The Pindar Field Student Dinner Series

The Pindar Field Dinner Series (formerly the Select Dinner Series) is sponsored by the President's Office and planned through the Office of Conferences and Special Events.

Conceived by a member of the Class of 2013, the gatherings are intended “to encourage students to engage outside of their comfort zones and standard social groups.”

Dinner invitations are initially emailed to students of disparate majors and contain links to the registration form. Students register for seat assignments and are notified of final seat reservations which are filled on a random basis, 48 hours following the opening of the application process. A waiting list is developed for cancellations. All Amherst students receive an invitation to a dinner during the school year, and we hope that by Commencement, every student has had an opportunity to attend at least one dinner.

Attending students agree to keep their reservation commitment, arrive on time, dress up and have no electronic distractions during the event. We offer a confidential clothes closet for students that might not have brought appropriate dinner clothing.

Students arrive at the event for a short reception with passed hors d'ouevres and cocktails and are seated at 7 p.m. The evening speaker begins the program and the serving of food and beverage courses immediately follows the talk. Following the arrival of dessert, the chef talks about the selection of food and drinks, the local food sourcing and preparation techniques. He also visits each table to address questions. The evening event ends at 9:30 p.m.


For further information, please contact Patricia Allen, director of conferences and special events, by email ( or telephone (413-542-8094).



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