About Knoxville SOUP!

The next SOUP dinner will be April 27th at Dara's Garden [2637 Maryville Pike].

Doors open at 6:00 and presentations start at 6:30.

Stay tuned for a listing of presenters for this dinner!

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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 October 6 SOUP Sponsors

A huge THANKS to all our sponsors and those who contributed to help make our October 6th dinner a success. Please help us thank our supporters with YOUR support of their business!

Food Donations

  • Averra Media: Table Snacks & Pumpkin Mousse
  • Carson Dailey: Beef Stew
  • Chef Mo’s Cafe & Catering: Salad
  • Chick-Fil-A: Tea & Lemonade
  • From Scratch Foods: Smoked Chicken Chowder
  • John Capps & Nichole Poquette: Hummus Wraps
  • Jordan Frye: Pumpkin Crumb Cake
  • Ramsey's Catering: Potato Soup
  • Round Up Restaurant: Chili & Chicken Salad Sandwiches
  • Shoney's: Vegetable Soup
  • Susan Martin: Cornbread
  • Wee Care Shoppe: Squash Soup


  • Adam Fritts (Publicity Team Leader)
  • Bob Rheil
  • Bobbye Edwards (Raffle Team Leader)
  • Carson Dailey
  • Chris Lamb
  • Chris Widener (October Dinner Chair)
  • Dave Gartner
  • Delores Mitchell
  • Janice Tocher (Food Team Leader)
  • Janine Al-Aseer
  • John Capps
  • Jordan Frye
  • Julie Ellis
  • Nichole Poquette
  • Rick Nelson
  • Susan Martin (Volunteer Team Leader)
  • Tony
  • Valerie Johnson

Raffle Items

  • Bobbye Edwards resident artist of Tea & Treasures
  • Candoro Arts & Heritage Center
  • Carl Hensley – Volunteers of Fort Dickerson Cleanup
  • Chef Mo's Café & Catering
  • Delores Mitchell
  • Fagan's Jewelers
  • Frussie's
  • Gondolier Italian Restaurant & Pizza
  • Ijam's Nature Center
  • Jenny Wolf of Tea & Treasures
  • Joann Lale LMT
  • Ken Knight
  • Knoxville Museum of Art
  • Love That BBQ
  • Lowe's of South Knoxville
  • Marlene Burnette
  • Not Too Shabby, Jama Williams
  • Raven Records & Rarities
  • Renaissance Dragonfly, Mary Beth & Bailey
  • Side Street Market, Janice Crowe
  • Side Street Market, Renae Anderson
  • Southland Wine & Spirits
  • Stanley's Greenhouse & Nursery
  • Susan Watson Arbital
  • Time Warp Tea Room
  • WDVX
  • Y-Knot Organizers, Vicki Myers & Dena Thompson