Classroom to Table

 
 

Welcome back Faculty and Students!

The Classroom to Table Program staff is pleased to announce that our online form (see link below) is now enabled.
Please do not submit requests with less than five business days' notice. For example, a reservation for a Monday must be submitted on or before the prior Monday. Due to the high volume of requests we receive, our office needs five business days advance notice for all reservation requests. If you submit a request with less than five business days advance notice, we will not be able to accommodate your requests.

Please Note: Due to budgetary guidance for the spring term, we may not be able to accommodate all requests this semester. As we approach our budget limit, we will update this website with more information.

Click Below to Request a Classroom to Table Gathering:

Online Reservation Request Form
(Updated Feb. 17, 2017)

Questions about existing reservations? E-mail classroomtotable@fas.harvard.edu

The Harvard College Classroom to Table program allows faculty and undergraduate students to gather over a meal for discussion and academic connection, arranged and paid for by the College. This program reflects our effort to respond to several proposals that have come to the College in recent months for creating opportunities for students and faculty to engage with each other outside of the classroom.

This program is an experiment, and we will be interested to see what you do with it. We will track and assess how it is working and will keep you posted. Depending on the level of interest in the program, we may need to limit the number of times we pay for any one group, but we will assess as we go.

Harvard College's Classroom to Table program will pay up to $25/person in the party for lunch or dinner meals. Please be mindful of this dollar amount (appetizers and desserts might not fit within your $25/person budget depending upon your entrée selection).

Alcoholic beverages will not be paid for by the College.

Please note that reservations must be made by the Classroom to Table administration; they cannot be made by faculty or students directly contacting a partner restaurant.

Who can participate in Classroom to Table? 

This is a Harvard College program. If you are a current Harvard faculty member giving primary instruction in a College course or if you are a registered Harvard College undergraduate student, you may initiate the arrangement and participate in the program.  Currently registered Harvard College undergraduate students are eligible; graduate students are not eligible for program funds. No exceptions.

 

• HOW DO I KNOW IF SOMEONE IS THE PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR IN A COURSE?: Generally, primary instructors (or course heads) are those who are the instructor of record for a course and appear within the course listing in the College Course Catalog search in courses.my.harvard.edu. Section Leaders and instructional support staff in a course (e.g., TFs/TAs/CAs) are not eligible. No exceptions.

 

• CAN FACULTY FROM OTHER HARVARD SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE?: Currently, Faculty from other Harvard schools are eligible only if they are teaching a course at the College, for example, an HBS instructor teaching a Freshman Seminar at the College may participate. Instructors teaching courses at the other Harvard schools in which an undergraduate cross-registers are not eligible. No exceptions.

 

• CAN SECTION LEADERS PARTICIPATE? Instructional support staff such as TFs/TAs/CAs are not eligible for Classroom to Table funds, nor are graduate students enrolled in a course. No exceptions.

 

If you have questions about eligibility and who may participate in the Classroom to Table program, please email classroomtotable@fas.harvard.edu before you submit a form.

 

What are the group size guidelines? 
Groups may range in size from 4-6 people (this must include between 3 and 5 undergraduate students and 1 faculty member).

We may be able to accommodate larger groups of 6-12 people if 2 faculty members participate in one gathering. This might be the case if two faculty members join together to invite a group of 6 to 10 students, or a group of 6 to 10 students might issue the invitation to two faculty members.

Are other group sizes possible? 
Generally we do not make exceptions to the group size guidelines. Please contact the Classroom to Table program at
classroomtotable@fas.harvard.edu with questions and for guidance.

How do I sign up?
If you are a faculty member or an undergraduate student, you may initiate the arrangement and participate in the program.

Before submitting your reservation request form, you should have already confirmed with everyone in your group that they are able to attend the gathering on reservation date/time that you will be requesting on the form. 


On the Reservation Request Form you will be asked to enter your name, email, and phone number (the person making this reservation request will be the primary contact for the group and will receive all confirmation emails re this reservation request); your preferred restaurant choices and reservation date/time; and the names of the other guests in your group (faculty and undergraduates only).

Where do the meals take place?
On the reservation form you will be asked to indicate your restaurant preferences from our current list of partner restaurants (see current list below and on the form). We ask that you select more than one restaurant option in the event that your first choice is not available. The College has an account with the program's partner restaurants and meals are charged directly to the College, so there should be no out-of-pocket expense for your group (except alcohol*). The Classroom to Table program will pay up to $25/person in the party (including tax and tip). *Alcoholic beverages will not be paid for by the College.

At this time we have six partner restaurants in Harvard Square who are set up to receive payment directly from the College in order to cover the meal costs: Grafton Street (1230 Mass. Ave), Park Restaurant (59 JFK St), Russell House Tavern (14 JFK St), Legal Sea Foods (20 University Rd), The Hourly Oyster House (15 Dunster St) and Temple Bar (1688 Mass. Ave). 

How soon can I sign up? 
Please do not submit requests with less than five business days' notice. For example, a reservation for a Monday must be submitted on or before the prior Monday. Due to the high volume of requests we receive, our office needs five business days advance notice for all reservation requests. If you submit a request with less than five business days advance notice, we will not be able to accommodate your requests.
 

What happens once I submit the reservation request form? 
You will receive a reservation follow-up and confirmation from the Office of Undergraduate Education within three business days. Then you must follow up with everyone in your group and share the reservation confirmation information (confirmed date/time, restaurant name and location).

What if I need to cancel a reservation because all or part of our group can no longer make the reservation day/time? 
Please email 
classroomtotable@fas.harvard.edu as soon as possible—ideally at least 1-2 business days prior to the reservation. Our office will follow up with restaurant and cancel the reservation. We hope that you are able to reschedule for another day, and we would ask that you submit a new reservation request form with the new information.

What if my group can no longer attend our confirmed reservation date and we want to change the date? 
Due to the high volume of requests we receive, we cannot reschedule a reservation to a different date. You will need to cancel your initial request by emailing us at: classroomtotable@fas.harvard.edu and then submit a new request via our online sign-up form. Remember, our office needs five business days advance notice, so please do not submit any new requests with less than five business days' notice because we will not be able to accommodate your request. We cannot reschedule a reservation date; you must submit a new reservation request.

For students: What if our invited faculty member can no longer attend the reserved gathering? 
If your faculty member can no longer attend the gathering on the confirmed date, you must cancel the reservation by emailing us at:
 classroomtotable@fas.harvard.edu as soon as possible—ideally at least 1-2 business days prior to the reservation. Our office will follow up with restaurant and cancel the reservation. We hope that you are able to reschedule for another day, and we would ask that you submit a new reservation request form with the new information.

Can I be reimbursed for a gathering that was not booked by the Classroom to Table program? 
No. We do not reimburse individuals for expenses for gatherings that took place outside of the administration of the Classroom to Table program, nor can we reimburse anyone for gatherings that the faculty/students book directly with either a partner or non-partner restaurant. All gatherings must be reserved directly through the Classroom to Table administration in order to be eligible for the Classroom to Table program funds.

Questions? 
Email: classroomtotable@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-0450 

Our office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, closed University holidays.

Enjoying dinner above at Temple Bar, Photo taken by Hai-Li Kong 9/27/16.