October 5, 2017 SOUP Dinner

Our next Knoxville SOUP will be October 5th at The Kerbela Temple, 325 Mimosa Ave [ map ].

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

Have an idea for a community project? Submit your proposal for your chance to win the people's choice.

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Thanks to our July 27 SOUP Sponsors

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

Raffle Items 

  • Ace Hardware 
  • Bargain Hunters Antique and Flea Market 
  • Bobbye Edwards 
  • Borderland Tees 
  • Chef Mo's Cafe & Catering
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Chop Shoppe Hair Studio 
  • Dogwood Animal Hospital 
  • Everything Mushrooms 
  • Friends Antiques and Collectibles Mall 
  • Honeybee Coffee 
  • It's a R-R-Ruff Life
  • Joe Karl, Publisher of Herald Newspapers
  • Love that BBQ
  • Lowe’s of South Knoxville
  • Lularoe 
  • McLemore Florist & Gifts 
  • Not Too Shabby 
  • Olde Virden's Red Hot Sprinkles 
  • Random Acts of Flowers 
  • Rocky Top Air 
  • South Knoxville Healing Arts 
  • South Landing Crossfit
  • Stanley’s Greenhouses
  • Tea & Treasures 
  • The Bed Store 
  • The Medicine Shoppe (Chapman Highway) 
  • The Wood Agency 
  • Three Bears Coffee Co. 
  • Three Rivers Market 
  • Weigel's (Mountain Grove )
  • Wood Realty (Patrick Michael)


  • Betsy Pickle
  • Chef Mo’s Cafe & Catering
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Danny Gray
  • Debbie Helsley
  • Gondolier
  • Mike & Jan Brown
  • Magpies Bakery
  • Prince Tony Hagan
  • Rebecca Husain
  • Round Up Restaurant
  • Shoney’s of Knoxville
  • SoKno Taco Cantina
  • Village Bakery
  • Volunteer’s BBQ


  • Adam Fritts
  • Andy Zimmerman
  • Betsy Pickle
  • Bobbye Edwards
  • Carson Dailey
  • Danny Gray
  • Dave Gartner
  • Debbie Beeler
  • Debbie Helsley
  • Grace Ringette
  • Herman Beeler
  • James Mayo
  • Janice Tocher
  • Janine Al-Aseer
  • Jess Purgason
  • Joe Touchton
  • Justin Carnes
  • Kara Strouse
  • Kelly Ervin
  • Mary Touchton
  • MicKayla Eldridge
  • Nancy Campbell
  • Prince Tony Hagan
  • R Larry Smith
  • Valarie 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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