The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

June 17, 2014

Kenneth is a 17-year-old Make-A-Wish® kid diagnosed with cancer. Before his wish to go on a cruise came true, Maggiano’s Little Italy Scottsdale welcomed him for a dinner he’ll always remember.  Servers wore buttons with his face on them, and prepared some extra details – a cake with the logo of his favorite football team, plus enough Fun Size Snickers bars to tide him over until dinner was served.

Kenneth shares his Make-A-Wish experience at Maggiano's

The Maggiano’s Scottsdale team could tell how much the dinner lifted his spirits. But he surprised them all when he visited again to personally thank them all. Here are his words about the experience at Maggiano’s Scottsdale:

My experience at Maggiano’s Little Italy was nothing short of a dream come true. During the treatment of my head and neck cancer, I developed the inability to eat and drink. With nothing to do but wait for the side effects of radiation to disappear, I created a list of food types that I wanted to eat after I was ready. With Italian food topping my list, you can imagine the excitement that filled my heart when I was given the opportunity to enjoy the best Italian food in Arizona. Maggiano’s not only gave me the option to order anything on the menu, but also supplied that same courtesy to the rest of my family. The food was delicious, the people were nice, and the memories of this experience will last a lifetime.

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 2nd, 2014, up to $25,000! Join our E-club, follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest, and watch us on YouTube for more chef tips, recipes and ideas.

Between 4/24 – 7/2/2014, Maggiano’s Little Italy will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish from each select menu item, 50¢ per lemonade, $5 from every Meal for Two and 100% of each Star Card sale, with a minimum guarantee of $150,000 from all in-restaurant promotions and donate $1 to Make-A-Wish for each new Facebook Like, up to $25,000. For more information, visit


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