Vancouver Mac & Cheese Challenge

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 March 20-April 10, 2014.

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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 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 3 restaurants or more to share and taste the different mac and cheese or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Watch – – > the Vancouver Mac & Cheese Showdown on CTV BC News with Keri Adams and Brent Shearer on March 19, 2014

Watch – – > the Vancouver Mac & Cheese Challenge Global TV Sunday Morning News with hosts Lynn Colliar and Jay Janower on March 23, 2014

Here are the 10 Mac and Cheese dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

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

Offered: Lunch & Dinner

Burgundy Restaurant

47 West Hastings Street

Tel: (604) 428-4100

Web:  http://www.burgundyvancouver.com/

Twitter: @BurgundyVan

 

Fable Kitchen

Mushroom Truffle Mac & Cheese

Mushroom Truffle Mac & Cheese

Mushroom Truffle Mac & Cheese

Price: $15

Created by: Chef Trevor Bird

Description: With cremini & porcini mushrooms, aged white cheddar.

Offered: Lunches Mon to Friday 11:30 am to 2pm.

Fable Kitchen

1944 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-732-1322

Twitter: @FableKitchen

Web:  http://fablekitchen.ca/

 

Meinhardt

I HARDT Mac & Cheese

I HARDT Mac & Cheese

I HARDT Mac & Cheese

Price: $3.99

Created by: Chef Lim Teng Tong

Description: Cheesy perfection – a medley of three artisan cheeses & pennette pasta baked to precision.

Offered: Lunch & Dinner

Meinhardt

3002 Granville Street

Tel: 604-732-4405

Web:  http://www.meinhardt.com/

Twitter: n/a

 

Seventeen 89 Restaurant

S-Mac Cheese

S-Mac Cheese

S-Mac Cheese

Price: $11

Description:Classic Carbonara Meets Spicy Chorizo Mac Cheese

Created by:Chef Daryle Nagata

Offered: Evenings 4 pm to Close

Seventeen 89 Restaurant

1789 Comox Street, Vancouver

Tel:604.428.0705

Web: http://www.1789.ca/

Twitter: @1789Restaurant

 

Dunn’s Famous

Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Poutine

Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Poutine

Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Poutine

Description- An ooey gooey Dunn’s Famous inspired dish. The Jalapeño Mac & Cheese Poutine is a signature jalapeño cheese sauce covered over macaroni noodles, cheese curds, fresh cut French fries and topped with our famous smoked meat. Melt in your mouth goodness!

Price- $12.99

Offered: All day, everyday

Dunns Famous

827 Seymour Street,Vancouver

Tel: 604-682-8938

Twitter: @DunnsFamousBC

Web:  http://www.dunnsfamousbc.com

 

Milestones Grill & Bar

Howe Sound my Orecchiette?

Howe Sound my Orecchiette?

Howe Sound my Orecchiette?

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

Price: $8

Created by: Chef Jason Rosso

Offered day and night (all day).

Milestones Yaletown

1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/

Twitter: @MilestonesYale

And

Milestone’s Robson

1145 Robson Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/

Twitter: [email protected]

 

Kessel & March

Tony's Northern Italian Macaroni & Cheese

Tony’s Northern Italian Macaroni & Cheese

Tony’s Northern Italian Macaroni & Cheese

Saffron & Truffle Macaroni & Parmesan Cheese

Price: $16.00

Created by: Chef: Tony Marzo

Offered: Lunch 12-2 Tue-Fri / Dinner 5-10 Wed-Sat.

109-1701 Powell Street Vancouver

Tel: (604) 874-1196

Web: http://www.kesselandmarch.com/

Twitter: @KesselandMarch

 

Lift Bar & Grill

Ocean Wise Crab Mac & cheese

Ocean Wise Crab Mac & Cheese

Ocean Wise Crab Mac & Cheese

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

Price: $12.00

Created by: Chef George Koay

Offered: All day, every day.

Lift Bar and Grill

333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver

Tel: 604-689-5438

Web: http://liftbarandgrill.com/

Twitter: @Liftbarandgrill

 

Graze Vegetarian Restaurant

Smoked Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni

Smoked Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni

Smoked Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni

Smoked Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni in cauliflower ricotta sauce

Price: $15.00

Created by: Chef Karen McAthy

Offered: Dinner nightly

Graze Vegetarian Restaurant

3980 Fraser St., Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-8822

Web: http://grazerestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @grazevegetarian

 

Gramercy Grill

Hoisin Duck Confit Mac & Cheese

Hoisin Duck Confit Mac & Cheese

Hoisin Duck Confit Mac & Cheese

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

Price: $14

Created by: Chef Dennis Huang

Available: Nightly after 5pm

Gramercy Grill

2685 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-730-5666

Web:  http://www.gramercygrill.ca/

Twitter: @gramercygrill

Make sure you pick up one of the Mac and Cheese Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite Mac and Cheese. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/mac-and-cheese-challenge/

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

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

By: Richard Wolak

  • Catriona McNab

    I’d try all of these except the idiotic submission by Dunns. Poutine is comfort food by itself. Slopping mac and cheese on top and throwing jalapenos on top is not very creative not to mention kind of disgusting. Dunns should probably have not bothered expanding to Vancouver. They don’t seem to have a clue what the Montreal Deli is about. Take it from a long time Montrealer now living in Vancouver.
    Had it been mac and cheese with smoked meat… then it would be worth trying, but not on poutine.