Catering and Alcohol Policy @HSPH

Harvard School of Public Health has a contractual agreement with Harvard Dining/Sebastian’s that designates them as the exclusive caterers for all in-house functions. Sebastian’s has the right of first refusal, and so must be contacted for any event that is catered at the School of Public Health.

The serving of alcoholic beverages follows the same as above stated guideline. Harvard School of Public Health holds a beer and wine license, which we apply for each year through the City of Boston. For any event where beer and wine is offered, Sebastian’s catering must be engaged as they are the exclusive providers of all alcoholic beverages. School policy dictates that all alcohol must be served by a Sebastian’s bartender (no self-service or cash bars allowed). It is also the policy of the school when offering alcoholic beverages that a non-alcoholic beverage is offered, as well as a food selection.

Any function where alcohol is being served, a Harvard police detail is required. All costs for police detail are the responsibility of the department hosting the event. Requests for police detail can be made at

The liabilities associated with serving alcohol are very significant and dictate that we adhere to the established policy. We ask for your cooperation in your roles as department chairs and department/program administrators in both abiding by and ensuring compliance within your units to this policy.

Your cooperation in following the above policy is greatly appreciated.