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Food & Drink

Out of the (Blue) Box Recipes

According to, the history of macaroni and cheese recipes dates back to 1769. Thomas Jefferson brought the delicacy to the United States after sampling it on a jaunt to France. In 1937, Kraft Foods boxed the meal, delighting lazy cooks and college students nationwide. The unmistakable, unnatural hue of the orange powder suggests a mystery of chemical composition we’d rather not solve. Now, restaurants around the country are turning a cheap dinner into artisanal goodness.

On March 18th, the Mac & Cheese Smackdown at Brooklyn Expo Center brings the world’s best comfort food to you in large, inventive doses. Twenty New York restaurants serve up their own version of the meal, while beer flows and DJs offer atmospheric tunes. Take a picture in the photo booth—be cheesy. Participating eateries include Village favorite Murray’s Cheese, star chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem, award-winning Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails, and more.