Celebrate Comfort Food With The 5th Annual Austin Mac + Cheese Festival

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Austin Food Magazine’s Executive Editor, Hayden Walker and Chef Ryan Rosen of Brooklyn Breakfast Shop joined Steph and Rosie to talk about one of their favorite comfort foods, mac-n-cheese! Chef Ryan shared his recipe (below) and Hayden walked us through what to expect at this years’ festival!

In celebration of the festival’s 5th anniversary, Austin favorite mac-n-cheese party will take place at Celis Brewery Beer Garden, at 10001 Metric Blvd., for a slightly scaled-back event, from it’s typically large, pre-pandemic extravaganza. Limited tickets are $45, available now at ticketbud.com. 

Guests will be in mac-n-cheese heaven as talented chefs, from popular Austin-based restaurants, eateries and food trucks prepare unique offerings and tastings for all to enjoy. Each ticket gets you unlimited food tastings, along with ice-cold beer from Celis Brewery, non-alcoholic beverages, backyard games, music and more. 

Chefs Line-up:

Barrett Black – The Original Black’s BBQ

Chef Bryan Beneke – Asti Trattoria

Chef Kareem M Elghayesh – KG BBQ

Chef Ryan Rosen – Brooklyn Breakfast Shop

Thomas Micklethwait – Micklethwait Craft Meats

Yauss Berenji – Skull & Cakebones

Chef Chris Andrews – TLC

Lance Phillips – Teal House Bakery

The festival takes place outdoors. Due to concerns COVID-19 we’re thankful to currently be at Stage 3 risk-based guidelines. While social distancing is not possible (waiting in lines, getting food, etc.), all in attendance are asked to monitor their health and stay home if they have a positive test reading. Wearing a mask between bites is recommended but not required.

Chef Ryan’s Mac-N-Cheese

Cheese Sauce 

Place a heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water

Add 1lb of smoked cheddar diced 

2 cups of half and half salt and pepper to taste 

1 small can of hatch green chilies

It’s done when everything is melted together 

Boil 1 lb of medium pasta shape until done

Strain and mix into the cheese mixture 

Adjust seasoning to taste

Fried Onion Topping:

1 thinly sliced Yellow onion and in a cup of buttermilk salt and pepper 

Cut and soak for at least 30 minutes

Flour Mixture For Onions

Mix 2 cups of flour 

1 tablespoon of salt 

1 each teaspoon black pepper garlic powder onion powder ground fennel 

Strain the onions and dredge in the flour mixture and fry in oil 350° until golden brown 

Put on the top of the Mac and cheese and enjoy 

For more information on the Austin Mac & Cheese Festival, and for tickets, visit https://www.macncheesetour.com/events/austin-mac-cheese-fest2021.

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