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KNOXVILLE — Chocolate, strawberries, raspberries: they’re natural aphrodisiacs and some Valentine’s Day favorites.

Diners will enjoy each of these yummy delights in the dishes at this week’s Ready for the World Café at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The menu includes strawberry and feta salad; hash brown casserole, orange chicken, white and wild rice pilaf, pepper-crusted pork tenderloin with chocolate sauce, grilled corn with lime-cilantro butter, and baked cod topped with raspberry glaze. The buffet also will feature a dessert table and a carving station.

The café is an international buffet operated by students in the advanced food production and service management class, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) 445 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The 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.

Wes Surber

Diners pay $11 for the all-you-can-eat buffet or $9 for a plate of food to carry out. Aramark’s faculty/staff discount card can be used at the café.

Students in HRT 445 take turns planning the menus, marketing the café and working in the café. ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, prepares the food.

This week’s café manager is Wes Surber, of Bristol, a senior in HRT. He is a front desk clerk at the Hilton Garden Inn in Knoxville and previously worked at the Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville. He would someday like to start his own business, possibly one that is tourism-related. “I like to be creative, so I think destination marketing also would be a good fit,” he said.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely, (865-974-5034,