On Sunday, Nov. 9, those who had been lucky enough to purchase one Olive Garden's 1,000 Never-Ending Pasta Passes said good-bye to unlimited meals as the promotion came to a close. That means so did Alan Martin, the Burlington, N.C. minister who ate virtually every meal at the Italian chain for the past seven weeks.
I touched base with Martin via email on Monday to see if he met his goal of obtaining $1800 of food and to find out where he ate for lunch when the promotion was over. Here is the final tally:
Total meals: 115
Total value: $1840
Total weight gained/lost: -4 pounds (He lost weight. Seriously.)
Where did he eat for lunch on Monday? "Nowhere -- I went to the gym."
Was it worth it? "It was worth it for the first bite of spaghetti and meatball! But it was worth it in more ways than just having happy taste buds. I was encouraged to see that our country still has jolly, fun people who love a good story, that root for the underdog and cheer when the little man wins. Of the comments I read and received, 99 percent were positive! The other 1 percent was at least funny...
And I certainly am thankful for whoever invented chicken gnocchi soup!"