House of Comedy to host Mac & Cheese Throwdown Dec. 14

Last year’s winning Mac & Cheese from Chef Richard Garcia of Café ZuZu. Photo by Kristin Heggli.

Last year’s winning Mac & Cheese from Chef Richard Garcia of Café ZuZu. Photo by Kristin Heggli.

The Mac and Cheese Throwdown returns this winter to the House of Comedy located at 5350 E. High Street (Formerly City North), Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.

Tickets for the popular cheese-fest are on sale at:

Tickets are $22 each and include admission, a ridiculous amount of mac and cheese and a ticket to see Ben Gleib from “Chelsea Lately”  perform after the throwdown at House of Comedy.

The event is open to mac and cheese lovers 21-years of age and older only and tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.

The brainchild of Kirti Dwivedi of Diya Marketing and Susie Timm of Girl Meets Fork Marketing & Media, the Mac & Cheese Throwdown has sold out for the past five years and organizers do not expect anything different this year.

“I get e-mails to my website all year-long asking when the next throwdown is happening,” said Timm. “We are delighted to bring this cheesy goodness to the masses and honored by how beloved this event has become.”

The preliminary participating chefs and/or restaurants include:

  • Chef Michael O’Dowd, Urban Vine
  • Chef Mel Mecinas, Talavera
  • Chef Sadhana Raj, 24 Carrots
  • Chef John Cruz, Social Box Neighborhood Eatery
  • Chef Richard Garcia, Café ZuZu
  • Chef Stephen K. Eldridge, Pink Pony
  • Chef John Collura, Cibo e Vino
  • Comedian Rick Bronson, House of Comedy

Several more participating chefs will be announced in coming day as up to 12 restaurants will participate in this battle of the mac. A panel of three non-professional judges will blind judge the competition using a set of seriously cheesy criteria thus crowning a winner.

Event attendees can purchase $1 “People’s Choice” tickets and stuff the ballot box of their favorite chef.

All proceeds from the People’s Choice contest will be donated to a Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.

About Girl Meets Fork Marketing & Media: Launched in 2010 by Susan Timm, this boutique firm specializes in gourmet food public relations, marketing and events. For more information visit or call 480-200-2766.

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