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Ithaca, NY—Meals on Wheels’ Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl returns for the 3rd annual Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl. The “bowl,” which benefits elderly and individuals with disabilities who cannot cook or shop for their own meals, will be held Saturday, March 12 from 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. at the Ithaca High School’s Cafeteria.

“The Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl is a fun and delicious way for the whole community to learn about and support Foodnet Meals on Wheels,” said Executive Director Stephen Griffin. “Meals on Wheels is often the first service a person is willing to accept in their home, and opens the door to other supports that help keep people independent. We are grateful to the participating restaurants, sponsors, and other community members taking part in the Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl, which strengthens Foodnet’s outreach and services.”

This year’s awards will again feature a Kid’s Choice Award.  Kids, 5-12, may vote for their favorite mac ‘n cheese. Awards will also be given for the best vegetarian mac ‘n cheese and the best meat/fish/poultry mac ‘n cheese.

Many restaurants and caterers are returning for the third year, but newcomers are also joining the bowl to tantalize everyone’s taste buds. Gola Osteria and ZaZa’s cucina are debuting this year. Returning for a second and third showing are:

Agava (2nd showing)

Bandwagon Brewpub (2nd showing)

Brookdale Ithaca – MC (2nd showing)

Brookdale Ithaca – AL (2nd showing)

Cayuga Medical Center (3rd showing), 1st place with meat 2014 (Medicine Man Mac ‘n Cheese – chicken wing mac ‘n cheese)

Coltivare (2nd showing)

Cornell Catering (3rd showing), 1st place vegetarian 2015 (Stealth Veggie Mac ‘n Cheese featuring cauliflower and carrots)

Crossroads Bar & Grille (3rd showing)

Foodnet Meals on Wheels (3rd showing)

Gola Osteria (debut)

GreenStar Natural Foods Market (2nd showing)

Kilpatrick’s Publick House (3rd showing), 1st place with meat 2015 (Mac ‘n Cheese with Kielbasa), 1st place vegetarian 2014 (Colby Jack with Panko breading). Can they make it a sweep and garner the kid’s choice award in 2016?

Lansing Market (3rd showing)

Longview (3rd showing)

Red’s Place (2nd showing)

Rogues’ Harbor Inn (3rd showing)

ZaZa’s Cucina (debut)

Note: In 2015 Hope’s Catering won the Kid’s Choice with Creamy Mac ‘n Cheese. With no contender, who will take the 2016 title?

The popular Kids Corner will encourage children to create notecards that will be delivered to Foodnet clients with their meals.  Clients get a real boost from thoughtful extras that show the community cares about them.

As for entertainment, Crossroads the Clown will return to delight attendees, and there will be live music from Sixteen Feathers and Transistor Radio London.

This year’s sponsors include:

Big Cheese:

Cayuga Radio Group

CoLab Cooperative

Gold:

CFCU Community Credit Union

Dryden Mutual Insurance Co.

Tompkins Trust Company

Silver sponsors include:

Fidelis Care

First Presbyterian Church

The Image Press

Merryfield Barnes

Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk LLP

Additional sponsors include:

The Law Office of Sharon Sulimowicz

Tompkins Insurance Agencies

Rick’s Rental World

Tickets are available at Wegmans, Lansing Market, Clark’s in Dryden and at the Foodnet offices or online at foodnet.org.   Advance sale: Adults $10, children, 5-12 $8, at the door: Adults $12, children 5-12, $10. Last year more than 800 people attended the Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl to benefit Foodnet Meals on Wheels.

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About Foodnet Meals on Wheels

FoodNet Meals on Wheels provides meals and other nutrition services that promote dignity, well-being and independence for older adults and other persons in need in Tompkins County. The program enables older adults to avoid or delay costly institutionalization by staying in their homes or communities. The program also provides nutrition screening, assessment, education and nutrition counseling. Find out more at: foodnet.org

About Meals on Wheels America

“The Meals on Wheels ‘more than just a meal’ model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger and loss of independence,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

Featured image courtesy of Flickr.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.