The Big Eat and Mac & Cheese Cook-off

The Big Eat and Mac & Cheese Cook-offThe Big Eat NC

By Timothy G. Beeman II

The Big Eat has been a downtown Winston-Salem staple for the last few years. When it looked like it was going to end, Piedmont Local Magazine stepped in and continued the tradition. You may ask, what is The Big Eat? The Big Eat is a collective of restaurants in downtown Winston-Salem where participating restaurants take signature menu items, reduced up to 50% off regular price, to highlight and showcase what the culinary scene downtown is all about.
This year, there will be an added bonus! On February 24th (2p-6p) there will be the Mac and Cheese Cook-off and Beverage Festival at the Millennium Center, where many of the Big Eat participating restaurants will compete for who has the best Mac and Cheese in the Piedmont, plus live music. In addition, there will be craft beverage tastings from local breweries, wineries, and distilleries, including Hoot’s Beer Co, Foothills Brewing, Natty Greene’s, and many more.
You may have heard about a certain restaurant but haven’t ever eaten there. You don’t know if you’ll like it. You don’t know if the food of that restaurant is priced right for your budget. The Big Eat offers you the opportunity to try it and see if it’s for you.
Or, perhaps, there’s a restaurant that you are familiar with but you’ve never gotten that one menu item as you didn’t know if you’d like it. Well, that particular item so happens to be on The Big Eat menu and here’s your chance to try something you haven’t.
Then there’s the scenario where you don’t know about going downtown. You’ve wanted to, but haven’t had the opportunity.
What’s down there? What will I like? Again, The Big Eat has you covered.
Not all of the downtown restaurants are participating, however. Some of those that are participating include Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, The Old Fourth Street Filling Station, and 6th & Vine. The list will grow as the time inches closer.
Some of last year’s specials include, from Hutch & Harris- a Slugger’s Steak Pasta: beef tenderloin tips, lightly dusted with blackening spice, then tossed with fresh spinach and tender fettuccini in a Cajun alfredo sauce for $8.99. From Spring House- Fred Flintstone’s Pork Shank with Savannah Inspired Red Rice, Lemon Parsley and Dijon Bread Crumbs, House Pepper Jelly for $12. From 6th & Vine- Blackened Chicken Pasta: Blackened Chicken over fettuccini with a bacon basil Alfredo sauce for $8.99. These are only examples and do not necessarily reflect this year’s specials or participants.
Keep an eye on the events’ website,, for more info and additions to the list. Also, it is highly recommended that you make reservations at the participating restaurants. The special pricings and events are for dine-in only, no takeout.
Downtown Winston-Salem dates
Tuesday evenings, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 2017.
Greensboro & other locations
Tuesday evenings, February 6, 13, 20, 27 & March 6, 13, 2017.
Support your downtown restaurants, learn about the restaurants and enjoy their wares.
• 6th and Vine. 209 6th St NE
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
1/2: Bacon-Wrapped Pork* GF – $9.50
Grilled pork tenderloin with a bourbon maple glaze.
1/9: Shrimp and Grits – $ 7.50
Topped with Chorizo sausage, onions, peppers, cheddar, and shrimp in a creamy Cajun sauce.
1/16: Tequila Mango Salmon* GF – $11
Grilled salmon with a tequila mango compote.
1/23: Mocha-Spiced Sirloin* GF – $11
Grilled 8 oz. sirloin in white chocolate cognac cream sauce.
1/30: Spiced Pecan-Crusted Chicken GF – $9 With a fried apple cream sauce.
2/6: Baby Back Ribs GF /half – $9
Grilled in sherry barbecue sauce.
• Bib’s Downtown
675 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
1/2/17 – 2/6/17:
1/4 lb Pulled Pork Plate: $4.25
• Foothills Brewpub
638 W 4th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
1/2/17 – 2/6/17:
Fish and Chips (whole: $7.50 | half: $5.50), 1\2 price kids menu
Jeffrey Adams on Fourth
321 4th St NW, W-S, NC 27101
1/2: 4oz Filet – $9 with mashed potatoes & Asparagus
1/9: Beef N’ Grits – $12 with mashed potatoes & Asparagus
1/16: Southern Fried Chicken – $9 with mashed potatoes & Asparagus
1/23: 8oz Sirloin – $9 with mashed potatoes & Asparagus
1/30: Maple Bourbon Glazed Salmon – $12
with mashed potatoes & Asparagus
2/6: 14oz Ribeye – $15 with mashed potatoes & Asparagus
• The Old Fourth Street Filling Station
871 W 4Th St., W-S, NC 27101

