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KNOXVILLE — The Ready for the World Café celebrates Wellness Week at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the week of April 4-7 with healthy fare from around the world.

The good-for-you menu includes all-American summer salad, Cuban pork, Asian grilled tilapia with a plum glaze, Moroccan carrot-and-chickpea tagine, Italian roasted asparagus with balsamic reduction, Israeli couscous pilaf, and grilled Jamaican jerk chicken with mango chutney.

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 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 Ashley Martin and Kori Higgins.

Martin, from Davidson, N.C., is a junior in HRT. She works as a guest service representative and weekend server at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cedar Bluff. Upon graduation in May 2012, Martin hopes to continue her relationship with Marriott and seek employment in hotel and resort management.

Higgins, who was born in Knoxville but has lived most of her life in Oak Ridge, is a senior in nutrition with a minor in food service systems management. She is an avid cook and plans to become a registered dietitian. She hopes to one day incorporate cooking into her dietitian practice.


Amy Blakely, (865-974-5034,