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Ready for the World CafeUT’s Ready for the World Cafe is back for another season and kicks off the fall semester Thursday, October 3.

The luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through December 5 in the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive.

The cafe is a full-service international dining experience. Lunch consists of intermezzo or small appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert.

Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required. For tickets, see Marcia Johnson in 110 Jessie Harris Building, call 865-974-6645, or email Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

The first luncheon Thursday will feature Italian fare. The menu is as follows:

First course: Traditional Italian antipasto with cured meats and cheeses from southern Italy served with homemade margherita pizza

Second course: Spinach and goat cheese ravioli with roasted garlic cream sauce

Third course: Chicken cacciatore served with creamy polenta

Dessert: Tiramisu

The dates and themes for the remaining luncheons are as follows:

  • October 10—Italy
  • October 24—France
  • October 31—France
  • November 7—Japan
  • November 14—Japan
  • November 21—Spain
  • December 5—French-Japanese fusion

The luncheons are produced through a collaboration of HRT 445 (the Advanced Food Production and Service Management class), the UT Culinary Institute, and the Pellissippi Culinary Institute.


Marcia Johnson (for tickets): (865-974-6645,

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,