The all-American classic Mac and Cheese dish has just been elevated to new heights thanks to Santa Maria Valley’s own Ca’Del Grevino Café and Wine Bar.

Here, Chef Nicolette Oliphant is currently serving her own creation, “Santa Maria Style BBQ Mac and Cheese,” which includes Santa Maria tri tip, house-made Linguica sausage and Seascape Cheddar . . . all topped with salsa.

And it all ties together with our famous local barbecue tradition, as Mac and Cheese was considered an early staple of the classic Santa Maria Style Barbecue menu!

Chef Nicolette developed the dish for her upcoming participation in the fourth annual Macaroni and Cheese Festival happening at the Avila Beach Resort in San Luis Obispo on August 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event features live music; beer, wine and spirits; and, of course, a myriad of exotic renditions of Mac and Cheese.

High-quality beef and “fresh and from scratch” is the focus at Ca Del Grevino Café and Wine Bar, which is located in Santa Maria’s Old Orcutt neighborhood. Oliphant is adamant about gathering ingredients from fresh and local sources such as the weekly Los Olivos Farmers Market as well as Deydey’s beef in Lompoc.

And, of course, with the Santa Maria Valley wine country in her backyard, the quality of her wines is a given.