The Pindar Field Dinner Series continues to be refined as we enter a new school year. After each year concludes, we meet to discuss ways to improve our dinners and the inclusion of all. Responding to student comments regarding the dress requirement, we have added a clothes closet. Students that feel they do not have the dress clothing that is required for the dinner can pick from a closet of clothing that might suit their needs.
October 10, 2014
The first Pindar Field Dinner of the year was held on October 10 at the Alumni House with Leykia Brill, the associate director of Student Affairs as the primary speaker. Brill spoke of her younger days and the influences and opportunities in her life. Her remarks and photo will be posted soon. Amherst College Chef Jeremy Roush spoke in detail about the food that was served including the reason for selection, the origin and the accompaniments.
October 17, 2014
Jane Taubman, professor emerita of Russian addressed the Pindar Field Dinner held on October 17. Her stories of the early days of women professors at Amherst were received with surprise by many in the room. Her photo will be posted soon.
October 31, 2014
A recent graduate of Amherst College, as well as the graudate assistant for theater and dance, and the 2013 Commencement Senior Speaker, Reilly Horan '13 welcomed students to a special Halloween themed Pindar Field Dinner.
November 14, 2014
The Pindar Field Dinner series moved to the Lord Jeffrey Inn for one night in November. Joined by Winifred Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities and professor of French and European studies Ronald Rosbottom, students enjoyed a dinner selected and prepared by Dino Giordano, Lord Jeffrey Inn executive chef and his catering staff.
December 5, 2014
As one of the season's first snow storms picked up pace, guests at the semester's penultimate Pindar Field dinner were reminded that "Winter is Coming." Located in Amherst College's newest event space, this dinner, themed around the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones", featured full sized banners depicting symbols from the show, a display of German longsword sparring by members of the Historical European Martial Arts Club, and a rustic menu, prepared by executive chef Jeremy Roush, featuring dishes mentioned in the series. The guest speaker was chief communications officer Pete Mackey who spoke briefly on determinism, free will, death and chaos theory.
December 12, 2014
The last installment of the fall semester Pindar Dinner series took place, once again, at the Alumni House, featuring a menu prepared specially by Amherst College executive chef Jeremy Roush. Before dinner, students enjoyed a spirited talk from senior head football coach E.J. Mills.
February 6, 2015
The Pindar Field Dinner series returned after nearly two months for the spring semester. Joined by special guest and speaker Katie Fretwell, students were served a chocolate themed meal conceived and prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Roush. Professor Fretwell spoke briefly before dinner on the topic of notable Amherst College alum David Foster Wallace and his legacy.
February 13, 2015
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amherst College Dining Services, led by Chef Roush, prepared another excellent chocolate themed meal for invited students. Dean Alex Vasquez entertained diners with tales of his youth and how his early childhood influenced his education and career choices.
February 27, 2015
The first “over 21” dinner of the semester, this Pindar Dinner featured wine pairings specially selected to compliment the menu. Students also heard from honored guest Barry O’Connell, who shared his thoughts on how the college experience has changed since he started teaching, and when he was a student.
March 27, 2015
After the initial success in the fall, the Pindar Dinner Series returned to the Powerhouse for a “Game of Thrones” inspired dinner. Executive Chef Jeremy Roush combed the 5 novels for culinary inspiration to match the recreation banners, candles and medieval weaponry adorning the walls. Professor Adam Sitze attended and spoke on the implications of, and lessons to be learned from another thought provoking HBO series, “The Wire”.
April 3, 2015
David Hall, Professor of Physics and Defense against the Dark Arts, was the honored guest when the Alumni House was transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the second Harry Potter themed dinner. Rather than a team of house elves, the Amherst College Dining Services prepared a special menu, capped by chocolate golden snitches, complete with wings.
April 10, 2015
Professor Judy Frank was kind enough to attend the last Pindar Dinner of the year, and to regale guests with notes on her creative process and the inspiration behind her works of literature.