by John Andreula
Anyone out there love mac & cheese?
If you’re like me and you can’t get enough of the gooey, delicious treat then this is the perfect event for you!
Next Friday night, February 8th, the first ever Denver Mac & Cheese Festival will be taking place at Number 38, located at 3560 Chestnut Place in Denver, from 6:30-9:30 pm.
Lacey generously provided our readers with an inside look at the festival. I’m excited to share what I have learned, but not nearly as excited as I am to see the event and taste all the wild and unique macaroni and cheese. My mouth is getting wet just thinking about it.
The Denver Mac & Cheese Festival will be featuring over fifteen Denver area chefs and restaurants, each with their own unique spin on the titular timeless delicacy. An award will be given for the best Mac & Cheese dish, chosen by a panel of judges. Event-goers also get to have their voices heard. Another best in fest award will be dished out, and it will chosen by all the attendees.
The chefs and restaurants are keeping their offerings pretty close to the chest, but Lacey snuck us an insider preview of two of the night’s offerings. Gypsy Q, known for their BBQ catering and food truck service, will be serving kimchi mac & cheese. The District, a modern multi-offering bar and restaurant, has concocted a vegetarian jackfruit and green chili mac & cheese. I personally cannot wait to to try both.
Entry to the event will include samples of everything and a commemorative spork, so bring your appetite. Tickets are available for purchase on the festival’s web-page or at Eventbrite.com. Upwards of 1200 attendees are expected to be in attendance. There are also early entree and VIP options, starting at 5:30pm.
As if anyone needs another reason to attend the event, the mac & cheese aficionados coming to serve us are not just there to promote their businesses and share their delicacies. They are also supporting a great cause.
The Denver Mac & Cheese Festival is proudly supporting MINDS MATTER DENVER. MINDS MATTER DENVER is an organization that is committed to providing low income, but accomplished, high school students with the resources and relationships necessary to access four year colleges and the scholarships needed to pay for costly tuition. The employees of the host, 11 CREATIVE, are also mentors with the MINDS MATTER DENVER program.
The inaugural Denver Mac & Cheese Festival is shaping up to be an amazing night of culinary delights. As Lacey reminded me, “Denver is such a foodie town.”
I can’t agree more. I will definitely be there in a blissful state of gustation. I hope to see you there!