Mac ’n’ Cheese Throwdown set for Feb. 17

The SMART Local 33 Mac ‘n’ Cheese Throwdown is coming back to Cleveland for a second year.

The throwdown, founded by Cleveland native Sera Nelson in benefit to local charity Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids), will be noon to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, according to a news release.

The event brings together a who’s-who of Cleveland for a tasty food fight. Thirty of Cleveland’s finest local chefs will serve up macaroni and cheese specials for the ultimate title in comfort food, according to the release. Competition this year will take place in categories for “Best Classic Mac” as well as “Best Modern Mac” where anything goes. Three local celebrity judges and attendees will decide who gets crowned Cleveland’s “Best Mac & Cheese.”

Adding to the cheese factor: music from a Cheesy DJ and cheap booze from 10 local providers (beer and cocktail specials).

Tickets are on sale at

  • $65 for VIP Access/30 tastes
  • $40 for 20 tastes
  • $25 for 10 tastes
  • Drink tickets will be available at the event for beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.

The 2017 Throwdown sold out early, so get tickets while you can. The 1,500 macaroni and cheese fans raised more than $50,000 to provide mobility service and autism service animals, exclusively to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities in Northeast & Central Ohio.

For more information, contact Nelson at or 216-586-5853.

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