SOUP's On - April 30th, 2019

We making a return to the lovely Dara's Gardens for our first SOUP dinner of 2019!

Mark your calendar now for Tuesday, April 30th. 

Doors open at 6:00 PM and presentations start at 6:30. Come hear about projects in our community. $5 (suggested donation) gets you Soup, Salad, and a VOTE!

We appreciate the beautiful, hospitable event space of Dara’s Garden AND the wonderful food and service of Rothchild Catering!

Dara's Garden is locationed at 2637 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920 [ Map ]

Do you have a project that needs funding? Submit a proposal! Deadline to be considered for the April dinner is Sunday, April 21st.

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

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

Like the Knoxville SOUP Facebook Page to keep up with the latest information about SOUP dinners.

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 Oct 23rd SOUP Sponsors and Volunteers

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

A special thanks and call-out to Borderland Tees who stores our supplies and picks up/delivers them for each dinner! Borderland Tees continues to do great work for our community!

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