'N Cheese Throwdown 2021 was a success! Thanks to all of you - W.A.G.S. 4 Kids has raised over $160,000 since 2017 towards our service dog training program - placing mobility service and autism spectrum service dogs exclusively with kids throughout Northeast and Central Ohio!

    For more information contact

    Sera Nelson
    Executive Director

    Email: sera@wags4kids.com 
    Phone: 216-586-5853 x2

  • Judges

    Meet Our Celebrity Judges

    Judge #1

    Andrew Zelman

    Cleveland Scene Magazine

     

    Andrew Zelman is the Publisher of Cleveland Scene Magazine, now in it's 49th year covering arts, dining, music, culture and news in the Cleveland area. Zelman and his wife Shannon have a three-year-old son and an one-year-old son, both of whom love Mac and Cheese.

    Judge #2

    Monica Robins
    WKYC-TV Sr. Health Correspondent

    Monica Robins is an Emmy award winning reporter well known as one of Northeast Ohio’s most reliable sources for health news. As Senior Health Correspondent, Monica has the ability to take even the most complicated medical procedure and make it understandable and relatable to viewers. Her stories are often broadcast nationally at other NBC and Tegna/Gannett stations.
     
    Whenever she can find spare time, Monica and her Great Pyrenees, Fergus, are certified by Therapy Dogs International and volunteer bringing emotional support to patients in local nursing homes.

    Judge #3

    Douglas Katz

    Chef/Proprietor

    Cleveland Museum of Art, chutney b., Zhug, Chimi, & Amba

    For the past 20 plus years Chef Douglas Katz was the chef/owner and executive chef of fire food and drink at Shaker Square. He is the Chef/Partner of Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In addition, Chef Katz is the chef/proprietor of several other concepts including chutney b. at Van Aken, Zhug at Cedar Fairmount, Chimi and Amba on Lee Road.

     

    For more than three decades, Chef Katz has been celebrated for his unwavering support of local farmers and food artisans. In 2014, the prestigious James Beard Foundation nominated him for best Chef of the Great Lakes Region.

    People's Choice Judge

    YOU!

     
     
    Text to Vote! It's as easy as 1-2-3!
     
    1. Text MAC to A five digit number to be provided closer to the event.
    2. Click the survey link to vote for your choice for Best Mac!  
    3.  Click Submit!
    Voting opens when doors open and closes promptly at 6:00pm
  • Vote for People's Choice!

    Text to Vote! It's as easy as 1-2-3!

    1

    Text

    Text MAC to a 66866

    2

    Click

    Click the survey link to vote for your choice for Best Mac!

    3

    Vote

    Choose your favorite and click "Submit"!

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