The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

June 23, 2015

Gabe’s Animal Safari Party

Gabe, 11
metabolic disorder
I wish to go to an animal theme park

The Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham, NC, teamed up with Make-A-Wish® for Gabe’s going away dinner. He wished to go to an animal theme park in Florida. The staff took the theme to heart and ran wild, transforming the banquet room into an animal safari.

Gabe’s server, LeeAnn, arrived at his table wearing a safari hat and a cheetah-print scarf. She was ready to take the party guests on a journey to a jungle filled with animals that couldn’t be seen at home – a fun-filled place away from illness and treatments, but full of learning experiences and activities.

The dinner party was a perfect start to Gabe’s wish journey. The food, company and staff set him and his family at ease, and excited them for the trip ahead. Gabe’s mom, Cheryl, couldn’t express enough thanks for the dinner party, saying, “We were all surprised and thrilled and had not been expecting such a beautiful, fun, delicious big dinner! You all really went above and beyond for Gabe and you made a very special memory for all of us.”

From the decorations to the hospitality, Maggiano’s staff made sure that Gabe and his family had a night to remember. With the response from Cheryl, Gabe and the rest of their family, they certainly succeeded. “Our family is moved beyond words by your effort and kindness,” Cheryl said.

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 – 1/31/2016, 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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