About Knoxville SOUP!

We are excited to announce our next Knoxville SOUP dinner will be Tuesday, October 23th. Location will be the Kerbela Temple - 315 Mimosa Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and presentations start at 6:30.

Do you have a project that needs funding? Submit a proposal! Deadline is October 14th. Selected presenters will be notified no later than October 17th.

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.

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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 July 24th 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!

Raffle Items

  • Advance Metal Fabrication
  • Allen Sign Company
  • Averra Media
  • Bobbye Edwards, Tea & Treasures Resident Artist
  • Borderland Tees
  • Fagan Jewelers
  • H&R Bock
  • It's a R-R-Ruff Life
  • Joe Karl, Publisher of the Herald
  • Knox Power Equipment & Farm Supply
  • Love that BBQ
  • Loveday's Garden Center
  • Lowe's of South Knoxville
  • Marble Springs Historic Site
  • Nails So Happy
  • Navitat Canopy Adventures
  • Nick Pavlis
  • Oliver Royale & Peter Kern Library
  • Open Reins Counseling
  • Pancho's Mexican Restaurant
  • Planet Fitness-South
  • ROC CØCØ Salon
  • Round Up Restaurant
  • Saint Tattoo
  • Shoney's of Knoxville
  • Southern Breeze Heating and Cooling
  • Stanley's Greenhouse


  • Aubrey's Restaurant
  • Magpies
  • Mike and Jan Brown
  • Olive Garden
  • Round Up Restaurant
  • Shoney's Restaurant
  • SoKno Taco
  • Southern Breeze Heating and Cooling
  • Tupelo Honey
  • Village Bakery
  • Wee Care Shop


  • Adam Fritts
  • Amy Albers
  • Andy Zimmerman
  • Ashleigh Bennett
  • Bob Rheil
  • Betsy Pickle
  • Carson Dailey
  • Debbie Beeler
  • Debbie Helsley
  • Debbie Sharp
  • Eldora Fitzsimmons
  • Gayla Guinard
  • Hannah Freeman
  • Janice Tocher
  • Janine Al-Aseer
  • Joe Touchton
  • Josh Hugo
  • Kim DeRopp
  • Lauren Bennett
  • Lisa Fall
  • Mary Touchton
  • Nancy Campbell
  • Rebecca Parr
  • Ruth White
  • Ryan Worden
  • Scott Tocher
  • Sharlene Adams
  • Stacy Womble
  • Susan Martin