Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Student Interaction Dinners


Undergraduate Program

The purpose of the Faculty/Student Interaction Dinner program is to facilitate informal communication between full-time faculty members and undergraduate students. Faculty members holding a full-time appointment at the rank of Lecturer in Discipline, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor are eligible to host a meal. In order to achieve the goal of fostering informal relationships, the maximum number of students that can be hosted at any meal is 15; the majority of the students attending must be undergraduates. These meals may take place at either the faculty member’s home or at an on-campus site (found by the faculty member). For those meals, you must submit an order to us for a meal from one of our participating vendors. In addition, one of our most popular choices is the buffet at Faculty House, which is available for lunch only. If you are interested in holding your meal at Faculty House, we strongly urge you to choose a date and get your request to us as early as possible to make sure you get your desired date.

We will begin accepting requests to schedule meals for the spring semester on Monday, February 3, 2020. The first day to host a meal is Monday, February 10, 2020.

A faculty member wishing to schedule a lunch or dinner should complete the FSID Order Form and the Attendee List, available on our website: These should be returned to Qamar Said at the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, 3rd floor (cubicle 318C), or by email to  To facilitate processing, it is preferable to submit in PDF format, if possible.

In order to accommodate the growing popularity of the program, we must ask that you submit your request well in advance. For the bulk of the semester, the requirement is to submit 5 business days in advance. However, due to the large number of requests we receive at the end of the term, the last day to submit is Wednesday, April 15, 2020, by 5 PM. Meals are not permitted during the last week of classes, the reading period or finals week. The final date to host a meal for the Spring 2020 semester is Monday, April 27, 2020.

Copies of the menus from participating restaurants are available on the EVPAS website (please click on the name of the participating restaurant). You may also request menu copies from Qamar Said. You must go through us; we cannot reimburse you for meals arranged independently. We cannot add restaurants once the semester has begun. If you have a restaurant that you would like to suggest for inclusion, please forward us a copy of the menu and we will consider the establishment for inclusion in the program in the future.

Upon receipt of your forms, we will place the order with the chosen restaurant.  There is no advance menu selection if you select the Faculty House; the meal is a buffet. Special dietary requests can be accommodated if known 48 hours in advance. The Faculty House buffet is available Monday through Friday from 12-2 PM.

Your input and participation is very important. Please feel free to contact me at 646-745-8578 or via email at with any questions, comments or concerns you might have. 
Restaurants participating in the FSID program include:


Faculty House

Famous Famiglia

Manhattan Valley (formerly Indus Valley)

The Kosher Marketplace

The Mill Korean Restaurant

Nikko Hibachi Asian Fusion