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rftw-large1The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Ready for the World Café kicks off another season with a journey to Italy on Thursday, March 6.

The luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 1 in the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive.

The café is a full-service international dining experience. Lunch consists of intermezzo or small appetizer, salad, entree, 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 e-mail Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

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

First course: Traditional Italian antipasto with cured meats and cheeses from Italy

Second course: Pasta alla puttanesca (a pasta dish with a tangy tomato sauce) with Pecorino Romano (milk cheese)

Third course: Zuppa di pesce (fish soup)

Dessert: Crostata (baked tart)

Bread: Focaccia

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

  • March 25 – Italy II
  • March 27 – France I
  • April 1 – France II
  • April 3 – France III
  • April 17 – Japan (sushi)
  • April 22 – Thailand
  • April 24 – Spain I
  • April 29 – Spain II
  • May 1 – France and Japan 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,