April 27th Knoxville SOUP Dinner

These excellent projects were selected to present at our April 27th SOUP dinner

This dinner will be held at Dara's Garden [2637 Maryville Pike].

Doors open at 6:00 and presentations start at 6:30. Come here more about these inspiring projects and cast your vote for the people's choice!

  1. Marble Springs State Historic Site Educational School Tour Project: The Marble Springs Educational School Tour Project will provide funds for supplies that will expand the school tour experience at Marble Springs State Historic Site, home of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier.
  2. South Doyle Middle School - ReZoning the Library: We want to create 'zones' in the library that will energize and fuel student learning in our school. Our library is a massive space that we want to reclaim for innovative learning by building a culture of creativity and discovery in many different formats. The zones we want to create include: a maker space that encapsulate science, social studies, and math; a creative discovery museum that houses learning trunks that bring learning to life including history trunks, a theater, and hands on fun; a reading zone dedicated to fully enjoying reading just for the pleasure of it with bean bags, other comfy seating and nooks for quiet reading time; a small groups area where students can be worked with in a more focused arena on weak academic areas; and a dedicated large group area that can be utilized by the librarian, teachers and others across the district to use for lessons, workshops, meetings and in-service trainings. One last zone we would like to create is a studio used for creating multimedia presentations. It will include equipment, furniture and computer software that allow students to create movies, videos, and other presentations. The entire project is being prepared in a 3-5 year plan of completion. We are seeking funding from different sources to serve in accomplishing this vision.
  3. Central Cinema: We're developing a single-screen "neighborhood theater" moviehouse specializing in classic films, cult favorites and special events. We hope to locate it just north of downtown, where our focus on encouraging local arts culture will mesh well with that area's developing commercial community.
  4. Permaculture Garden Upgrade: We are committed to enlarging the community garden areas at the Sustainable Future Center. Last year we hosted the Boys & Girls club (who will be returning this year), but their success was impacted by limited water supplies. We have a plan to expand our rainwater collection system and create an irrigation system for two sizeable areas.

Thanks to our April 27 SOUP Sponsors

A huge THANKS to all our sponsors and those who contributed to help make our April 27th dinner a success. Please help us thank our supporters with YOUR support of their business!

Raffle Items 

  • Aerial drone photographs – Joe Karl
  • Ann Vierra
  • Borderland Tees - Bob Riehl
  • Candoro Arts & Heritage Center
  • Carl Hensley & Fort Dickerson Cleanup Volunteers
  • Carson & Tammy Dailey
  • Curiosities Metaphysical Shop – Rev.Meleah McCammon
  • Dale’s
  • Dale’s Fried Pies
  • Elder’s Ace Hardware: $25 Gift Certificate
  • Expressions Home Store - Melissa Rose
  • Fagan’s Jewelry – Ron & Clytie Fagan
  • Gondolier Italian Restaurant
  • Held Law Firm – Margaret Held
  • Ijams Nature Center
  • Impromptu – Beulah Hall
  • It’s a R-R-Ruff Life - Karen House
  • Love That BBQ - Walt Love
  • Lowe’s of South Knoxville
  • Marble Springs State Historic Site
  • Mumsey & Eva Boutique – Terry Patterson
  • Not Too Shabby – Jama Williams
  • Pet Supplies Plus
  • Pink and Proper –Sandy Stipes & Rachel Ashe
  • Rocky Top Air – Gerald Allison
  • Shawn Pointer Photography
  • Shoney’s of Knoxville
  • SoKno Taco – Nick Pavlis
  • Southland Spirits & Wine - Jim Maples
  • Stanley’s Greenhouses – Monte Stanley
  • Tea & Treasures – Jenny Wolf & Bobbye Edwards
  • Team Wedding - Marvel Triscritti
  • Tennessee State Bank
  • Tennessee Theatre
  • The Village Bakery – Tina & James Shelton
  • V G’s Bakery
  • Wee Care Shoppe – Rebecca & Fathi Husain


  • Adam Fritts (April Dinner Chair)
  • Andy Zimmermann
  • Bobbye Edwards (Raffle Team Leader)
  • Carson Dailey
  • Coni Mann
  • Danny Gray
  • Dave Gartner
  • Dogwood Elementary
  • James Mayo (Photographer)
  • Janice Tocher (Proposal Team Leader)
  • Jess Purgason (Volunteer Team Leader)
  • John Capps
  • Keiffer Caughron (Photographer)
  • Mary Touchton
  • MicKayla Eldridge
  • Nancy Campbell
  • Nichole Poquette
  • Robyn Cooper
  • Sharlene Adams
  • Valerie Ackerbloom
  • Valerie Johnson

About Knoxville SOUP!

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SOUP is a community dinner that is part pot luck and part planned. It is an opportunity for the community to gather, share and connect. It is an opportunity to support projects that, in some manner, benefit the community as a whole. It’s where Democracy meets Charity.

SOUP has been described as:

  • a collaborative situation
  • a public dinner
  • a platform for connection
  • a relational hub bringing together communities
  • a forum for discussion
  • an opportunity to support creative people in pursuit of the betterment of their community

How it works: We will open the doors at 6:00 pm, collecting a $5.00 donation from attendees. At 6:30, 4 preselected individuals or groups will present an idea or project they would like to carry out. Each presenter (or group) has 4 minutes to inform, impassion and inspire the audience. They then have 4 minutes to answer questions from the audience. Dinner is then served while attendees digest, discuss and deliberate over the projects presented. They then cast a ballot for the project they would like most to fund.

When the evening nears a close, the ballots are counted and the group that has the most votes takes home the money from the door to help fund their project. Democracy meets Charity…

The possibilities of what can be accomplished are limited only by what the community envisions, asks for and earns votes for. Many cities have similar projects that after becoming established, average well over $1000 per dinner in micro-grant funding.

Winners are asked to return to a subsequent dinner and share with us the success of their project. Dinners will also feature an artist each month.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with proposals presented at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. Diners will have about an hour to eat, share and connect with others while voting for the project they like best. By about 8:15, the votes will be tallied and the winning project will be awarded all donations raised at the door. NOTE: a suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door. All money raised at the door goes to the winning proposal.

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