The eighth annual Maggiano’s Little Italy “Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish®” campaign begins today in restaurants nationwide. The program runs May 5 – June 29, giving guests several delicious ways to support a great cause. Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of our guests and teammates, this campaign has raised more than $1.5 million for the nonprofit since its inception eight years ago. The success of this campaign and support we’ve received from our guests has allowed us to extend the campaign this year to eight weeks, enabling us to grant more wishes for these inspiring children!
Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish menu
When guests order any item from the special menu, Maggiano’s will donate $1 per food item and $.50 per drink to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Dishes Featured May 5 – June 1
Bowtie Chicken with Aglio
Bowtie psata tossed with herb chicken, asparagus, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, Calabrian peppers & Parmesan
Chicken & Sausage Spiedini (pictured)
Grilled chicken & Italian sausage served with roasted peppers & onions, crispy red potatoes & topped with a Sicilian herb-vinaigrette
Alberini-style Shrimp with Risotto Milanese
Jumbo shrimp sauteed with aglio olio & paprika, finished with a roasted red pepper sauce, fresh chives & saffron risotto
A seasonal twist on our classic Tiramisu, layered with fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries & orange-soaked ladyfingers
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Decadent chocolate hazelnut cake served with hot fudge sauce & fresh blueberries, blackberries & strawberries
A refreshing Peach & Pomegrante lemonade
Eight-year-old Dallas-Ft. Worth area wish child, Leslie is the inspiration behind our Leslie’s Lemonade. Our parent company Brinker International is sponsoring Leslie’s wish to go to the sunny, tropical beaches of Hawaii, a wish that will be granted June 15 following a send-off party at our Dallas headquarters. Leslie is looking forward to being on an island and seeing the ocean with her mom, dad and two older brothers. While on her wish she will swim with the dolphins, ride in a submarine and even go on a ocean dinner cruise!
Here is a drawing Leslie made of her wish to go to Hawaii:
Make-A-Wish Star cards
These inspiring decorative star-shaped cards adorn restaurants throughout the campaign—proudly displaying the names of patrons who have donated to the program. Guests can make a direct donation for an amount of their choosing to purchase a star card; 100 percent of the funds from star card sales will go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each star card features a wish child’s story, one of them is Anthony featuring his wish to go on a Hawaiian cruise.
Maggiano’s in Scottsdale, Ariz., threw a luau for Anthony’s friends, family and the community to celebrate his triumphant return. He loved every minute of the luau, complete with an authentic Hawaiian feast. While a Polynesian dance troupe performed on the tiki-torch lit patio, Anthony and his friends danced the night away!
Now through June 29, when you “like” us on Facebook, you’ll receive a coupon redeemable in-restaurant when you order any of the Eat-A-Dish specials. For each Facebook coupon redemption, Maggiano’s will donate an additional $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To redeem the coupon, either print it from the Facebook tab or present it to your server on your smart phone.