Sunday, December 5, 2010 - JP Mac-Off!

Photo by Kendall's Entertaining Life, Flickr

One of my favorite things about holiday dinners is the macaroni and cheese. My mom makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Hers is truly the best!

Although, I tasted the macaroni and cheese at the Pit Stop Barbecue in Mattapan and it came pretty close. Sorry mom. The food there is amazing too!

Before I get too off-topic, let me tell you about an event where you can taste lots of macaroni and cheese and help support a good cause. It's the first ever JP Mac-Off, co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and Gourmet Diva.

When: Sunday, December 5, 4:30-7:30 pm.
Where: Boylston Congregational Church, 207 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA.
Why: To raise funds for JPNDC’s work to support local entrepreneurs.
Cost: Tickets $20/person (kids 10 & under $10).

The idea for the JP Mac-Off was inspired by a dream. Keesha D. O'Galdez, Founder and Owner of Gourmet Diva, shares the dream on her blog. Below is a portion.

Earlier this year I had a dream that Gourmet Diva would host a macaroni and cheese cook-off. In the dream people brought their best macaroni and cheese dishes to be judged at an event that boasted a day of fun, music, and positive people. When I awoke from my dream I quickly documented it and thought, “I could really make this dream a reality!”

While I was excited about this new vision, I knew a key element was missing. I'm philanthropist at heart, so when I host an event I think about how the event can serve a larger purpose. Like JPNDC, I know that small businesses are vital to neighborhoods, as they can help foster neighborhood pride, and they serve as great community investments. Because JPNDC is a wonderful organization that is committed to supporting small businesses in Jamaica Plain, I knew they would be a willing and supportive partner in helping to produce the “JP Mac-Off”.
Sounds like a tasty event. Hopefully the turnout will be good and there will be much fun and funds raised!

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Suldog said…
The mac and cheese thing is something we never had in my family. I mean, yeah, we had the occasional Kraft dinner or something, but nothing like the wonderful creations some folks have included in their holiday meals.

It's more of an African-American thing, from what I've seen. Am I wrong about that? Maybe it's just not an Irish thing :-)
Lisa Johnson said…
suldog - You're right! From people that I've talked to over the years, it definitely is an African-American thing!
sage said…
Don't miss the mac and cheese at the Fat Cat - to die for!!
Lisa Johnson said…
sage - Welcome! I've heard about their mac + cheese and keep forgetting. I'll have to go! : )
Josephine said…
You've convinced me to make mac + cheese this weekend. Thanks, Lisa!
Lisa Johnson said…
josephine - Yum! You're welcome! ; )

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