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The Tableside Luncheon

Dates: October 28, 2022

Meets: F from 12 N to 1:00 PM

Location: UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville

Registration Fee: $18.00


Downtown Knoxville is steeped in history. The UT Conference Center on Henley Street is housed in the former Rich's department store that once featured the Laurel Tea Room on the top floor. It seemed no one could go to Rich's without coming home with a delicious coconut cake. In fact, the recipe is still a sought-after item.

Students in the UT Culinary Program now operate out of the former tea room. Inspired by their historic surroundings, they are pleased to honor the past by adding new twists on old Laurel favorites.

The result is our luncheon series called "Laurel's Echo."

Each luncheon will include an assortment of appetizers, entrées, side dishes, and desserts-all for $18 (including tax).

You must register and pay at least five business days prior to the luncheon, and seating is first come, first served. No refunds or transfers will be given for culinary luncheons.

Featured entrées: Garden Frittata and Ricotta Blintz with Berry Relish

Fee: $18.00

UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville

Greg Eisele CEC

Executive chef Greg J. Eisele is director of the UT Culinary & Catering Program, which was recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) as a quality program.

Eisele serves as the current president of the Smoky Mountain chapter of the American Culinary Federation, and he is a frequent guest chef on WBIR-TV in Knoxville.


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