Gourmet Dinner


The Advanced Food and Beverage Management students at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics will host License to Dine on the nights of Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5. The evening begins with cocktail hour at 5pm, followed by a formal dinner at 6pm.  License to Dine continues with our first formal brunch on Sunday April 6. All will be held at Paul College, 10 Garrison Avenue, Durham, New Hampshire. Sunday brunch cocktail service will begin at 11:30am followed by a formal brunch at 12pm.

“As Bond evolves from book, to movie, to gourmet interpretation, the senses evolve with time. We move from the sight of the books, to the sound and visuals of film, to arrive at our mission with the components above, and smell, taste, and touch. As the Gourmet Dinner equivalent of “M”, who is the Head of the Secret Intelligence Service but in our case student attendants, we can assure that your senses will be more than satisfied,” says Lucy McGinty, General Manager, License to Dine.

The Gourmet Dinner features six-courses inspired by the stories of James Bond, created by Ian Fleming. His work originated on paper, transformed into films, and the students will recreate the style and imagery for this themed event. Guests are invited to embrace their inner-spy as they enjoy a night of taste, elegance, and mystique.

This event will be unique to other themed dinners. The atmosphere can be described as sleek and mysterious, with a color scheme of black, white, and deep red reflecting the sophistication of James Bond. The students have worked to incorporate a variety of flavors into their dishes; guests will see plates ranging from a braised short rib with bourbon sauce (inspired by Goldfinger) to a decadent banana foster trifle (inspired by Live and Let Die). With so many diverse tastes no guest will leave this event unsatisfied.



Tickets are $60 per person.




e would like to thank our sponsors. Without their generosity we could not offer the beautiful, often local, items on the menu and around the dining room. We would also not be able to offer tickets to students in need.

If you are interested in sponsoring an item on the menu, entertainment, décor including floral arrangements, tickets for aspiring students, or other areas of interest, please contact Amy Crosby:  Amy.Crosby@unh.edu. All sponsors will be listed on our sponsorship page on this website and menu night of the dinner. We greatly appreciate your support as this is a non-profit experience.

To become a Gourmet Dinner sponsor, please complete the Online Sponsorship Form.

We thank the following individuals & companies for providing sponsorships

Corporate Sponsors

American Alarm
297 Broadway
Arlington, MA 02474

Arneve Realty LLC
55 Whitney Street
Holliston, MA 01746

Beach Pea Baking Co.
53 State Road
Kittery, ME 03904

Breaking New Grounds
50 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

Caesars Yogurt Stores LLC
Froyo World

9 Madbury Road
Durham, NH 03824
Culinaire International
2100 Ross Ave, Ste 3100
Dallas, TX 75201

Hayward's Ice Cream
7 Daniel Webster Hwy
Nashua, NH 03060

E&J Gallo
401 Edgewater Pl,
Wakefield, MA 01880

Evelyns Nanaquaket Drive-In
2335 Main Road
Tiverton, RI 02878

3 Kay Drive
Randolph, MA 02368

Logan's Run Restaurant
816 Lafayette Road
Hampton, NH 03842

Murray Paving & Reclamation, Inc.
55 Whitney Street
Holliston, MA 01746

RGH Hospitality
One Chalet Drive
Wilton, NH 03086

Smuttynose Brewing Co.
225 Heritage Ave
Portsmouth NH 03801

Wentworth By The Sea Hotel and Spa
588 Wentworth Rd.
New Castle, NH 03854

Individual Sponsors

Ronald & Susan Burd
Stephen L. Crews
Bruce & Gail Calnen
Peter F. Davis
Pamela & John DiTomaso
Stephen & Michelle Kincade
John Mumford
Ron & Cathy Quilici
William & Nancy Vardaro
Stephen & Abbye Warren
Alan & Cheryl Wohlstetter

Saturday Night Auction Sponsors

Black Trumpet Bistro
Boston Harbor Hotel
Dr. Nelson Barber, Department of Hospitality Management, Paul College
Flatbread Co. Portsmouth
Mr. Thomas Jones
Portsmouth Book & Bar
Samoset Resort on the Ocean
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
Surf Restaurant Portsmouth
Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel & Spa




The Team

Check out Facebook for individual student profiles!

