RFTW Cafe Offers Taste of Italy, Argentina and Morocco

Ready for the World CafeThe Ready for the World Café will feature a taste of Italy, Argentina and Morocco Oct. 6-8.

The café will be will open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and will be closed Thursday due to fall break.

The menu, designed by students Shelly Spoerre and Mary Molinski, will include chicken picatta, Argentinean-style beef with chimichurri sauce, seared tuna with mango salsa, ratatouille, Moroccan vegetable stew, pasta carbonara, herbed lemon orzo, and tortellini salad with fresh herb and tomato vinaigrette.

The café is an international buffet that is operated by students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism 445 course. Most weeks, it is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the University Center.

The café was the brainchild of John Antun, assistant professor and director of the retail, hospitality and tourism management department. Antun, a certified executive chef with a doctorate in higher education administration, has spent more than 40 years in the hospitality industry and opened and operated four successful restaurants in the New York metropolitan area.

Although ARAMARK, UT’s provider of dining services, provides the food and its employees do the cooking, students provide the recipes and manage the employees. Students take turns serving as general manager of the café.

The café menu changes weekly.

Antun said students chose the name "Ready for the World Café" because their project fits well into the university’s international and intercultural initiative, also called Ready for the World.

The goal of Ready for the World is to transform the campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century. The initiative involves increasing the diversity among students, faculty and staff; infusing the curriculum with international and intercultural content; expanding study-abroad and work-study opportunities; and encouraging students to take advantage of all of these opportunities.

For more information about Ready for the World, see http://www.utk.edu/readyfortheworld/.

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