Many Harley Davidson dealers and their affiliated HOG Chapters hold annual Chile challenges. Cleveland Harley Davidson Sales Company broke from tradition last year and started an annual Mac N Cheese challenge. This years challenge, to determine whose mac was daddy, was held on Saturday, September 22. Over several hours I, along with Cleveland radio personality Dave Ramos of WTAM 1100, Katrina Marshall who blogs on BiteBuff.com and Nicole Gillota of Gypsy Beans and Bakery, judged traditional (cheese only) and non-traditional "free style" mac n cheese dishes. Attendees would vote for a "People's Choice" winner.
With each bowl of mac came a very short time to judge ten entries with such creative names as "Cheez Dream", "Gettin' Zingy with it Mac & Cheese" and "Spin Doctors Magic Mac N Cheese". When it was all eaten and done, the judges and people spoke. Winning the traditional, cheese only was Darla Sixta with her "Slap Yo' Mamma Fatboy Baked Wheels of Cheese". The free style winner was Chris Candella with his "Macadella & Cheese". The Peoples Choice winner was Kim Holzinger.
Proceeds from this event and a raffle for a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, that was drawn immediately after, goes to benefit Toys for Tots. Kudos to the Cleveland Harley Davidson Sales Company, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, the Mac N Cheese challengers, the raffle ticket purchasers, the attendees who purchased tickets to taste the challengers food and any others who had a part to fund raise for this terrific cause.
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