Olive Garden New Menu Launch Tasting

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If you guys follow me on social media then you know that I was invited to Olive Garden’s New Menu Launch last night!! This was my first opportunity to attend an event like this and let me tell you, I had a BLAST!!! Not only was I pumped that I got to go buy a new dress, hire a babysitter, and invite a friend to tag along with me – I got the chance to meet some amazing, super influential women all while being treated like royalty!! I ate so much, laughed so hard, and made lasting memories last night…all of which I believe sum up the whole Olive Garden Motto:

“We also believe that life is better together and we know everyone is happiest when we’re with family. Whether that’s family by relation or by choice; traditional, blended or extended; neighbors, coworkers or teams; friends, groups or just “the gang.” We love everyone like family. And, at Olive Garden this approach extends beyond our favorite dishes, promoting togetherness in everything we do.”

When my guest Kristin, my friend who blogs at Swords & Stilettos and I first arrived we were greeted outside by four Olive Garden team members and escorted to one of the large rooms that was reserved for our event. Right off the bat we felt important!

We were all given clothing protectors which actually came in handy because I of course dripped the sauce from the Artichoke Fritti all over myself! Classy!

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I started off with a refreshing glass of Moscato – I’m not a drinker, but this was really good. So sweet! OG3

Here is everything we got to try! Yes, 11 – ELEVEN courses! Oh my gosh was I stuffed by the end of the night!OG4

A-MAZING!!! Literally hands down my most favorite dish of the night!! OG5

I thought of my kids when eating these – definitely something that kids would love especially if they are fans of mozzarella sticks!OG6

Inside: the ooey gooey yumminess! OG7

100% the Greek version of Southern Shrimp & Grits. The polenta was out of this world! I LOVED it!OG8

The cheese…that’s all I have to say. YUM!

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This is totally a dish that my husband would have devoured! A manly meatball sandwich prettied up and less calories because it’s chicken!!

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This dish is part of the Cucina Mia $9.99 choices – 120 different varieties to choose from! Incredible!

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The garlic potatoes were so rich and delicious!

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This sauce so was good I wanted to lick the plate! But decided that might have been a little inappropriate 😉

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Loved the crisp and tangy kale! Such a great addition that compliments the chicken!OG14

The shrimp, scallops and clams make this dish a must-get when you’re craving seafood!OG15

 

I honestly don’t even know what to say about this dessert other than I want to go back today and order 10 more! Seriously, I have never had anything like this before. It’s kind of a blend between cheesecake and flan. It was so light feeling and you didn’t feel guilty for eating the whole thing!

Our awesome table!

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Northlake Mall, Charlotte, North Carolina’s Culinary TeamOG17 OG18 OG19

Party Favors!!OG20 OG21

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All in all I had a great night! I felt so privileged to be apart of such an exciting event!! I’d like to thank Samantha from Costa Communications Group who found one of my blog posts online about pasta and emailed me asking if I would like to attend and Olive Garden, Northlake Mall especially for such an amazing night and making us feel like family!

Make sure you check out all of Olive Garden’s new Menu changes HERE and don’t forget to come back and tell me what you ate when you visit your local Olive Garden next!

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