Saturday, November 3, 2018

5th Annual Childhood Language Center Mac & Cheese Cook-Off

Mac & Cheese Cookoff

I was so super lucky to help judge the 5th Annual Childhood Learning Center Mac & Cheese Cook-Off today.

Mac cheeseEquipped with a spoon and a sheet of 20 different macaroni & cheese versions to try, I headed around the booths to dig into cheesy goodness.

Mac & Cheese CookoffI filled this sheet out with as much detail as I could.

Mac & Cheese CookoffBut here are a few highlights:

Mac & Cheese CookoffThere were buffalo mac & cheeses, mac & cheese with bacon, mac & cheese with breadcrumb topping and more.

Mac & Cheese CookoffOne of my favorites was from Stephen Fernandez who made his with miso, nori, pork, corn and other delicious bits. It made it a bit fresher tasting, when mac can get pretty dense.


Mac & Cheese CookoffOthers ran the gamut from super cheesy to creamy and thick.

Mac & Cheese CookoffThere were rigatoni pasta, shell pasta, radiatore pasta, cavatappi and more.

Mac & Cheese CookoffAnother favorite was Paterno's, which used goat cheese and caramelized onions for a super savory macaroni & cheese.



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How do you like your mac & cheese?

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Because there was just about every kind you could imagine here!

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Big Joe's got creative with the hot sauce on the side of the buffalo mac & cheese

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This heart attack in a pan had six kinds of cheeses!

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I loved the giant noodles here.

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Asher Agency used a white chocolate which made for a super sweet and salty macaroni & cheese that I am now obsessed with.

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Mmm crunch.

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Buffalo mac was a top choice this year.

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With bacon or without bacon.

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This one packed some heat!

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This panko-crusted fried mac & cheese ball was delish, too!

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This one was a bit sweet, too. Very tasty.

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And my ultimate favorite went to Capital Insurance Group - sweet, savory and mmm.

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Did you go?

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Here's my breakdown.

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WINNERS:

Judge's Choice

People's Choice
2 - Sherry Gordon

Kid's Choice