This committee organizes the most formal and well-attended event of Reunion. See our Class Banquet 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 only the post-60th, 50th and 45th 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 great meal. If the banquet is at your headquarters, any of the caterers listed on the Suppliers and Other Useful Contacts page, including Amherst College Catering, may be hired. Again, make sure to determine exactly what they will provide (tablecloths, beverages, etc.).
In addition to the food, you 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 (see “Nominating Committee”) and an announcement of the class gift to date. Alumni and Parent Programs will provide P/A systems for speakers if requested.