Saturday, October 4 at the UIC Forum, Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions are pleased to announce the first annual Mac & Cheese Fest to be held on Saturday, October 4 at the UIC Forum from 12-3 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
“Mac & Cheese Fest is a celebration of the dish! With roots dating back to the 14th

century, recipes that span continents to entice aficionados galore, the Festival is a time to explore every variety of this beloved food,” says Cece Gonzales, President of Cece & Melinda of Raymi Productions. The event will feature a mind-blowing variety of macaroni and cheese entrees, appetizers and sides served with craft beers, wine and soft drinks.

Mac & Cheese Fest will feature approximately 50 Chicago chefs featuring their versions of Mac and Cheese, inspired from cultures, family traditions and their restaurant’smenu. Chefs will be asked to use any kind of pasta with any type of cheese as the primary ingredients. One lucky chef, recognized by attendees and a panel of foodies, will take home “The Golden Noodle.” Some of the dishes to be served include; Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Chipotle Truffle Chorizo Mac & Cheese to name a few!


Participating Restaurants Include:


10 Pin Chicago, 676 Restaurant and Bar, American Junkie, Bar Pastoral, Barn & Company, Big G’s Pizza, Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, Blackfinn Ameripub, Blue Star Bistro + Wine Bar, BourBonQue, Buzz Burgers & Beer, Carlucci Restaurant & Bar, Carnivale , Chi-Town Eatery, Chicago Q, Connie’s Pizza, Creative Concepts, Crio Bar & Restaurant, deca Restaurant + Bar, ESTATE Ultra Bar, Famous Dave’s, Farmhouse Tavern, Fatso’s Last Stand, Fiesta Mexicana Restaurants , Five Star Bar, Grange Hall Burger Bar, Halsted’s Bar + Grill, Jake Melnick’s, JP Burkes Patio & Tap, Kitty O’Sheas May St Café, Meat, Municipal Bar, Noodles & Company, Orso’s Restaurant , Park Tavern, Puffs of Doom, Real Comfort American Kitchen, Rockit Bar & Grill, RoSal’s Rudy’s Bar and Grille, Schubas’ Harmony Grill, South Water Kitchen, Stanley’s Kitchen & Tap, State Restaurant, Table Fifty-Two, The Kerryman Bar & Restaurant, The Southern, Ugly Mug Café, Via Carducci Restaurants AND Viand Chicago

Tickets will be available through TicketMaster September 1 for $50. Entry includes all you can taste from the participating restaurants and 5 drink tickets for craft beer, red and white wines and spirits.


For more information, visit or For sponsorship opportunities, contact Cece Gonzales



WHERE:       UIC Forum

725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607



About Ronald McDonald House Charities®of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI): 


RMHC-CNI is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing a ‘home away from home’ while their child is being treated in the hospital.  Every night, up to 140 families heal together because of the comfort, compassion and community at four area Ronald McDonald Houses® and Ronald McDonald Family Room®.  Annually 40,000 nights are provided where RMHC-CNI families are able to stay close to their child, helping them to heal faster and saving them over $7 million in hotel costs.  We are located near Advocate Children’s Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago,Edward Hospital in Naperville and the Cadence Health – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Campus in Winfield which will open in 2015.  For more information visit  Stay connected – FacebookTwitter,YouTubeInstagram.  


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