The Big Eat and Mac & Cheese Cook-off 2019

The Big Eat and Mac & Cheese Cook-offBig Eat and Big Sip

Restaurants & Entrées Offered!
By Timothy G. Beeman II

Downtown Winston-Salem dates
Tuesday evenings, January 8 – February 12, 2019.
Greensboro & other locations
Tuesday evenings, February 5 – February 26, 2019.
Support your locally owned restaurants, learn about the restaurants and enjoy their wares.
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.
For the second time, there will be an added bonus! On March 2nd (1p-6p) there will be the Big Sip Beverage Festival / Mac & Cheese Cook-Off 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 Old Nick Distillery, Foothills Brewing, Fiddlin Fish, 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 Bernardin’s, 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.

• 6th and Vine. 209 6th St NE, W-S
1/8: Short Ribs – $10.50
1/15: Mocha-Spiced Sirloin* GF – $11
1/22: Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta – $7.50
1/29: Grilled Salmon* GF – $11
2/5: Shrimp and Grits – $ 7
2/12: Chicken Marsala – $9

• Bernardin’s Rest., 901 4th St NW, W-S
1/8: Roasted Atlantic Salmon* – $13
1/15: Fettucini Al Gorgonzola – $10
1/22: Sauteed Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast – $10.50
1/29: Seared Ahi Tuna Rare* – $13.50
2/5: Sauteed Black Pepper Crusted Jumbo Shrimp – $13
2/12: Pan Roasted Diver Sea Scallop – $14.50

• Bib’s Downtown, 675 W 5th St, W-S
1/2/17 – 2/6/17:
1/4 lb Pulled Pork Plate: 50% Off

• Bleu Restaurant, 3425 Frontis St, W-S
1/8: Shrimp & Grits – $13
1/15: Goat Cheese Crusted Chicken Breast – $11
1/22: SPICE Crusted Salmon – $13
1/29: Cajun Chicken Penne Pasta – $10
2/5: Crab & Shrimp Stuff Flounder – $11
2/12: 10oz Blackened Angus Flat Iron – $13
• Cowboys Brazilian Steakhouse,
115 S Main St., W-S
Buy 1 Get 2nd 50% Off Goucher Meal

• The Old Fourth Street Filling Station
871 W 4Th St., W-S
1/8: 14oz Ribeye
1/15: Carolina Shrimp N’ Grits
1/22: 8oz Filet Mignon
1/29: Grilled Salmon
2/5: Smokehouse Chicken
2/12: Crab Cake Dinner

• Senor Bravo Mexican Restaurant
241 Marshall St SW, W-S
Every Big Eat Tuesday in Winston-Salem
Chicken or Steak Fajita Plate: $6.99

• Tre Nonne Italian Restaurant
177 Jonestown Rd., W-S, NC 27104
1/8: Spaghetti and Sausage Marinara – $7.95
1/15: Penne Alla Vodka – $7.00
1/22:. Fettuccine Alfredo – $7.25
1/29: Linguini Pomodoro topped w/ Mozzarella Cheese – $7.95
2/5: Penne Sausage Fungi – $7.95
2/12: Baked Ziti Marinara – $7.00
Other Local Restaurants
with menus listed on