Eat a Dish for Make-A-Wish

Last night I had the to opportunity to dine at Maggiano’s Little Italy, sampling their fabulous brunch menu and learning about their amazing partnership with the Georgia Make-A-Wish foundation.

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Maggiano’s has partnered with MAW for fourteen years now and raised over $7 million dollars in the process!  This year Maggiano’s is offering the opportunity for everyone to help raise money by offering “Brunch with a Purpose”.

Who doesn’t love a casual brunch on the weekend?

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With each brunch entree purchased $1 goes directly to the Make-A-Wish foundation.  With the funds raised this year, Maggiano’s is looking to grant their 1000th wish for a child whose life has been affected by life-threatening medical conditions.

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Last night at “Brunch with a Purpose” we were able to learn much about the partnership Maggiano’s has with MAW, meet one of the children they have granted a wish to, and sample much of the brunch menu.

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Ellie, an eleven year old MAW child, was on hand to assist Chef Thomas Wenning making lemon ricotta pancakes… Oh my goodness these were fabulous!

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Beside the Lemon Ricotta pancakes, we also tasted the crab-cake eggs benedict, meatball eggs benedict, creme brûlée French toast, a spinach frittata and the most heavenly bacon I’ve ever tasted!

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Check out a glimpse of this fabulous brunch menu that reflects the Italian cuisine Maggiano’s is know for, combined with all your favorite brunch delights!

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And if you want more pancakes, you can click right on Maggiano’s Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Recipe  and make them for the family every weekend!

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 Now head out to your nearest Maggiano’s and “Eat a Dish for Make a Wish” before August 2nd!

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Girls Night In at Candlefish

One of the things I truly love about being back in the Atlanta area is reconnecting with old friends!  Recently one of those fabulous friends and lifestyle blogger Tammie Reed of Talking With Tami invited me to join her and other girlfriends for a Sunday afternoon of candle making at Candlefish Atlanta.


Tammie, our lovely Girls Night In hostess


The Girls

Don’t you just love a girlfriends day?

What makes one even more enjoyable is making new friends while participating!


Candlefish (originally established in Charleston) is a new shop located in Atlanta’s Ponce City Market and was the site of this relaxing and educational afternoon with the ladies.  I don’t know about you, but I am a candle junky and keep at least one lit any time I’m home!  When we moved in a month ago candles were some of the first items I purchased for our new home, so choosing a fragrance and making my own candle sounded so exciting!


Tammie always arranges a lovely event!

With donuts and champagne awaiting her guests, we spent time listening to Hannah from Candlefish explain the technique for making candles.  While you think of melted wax and fragrance going into candle making, I’ve never stopped to consider there are temperature points and specific measurements at which to work and make the perfect candle.


Candlefish Fragrance Library

We had the opportunity to check out the 100 different Candlefish fragrances, but thankfully if you know your specific taste in fragrances, they can steer you in the right direction!  I’m more of a musky almost men’s cologne type of girl, so after checking out several scents in that category, I settled on #31.  This was actually the first fragrance I smelled and immediately was drawn back to it!



The tools we used for our candle making class

While making the candles was fun and educational, I truly enjoyed the afternoon making friends and socializing.


Fabulous treat bags from Tammie for each of her guests

                The candle making class is a perfect opportunity for socializing with the girls.  While there are any number of occasions for a night out, I’m looking at the possibility of a candle making class as the perfect bridesmaid’s outing before MacKenzie’s wedding in June!


Thank you Tammie for the afternoon and the use of Genae Bank’s photos as well!

How do you like to spend a Girls Night In or Out?