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Mac & Cheese Takedown

Mac & Cheese Takedowns

Remember how I was planning on going vegan for the month of April? Well, that was going pretty well until John got us tickets to the Mac & Cheese Takedown at Royal Palms. Unlimited mac and cheese… yeah, that’s pretty hard to turn down! Plus, isn’t the event poster awesome?

The Takedowns are a series of cooking events produced by Matt Timms. They’ve been around since 2003 and have expanded to major cities across the country. It’s not just for mac and cheese. They also do chili, fondue, curry, cookie, and ice cream takedowns!

Mac & Cheese Takedowns

Our $20 tickets allowed us to taste every mac and cheese entered in the contest. We could go back for seconds, but that was the last thing I wanted. I had 15 samples and was absolutely stuffed. It probably didn’t help that we had beer with our mac. Carbs on carbs on carbs!

If I had known about this event ahead of time, I would have seriously considered entering. Mac and cheese is my thing, but I’ve never cooked at this volume before. I imagine this event easily had 200-300 attendees, and that’s a lot of mouths to feed!

Mac & Cheese Takedowns

There are 25 entries total, and unfortunately, a few of them ran out of food early. We also had to pass on a few as they had contained meat. I’ll eat it if there’s just traces of meat, but I’d prefer to avoid any large, meaty chunks. There was one guy who came prepared with a second meat-free mac and cheese for vegetarians though.

My clear favorite was a mac with Italian cheeses and wild ramps. The cheeses complemented each other nicely. I can’t remember, but there may have been tiny traces of pancetta in there too. It was the only one I tasted that was topped with crispy breadcrumbs, which is, in my opinion, a must have for mac and cheese. There was also a smoky mac and cheese that I really enjoyed. The vegetarian nacho mac and cheese was really good too and the most creative.

Mac & Cheese Takedowns

At the end of the event, they announced the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice winners. To be completely honest, I know that I tasted the winning dishes, but don’t remember them very well. Oops, sorry guys! It’s possible they were the entries with many cheeses, which were often too rich and overwhelming for my taste. That said, it’s challenging to prepare such a large quantity of food. Well done to all the home cooks that entered!

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  • Reply
    Mitzie Mee
    April 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I’m also a bit fussy with those bread crumbs. I don’t think they add much flavors, but it just doesn’t feel like mac ‘n’ cheese, if they’re not there:) Cool event, you should enter next year:)

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      wazwu
      April 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

      I love the crunchiness and color that breadcrumbs add. Topping carbs with more carbs, lol. I’ve signed up for their mailing list so I’ll know when other events are happening. :)

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    jenessasheffield
    April 26, 2015 at 7:11 pm

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      wazwu
      April 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

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    Delicious Peace of Mind
    April 27, 2015 at 10:52 am

    What an interesting event! If I went there before going vegan, I would be stuffed silly! :)

    • Reply
      wazwu
      April 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Haha, that’s exactly what happened to us! If I were to enter next time they do a mac & cheese contest, I would enter with a vegan version! ;)

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