The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

May 7, 2015

Alex’s Going-Away Party

Alex, 6
non-Hodgkins t-cell lymphoma
I wish to go to the Florida theme parks

With his hunger gone and his energy low, Alex needed something to lift his spirits and give him the strength he needed to continue his battle. Make-A-Wish® supporters made it possible to help him: His wish to visit the Florida theme parks on a sci-fi weekend would come true … and help him forget his illness.

The staff at Maggiano’s in Durham, North Carolina, threw a going-away celebration for Alex and his family. The restaurant catered to Alex’s interests, creating an outer space-themed atmosphere for his family, friends and some of his medical staff.

However, it was not just the theming of the dinner that the family noticed. To their relief, Alex was able to enjoy dinner, too. His mom, Liz, was able to relax and indulge in time with family and friends because she knew that Alex was having a nice time.

Since he became sick, she hadn’t seen him eating very much. “It was so heart-warming to look over and see Alex smiling and eating, which has been hard for him to do with all the chemo and meds, and just having a great time being a five year old kid – especially after the nine months of intense chemo therapy and eight weeks collectively of hospital stays,” she said.

Maggiano’s provided an unforgettable night for Alex and his family. They had a lot of fun spending time with their family and friends. They couldn’t express their gratitude for the thoughtfulness and care the staff of Maggiano’s put into their evening. And they certainly won’t ever forget it.

Looking back on the evening, Liz said, “Words cannot express how truly thankful we are for such an unforgettable night. The food and service were out of this world, and it was a night that we will all remember.”

We invite you to the warm atmosphere at Maggiano’s Little Italy for your next meal or special occasion. We also invite you to like us on Facebook – for every new “like” we will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish through July 8th, 2015! Join our E-club, follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more chef tips, recipes and ideas.

Between 7/3/14 – 1/312016, Maggiano’s Little Italy will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish from each select menu item, 50¢ per lemonade, and 100% of each Star Card sale, with a minimum guarantee of $200,000 from all in-restaurant promotions. For more information, visit

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