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KNOXVILLE — Spring is officially in the air the week of April 5-8 at the Ready for the World Café at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The week’s menu includes chicken cacciatore, shredded pork with roasted tomatoes and chilies, steamed salmon with lemon and olive oil, twice baked sweet potatoes, grilled asparagus with barbecue butter, sweet and bitter green salad with vinaigrette dressing and grilled vegetable gazpacho.

This week’s theme is spring fling, so break out your shorts and sun dresses. There will be light, cheerful music with a flurry of flowers. An art student also will do an art exhibit to accompany lunch.

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.

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.

Students enrolled in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445, the advanced food production and service management class, plan and operate the café. They take turns serving as the café manager. ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, prepares the food.

The café manager for April 5-8 is Kate Rogers, of Alcoa, a senior in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management. She has worked and bartended at Stinker’s Barbecue in Maryville. Her goal is to be an event planner.

C O N T A C T :

Bridget Hardy (865-974-2225, bhardy4@utk.edu)