Vancouver Mac and Cheese Challenge April 6 – 30, 2017

Mac and Cheese; we all grew up with it, but as we grew up, so did the Mac and Cheese.  Below are creations by 4 restaurants in the Vancouver lower mainland to show us their take on Mac and Cheese.  Lucky, me; I’m one of the judges.  I will be sure to try to pair each dish with a glass of wine and/or beer, and be sure to tell you via Instagram and Twitter.   Keep an eye for my posts.  Here is the announcement from Vancouver Foodster.


Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Mac & Cheese Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their mac and cheese into this challenge, most of the restaurants have created a special mac and cheese just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their mac and cheese on their menu from April 6-30, 2017.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the mac and cheese creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best mac and cheese creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #MacChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite mac and cheese creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a night of it, visit a couple restaurants or more to share and taste the different Mac and Cheese creations or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between April 6-30, 2017.

The Creations

Here are the Mac and Cheese creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Mosaic Grille

The Mac Daddy

The Mac Daddy

Price: Full      $36; Half        $24; Taster    $16

Created by: Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong Sous Chef

Description: Canadian lobster. cavatappi. olive oil cured sundried tomato. havarti-gouda mornay sauce. truffle essence

Offered: 4:30pm- 10:30pm daily

Mosaic Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-639-4768


Twitter:    @HyattVancouver

Instagram: @HyattVancouver

Tour de Feast

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

Price: $14.50

Created by: Chef DJ

Description: Casareccia pasta, gruyere cheese, sauce maornay, twice cooked organic Fraser valley pork belly, truffle Parmesan bread crumbs.

Offered: 7 days a week 10 am to 2:30 pm

Tour de Feast

319 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-1811


Twitter: @de_feast

Instagram: @tourdefeast319

Storm Crow Tavern

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Price: $16

Created by: Chef Sam Cargnelli and Allie Szakacs

Description:   Semolina macaroni in a carbonara-style sauce with parmesan, Two Rivers smoked bacon, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Gold Creek Munster-style cheese with Neufchâtel crèma and house-made spicy ketchup topped with a Dragon’s Egg (a mac and cheese ball wrapped in a Red Devil pork sausage, with a cheese curd center!)

Offered: Offered during lunch and dinner

Storm Crow Tavern

1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 566-9669


Twitter: @stormcrowtavern

Instagram:  @stormcrowtavern

Hopcott Meats

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Price: $9.95

Created by: Chef Christina Sepidoza

Description: Slow cooked Hopcott beef brisket, pulled and then braised in red wine and aromatic vegetables piled on top of macaroni with aged cheddar and cheese curds, topped with homemade onion straws and special house ketchup

Offered: During lunch hours: 10:30 to 4:00, Seven days a week

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799


Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms


Make sure you pick up one of the Mac and Cheese Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at 

Our Judges

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal

Twitter: @MyWinePal

Areta Wong

Blogger of Foodgressing

Twitter: @foodgressing

David Grange

Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger

Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger


Vancouver Foodsters Mac and Cheese Challenge on Now!

For those of you who loved Mac and Cheese as a child, but are now grown up and need an adult version of Mac and Cheese, try out Vancouver Foodster’s latest challenge.  As I viewed some of the presentations below, I think a glass of wine would be the right pairing.  A Sangiovese, Chenin Blanc, or maybe a Riesling could work in many cases.  Press release is below.


Vancouver, BC –After a successful poutine challenge comes more comfort food and the focus on the noodle, here is our 1st Mac & Cheese Challenge featuring 10 restaurants in Vancouver that runs from March 20 – April 10, 2014.

Participating restaurants are showcasing Mac & Cheese dishes that were specially created just for this challenge and all will be offered in all of these restaurants from March 20 – April 10. Some of the restaurants have offered their own twists using different types of noodles, while others have added different types of ingredients and flavours, one of which used a local craft beer.

Starting with this challenge, we will now have 2 sets of winners. The People’s Choice winners will be selected by the public who are invited to visit any of the participating restaurants and order the Mac & Cheese dishes and then decide on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge by casting their votes.

For this challenge we have 4 media judges and they are:

Cassandra Anderton
Writer and Broadcaster for many publications including her own
twitter: @goodlifevan
Sean Neild
Food Blogger and Photographer. Food Writer for the Eat St. blog on Food  and his own
twitter: @YVRBCbro
Thor Diakow
Breakfast Television’s entertainment guru on City in Vancouver.
Sherman Chan
Food Blogger for his own
twitter: @Sherman38

These are just some of the unique Mac and Cheese dishes in this challenge

Burgundy Restaurant

Stewie's Cheesey Adventure

Stewie’s Cheesey Adventure

Stewie’s Cheesey Adventure

Price: $14

Created by: Chef Stewart Ehrecke

Description: Fresh Macaroni, goat gouda, parmesan, garlic cream reduction, panko crust, tomato chutney


Milestones Grill & Bar

Howe Sound my Orecchiette?

Howe Sound my Orecchiette?

Howe Sound my Orecchiette?

Price: $8

Created by: Chef Jason Rosso

Description: Chorizo and double smoked bacon in a creamy cheddar cheese and beer sauce. Featuring Vancouver’s own Howe Sound IPA.

Gramercy Grill

Hoisin Duck Confit Mac & Cheese

Hoisin Duck Confit Mac & Cheese

Hoisin Duck Confit Mac & Cheese

Price: $14

Created by: Chef Dennis Huang

White cheddar Macaroni & Cheese with a topping of five spice, star anise, hoisin duck confit with green onion

Lift Bar & Grill

Ocean Wise Crab Mac & cheese

Ocean Wise Crab Mac & Cheese

Ocean Wise Crab Mac & Cheese

Price: $12.00

Created by: Chef George Koay

Fresh West Coast Ocean Wise Dungeness Crab Meat with Macaroni and Fresh Mascarpone and Podano Cheeses. Topped with Panko bread crumbs.

The full list of participating restaurants can be found here

Voting: The public is invited to order these Mac and Cheese dishes at the participating restaurants keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote the same day after trying the Mac & Cheese creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourites from March 20 – April 10, 2014

With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the Mac and Cheese creation. 

We will announce the winning restaurants and their mac and cheese dishes on April 11, 2014.