What hard-working woman doesn’t need a night out with the girls?
We all need the occasional break from our routines to gab, gossip and get together. It is a sort of release of all the day’s, week’s, month’s troubles and anxieties. With that in mind, I was so thankful to receive an invitation to Olive Garden’s Tastes Event for my girlfriends and me. Olive Garden has a well-established record of hospitality, so I looked forward to the evening, knowing that my friends and I would be pampered as we tasted and tested out the new dishes it now offers its guests. However, we – with our high hopes, could not have imagined the amazing attention we received.
So, as I mentioned we were invited to a tasting event, sampling the new menu that Olive Garden now offers its guests. I had heard that they had re-vamped the menu, but as with so many other things, I assumed it was media-hype, a ploy to get people into the door. However, as my friends and I were about to find out, they really have added variety to their menu.
One of the most notable and exciting changes you will notice when you go, is the change to their famous endless salad. Be not alarmed – there is no change to the dressing, and you have the option to keep it the same way as it always has been. However, if you are up for it, you can add your choice of two salad toppings. The topping we sampled was one comprised of kale, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese- also known as a caprese salad. The other one Olive Garden now offers is antipasti Italian meats and cheese salad. These toppings sit on top of the already delicious salad Olive Garden is known for. They add a surprising fresh healthy taste to your dinner. We all enjoyed it very much.
Throughout the evening, we sampled eleven – yes you read that right – eleven different courses! Many were very surprising. One dish I really enjoyed was the Chicken Meatball sandwich. It is very reminiscent of a sandwich you would order at the Melt, however the one at Olive Garden is just the right portion!
My favorite dish was actually on the healthy menu! Can you imagine? The Garlic Rosemary Chicken was divine. The chicken was juicy and flavorful. It comes with a side of mashed potatoes. The whole dish melts in your mouth. Anyone on a diet, or just wanting to watch what they eat would no doubt be impressed with this selection.
As I mentioned at the outset, this was a night for me and my girlfriends, Jacquie and Erin to reconnect, and Olive Garden did a great job of facilitating that for us. The service was unparalleled. We were catered the whole night by the entire staff at the Middleburgh Heights Olive Garden. They were a fun group of managers, servers, hostesses, and bartenders and made our night truly special. The adage, which is as much of a cliché, as it is true – “girls just want to have fun!” proved to be the night’s motto! We were able to meet and greet new friends in the Cleveland area, be pampered beyond what we expected, and laugh and eat until we couldn’t anymore.
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