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The community is invited to experience international fine dining and savor foods from various countries at the Ready for the World Cafe, which kicks off Thursday, October 2.

Seven luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through December 4 in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.

Lunch typically consists of an intermezzo or small appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert. Each meal is carefully themed and the menu and recipes selected are a direct reflection of each region’s food culture. Student chefs are being graded on a preset theme, so the menu won’t allow for any substitutions.

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

Cost is $12 and advance tickets are required. For tickets, see Marcia Johnson in Jessie Harris Building Room 110, call 865-974-6645, or e-mail Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

The menu for the October 2 luncheon:

First course: Traditional antipasto platter with cured meats and cheeses from across Italy, served with margherita pizza

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

Third course: Veal milanese with lemon-seasoned arugula and cherry tomatoes

Fourth course: Panna cotta (Italian custard)

The remaining dates and themes are as follows:

  • October 9—Italy II
  • October 23—France I
  • October 30—France II
  • November 13—Japan
  • November 20—Thailand
  • December 4—Spain

More information is available online.


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