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Little Dinner Series

As the FSU community begins to explore returning to normal operations, the Little Dinner Series team has discussed at great length how we might return to the intimate evenings, immersive themes, warm service, and great food and beverage that you all have come to love.

Given the waves of new uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the Little Dinner Series until Spring 2021. While I know this is disappointing, it is the most favorable scenario for all students, guests, suppliers, partners, and operations team.

Whether you have attended for decades or recently discovered the series, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your support, enthusiasm, and understanding. Thank you.

We miss serving you, and cannot wait to wine and dine with you all again!

The Little Dinner Series is one of Tallahassee's best-kept quality dining secrets since 1957. Each semester, students in the Dedman School work side-by-side with instructors to create a series of four-course themed dinners. Every element – from the menu to décor – is conceptualized by a group of students tasked with planning and managing their own event.

Current Series

Date Theme Menu Tickets
March 3 Hansel & Gretel View Menu  
March 5 City of Love View Menu  
March 10 Pot of Gold View Menu  
March 12 Uma Noite em Portugal View Menu  
March 24 Written in the Stars TBA  
March 26 Sweet Carolinas TBA  
March 31 Doo Wop Diner TBA  
April 2 Jesters & Jokers View Menu  
April 7 Atlantis TBA  
April 9 South African Safari View Menu  
April 14 Roaring 20s TBA  
April 16 Release Your Inner Child TBA  
Reservations & Tickets

The FSU Little Dinner Series uses Eventbrite for all of its events. Click the button below to view current dinners and make reservations.

The Details

  University Center Building B
5th Floor

  $50 per person
(all inclusive)

  6:30PM - Cocktail Reception
7:00PM - Dinner

The cocktail reception includes a signature drink and three hors d’oeuvres. Dinner includes four courses (appetizer, soup/salad, entrée, dessert) with two wine pairings.
No tipping necessary. Reservations are required.

Additional Info

  • Parking
    Parking is free and located at the University Center visitor lot, directly in front of Building B. ADA parking is also available.
  • Attire
    No jeans. Blazers are required for gentlemen and complementary cocktail attire for ladies.
  • Dietary Restrictions
    We gladly accommodate dietary restrictions. Must provide advanced notice.
  • FSU Alcohol Policy
    Identification will be requested upon arrival. No person under 21 may consume alcoholic beverages.
Get In Touch

Should you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out.


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About the Little Dinner Series

Since 1957, students at the Dedman School of Hospitality have gained valuable experience by applying coursework in food service management to this fine dining series created by the late Ashby Stiff.

Stiff was a professor at the Dedman School of Hospitality for 44 years. He directed the highly popular Little Dinner Series as a laboratory extension of his classroom for 25 years. He also served as food critic of the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper for more than two decades, garnering a loyal readership and local celebrity.

Today, hospitality majors continue to create, manage, and implement themed dinners in the Little Dinner Series as part their required senior-year catering management course. Training and working with a professional chef and a front-of-house manager, students spend the semester learning the methods and concepts utilized in the food and beverage industry.

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