Grate offers gourmet mac and cheese
Carb lovers rejoice! The new Grate Mac & Cheese offers turns both classic and creative on Wisconsin’s favorite comfort food.
The new restaurant, opened Aug. 29 in Menomonee Falls by the Roaring Fork Restaurant Group, has introduced what it says is a first-of-its-kind eatery to southeastern Wisconsin. The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will combine the best Wisconsin cheeses and other ingredients to develop creative versions of its namesake dish, according to Roaring Fork marketing director Abby Hansen.
“We traveled coast to coast to visit and eat at some of the best mac-and-cheese restaurants in the country,” says Hansen, who developed the menu.
“Over the course of three months I explored every facet of the process, from the pasta to the blend and the ratio of cheese to the base sauce and how we could recreate the process in front of guests and serve the perfect mac and cheese every time,” she adds.
The result: Almost a dozen takes on the classic dish, each with its own unique character, but built on the same foundation.
Each mac and cheese entrée starts with a from-scratch béchamel sauce, a blend of cheeses depending on the specific dish, pasta and a crispy crumb topping.
“Depending on the entrée, each dish is then topped with its accompanying proteins and garnishes after they come out of the oven piping hot and with just the right amount of creaminess and cheese pull,” Hansen says.
Taste-testers have tagged favorites
The Buffalo —a blend of mozzarella, bleu and cheddar cheeses mixed with chicken, green onions, carrots and a Buffalo sauce — was favored by the spice lovers in the crowd.
The BBQ — a mix of mozzarella and cheddar with pulled pork and bacon topped with onion tassels and a smoky barbecue sauce — has a following.
The Bacon Cheeseburger has tremendous “plate appeal,” its creator says, with