Best Mac In The Mac Contest Winner Announced

Mt. Clemens, MI - After a week of bracket-style voting by the public, Sherwood Brewing Company has been announced as the winner of the first-ever Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac contest.

See: Sherwood Brewing Company website.

The initiative, which was organized by Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED), sought to highlight housemade macaroni and cheese at locally owned and operated restaurants. Sixteen establishments went head-to-head in the competition, with Sherwood Brewing Company coming out on top.

“We are so excited to announce Sherwood Brewing Company as the winner of our first-ever macaroni and cheese competition,” said Vicky Rowinski, director, MCPED. “Our goal from the outset of this initiative was to highlight and support our great Macomb County restaurants. So we hope that people who either voted or simply saw the contest were inspired to get out and try some of the best mac and cheese dishes in Macomb County.”

Sherwood Brewing Company is located at 45689 Hayes Rd in Shelby Township. Boasting “Good times, great food and obnoxiously unpretentious beers,” Ray and Lisa Sherwood run this welcoming, friendly neighborhood pub. Their winning baked mac ‘n cheese features cavatappi noodles tossed in a four cheese blend and baked for $11.99 (add shrimp for $4.99). Pictures of their made-from-scratch dish can be found here.

“In addition to from scratch food and beverages, Sherwood Brewing Company prides itself on community interaction and support,” said Lisa. “This contest is a perfect example of how hard our regulars rally for our product, our employees and their home away from home. Macomb County government has provided a variety of support this past year to local businesses and we couldn’t be more appreciative.”

As the winner of the Best Mac in the Mac contest, Sherwood Brewing Company will receive:

  • A $2,500 grant from Macomb County
  • One week of free advertising on a digital billboard, donated by 5 Star Outdoor
  • The Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac plaque
  • Bragging rights for the next year

Grants will also be awarded to the runners-up - including:

  • A $1,000 grant for the second place restaurant Simple Palate, located at 27380 Van Dyke Ave in Warren. 
  • A $500 grant to the third place restaurant Jayell Smoke House, located at 1/2, 221 N Bailey Street in Romeo. 
  • A $500 grant to the fourth place restaurant Bistro Orleans, located at 11528 East 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.

Though the contest has concluded, the public is encouraged to get out and taste test entries from all of the restaurants that participated. Find those restaurants, and additional details and information, at https://living.macombgov.org/Living-Mac-Madness.

A video announcing the winner can also be found 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

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