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Olive Garden’s New Year-Long Pasta Pass Offers 365 Days of Unlimited Fettuccine Alfredo

Plus, Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis star in a new Scooby Doo movie, and more food news

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  • Breadstick sandwich purveyor Olive Garden is bringing back its popular Pasta Pass promotion, offering customers unlimited access to the chain’s selection of faux Italian specialties for one flat rate. This year, according to a press release, the OG is expanding its program to include year-long Pasta Passes for the low, low price of $300, plus tax. The traditional eight-week Pasta Pass will be available for $100, as well. The carb-tastic vouchers go on sale at 2 p.m. ET this Thursday, August 23, at If previous promotions are any indication, they’re going to sell out fast.
  • Tech giant IBM has secured a patent for a coffee drone, according to USA Today. These flying robots may one day be able to predict when caffeine addicts are in need of their next cup of joe. The idea sounds cool, but one industry expert notes a potential problem: “The fundamental flaw here is transporting hot liquids through the air.”
  • Here is an odd Twitter exchange about sparkling water between pop superstar Katy Perry and hero chef José Andrés.
  • Alaska is experiencing a red salmon shortage this summer, reports the New York Times, and it may have a significant impact on the state’s economy. “It’s just like everybody is in total shock,” one commercial fisherman tells the Times. “Nobody can afford to buy gas on their four-wheelers. It’s going to be a hard winter for a lot of people.”
  • McDonald’s Japan figures diners can never have enough McNuggets, so, as Foodbeast reports, it’s going to start selling the little chicken chunks in 48-count buckets. These colossal McNugget containers should be available at Mickey D’s locations in Japan by December 1.
  • Tired: boba tea. Wired, per Munchies: boba pizza. Yum.
  • Chipotle recently attempted to lure new customers by offering buy-one, get-one burritos and bowls, and the plan worked. On Saturday, the beleaguered chain sold 1.9 million entrees, the most single-day sales in company history, according to QSR Magazine.
  • The celebrated Lost Kitchen in Maine attempted to slow down reservations by requiring that they be mailed in on notecards. The plan didn’t really work. The restaurant received 20,000 hand-written bookings, reports the Washington Post.
  • A new Scooby Doo movie is coming out, and in this animated feature, we learn Freddy’s uncle is none other than celebrity chef Booby Flay. Bobby, his cat, Nacho, and fellow Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis are set for cameos in Scooby Doo and the Gourmet Ghost.

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