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.
Here are the Mac and Cheese creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.
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
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tour de Feast
In your Belly Mac & Cheese
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
Storm Crow Tavern
Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese
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
Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese
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
18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows
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 Media judges for this challenge are:
Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal
Blogger of Foodgressing
Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger