The Classroom to Table Program is on hiatus this spring, as we convene a faculty-student committee to review the program and ensure its sustainability. If you have any suggestions you'd like to share with the committee, please contact us at email@example.com.
The C2T program fosters conversation and academic connection among undergraduate students and College faculty who gather in small groups for a meal arranged and paid for by the College. A faculty member may invite between 3 and 5 students, or a group of 3 to 5 students may invite a faculty member, and the College will pay up to $30 per person in the party (excluding tax and tip, excluding alcohol). Undergraduate Students may participate in a maximum of 2 gatherings per semester (to allow as many students access to the program as possible).
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick C2T Facts
Undergraduate Students may participate in a maximum of 2 gatherings per semester (to allow as many students access to the program as possible).
At least two business days advance notice is required for all reservation requests. Requests with special dietary restrictions will require additional advance notice.
Harvard College's Classroom to Table program will pay up to $30/person in the party (excluding tax and tip, excluding alcohol) for lunch or dinner meals. Please do not exceed this dollar amount (appetizers and desserts might not fit within your $30/person budget depending upon your entrée selection).
Alcoholic beverages cannot be paid for by the College.
Please note that reservations (or changes) must be made through the Classroom to Table application link above. It is against program policy for participants (faculty/students) to contact our partner restaurants directly with any reservation requests (new, changes, etc.).
- A faculty member may invite between 3 and 5 students, or a group of 3 to 5 students may invite a faculty member to a gathering.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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. Only currently registered Harvard College undergraduate students are eligible for program funds; graduate students are not eligible for program funds; undergraduates from other schools (e.g., MIT) are not eligible for the program funds. No exceptions. Undergraduate Students may participate in a maximum of 2 gatherings per semester (to allow as many students access to the program as possible).
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 course section leaders (i.e., TFs/TAs) 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. However, TFs/TAs who are the only course instructor may be eligible. If you have questions about eligibility and who may participate in the Classroom to Table program, please email email@example.com before you submit a request.
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 must include 1 faculty member). We may be able to accommodate larger groups of 8-12 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and for guidance before you submit a reservation request form that does not fit within the group-size guidelines above. We cannot accommodate group sizes of 13 people or more (12 people total is our upper limit). Even in cases where course enrollment is only slightly larger, such as 13 or 14 students, groups of greater than 12 are unfortunately too large for our program to accommodate. Instead, we recommend that large groups split up into separate gatherings (being mindful of group-size guidelines above). If separate reservation requests are submitted in this case, we would recommend submitting them at the same time to ensure that C2T can accommodate all groups.
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, click the Classroom to Table application link above to submit a request.
Before submitting your reservation request, 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.
Where do the meals take place?
You will be asked to indicate your first and second preference from our current list of partner restaurants (see current list below). You must select two restaurant options in the event that one of the restaurants is not available for booking.
At this time we have five 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) for lunch and dinner, Park Restaurant (59 JFK St) for dinner only, Russell House Tavern (14 JFK St) for lunch and dinner, The Hourly Oyster House (15 Dunster St) for lunch only, and Temple Bar (1688 Mass. Ave) for dinner only.
Does the group pay for the meals and then get reimbursed?
No. The College has an account with the program's partner restaurants and meals are charged directly to the College; there should be no out-of-pocket expense for your group (except alcohol). Guests will, however, be asked to review and sign their final receipt at the restaurant. The Classroom to Table program will pay up to $30/person in the party (excluding tax and tip). Alcoholic beverages will not be paid for by the College.
What happens once I submit the reservation request?
Each member of your group will receive a reservation confirmation from the restaurant with the details of your gathering.
What if I need to cancel a reservation because all or part of our group can no longer make the reservation day/time?
If you have a same-day cancellation, please contact the Classroom to Table Program office at 617-998-0840 or email@example.com as soon as possible. Our office will follow up with restaurant and cancel the reservation. Note that our office closes at 4pm and is not open on the weekends. For all other cancellations, please click on the Classroom to Table application link above to access the reservation you need to cancel. We hope that you are able to reschedule for another day, but you will need to submit a new reservation request with the new information in order to do so. Remember: since faculty must be present at all C2T gatherings, if a faculty member can no longer attend the gathering on the confirmed date, you must cancel the reservation.
What if my entire group can no longer attend our confirmed reservation date and we want to change the date? You will need to cancel your reservation by accessing the Classroom to Table application link above and then submit a new reservation request with the new date.
What if the invited faculty member can no longer attend the reserved gathering?
Since a faculty member must be present at all C2T gatherings, if a faculty member can no longer attend the gathering on the confirmed date, you must cancel the reservation by accessing the Classroom to Table application link above as soon as possible (see instructions on cancellation above).
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 application in order to be eligible for the Classroom to Table program funds.
What if I have a special dietary requirement that cannot be accommodated at any of the partner restaurants?
Submit your reservation request on the Classroom to Table application link above, where you will be able to indicate that you have a special dietary requirement (Kosher, Halal, etc.). The Classroom to Table administration will contact you directly to facilitate your gathering. Please note that gatherings requesting accommodation for special dietary needs require at least seven business days to facilitate and are scheduled as weekday lunches.
What if a member of our group has a food allergy? Please alert your server to any food allergies in your group at the time of your gathering.
Candice Wesson, Program Administrator
Ashley Callahan, Program Coordinator
Our office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, closed University holidays.
Enjoying dinner above at Temple Bar, Photo taken by Hai-Li Kong 9/27/16.