Arkansas couple Justin and Jordan Garton were determined to win one of Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Passes. In 2015, money was tight for the newlyweds.
Scoring the highly coveted $100 pasta pass, which goes on sale once a year, means unlimited pasta, soup, and the Olive Garden’s signature never-ending salad and bread sticks for two months.
Jordan Garton, 26, “watched the online countdown and clicked as fast as she could,” she told Arkansas Online.
The couple received seven weeks of meals. (She liked the ravioli di portobello, her husband, 28, the braised beef and tortelloni.) They ate there almost every night and saved money on groceries by eating the leftovers for lunch. The friendly faces of the wait staff took the sting out of a rough financial time. The couple couldn’t foresee how meaningful that never-ending pasta pass would become.
“We didn’t realize just how smart of an investment it was until afterwards,” Jordan told the Arkansas news outlet.
The couple is pregnant with a girl and knew they wanted a name with an Italian flare to honor Jordan’s third-generation Italian-American background.
They considered Olive. Her name would have been Olive Garton!
They chose Olivia instead. Better, much better!
Justin Garton tweeted a photo of a custom onesie a friend designed for the couple that looks very similar to the restaurant’s logo. The restaurant took notice and offered to send a special package for the baby.
Jordan Garton said some day she will tell her daughter how she came to choose her name. It will be a story of tough times and resilience.
“Just because life knocks you down, that doesn’t mean anything about who you are as a person.”