Macaroni and cheese — it’s one of the great unifiers of the culinary world. Is there anybody who doesn’t crave that cheesy, gooey goodness on a daily basis? That makes the second annual Coeur d’Alene Mac & Cheese Festival a can’t-miss proposition, with a number of regional restaurants bringing out their best mac and cheese recipes for your dining pleasure. Participating Idaho eateries include Cricket’s Bar, Cosmic Cowboy Grill, Bardenay Restaurant and more. Vote for your favorites, as the winner takes home the so-called Golden Noodle Award. Entry of $30 includes six cheesy samples, as well as eight beer samples from local breweries and a commemorative pint glass. Kids are welcome, too, and get their own special tasting package option ($10; ages 12 and under).
Sat, Jan. 19 from 12-6 pm • $10-$50 • All ages • Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza • 210 Sherman Ave. • cdadowntown.com
— Nathan Weinbender