The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

May 27, 2015

Sam’s Grand Canyon Railway Party

Sam, 6
seizure disorder
I wish to go to drive a train

Sam loves anything that has wheels: cars, planes, trucks and trains alike. Because of this, it made perfect sense for his wish to be to drive a train. Although his Make-A-Wish® experience took place on the Grand Canyon Railway, his journey started well before then, when his local Maggiano’s Little Italy in Cincinnati hosted a going-away celebration in his honor.

With a table decked out in decorative dishware and balloons, Sam and his family received the all-star treatment they deserved. Maggiano’s hit all the marks of a successful dinner, providing Sam with a train book signed by all of the restaurant staff and a conductor’s hat to top it all off. A few weeks later, Sam traveled to the Grand Canyon, where he stayed in a hotel, swam and did what he had set out to do – drive a train.

Amanda Wagner, a staff member at Sam’s party, provided insight into the relationship between the wish family and Maggiano’s, saying “Here at Maggiano’s we are a big family, and we would love for Sam’s family to be a part of our family!”   

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