About Knoxville SOUP

We are pleased to announced our summer Knoxville SOUP dinner will be held August 13th at 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 to be considered for this dinner is Sunday, August 4th. Presenters will be notified by August 6th if their proposal has been selected.

Do you want to support this project with your time? We need volunteers! Sign Up.

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…

Proposals can be for anything that will benefit the community or society in general. Past winning projects have improved greenways and nature trails, provided exercise equipment for seniors, funded back to school drives, supported other charitable endeavors and even launched a small business with a social focus. There are no hard and fast rules to what a proposal should be, only that someone envisions it, asks for it and the diners vote for it.

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 30th SOUP Sponsors and Volunteers

A huge THANKS to all our sponsors and those who contributed to help make our SOUP dinners a success. We especially appreciate the beautiful, hospitable event space of Dara’s Garden AND the wonderful food and service of Rothchild Catering!

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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