Michelina's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner: A Grandma's Marathon Tradition You Don’t Want to Miss!
When an event such as Grandma’s Marathon takes place for 36 consecutive years, many things are inevitable. Among them — great races, great stories and great traditions.
For Grandma’s Marathon, no other part of the annual race weekend has evolved into a tradition quite like the Michelina's® All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner.
Each year, Michelina’s parent company, Bellisio Foods, Inc., provides more than seven thousand delicious pounds of pasta and sauce, giving runners an essential carbohydrate boost before setting out on their journey down the North Shore to the finish line in festive Canal Park.
In addition to assisting runners, Bellisio Foods, Inc. has helped Grandma's Marathon become known for having one of the best “Pre-race Pasta Parties” in the nation. Receiving rave reviews from those who attend the dinner, people are always curious how Michelina’s pasta and sauce can be served in such high quantity and still taste so fresh. Just one glance at the ‘seconds’ line confirms the great taste and quality of the spaghetti dinner.
“The food is tremendous, and so is the atmosphere,” says Linda Hanson, Grandma’s Marathon’s finance and operations director who helps to oversee the spaghetti dinner. “Year after year, people choose the Michelina’s Spaghetti Dinner as their group meeting place. It is simply a great venue at which to enjoy a terrific pre-race meal.”
The 2012 Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner is Friday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the event and are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 5 to 12. The dinner is free for children ages 4 and under.
Started in 1990, the Michelina’s brand of frozen foods is based on founder Jeno F. Paulucci’s premise that success can be achieved if good people use only the freshest ingredients to produce the finest quality products with the best value possible. This dedication to quality, along with the innovation of separating the pasta from the sauce within the package, has helped Bellisio Foods, Inc. to become one of the world's leading brands of frozen entrees and snacks.
Michelina’s is named for Paulucci’s mother, who shared customs, beliefs and recipes from Italy after moving to northern Minnesota. Jeno, who passed in late 2011, is remembered saying, "In preparing my mother’s best recipes with meticulous care, we honor her with quality products that bear her name."
Nicknamed the "frozen food king," Paulucci created and built more than 50 companies and organizations worldwide over the course of a career that spanned nearly 70 years. Ernst & Young honored Paulucci with the International Lifetime Achievement Award for Activism, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership for his seven decades of civic accomplishment.
Today, Bellisio Foods, Inc. produces more than 200 frozen entrees and snacks under the Michelina’s Traditional Recipes, Michelina’s Authentico, Michelina’s Zap‘ems Gourmet and Michelina’s Lean Gourmet brands. The products can be found at virtually any grocery store in the U.S. and Canada, as well other locations worldwide.