1/2: 8oz Filet – $13 with red mashed
potatoes & seasoned vegetables
1/9: Shrimp N’ Grits –$10.50
1/16: Jambalya –$9.50
1/23: Crab Cake Dinner – $10 with red mashed potatoes & seasoned vegetables
1/30:  Grilled Salmon Dish – $11 with wild rice & seasoned vegetables
2/6: 8oz Napoleon –$14.50 with red mashed potatoes & seasoned vegetables
• Tre Nonne Italian Restaurant
177 Jonestown Rd., W-S, NC 27104
1/2: Penne Carbonara – $13.95
Bacon Pasta and Onions tossed in eggs, side salad
1/9: Eggplant Rollantini – $16.50
Rolled eggplant and prosciutto stuffed wit ricotta and mozzarella mixture topped with Marinara Sauce, side salad
1/16: Penne Sausage Fungi – $15.95
Sauteed Sausage, garlic and sliced mushrooms in a Cherry Tomato Sauce, served over homemade penne
1/23: Pork Parmigiana – $15.95
Pork Loin topped with fresh mozzarella in a marinara sauce with penne. side Salad
1/30: Spaghetti and Meatball – $13.75
Homemade Spaghetti and specially blended meatballs topped with Marinara sauce, side salad
2/6: Baked Ziti – $13.50
Homemade baked ziti with ricotta and mozzarella cheese topped with our delicious marinara sauce.
Side salad
Twin City Slice
214 W 4th St., W-S, NC 27101
1/2/17 – 2/6/17:
Specialty Jumbo Slice: $3
• West End Cafe
926 W 4th St., W-S, NC 27101
1/2/17 – 2/6/17: Café Black Bean Burito – $6 (w/ Chicken or Pork: $7.50)
queso seasoned rice, pico de gallo
• Local 27101
310 W 4th St., W-S, NC 27101
1/2/17 – 2/6/17: 50% off on all entree items
Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Hot Dogs, Grilled Cheese, Shrimp and Oyster Po boys, Salads
• The Quiet Pint
1420 W 1st St., W-S, NC 27101
1/2: Hong Kong Street Noodles $5 (add shrimp $8; add chicken $7)
1/9: TBA
1/16: TBA
1/23: TBA
1/30: TBA
2/6 : TBA
Hutch & Harris
424 4th St NW, W-S, NC 27101
1/2/17 – 2/6/17:
Moravian Chicken Pie: $10 with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables
• Krankies
211 3rd St E., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
1/2: Spanish Seafood Stew
1/9: Steak Frites
1/16: Vegetable Curry
1/23: Pappardelle Bolonese
1/30: Moules Frites
2/6: Pappardelle Pasta w/ Local Mushroom
• Thai Harmony
102 W 3rd St., W-S, NC 27101
1/2: Green Curry Chicken or Veg $10
1/9: Pad Thai Chicken or Veg $10
1/16: Spicy Tuna Roll $ 6
1/23: Thai Fried Rice Chicken or Veg $10
1/30: California Roll $6
2/6: Pho Chicken or Veg $9

Other Local Restaurants
with menus listed on
• Bernardin’s Restaurant
• Bleu Restaurant & Bar
• Krankies
• Graze
• CinCin Burger Bar
And many more!

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