About Knoxville SOUP!

NEWS FLASH! Our next Knoxville SOUP will be July 27th at The South Knoxville Community Center [ map ]. Doors open at 6:00 PM and presentations start at 6:30. Mark your calendars and come hear about projects in our community! Soup, Salad, and a VOTE... 

Get inspired! Watch a 2 minute video of a SOUP dinner in progress.

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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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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