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KNOXVILLE — Taste dishes from seven countries at the Ready for the World Café March 31-April 2.

The café — an international buffet — is operated by students in the advanced food production and service management class in the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

The café is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the University Center.

The menu changes each week. For March 31-April 2, the menu includes Indian Carrot Salad, Coq au Vin, Jerk Pork Loins, Poisson a la Provencale, Artichoke and Mushroom Lasagna, Guvev (Turkish vegetable casserole) and Bratkartoffein (German potato dish). The buffet also offers a salad bar, assorted cheeses, carving station with roasted sirloin, desserts and fruit.

The Ready for the World Cafe was the brainchild of assistant professor John Antun. Antun, a certified executive chef with a doctorate in higher education administration, has spent more than 40 years in the hospitality industry and opened and operated four successful restaurants in the New York metropolitan area.

Although ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, provides the food and its employees do the cooking, students provide the recipes and manage the employees. Students take turns serving as general manager of the café.

Diners pay $10 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $8.50 for a plate of food to carry out.
Antun said students chose the name “Ready for the World Café” because their project fits well into the university’s international and intercultural initiative, also called Ready for the World.

The goal of Ready for the World is to transform the campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century. The initiative involves increasing the diversity among students, faculty and staff; infusing the curriculum with international and intercultural content; expanding study-abroad and work-study opportunities; and encouraging students to take advantage of all of these opportunities.

For more information about Ready for the World, see


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,