About Knoxville SOUP!

We are excited to announce our next Knoxville SOUP dinner will be Tuesday, July 24th. Location will be the South Knoxville Community Center - 522 Maryville Pike. 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 July 15th. Selected presenters will be notified by July 18th.


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 April 17th 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!

We especially thank Dara's Garden for providing the event location and Rothchild Catering for providing the food! Dara's Garden and Rothchild Catering have been Knoxville SOUP sponsors for the past 3 years and we appreciate their support of the community!

Raffle Items

  • 4th & Gill Neighborhood Association
  • Barbara Mott
  • Bobby Kelley
  • Bobbye Edwards, Tea & Treasures Resident Artist
  • Bush Bros. & Co.
  • Candoro Arts & Heritage
  • Clarence Brown Theatre
  • Dr. Paul Kelley Volunteer Academy
  • Elder's Ace Hardware
  • Eldora Fitzsimmons
  • Good Golly Tamale
  • It's a R-R-Ruff Life
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  • Joe Karl, Publisher of the Herald
  • Knoxville Zoo
  • La Bamba Seafood
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  • Mike & Jan Brown
  • Navitat Canopy Adventures
  • Nick Pavlis
  • Saint Tatoo
  • Shoney's of Knoxville
  • Stanley's Greenhouse
  • Stephanie Welch, City Council District 1
  • Sunspot Restaurant
  • Tennessee State Bank
  • Tennessee Theatre
  • Teresa Dorian
  • Three Bears Coffee Company
  • Tracy Gray
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Volunteers

  • Adam Fritts
  • Andy Zimmerman
  • Betsy Pickle
  • Carson Dailey
  • Claudia Caballero
  • Danny Gray
  • Dave Gartner
  • James Mayo
  • Janice Tocher
  • Janine Al-Aseer
  • Jess Perguson
  • Mickayla Juroff
  • Nancy Campbell
  • Rebecca Parr