I don’t think there’s a more ubiquitous item on local menus these days than macaroni and cheese. Once a lowly go-to stomach filler for grad students and harried mothers alike, mac and cheese has taken on gourmet qualities with such enhancements as chichi cheese and sweet lobster meet.
I know there are a lot of mac and cheeses out there, and I know that a lot of the chefs at area restaurants believe that his or hers is the best. Here’s a chance to prove it, and to help out one of my favorite charities.
Give Kids the World is hosting the O-town MacDown, a creative mac and cheese cooking contest, Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Osceola Heritage Park’s exhibit hall. The competition is open to area chefs and restaurants, who may apply by visiting the MacDown’s official website.
General admission tickets to the event are $10 in advance ($15 at the door) for adults and $5 for kids ($10 at the door). Proceeds go to Give Kids the World. Besides all-you-can-eat macaroni and cheese, the event will also feature live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, and a kids’ fun zone.
What does the winning chef get? Bragging rights for having the best macaroni and cheese dish in Central Florida and the satisfaction of helping out some good people doing some very good work. Maybe someone will craft a trophy made out of macaroni and spray paint it gold.
More info at gktw.org