Make-A-Wish with Maggiano’s

Three weeks ago, I attended a business dinner at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Boston. I have to confess I was not enthused about going. I was tired; I wanted to go home and put my feet up. But duty called, so off I went. It was definitely one of those lessons learned about being open to invitations: the dinner was lovely. I laughed a lot, the service was great, and the food was delicious. Really, delicious. I even got to take home the leftovers.

But the next morning, when I got into the car to drive back for day two of my business meeting, I realized my laptop was missing. I woke up my husband (it was 6:15 AM on a Saturday, the please-kids-sleep-until-7-AM day), panicked to ask if he knew where it was. He looked at me like I was crazy and rolled over. I had a 7:30 AM meeting so I drove into the city, hoping my laptop, which by now I realized I must have left at Maggiano’s, would turn up. About half-way there, I stopped panicking, and starting wishing for the best (and praying). I got to the restaurant around 7:20 AM, and started banging on the door. (This moment is thanks to reality television watching: the Food Network and Top Chef taught me that restaurants have staff in early to clean and prep for the day.) The door opened, and soon I was telling my tale of woe to the executive chef. He didn’t know where my computer was, but he took my name, and 30 minutes later, the general manager called. He had my laptop; a member of the staff had turned it in the night before. Hallelujah! I thought my laptop was long-gone. It said a lot about the people who worked there that is was recovered.

Soon after my laptop incident, I attended a lunch at Maggiano’s for a group of local bloggers, through Boston Parent Bloggers, to learn about the restaurant’s campaign for Make-A-Wish, a charity with a remarkable mission: to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

The lunch featured many of the items from their “Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish” menu which had been created just for Make-A-Wish. For each food item sold from this menu through June 27, Maggiano’s donates $1. Each year, all of the 44 Maggiano’s nationwide work together to raise money, and their 2012 goal is to raise $1 million for Make-A-Wish.

This special menu is delicious; that’s a picture of the Shrimp, Crab & Avocado Lemonette. I especially like the Mahi Mahi, and Lauren’s Lemonade (a twist on the traditional lemonade with pomegranate juice). The Fresh Berry Tiramisu was also a winner. The Maggiano’s team also shared some of their other entrees: a yummy gnocchi; a variety of appetizers, including the never-lets-you-down Caprese salad, and fried mozzarella that put every other fried mozzarella to shame. I was most impressed by how, since everything is made from scratch, the chef was easily able to accommodate several different food requests from our group, from those with religious preferences and peanut allergies, to those who were vegans and vegetarians.

Maggiano’s has other efforts to raise money for Make-A-Wish, such as the sale of “The Wish List,” a special CD of musical favorites, with $7.90 of the proceeds donated to Make-A-Wish. And, if you like them on Facebook, they’ll donate $1 to Make-A-Wish. (This one is very doable, readers!)

To help raise awareness of Maggiano’s campaign for Make-A-Wish, I am giving away a $10 gift card to Maggiano’s and “The Wish List” CD. {My first Red Shutters giveaway! Help a girl out by participating.}

To enter, please leave a comment below telling me which of the “Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish” menu items sounds the yummiest to you. You have until Friday, June 22 at noon ET to enter.

Disclosure: I received the gift card and Maggiano’s CD at the event, but I am not obligated to give them away. All opinions in this post belong to little ‘ol me. 

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Aubrey! 

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  1. June 21, 2012