The event, founded by Cleveland native Sera Nelson, will be noon to 3:30 p.m. at Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave. E., Cleveland.
Ticket are pre-sale only.
Admission is $30 (free for kids under 5) and includes tastes from each of the participating vendors and two non-boozy beverage tickets.
VIP tickets are $50 and include expedited entry, tastes from all vendors, two non-boozy beverage tickets, and access to VIP seating and bar areas.
The event benefits Berea-based Working Animals Giving Service for Kids - W.A.G.S. 4 Kids. The organization trains and provides mobility and autism service dogs for children in 22 northeast and central Ohio counties. The dogs are trained by inmates in the Step By Step training programs at Grafton and Mansfield correctional institutions.
The concept is simple: Restaurants get creative with the classic comfort dish. The eateries will put their best cheesy spin on a dish to compete in two categories: “Classic Mac” and “Modern Mac.” Patrons vote on their favorites.
The first two sold-out events raised more than $120,000. Last year's winners:
Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese Grilled Cheese from Metropolitan at the 9 was named winner in the Modern Mac and People's Choice categories at the 2018 SMART Local 33 Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown. (Photo courtesy of Metropolitan at the 9)
Participating restaurants so far (more are in the works):
For questions about the event, go online, email firstname.lastname@example.org call 216-586-5853, ext. 2. Nelson is director of Development and Special Events for W.A.G.S. 4 Kids. Note: Volunteers for the mac and cheese event are needed.