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Man Eats At Olive Garden Twice Daily For 6 Weeks for $100

A man in North Carolina is attempting to get the most out of the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass he purchased in September.

Alan Martin was one of 1,000 people in September who purchased an all-you-can-eat pass from Olive Garden, the New York Post reports.

Over six weeks, he has eaten at Olive Garden twice a day, every day, consuming 95 meals and a total of $1,510 worth of food. Martin purchased the pasta pass for $100, which is good for all of the bread, salad, pasta and Coca-Cola a person can eat during a 7-week period, which ends on November 9.

[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Alan Martin” author_title=”Olive Garden Pass Owner”]

I would love to be the person that ate the most of the 1,000 people. That would be a good contest to win. Because that means I got the most value out of the card of anyone in the United States.


The Never Ending Pasta Pass went on sale in September and sold out in just 45 minutes, crashing the site, with black market versions appearing on third-party websites. With each Pasta Pass costing $100 and an average of $9.99 per meal for what the pass covers, passholders only need to eat at Olive Garden 10 times to pay off the pass.

On Wednesday, November 5, Martin consumed his 100th meal at the Olive Garden in Burlington, North Carolina.

On the Today show, Martin said he has not gained any weight from the experience, as he still weighs the same 212 pounds as when he started. He said he eats enough to “knock out” his appetite.

Many other passholders have also had their time in the spotlight, with many blogging about the experience. One passholder, UPenn graduate Matt Pershe, is ready to be done with Olive Garden after his experience, saying the pass is “like the ring in Lord of the Rings. Immensely powerful, yes, but dangerous and probably better off destroyed,” Time reported.

Martin says he will continue eating at Olive Garden twice a day until his pass expires, and he hopes to reach $1,800 in food at the Italian chain, US Magazine reported.

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