Another year of Never Ending Pasta

pasta-passOn September 15, 2016, Olive Garden again offered a $100 pass for never-ending pasta, bread sticks, salad and coca cola soft drinks.  The 21,000 patrons who quickly (in less than a minute) bought all of the passes will be entitled to as much pasta as they like (with toppings) from October 3 to November 20.  Ask the class to consider these questions:

  • Is this a good deal for patrons?  What are the pros and cons?
  • Will Olive Garden go broke?
  • Is this good for the restaurant chain?
  • Is the pass priced correctly?  If not how much should it cost?
  • How should we start answering these questions?  What information would be useful?

Before beginning this investigation do a little problem solving planning with your class.  Ask students what information they would like to gather in order to analyze the money-making, money-saving, or money-losing potential of this Pasta Pass.  Finally, students create their own all you can eat pass for their favorite restaurant.

The activity:  all-you-can-eat-pasta2016.pdf

For members we have an editable Word docx and solutions.

all-you-can-eat-pasta2016.docx       all-you-can-eat-pasta2016-solution.pdf

CCSS: MP.3, MP.4, 4.OA.3, 5.NBT.7, 7.SP.A.2, 7.RP.A.1, HSS.IC.B.4

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