Students' palates will be given a chance to visit France this Thursday at the next stop on the Ready for the World Café's map.

Ready for the World Café gives students a chance to taste foods of many cultures. Last week, it was a taste of Italy and now, a taste of France.

The Ready for the World Café describes the luncheon as "a full-service international experience." These luncheons are brought to us by a group effort from the Advanced Food Production and Service Management class, the UT Culinary Institute and the Pellissippi Culinary Institute.

Jasmine Gurley, junior in the Culinary Institute, is one of the students participating in each meal preparation.

Gurley said the Ready for the World Café is close to her heard, and feels it could be a "culture lesson."

"I love to travel, and it is definitely something to soak up," Gurley said. "As a student, I think kids our age need to learn about different cultures, and the differences of different countries. The café really broadens one's prospective, and is a real learning experience to us as well."

Gurley said her cooking horizons have been expanded simply by participating in the café.

"Many people think that olive oil is general, but actually there are different types of olive oil that comes from different regions in Italy," Gurley said. "You learn a lot, and about every type of food."

Tyler White, a chef instructor at the Culinary Institute, said the Ready for the World Café's purpose is evident in its title.

"(The purpose) is to teach and expose students to different cuisines and cultures so that when they enter the real world, they will be exposed to differences," White said. "This is a café where students can come and get authentic cuisine."

White said the event's main sponsor, Sysco, donates hefty amounts of food to the program to keep costs low.

"If students went elsewhere and ordered the same meal, they would definitely be spending more than just $12," White said. "We also try to incorporate local foods whenever possible.

"We also try to bring in the community by inviting guest chefs. They come in and instruct the cooking."

White said students gain hands-on experience in preparing the food, such as the sushi rolls that are made from scratch.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in Room 110 of the Jessie Harris Building. The luncheon will be held at the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive at 11:30 a.m.