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Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off Competition

The Christmas Walk took place on December 3, and it was amazing!  Stockton had lots of activities to offer, like a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stella’s Café and Catering, Bowl for a Buck at Stockton Bowling Lanes, carriage rides around town thanks to Illinois Bank and Trust, photos with Mickey and Minnie at Creativations, sales at shops like Glad Rags, Ink and Paper, and Stockton Floral, and so much more!

And the event I had a hand in—Stockton’s First Annual, Better with Brewster, Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off Competition!

Yeah, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it sure was fun!  Fifteen participants headed to the Museum Annex bright and (semi) early on Saturday morning to deliver their decadently delicious dishes of macaroni and cheese.  The participants included a range of community members, such as retirees, students, business owners, homemakers, government officials, volunteers, and more!

The Bake Off lasted from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We had a wide variety of dishes—some familiar (“Creamy, Dreamy, Macaroni and Cheese,” for example), some spicy (“Jumping Jack Jalapeño” and “Pepper Jack and Bacon Mac,” to name a new), some sweet (Sweet Alice’s Snickerdoodle-topped mac), some healthy (with cauliflower instead of noodles!), and some that were both strange and tantalizing (peanut butter and jelly and bacon mac and cheese!)

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Altogether, the Mac and Cheese Bake Off was great.  The winners were Andy McGovern of Stella’s, Kathy Hawkins (who won the kid’s choice award!) and Lou Brandt.  Each were given a box of six, signature cheeses, (graciously donated by Brewster Cheese), and each box also contained a cheese cutter and a Brewster mug!  The Stockton Chamber of Commerce gave each of the winners a Christmas stocking full of elbow noodles, chocolate, and candy canes.  Finally, the winners each received a macaroni crown, made by yours truly.

Here are our winners with their prizes:

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Organizing the Bake Off was a great chance to work directly with and within the Stockton community, and I’m grateful that so many participants decided to become a part of the event.  I hope that next year, Stockton will be able to celebrate the Second Annual Better with Brewster Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off!


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