Cooking mac and cheese for a cause

Cooking mac and cheese for a cause

CANTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - Spirits were high at the first North Country Mac and Cheese Cook-Off put on by the Volunteer Transportation Center at Clarkson University's Cheel Arena Saturday.

“This has been an awesome event and so many chefs, as you can see here, so many people are attending and testing out the great recipes,” said Jeremiah Papineau, foundation director for the Volunteer Transportation Center.

Nine teams, made up of professional and amateur chefs, competed in a friendly competition for the 'best mac and cheese.' Many teams dressed up in theme.

“We have a four cheese blend. It's got smoked gouda, mozzarella, aged white cheddar and parmesan. It has a lot of butter, cream. It's really good,” said Brandi Wanecski, a participating chef.

With the recipes to choose from, no one left the event hungry.

“I'm pretty full. It's really good. I like it,” said Emalisa Boyer, who attended the cook-off.

But, the event isn't just about great food. The proceeds go to services provided by the Volunteer Transportation Center for people in St. Lawrence County.

“The people that can't afford rides to the medical appointments in the St. Lawrence County program. We can provide them with transportation if they don't have certain insurances that cover it,” said Michelle LaLone Leonard, transportation coordinator for the Volunteer Transportation Center.

One of the nine groups participating in the cook-off is a group of women who drive for the Volunteer Transportation Center.

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