This committee organizes the most formal and well-attended event of Reunion. View the Class Banquet - Detail Worksheet to help you plan your class banquet. Some classes have found that it is easier to have the Food and Beverage Committee take on this function. Banquets are most often held at your headquarters; generally 50th and post-50th Class Banquets are held in Valentine Hall. All banquets held in Valentine are catered by Amherst College Catering. They will help you choose menus and all other details necessary for a wonderful meal for you and your classmates. If the banquet is at your headquarters, you may hire any of the caterers on our list of vendors, including Amherst College Catering. You are welcome to hire a caterer not on this list, but we will need to be in touch with them regarding certifications and permits. Again, be sure to determine exactly what they will provide for you as part of your contract (tablecloths, beverages, etc.).
In addition to the food, you will need to organize the program for the evening. Featured speakers are often members of the class. All speakers should be encouraged to make their remarks fairly brief. The banquet is also often the time for a short business meeting of the class - primarily the election of officers for the next five years (for more information, see the Nominating Committee web page) and an announcement of the class gift to date. Alumni and Parent Programs will provide P/A systems for speakers if requested.