"Coming Soon"

The Gourmet Team is comprised of Advanced Food and Beverage students majoring in Hospitality Management. The Gourmet Dinner serves as an opportunity to apply fundamentals learned through other classes in the program. The dinner gives the students real world, hands-on experience, as they are responsible for all aspects of the event; planning and preparing the menu, selling and marketing the event, managing the finances and all that goes into creating an enjoyable night for you!


Hors D'oeuvres


Casino Royale

steamed clams on the halfshell ♦ bacon, breadcrumbs, lemon juice



fried calamari ring ♦ garlic aioli drizzle


From Russia with Love

savory kotlety beef and pork meatball


Die Another Day

chilled gazpacho shooter ♦ chili oil kick

Main Course



sweet potato soup ♦ crème fraiche ♦ rosemary


Living Daylights

golden beet arugula salad ♦ blackberries and blueberries ♦ white balsamic vinaigrette



pan seared sweet and spicy duck ♦ braised cabbage ♦ cherry salad



gin martini gelato ♦ “shaken not stirred”



braised short rib ♦ kentucky bourbon sauce ♦ golden fried polenta bar ♦ carrot parsnip medley



Live and Let Die

banana’s foster trifle ♦ rum syrup drizzle



Featured Produce

The April 2014 Gourmet Dinner: will feature local produce from:

Farm to You UNH
NH Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program

We thank our local Producers who provided ingredients for:

Beach Pea Baking Co.
Ciabattina rolls

Brookford Farm
Butter, eggs, milk, pork, beef, bacon, feta cheese

Gelato Fiasco
Shaken not stirred gelato

Maine Root 

Seaport Fish

Smuttynose Brewing Co.
Old Brown Dog Ale

Upstream Trucking
Littleneck clams

Vermont Creamery
Crème fraiche 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FarmToYouNh
Twitter - @FarmtoYouNH

What to Expect

Greetings from UNH Hospitality Advanced Food and Beverage Class!

Gourmet Dinners


The Fundamentals

  • Purchases are not refundable.
  • Gourmet Dinners are not suitable for children.
  • The dinners will be held rain, shine or snow.
  • You will receive directions in a confirmation email that will be sent approximately 14 days prior to dinner. Directions are also available on this site.
  • Alternative meals due to food allergies or vegetarian diets are available for the event. While we certainly respect dietary choices, we're unable to create additional menus for those with likes and dislikes. We would be happy to recommend restaurants that may be better suited for your enjoyment. Keep in mind, this is a new learning experience for our students and to offer multiple menus is very difficult for professional caterers, let alone students. 
  • Dinners are served seated and the largest table accommodates 10 guests. If you prefer to have your party sit together, please type first and last names in the ‘notes’ field at the bottom of the ticket purchase page when you make your reservation.
  • Our green mission: food scraps are composted through UNH dining, and we strive to buy local when feasible and available. We do recycle.


What to Wear

Suitable attire for Gourmet Dinners held on campus at Paul College - suit and tie for men, and suit, dress or other fine attire for women is highly recommended. This is a fine dining experience. Outerwear and umbrellas will be collected at the welcome table to help the evening feel more intimate and comfortable.


Cancellations & Ticket Transfers

Refunds are NOT available. You are welcome to transfer your reservation to friends or family or to that nice person you met on Facebook but you absolutely MUST contact us with a first and last name and an email address for the new ticket holder 5 days prior to the event.



Reservations may be made online by going to https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=15605. Tickets are $60 for purchase online only. Tickets will not be sold at the door. We do not accept credit cards by phone or checks at the door.


