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Macaroni and Cheese Cook-Off

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Carbs and cheese: a winning combination that’s guaranteed to cure a case of the winter blues. Or a hangover. A broken heart, boredom, a head cold. The promise of carbs and cheese has been known to prevent crimes, recover lost dogs, and revive dear ones from long-term comas.

With these miracles in mind, the theme of our next competition will be mac and cheese. You’ll bring your best cheesy concoction, we’ll eat, we’ll vote, and the winner will be crowned the king or queen of cheesy comfort foods.

The Rules

  • Your dish must contain MACARONI and CHEESE. It can be made of only that, or it can have as many add-ins as you like, but the base must be some sort of macaroni and some kind of cheese.
  • Please have your dish mostly assembled in advance. We recommend partially cooking your mac and cheese; contestants will take turns serving, so you’ll need to heat your dish before your assigned serving time. (You’ll have access to the kitchen for heating, garnishing, and any plating that’s necessary.)
  • Your dish should be large enough for about 20 people to sample. (Sample. We won’t all be having meal-size portions of your cheesy mac.)
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Thanksgiving Side Dish Cook-Off Recap!

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The Cook-Off Board Wine!

1 The Cook-Off Board Wine!

Mike and TJ enjoying the festivities

2 Mike and TJ enjoying the festivities

Our fancy scorecards

3 Our fancy scorecards

Katie getting things started

4 Katie getting things started

Kathy and Tony posing for the camera

5 Kathy and Tony posing for the camera

Todd's bacon-wrapped dates

6 Todd's bacon-wrapped dates

The crowd eagerly awaiting the get started on some food!

7 The crowd eagerly awaiting the get started on some food!

Scott and Jen

8 Scott and Jen

TJ and Katie

9 TJ and Katie

1st Dish: Julie's Tom's Rice Pilaf

10 1st Dish: Julie's Tom's Rice Pilaf

Todd making more bacon-wrapped dates

11 Todd making more bacon-wrapped dates

Tiffany and Paulie

12 Tiffany and Paulie

2nd Dish: Jen's Sweet Potato Salad

13 2nd Dish: Jen's Sweet Potato Salad

Jen spooning out her dish

14 Jen spooning out her dish

Tony, Melissa, and Wahkene

15 Tony, Melissa, and Wahkene

Yum!

16 Yum!

Katie posing with sparkling wine

17 Katie posing with sparkling wine

Katheryn's croquette balls getting all happy in the fryer

18 Katheryn's croquette balls getting all happy in the fryer

Everyone grab a dish!

19 Everyone grab a dish!

3rd Dish: Kathryn's Roasted Chestnut and Potato Croquette Balls

20 3rd Dish: Kathryn's Roasted Chestnut and Potato Croquette Balls

Katie and contestant number one, Julie

21 Katie and contestant number one, Julie

Billy enjoying a pre-Thanksgiving turkey leg

22 Billy enjoying a pre-Thanksgiving turkey leg

Meghan and Naomi chatting

23 Meghan and Naomi chatting

4th Dish: Liz's Shrimp Mirliton Dressing

24 4th Dish: Liz's Shrimp Mirliton Dressing

TJ attempting to chug a Bud Light

25 TJ attempting to chug a Bud Light

Siblings Mike and Michelle Buffardi

26 Siblings Mike and Michelle Buffardi

Who Dat pride and matching Cook-Off Board colors!

27 Who Dat pride and matching Cook-Off Board colors!

Members of the board discussing their thoughts

28 Members of the board discussing their thoughts

Special guest judge: Jenny McCoy!

29 Special guest judge: Jenny McCoy!

Jen and TJ

30 Jen and TJ

Close-up of Meghan's Maple-Mustard-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

31 Close-up of Meghan's Maple-Mustard-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Alexis and Jen

32 Alexis and Jen

5th and final dish: Maple-Mustard-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

33 5th and final dish: Maple-Mustard-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Tony, Steve Freeman (our WONDERFUL photographer), and Liz

34 Tony, Steve Freeman (our WONDERFUL photographer), and Liz

Everyone hanging out while the votes are tallied

35 Everyone hanging out while the votes are tallied

Katie announcing the winners!

36 Katie announcing the winners!

The popular vote went to Kathryn's Roasted Chestnut and Potato Croquette Balls!

37 The popular vote went to Kathryn's Roasted Chestnut and Potato Croquette Balls!

Liz won the Board vote with her Shrimp Mirliton Dressing

38 Liz won the Board vote with her Shrimp Mirliton Dressing

The Thanksgiving Side Dish Cook-Off was an amazing success! We had a record turnout with both new and familiar faces. One of the best parts of this cook-off was trying food that was inspired by each cooks’ family traditions. It’s always great to see people trying new and different things. Everyone seemed to welcome the warm and wholesome dishes as they arrived from the cold weather outside.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and a special thanks to Steve Freeman for generously volunteering to take these wonderful photos. THANKS, STEVE! See y’all at the next event!

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Watch this clip of Katie announcing the cook-off winners:

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