We invite you to join us for the 7th Annual Mac & Cheese Bowl to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to be held at the MAC at Siena College on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 11am-2:30pm. Tickets will be on sale from January 3 at Price Chopper through Tickets to Go! Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids. Admission gets you a sample from all 30 tasting stations! If you want to avoid the crowds, you can purchase an afternoon-only ticket at the Regional Food Bank’s front desk. Interested in sponsoring? Check out the sponsor form for the benefits.

Sponsored by:




ADS Business Intelligence
Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse
Saratoga Casino & Raceway

ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.
Berkshire Bank
CAP COM Federal Credit Union
Canon Solutions America, Inc.

Kinderhook Bank
NBT Bank


Restaurant Competition:
We will feature 30 tasting stations by local restaurants. Guests at the event will have the opportunity to sample all the Mac -n- Cheese dishes and vote for their favorite!

The cheese for this event has been generously donated by the 1,200 farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative and the pasta donated by Barilla.

This year’s restaurants include:

Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen

Ama Cocina

The Bull and Barrel Smokehouse Grill

The Capital American Eatery

Capital District Catering

The Cheese Traveler

City Line Bar & Grill

Canvas, Corks & Forks

Druthers Brewing Company

Elegant Touch Catering Co.

The Ginger Man Wine Bar & Restaurant

IL FARO Restaurant & Bar

Katie O’Byrnes

Legend’s Field Restaurant & Pub

Mazzone Hospitality

Park Side Eatery

Price Chopper/ Market 32

Saati Deli & Catering

Saratoga Casino and Raceway


Slidin’ Dirty

Spindles on Remsen

Soul Kitchen

Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub

U Mundu E Ca

Valente’s Restaurant

Washington Tavern

Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar, Clifton Park

Wolff’s Biergarten

We hope to see you there!


  1. Hi Lori,
    Tickets are currently on sale at Price Chopper locations through their Tickets2Go program. You can ask for them right at the register. See you on Feb. 18th!

  2. Hi Christina,
    Tickets went on sale beginning January 8, so just a few days ago. You can get them at Price Chopper locations right at the register!

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    Any Price Chopper in the Capital Region sells tickets so if you live outside Albany but near the area you should be able to get them at Price Chopper. Or, you can call the front desk at the Food Bank at 786-3691 and purchase tickets over the phone which we will mail to you. However, the tickets we are selling here are for the afternoon session and will only admit you from 12:30-2:30. (Many people do not stay the entire 3.5 hours so 2 hours is plenty of time to get to all of the tasting stations)

  4. Hi Marlayna,
    Unfortunately, the recipes needed to be submitted to Steve Barnes by January 26, so you were about a week past the deadline! Check Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping blog next year – he handles the home cooks’ competition and blogs about it to advertise the competition! Hope to see you at the event!

    • Hello,
      Yes, there will be cash bars available with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and juice. Water will be available for free at water stations. Hope that helps!

    • Hi Stacy,
      Afternoon tickets are also $20. Most people spend about 1-1.5 hours at the event before they’ve had their fill, so the afternoon shift will still give you enough time! 🙂

  5. Hi, Taina. Thanks for asking about our volunteer needs for the Mac-n-Cheese Bowl. The event is so popular that we actually have a waiting list of people that want to help out. We are all set for this year but really appreciate you asking!

    • Hi Kristen,
      We don’t know in advance the recipes that the participating restaurants will be preparing, however, I can tell you that we have a pasta sponsor who provides pasta to the participating restaurants if they wish to take it, and none of the options provided by the sponsor are gluten-free. I can only think of one restaurant in the past who has prepared a gluten free dish using their own pasta. I’m sorry I don’t have better news!

  6. Last year the event only used half of the floor space in the MAC and it was hot and stifling with such a big crowd. Will the same be true this year, or will the event use more of the space of the basket ball court?

    • Hi Anne,
      You can come anytime! Most people spend about an hour or so sampling, to give you an idea of how much time you should allow yourself!

  7. Does the event feature ceramic bowls donated by artists? Or is it a food tasting event only? I saw no mention of bowls or bowl donations.

    • This is a food tasting only. You are thinking of an Empty Bowls event, which traditionally features hand made bowls. There was an Empty Bowls fundraiser in Albany this past weekend to benefit Hunger Action Network and the FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry, but that is separate from this event.

    • Hello again, Peggy. This is Tracey Martin from the Food Bank. I will send you an email about two upcoming Empty Bowls events, one in Schenectady and one in Wilton, both benefiting local agencies.

    • Hi Joanna,
      Afternoon-only tickets allow entrance anytime after 12:30. Most people spend about 1-2 hours sampling and then leave, so if you buy an afternoon ticket, you will certainly have enough time to sample! See you Saturday!

    • Hi Stanley,
      Right now, we know for sure that we will be selling afternoon-only tickets at the door, valid for entrance at 12:30. It’s possible we may have some morning entrance tickets for sale at the door, but we won’t know until this evening/tomorrow morning when we get a ticket sale update from Price Chopper. You can check our Facebook page for an update tomorrow morning. If we are selling morning tickets, we will post about it here: https://www.facebook.com/RegionalFoodBankofNENY/

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