Deliciousness of Mac and Cheese Led to Arrest of UConn Student

In the golden hours of 1-4 a.m., a beautiful phenomenon known as the drunchies (drunk munchies) may hit you. The endless amounts of pizza, cookies, and Chinese food available on GrubHub become your haven and if you do not get your fix fast enough you experience the drunken meld of angry and hungry, known as hangry.

Luke Gatti, a 19-year-old student at the University of Connecticut, took his drunken hangry cravings to the next level this week. On October 5th, a video of Gatti was uploaded to YouTube that showed his alcohol-induced antics. Here is a video of the Mac and Cheese Incident.

According to the video, he walked into Union Street Market, a UConn food court, holding an open bottle of beer. When asked to leave he reacts violently and proceeds to put up a fight. He starts yelling, refusing to leave, and asking repeatedly for his “f#!$ing jalapeño mac and cheese.”

The manager had already called the cops, but Gatti begins to push employees and becomes more violent, encouraging them to call the authorities. Eventually an employee tackles him to the ground and the cops arrive to place him in handcuffs. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and first-degree criminal trespass.

Unfortunately this isn’t uncommon behavior for Gatti. In 2014, as a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst he was arrested twice for disorderly conduct.

 Gatti has apparently left the university at this point in time; word on his expulsion is not available yet.

He has been immortalized by the “MacGatti,” a jalapeno bacon mac and cheese calzone, named in his honor by the local DP Dough. May his memory live on.

Chelsea Portner

 Make Your Own “F#!$ing Jalapeño Bacon Mac and Cheese!”

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Credit: selfproclaimedfoodie


16 ounces of pasta

1 pound of chopped bacon

1 cup of sliced jalapenos (seeds and stems removed)

4 tablespoons of butter

1 cup of milk

2 cups of shredded gruyere

3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar


  1. To do this the “Gatti Way,” you may also need to purchase a case of beer. Open as many as you prefer and sip liberally. Once you feel drunk enough to scream about your need for mac and cheese proceed to the next step.
  1. In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta to desired doneness. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, cook the bacon. When done, remove cooked bacon pieces and set aside. Discard bacon grease, reserving no more than a tablespoon in the pot.
  3. Add sliced jalapeno to remaining bacon grease with bacon. Cook over medium heat until tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add butter to mixture and allow to melt. Reduce heat to low and add milk and cheeses. Stir until melted. As soon as the cheese has melted and a sauce has formed, remove mixture from heat and stir in pasta. Enjoy!

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