On October 6, 2017, The James Ambassadors NextGen group hosted its Second Annual Mac & Cheese Festival at Easton Town Center. Crabbe, Brown & James was a “Better Than Cheddar” sponsor at the event, which pits Columbus restaurants against each other for the title of the city’s best mac and cheese dish. More than twenty restaurants competed in this year’s event that saw Milestone 229 (a CBJ client) take home the coveted best mac and cheese dish award.

The James NextGen group—a young professional philanthropic organization that works to fight adolescent and young adult cancer—donates all the proceeds from the festival to cancer research and programming at The Ohio State University Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. This year’s Mac & Cheese Festival raised more than $70,000, besting last year’s event by more than $10,000.

NextGen is already planning for the third ever Columbus Mac & Cheese Festival, which is set for Friday, October 5, 2018. For more information, contact our very own Frank Tice, a NextGen member, or visit