As we head into what’s expected to be a lasting cold spell, seek out the comforting warmth found in a hot bite of mac and cheese at Coeur d’Alene’s annual noodle nosh. At the event, held across more than a dozen downtown locations, ticket holders can sample creative spins on the classic comfort food as prepared by local chefs vying for the “Golden Noodle” and People’s Choice awards. On this year’s mac sampler menu are variations with elk sausage, smoked mac in a waffle cone, spicy recipes and more. If you haven’t grabbed tickets yet, don’t wait too long. VIP packages and a kids’ sampler are already sold out. Still available as of this writing, however, are the all-ages “Mac Pack” which includes six tasters, and the 21-and-up “Mac & Beer,” which adds beer tastings to the experience.
Sat, Jan. 18 from 12:30-5 pm • $25-$35 • All ages • Downtown Coeur d’Alene • cdadowntown.com/mac-cheese-festival
— Chey Scott