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rftw-large1The Ready for the World Café kicks off its spring season February 26 with a tour of Italy.

Reservations are now being taken for the seven luncheons, which will run through April 23.

The luncheons, which are held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive, typically consist 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 dates and themes for the luncheons are as follows:

February 26—Italy I
March 5—Italy II
March 26—France I
April 2—France II
April 9—Spain
April 16–Japan
April 23—Thailand

For the menus or more information, call 865-974-6645, e-mail or visit the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management website.