Olive Garden. Food. Wine. GIVEAWAY. (CLOSED)

olive garden logoSometimes, when you’re pregnant, you get cravings.

(we’ve talked about this before, remember?)

Sometimes, no matter what you tell yourself, nothing will satisfy those cravings like hot, garlicky breadsticks, crisp salad, and Tirimisu.

I’d include Manicotti in that list but, alas, the last time I checked, you can no longer get that particular dish at one of my favorite, family-friendly Italian restaurants.

Of COURSE, I’m talking about Olive Garden — an Italian restaurant that’s pretty much an American institution these days.

Even my younger sisters, none of whom are currently pregnant, get Olive Garden cravings; it was the first “real food” my sister ate after giving birth to her daughter a few weeks ago. She HAD to have it.

Hmmm … maybe it’s not necessarily a pregnancy craving but a sisterly thing?

Olive Garden Celebrates a New Tuscan Design

Here in Houston, three Olive Garden restaurants are giving locals the chance to experience something new: complimentary wine tasting events in honor of the new “Tuscan” inspired designs of these restaurants.

During the wine tastings, guests will get a chance to experience the restaurant’s design refresh, inspired by the timeless warmth of farmhouses in Tuscany, Italy. Although design changes differ from restaurant-to-restaurant, some updates include new décor around the restaurant and in the bar area, including tables, chairs and booths that emanate the warm, rustic tones of a Tuscan farmhouse.

Houston Olive Garden Wine Tastings

Led by Olive Garden’s wine specialists, the wine tasting events will further educate guests about Italian wines, including their origin, body style, aroma, flavor/finish and foods that pair well with them. The wine tasting events are for patrons 21 years of age and older.

(The way Mr. Boy is acting these days, I’m jealous of everyone who isn’t pregnant and can enjoy a little wine.  We’re in the middle of two year molars here.  Ugh – there are days I neeeeeed wine… or, at least, chocolate.)

On June 7th and June 8th (from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), you can visit one of three locations for dinner and the wine tasting:

  • 10830 N.W. Freeway, Houston, TX, 77092
  • 7525 FM 1960 W., Houston, TX, 77070
  • 10212 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, TX, 77591

Olive Garden Giveaway — now closed

Whether you’re in Houston or elsewhere, YOU can enjoy some yummy food courtesy of Olive Garden!

One reader will win a $25 Olive Garden gift card . . . perfect for a date night, girls night, family night . . . or to treat yourself to a few of your favorites at your local Olive Garden.

To Enter:

Leave a comment sharing your favorite Olive Garden menu item, whether it’s a new or old selection.  I love hearing about food!

Bonus Entries:

(complete any or all of the bonus entry options for more chances to win — please leave ONE comment PER bonus entry)

  • Subscribe to Following In My Shoes by reader or email.
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Giveaway ends at noon on June 16th, 2011.  Winner will be chosen using the random winner generator, “And The Winner Is.”  I will notify the winner by email and he/she will have 48 hours from the date the email is sent to confirm his or her win.  In the event I do not receive a confirmation by the deadline, another winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely that of the blog owners. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. I was given an Olive Garden gift card to thank me for my time.  Yep, I get to eat too!



  1. barbara wright says

    We love their breadsticks (yeah, we like other stuff, too, but it’s the breadsticks that draw us there!)

  2. Amanda Campbell says

    I follow with google friend connect as luckycat1818.


  3. Amanda Campbell says

    My favorite is the salad and breadsticks but I also love the Tour of Italy since it allows me to have all my favorite items on one plate.


  4. Sarah L says

    FB like you: Slehan

    I don’t realize how much I use ‘right click’ until it’s turned off. Why do you have it off? At least your links open a new tab and I can ‘control V’ my pastes

  5. ashley r says

    I love the five cheese ziti. I always say i’m gonna try something new, but then I always wind up getting the ziti.

  6. Theresa says

    I love their salad! I crave it a lot, so I talk hubby into going out for lunch (love the soup, salad, breadstick lunch they offer) quite often.

  7. MelissaO says

    Actually haven’t been to Olive Garden, which is why I want this, but I love to splurge on any super rich pasta, like chicken alfredo.

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  8. April V says

    Manicotti was my favorite too! I haven’t been out in so long that I had no idea it was no longer on the menu :-( I suppose I’ll have to find another favorite.

  9. Erin E says

    My favorite thing to get at the Olive Garden is their endless salad. It’s so yummy and sometimes we go and just have that and drinks. I love their dressing! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

  10. Stephanie says

    Since I was five-years-old I’ve always been in love with Olive Garden. Specifically, I’ve LOVED their black olives. Sounds funny right? Black Olives were always my favorite food and my grandma would ask the waitress to bring me an extra bowl of black olives and they always brought me them with a smile! It really has become a tradition for my grandma and I since then. Now twenty-years-old, I don’t get a bowl of black olives anymore but instead I enjoy the chicken parmesan. Olive Garden will always be that special restaurant for me with traditions and great memories!