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KNOXVILLE – With spring break now behind us and finals just over a month away, it’s time to buckle down and … eat!

And the Ready for the World Café at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is there to help.

The menu for the week of March 21-24 includes foods from Mexico, Italy, the Middle East and the U.S. The buffet will feature chipotle braised chicken; cioppino-style roasted crab; porchetta-style roast pork; spinach salad with almonds; braised bacon Carolina rice; steamed asparagus with cardamom butter; and couscous with fresh cilantro and lemon juice.

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 UT 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.

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 managers are Stuart Chandler and Meagan Cupp.

Chandler, of Knoxville, is a senior in history with an HRT minor, born in Nashville. He wants to manage hotels or restaurants someday.

Cupp, of Knoxville, is a senior in HRT. She has worked as a host and server at Calhoun’s. Her career aspirations include being part of an event-coordinating team or catering service and eventually becoming “an educator of some sort, focusing on traveling and exploring the world with children and families.”

C O N T A C T :

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