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KNOXVILLE – Diners at Ready for the World Café the week of Oct. 5 can enjoy Oktoberfest without leaving campus.

“Most of our menu choices are based on German recipes traditionally served at Oktoberfest,” said Heather Schillinger, who is in charge of this week’s café with Nathan Cordell, a fellow student in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445, the advanced food production and service management class that operates the cafe.

The international buffet’s menu will feature Alsatian chicken casserole, fish cakes with herbed sauce, Konigsberg klopse (cheesy meatballs with caper sauce), German-style filled zucchini, roasted root vegetables, hot German potato salad, and farro salad with grilled eggplant, tomatoes and onion.

The Ready for the World Café is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the University Center. Students in HRT 445 plan and operate the café; ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, prepares the food.

Diners pay $11 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $9 for a plate of food to carry out.

Faculty and staff can use ARAMARK’s new UT Reward Card to receive a 15 percent discount at the café.

In addition to celebrating Oktoberfest, Cordell and Schillinger have planned an event to raise diners’ awareness of breast cancer.

On Monday, a representative of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event will be on hand with information for diners.

On Thursday, the café will be hosting a private gathering and will be closed to the public.

Schillinger, of Franklin, Tenn., is a senior in nutrition. “I hope to work in a nutrition-related setting like a school or hospital,” she said.

Nathan Cordell, of Athens, Tenn., is a senior in HRT management who has worked at Calhoun’s atop Bearden Hill and at Oodles Uncorked in Market Square. “I have always enjoyed working in restaurants and plan to continue doing so upon graduation,” he said.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely, (865-974-5034,