Mt. Clemens, MI - Calling all independently owned and operated local restaurants! Macomb County is looking for the best housemade macaroni and cheese as part of its first-ever Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac event.
The contest, which is being organized by Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED), will promote local restaurants that specialize in preparing this noodle dish from scratch.
“This past year has been extremely challenging for our restaurants,” said Vicky Rowinski, director of MCPED. “We created this new initiative as a fun way to recognize these businesses while also promoting what they do best, which is making food that everyone enjoys. We know that there are popular macaroni and cheese dishes in this county. So let’s celebrate that and choose the best!”
Restaurants that offer any type of housemade macaroni and cheese are encouraged to enter the contest here starting today through March 22 at Noon. Additional rules for entrants include:
- The macaroni and cheese must be housemade
- Only independently owned and operated restaurants are eligible
- The restaurant must be located within Macomb County
- National franchises are excluded
- There is only one entry per restaurant
Once the portal closes, all entrants will be featured in a public vote period called Mac Madness 2021, where restaurants face off in a bracket-style competition. Public voting will start March 29, and restaurants will be narrowed down from the top 16 to the final two. The top vote getter from that face-off will win:
- A $2,500 grant from Macomb County
- The Best Mac in the Mac plaque
A $1,000 grant will also be awarded to the second place restaurant, while the third and fourth runners up will receive $500 each.
For more information visit macombgov.org/Living-Mac-Madness.
A video about the contest featuring County Executive Mark Hackel and MCPED Director Vicky Rowinski is available here.
About Macomb County Planning and Economic Development
The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development supports an environment where businesses prosper and people thrive. Its activities and programs are focused on stimulating the local economy through business retention, expansion and attraction while improving the overall quality of life for residents. The department specializes in providing services to businesses at all stages of development with a concentration on the high-growth industries of aerospace, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, defense and homeland security. For more information, call 586-469-5285 or visit: https://ped.macombgov.org/Ped-Home