Department of Retail Hospitality and Tourism Management News

Culinary Institute to Host Great Smoky Mountain Food Days

Smoky Mountains

UT’s Culinary Institute is partnering with Cowgirl Creamery to host the inaugural Great Smoky Mountain Food Days event October 6–7 at UT’s Visitors Center. “This event celebrates the food of the Smokies, which has been shaped by the people and climate of our region,” said Ann Fairhurst, department head of retail, hospitality, and tourism management.

5 Questions with Professor Stefanie Benjamin

Stefanie Benjamin, assistant professor in the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management program, recently was featured in a BuzzFeed article about the Lake Lure Dirty Dancing Festival.

WalletHub Features Benjamin as Expert for Summer Road Trips

WalletHub recently posted an article with the best and worst states for summer road trips. Stefanie Benjamin, assistant professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management, was featured as an expert on the topic.

Students Work to Attract Tourists to Lenoir City

Retail, hospitality, and tourism management students are trying to identify niche tourism markets that may help Lenoir City’s downtown revitalization efforts. The students are a part of a class taught by Stefanie Benjamin, an assistant professor of retail, hospitality, and tourism management in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Ready for the World Cafe Kicks Off Fall Season October 2

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.

UT students help expand ‘Rocky Top’ brand

UT students are helping to expand the Rocky Top brand by designing products that eventually end up on store shelves. WATE-TV Channel 6 featured the students and UT’s Rocky Top Institute in this story.