America’s favorite comfort food has graced the city of Chicago for the 3rd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest in an unprecedented ode to cheesiness. Over 4,000 people had the chance to sample dishes from over 90+ of Chicago’s best restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. Watch all the fun and cheesiness unfold!

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Congratulations to all our 2016 winners!

The competition was intense on Saturday, November 5th. The People and Judges have spoken and have declared the Top Mac & Cheese(s) of 2016.

GOLDEN NOODLE for Best Mac & Cheese

Rosebud Restaurants / Rosebud Prime (Lunch Session) with their Mac n’ Cheese Arancini with Carbonara cream sauce, sweet green peas, milanese breading, braised bacon, and elbow pasta.

Amazing Edibles Gourmet Catering (Dinner Session) with their Autumn Asiago Mac with creamy white mac, crispy fried brussels chips and a smoky chipotle-honey drizzle.

Additional winners included:

(Lunch Session)
1st Runner-Up for Best Mac & Cheese:
Blackwood BBQ with Smokehouse Brisket Mac
2nd Runner-Up for Best Mac & Cheese:
Real Urban Barbecue with White Cheddar Mac & Cheese topped with their Original BBQ Sauce
Most Creative Dish:
Carnivale with Mac & Cheese Ice Cream
Best Presentation:
NiX Restaurant at Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

(Dinner Session)
1st Runner-Up for Best Mac & Cheese:
Filini Chicago at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago with Blueberry Mascarpone Mac
2nd Runner-Up for Best Mac & Cheese:
Harvest Room with Smoque Mac & Cheese
Most Creative Dish:
Il Tavolino with Bad to the Bone Mac
Best Presentation:
720 South Bar & Grill at Hilton Chicago Hotel

Thank you to all our 2016 sponsors including Caffeinated Club, Dr. Pepper, Essentia Water, Labatt Blue, Magic Hat Brewing, Miller Lite, New Belgium Brewing, Revolution Brewing, RumChata, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, Sparkling Ice, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Chicago Sun-Times, Studio Ink, ambetter, GroupOn To Go, Booth It Co, and DJ Marc Poise.

Special thanks to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana for their partnership!

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