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The macaroni and cheese from Grate Modern Mac & Cheese (and Wisconsin dairy products) will be one of the dishes featured on an episode of “Food Paradise” in September. (Photo: Kimberly Prom for Grate Modern Mac & Cheese)

Note: The airing has been delayed from Sept. 9 and not yet rescheduled as of Sept. 8.

Customers who noticed a crew filming at the Grate Modern Mac & Cheese in Greenfield two years ago will finally see the results — the Milwaukee-based fast-casual restaurant will be featured on an episode of “Food Paradise” on the Cooking Channel in September.

The episode — “Monster Mashups,” focused on unexpected food combinations  — will first air at 8 p.m. Sept. 9. 

Although Grate can’t divulge exactly what was filmed, it reports two mac and cheese entrées are to be shown, and a teaser for the episode on the “Food Paradise” website says, “They’re combining nachos with macaroni and cheese in Wisconsin.”

The website notes that the episode will feature dishes and restaurants from coast to coast, with mashups like Mexican with Asian at an Arizona restaurant and low-country boils with pizza in Chicago.

Grate employees, customers and others from the Milwaukee area were filmed in the episode, said Grate’s vice president and recipe developer, Abby Hansen. That includes Hansen herself and Ron Stokes, the president of Grate owner Roaring Fork Restaurant Group.

Abby Hansen, Grate Modern Mac & Cheese vice president and recipe developer, was filmed at the Greenfield location by a crew from the Cooking Channel’s “Food Paradise” series. (Photo: Kimberly Prom for Grate Modern Mac & Cheese)

The “Food Paradise” crew of eight people was at the restaurant at 8871 W. Sura Lane in Greenfield for a full day of filming in August 2018, Hansen reported.

The Greenfield location and the original restaurant in Menomonee Falls, which opened in 2017 at N92-W16125 Falls Parkway, are open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery during the coronavirus pandemic.

Grate’s niche is baking its macaroni and cheese to order in a hearth-style oven, using dairy from Wisconsin: Sassy Cow Creamery in Columbus for milk and heavy cream, Masters Gallery in Plymouth for cheese and Pine River Dairy in Manitowoc for butter and cream, among others. 

Other state purveyors whose ingredients are used at Grate include Ney’s Big Sky of Hartford (ground beef) and Milwaukee’s Klement’s (brats).

Contact dining critic Carol Deptolla at carol.deptolla@jrn.com or (414) 224-2841, or through the Journal Sentinel Food & Home page on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter at @mkediner or Instagram at @mke_diner.

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