I’m going to Orlando to bring you closer to Italy.

If you follow my twitter profile @5minutesformom, you know that I am planning a tweet up in Orlando on Friday night, March 20th. (hashtag #orlando)

But the question has remained, “WHY Orlando?” It is very far from home to be planning a tweet up!

Well, the reason I am going to Orlando is because of an exciting project we are working on with Olive Garden — and it is launching today!

We are joining Olive Garden to bring the passion of Italian cooking to you.

For the next four weeks, we’re speaking Italian [cooking]…

  1. Chef Marie GrimmOn our new interactive Olive Garden page here at 5 Minutes for Mom, you’ll get a sneak peek into Olive Garden’s kitchen and the source of the restaurant’s culinary inspiration – Italy!

    We’re going to share Italian cooking techniques that Olive Garden chefs use in their restaurants every day, and that you can apply at home for your family.

    On Tuesday, I’ll be flying to Orlando for an exciting Satellite Media Tour with Olive Garden’s Chef Marie Grimm.

    You can catch me on TV with Chef Marie this Friday morning, March 20, on the fifteen different stations. Visit our Olive Garden dedicated page for a list of the stations.

    You’ll also find fun polls and quizzes to test your Italian culinary know-how — with great prizes!

    Check back each week for a new lesson!

  2. Tuscan Garlic ChickenSince you deserve a night out, we have five giveaways for $100 Olive Garden Gift Cards.

    Each week, visit our interactive Olive Garden page to enter to win your dinner gift card.

    You can enter to win by answering poll questions, quiz questions and commenting on our dedicated Olive Garden page.

  3. And while we all enjoy dinner at a restaurant, eventually we do need to cook for ourselves. LOL

    So, you can learn how to bring out the “Italian mother” in you on YouTube. The Olive Garden has an entire channel devoted to cooking demonstrations.

    You can learn how to cook their delicious authentic Italian meals in your own kitchen!

  4. And of course, there is always the big win that we all dream about. This time it is a Trip For Two to Italy! The grand prize winner will receive an 8-day guided trip for two to Rome and Florence with a visit to Olive Garden’s Culinary Institute of Tuscany.

    Olive Garden Win a trip to Italy

    Have you heard about their Culinary Institute of Tuscany before? It is amazing… It kinda makes you wish you were a manager at the Olive Garden! Each year they take 100 of their managers to this 11th century villa in Tuscany to learn authentic cooking secrets.

    So hop over and enter to win. Can you imagine if you won, what awesome blog posts you’d be able to write?

Once you’re done dreaming, join us at our Interactive Olive Garden page. We’ll be over there soaking up the flavor of Italy.

But first tell me, what do you want me to ask Chef Marie Grimm? What cooking secrets do you want to know?


  1. says

    You are probably the luckiest woman alive. I LOVE Olive Garden, in fact that’s always the place I go for anything special.

    As for a question, I know I won’t get an answer, but what’s the secret to the Olive Garden bread sticks? Those are amazing.

  2. says

    Ooo my! Bring out the ‘Italian mother’ or the ‘Italian mother-in-law’? If it’s the latter I’ll pass as I already have one of those.

    Sounds like you are going to have a lot of fun indeed.



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