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.
Meet Our Celebrity Judges
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.
WKYC-TV Sr. Health Correspondent
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