Evening Event

Your evening begins at 5:00pm with a cocktail hour in the Paul College Great Hall, 10 Garrison Avenue on UNH's main campus in Durham. Dinner will be from 6:00-8:00pm. Beverages will be served if you choose to incur the cost (beverages are generally not included in the $60 menu price) and then a delectable meal with local food when available will be served beginning at 6:05pm. Throughout the evening you'll have a chance to share a glass of wine with old and new friends, eat amazing food, and unwind, all the while helping to support UNH hospitality students. A brief speech by the students will conclude the evening with a toast to all who worked long, difficult at times, hours to put on this event. The entire process from marketing to polishing and sorting silverware is provided on behalf of our students.



If you are interested in sponsoring an item on the menu, entertainment, décor including floral arrangements, please contact Amy Winans: amy.winans@unh.edu. All sponsors will be listed on our sponsorship page on this website and menu night of the dinner. We greatly appreciate your support as this is a nonprofit function.

Dinners conclude at approximately 8:00pm. Dinner is $60 per person and includes all food, non-alcoholic beverages and gratuity.

Directions and Parking

Gourmet Dinners held on campus in the Great Hall at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

10 Garrison Avenue, Durham NH 03824

Paul College (building) is handicap accessible. View transportation map. Take Pettee Brook Lane to UNH Health Services, a large brick building on your right, just before Main Street. Handicap parking is available on the back side of the building in the Health Services lot.
Parking Meter and Pay-by-the-Hour Areas near Paul College before 6pm (NOTE: All Meters and Pay-by-the-hour are FREE beginning at 6pm):
  • C-Lot (Next to Memorial Union Building, to entrance, follow Main Street and take a right on Mill Road)
  • T-Lot (Between Hamilton Smith and Thompson Hall)
  • Meters behind Stoke Hall
  • Meters on Main Street and Pettee Brook Lane
  • Meters on Quad Way after Memorial Union Building (take right on Quad Way from Main Street)
  • Meters off Strafford Avenue near New England Center (Take a left on Garrison)

Parking Lots Free of Charge after 6pm near Paul College:

  • From Main Street, take left on Garrison and park behind Stoke Hall on left
  • From Main Street, take a right just after Hamilton Smith and just before Holloway Commons/the Memorial Union Building (J-Lot)
  • From Main Street, take a left on Edgewood Road, then a right on Strafford, parking available at the New England Center
  • From Main Street, take a left on Edgewood Road, left at the Elliot Alumni Center, parking available at Elliot Alumni Center

Contact Us

For more information about Gourmet Dinners, please contact:

Donna Stickney
Administrative Assistant

Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
Department of Hospitality Management
(603) 862-3303

About the Gourmet Dinner Program

During the academic year, Advanced Food and Beverage students majoring in Department of Hospitality Management delight the University community with themed Gourmet Dinners. The Gourmet Dinners are an opportunity for students to apply fundamentals learned through classes in the program, and give the students real-world, hands-on experience. Students are responsible for all aspects of the event: planning and preparing the menu, selling and marketing the event, managing finances, and creating an enjoyable night for all who attend.

Previous Gourmet Dinners

License to Dine

FALL 2013
Aura - Indulge in Color
Taste of the Twenties: A Gatsby Affair

A Tribute - The Gourmet Dinner
Dash - Spice up the Conversation

FALL 2012
VentiQuattro, an Italian-American Restaurant
2nd Annual Twilight Dinner at Woodman Farm

Tracing Roots - A Coast-to-Coast Culinary Experience
Local Fish Dinner - Seacoast Local & Granite State Fish

FALL 2011
Maple Movements
Twilight Dinner at Woodman Farm

Harmonious Flavors
Savor the Elements
A Common Table

FALL 2010
Seven Wonders
Tasteful Contradictions

Tutto Toscana
Sinful Indulgence

FALL 2009
Simply Southern, The Heart of Hospitality
A Season to Remember

Moonlit Memories

FALL 2008
The Flavor of Jazz
Fall Crush

Green Cuisine

FALL 2007
Blue Fusion

Paraiso Mexicano
La Dolce Vita

A Re-Inauguration
Mediterranean Ports of Call