2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown for Hope
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Featuring the following Restaurants, Chefs, and Food Trucks:
- Oak City Meatball Shoppe
- Rise Biscuits + Donuts
- The Wandering Moose
- Spanky's Restaurant & Bar
- Chef Ryan Hicks with US Foods
- Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar
Why a Throwdown?
One look at our menu, and you can figure out that we love us some mac & cheese here at Relish. Not only does it go to the heart and soul of what we think of as Southern comfort food, but it is an easy, delicious, and customizable favorite—that most folks just can’t turn down. We love that anyone can (and does) have their own spin on mac & cheese, creating a dish that is both completely new and utterly familiar. Taking this concept one step further, we realized that a local mac & cheese “throwdown” could be a great way to showcase many of the talented chefs and restaurateurs in the area.
Then we decided that although a mac & cheese throwdown just for its own sake sounded great, a mac & cheese throwdown for charity sounded even better. Then, because we are definitely a little crazy, we decided to toss in a bartender competition just for fun. Sounds great, right?
Why "for Hope?"
We are excited to partner with the Hope Center at Pullen for this event. A charity near and dear to our hearts, the Hope Center works to connect “young people aging out of foster care in Wake County with the resources and support they need for a successful transition to adulthood.” The management staff at Relish believes wholeheartedly that everyone should be given the opportunity to make the most out of their lives and livelihoods. We also love the fact that the restaurant industry is such a great entry point for anybody who needs a fresh start at almost any time in life.
Since we had basically no idea how to organize a charity event, the First Annual Throwdown for Hope was a little rough around the edges. But we learned (mostly) what does and does not work, and this year we are ready to throw an even more spectacular event! We raised a little over $5,000 for the Hope Center in 2016 and we would love to double that amount in 2017.