UPDATE: Since this story was published, the Cooking Channel has changed the show’s schedule. The show will no longer be airing on Wednesday and a new air date has not been released yet. We will update this story as we learn more.
Grate Modern Mac & Cheese – which has two area locations, in Greenfield and Menomonee Falls – will appear in an episode of the Cooking Channel show Food Paradise “Monster Mashups!” The fast-casual establishment specializes in “gourmet” mac and cheese creations such as garlic Parmesan chicken, BBQ pulled pork, cheesy twice baked potato, bacon cheeseburger, bacon & blue and many others.
Abby Hansen, the company’s vice president of marketing and recipe developer, says the show’s crew filmed at Grate’s Greenfield location back in August 2018. Two mac and cheese flavors will appear on the episode, but Hansen can’t reveal which ones. The episode airs at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time.
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Parent company Roaring Fork has another claim to fame. It’s the largest Qdoba franchisee in the country, with 58 locations. Roaring Fork opened the first Grate in 2017.
A little background on how Grate operates: The restaurants use a Woodstone oven that quickly cooks the mac and cheese dishes in an individual skillet while customers watch. They also use Wisconsin dairy products – Sassy Cow for milk and cream, Pine River butter and cream cheese, and Masters Gallery cheese. Foods from other Wisconsin companies are used as well, including Ney’s Big Sky ground beef, Klement’s brats and Patrick Cudahy bacon.
Grate’s locations: 8871 W. Sura Lane, Menomonee Falls; N92 W16125 Falls Parkway, Menomonee Falls.