Courtesy Maggiano’s

Through Aug. 23, Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurants, with a most-familiar neighborhood location at NorthPark Center, will raise funds for Make-A-Wish through its Eat-A-Dish menu. Summer 2023 marks this impactful fundraiser’s 20th year.

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When you order off the Eat-a-Dish menu, which includes crab cakes, beef tenderloin medallions, lobster tail, chocolate cannoli cake, lavender wish spritz and lemonade to name a few items, $1 per dish is donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Over 20 years, the restaurant’s partnership with the nonprofit has resulted in more than 1,000 wishes for children with critical illnesses and more than $10 million contributed. Maggiano’s president Steve Provost, says diners’ involvement in the campaign has been awe-inspiring.

“Make-A-Wish’s mission of giving hope and life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses across the globe is a truly worthy cause and we’re thrilled to partner together for another year with our delicious elevated Italian creations.”

You can also donate online—$5 gets you a souvenir cup—and there are several other ways to contribute:


Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America says she’s honored to have Maggiano’s as a long-time partner and is looking forward to another Eat-A-Dish year.

“It’s inspiring to see a company like Maggiano’s go above and beyond to support Make-A-Wish year-after-year. Their dedication and creativity in finding ways to raise funds for the organization will allow us to grant wishes that can play an important part in the healing process.”

Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has been granting big wishes to sick children. The foundation’s leaders and volunteers are driven by the idea that a wish experience can be a game-changer for a child who is very ill and their families.