The Ready for the World Cafe will be hosting a full-service Southern French style luncheon on Thursday from noon until 1:00 p.m.
The cafe serves a different international themed lunch every week, ranging from Southern French to Japanese Cookery. Attendants include alumni, faculty, staff, students and other community members. Last week's Northern Italian luncheon hosted more than 80 people.
"I went to most of the lunches in the spring semester and it was pretty neat to see people from the community attend," said Lola Alapo, UT media and internal relations coordinator. "A lot of people were repeat participants because the experience was so good."
Each individual attending the luncheon will receive an intermezzo, or small appetizer, salad or soup, an entree and a dessert. At some luncheons music, a video or a slideshow that corresponds with that country's culture is played.
This week's meal will consist of a duck confit salad with mesclun walnuts and sherry chardonnay viniagrette; roquefort or bleu cheese, and saint albrey, a soft ripened cheese; and a bouillabaisse or a seafood stew with onions, tomatoes, white wine, olive oil, garlic, saffron and herbs with French bread.
UT Culinary Institute students along with students enrolled in hotel, restaurant and tourism management at UT and Pellissippi State Community College create the menu and prepare the lunch. The students serve the food as well as work in the dining room as general managers, kitchen managers and dining room attendants.
"They do all the advertising, prepare the linens, and prep for the food," Marcia Johnson, administrative assistant for the cafe, said. "They work the whole week."
Each week the students receive a different task that they must perform, allowing all students to try different positions and gain knowledge of all aspects of the restaurant business.
"They're learning how to manage a restaurant," Johnson said. "It's good for people who want to run a restaurant."
This year, the Ready for the World Cafe features a different country every other week to allow students to learn more about each country's culture and learn from guest chefs.
The Ready for the World Cafe was started in 2008 by John Antun, who passed away in July 2011. Antun was a professor at UT who also founded UT's Culinary Institute in 2007.
The Ready for the World Cafe began its international luncheon series on Sept. 25 with a Southern Italian-themed meal. This week's Southern French style lunch will be the second in the series, with Northern French, Japanese Sushi and Southern Spanish being served in upcoming weeks. The Ready for the World Cafe will end the fall series on Dec. 4.
This year's sponsor for the Ready for the World Cafe is Sysco Foods. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 in room 110 in the Jessie Harris Building. The luncheon will take place in the UT Visitors Center.
The luncheon dates for the rest of the semester can be found online at utk.edu/readyfortheworld/cafe.php.