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KNOXVILLE — Dishes from Spain, France and the Middle East will be on the menu at the Ready for the World Café this week at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The café will be open Monday through Wednesday, but closed on Thursday and Friday for UT’s fall break.

The menu includes grilled vegetarian paella with a basil-tomato slaw, kifta (Middle Eastern meatloaf), curried coconut chicken, snappy halibut skillet, Lyonnaise potatoes, roasted asparagus and mushrooms and strawberry bleu cheese salad.

The café is an international buffet operated by students in the advanced food production and service management class, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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.

This semester, there are 18 students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445 course. In small groups, they take turns planning the menus, marketing the café and working in the café. ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, prepares the food.

Katie Frith, a senior in HRT from Nashville who works at Macaroni Grill and wants to be an event planner, and Bobby Clymens, a senior in HRT from Kingsport, are this week’s student managers.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu)