Taking “All You Can Eat” to the Max

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Taking “All You Can Eat” to the Max

November 9, 2014

As we’ve talked about here, the restaurant chain Olive Garden stirred up some excitement when they sold $100 all-you-can-eat passes: just $100 to eat as much pasta, salad and bread as you want as often as you want for 7 weeks. Well, they sold those passes a few weeks ago, so now we’re hearing how much the winners have been eating. It turns out a North Carolina man has been using his pass at Olive Garden at least twice a day every day, adding up to 95 meals in 6 weeks! Alan Martin has already eaten over $1,500 of food, and he still has a week to go. Eating $1,500 of food and paying just $100 for it sounds like a great deal, but we’re wondering if after this he’ll ever want to eat pasta again.

Wee ones: If you eat pasta at Olive Garden for breakfast, lunch AND dinner, how many meals do you eat that day?

Little kids: If Alan eats 2 meals there every day, and each meal includes 1 bowl of pasta, 1 salad and 1 breadstick, how many items does he eat each day?  Bonus: If he goes crazy for the breadsticks and instead eats 3 of them each meal, now how many items a day does he eat?

Big kids: If in 6 weeks the guy ate at Olive Garden exactly twice a day every day, how many meals would he have eaten by now?  Bonus: If he’s eaten $1,500 of food so far but paid just $100, how much money has Olive Garden lost on the total bill?

The sky’s the limit: If Alan wanted to eat exactly 100 meals on this pass starting on a Monday, and ate 2 meals every weekday and 3 each weekend day, on what day of the week would he eat his 100th meal?




Wee ones: 3 meals.

Little kids: 6 items.  Bonus: 10 items, because he’s eating 2 more per meal, or 4 more per day.

Big kids: 84 meals.  Bonus: $1,400!

The sky’s the limit: On a Tuesday. Every 7 days he eats 16 meals: 10 on the 5 weekdays, and 6 on the 2 weekend days. So every Sunday night he’s finished a multiple of 16 meals, which means the 96th meal will be a Sunday dinner. That means Monday he eats the 97th and 98th, and Tuesday he eats the 99th and 100th.

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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