Maddon serving spaghetti on Cubs Caravan

Cubs skipper to prep 'Thanksmas' dinner to benefit Chicago homeless

Maddon serving spaghetti on Cubs Caravan

CHICAGO -- Manager Joe Maddon plans on serving spaghetti and meatballs to folks Wednesday night as part of a Cubs Caravan stop, and on Monday, he went shopping for ingredients.

Maddon and his wife, Jaye, visited a Jewel-Osco store in Chicago for supplies that he'll use at the "Thanksmas" dinner at the Chicago Help Initiative. The dinner is the first event of the Cubs Caravan, which leads up to this weekend's Cubs Convention.

Winner of the National League Manager of the Year Award, Maddon is preparing the meal, and will get help from Cubs players and coaches to serve the 200 guests expected to attend to help raise awareness about Chicago's homeless population.

During their shopping trip, the Maddons met with a cake decorator who designed the "Thanksmas" cakes and talked to a cashier who was obviously prepped for their visit.

Jewel-Osco contributed $5,000 to Cubs Charities to make the event possible.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.