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Mario Batali creates anniversary meal for Jim Gaffigan's wife post-brain surgery

Comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife, Jeanne, celebrated their life together in gourmet fashion this week with the aid of a good friend in the culinary world.

The couple celebrated their 14th anniversary on Wednesday, just three months after Jeanne underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor. To mark the occasion, they were treated to a very special meal created by celebrity chef Mario Batali.

Gaffigan took to Instagram on Wednesday to gush about his marriage. "14 yrs ago today I married the love of my life, @jeanniegaffigan," he wrote next to a photo of the couple hitting the dance floor on their wedding day. "Together we've created 5 children, 5 hour specials, 2 books, 2 seasons of a TV show and one massive brain tumor."

In a follow-up post, the funny man revealed details of their anniversary date — and shared a menu of the thoughtful meal Batali, 56, created for them at his famed Italian restaurant Del Posto in New York City.

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Celebrity chef Mario Batali.

Gaffigan explained that his wife, a writer and producer on "The Jim Gaffigan Show," still can't tolerate solid foods, so finding a special place to dine for the occasion was tricky.

"I was trying to find a nice place for us to celebrate but given Jeannie cannot comfortably eat solids, I was hoping to find a place that did amazing soups (yes, in July)," he wrote.

That's when Batali stepped in to save the day.

The chef and his wife, Suzi, have been sending over "numerous elaborate gourmet meals" since Jeanne's diagnosis, and this week, Batali vowed to take care of the couple's special night at his celebrated Manhattan eatery.

And did he ever!

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Once he and his wife arrived at the restaurant, Gaffigan says he received the royal treatment, posting, "We saw that Mario had created a custom tasting menu of various gourmet soups with accompanied wines or cocktails." (Jeanne shared a snap of one scrumptious-looking concoction on her own Instagram page.)

The whole experience was insanely amazing," Gaffigan added, "but the generosity of kindness and compassion by Mario was most moving. Thanks, Mario."

Happy anniversary, Jim and Jeanne!

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