The original Commons Building serves as a dining hall where seminar and workshop participants have family style meals. With the addition to the original Commons Building, the Institute and Foundation can now offer expanded programs, add new resources, and will gradually shift to restaurant style dining for evening meals. Day-visitors will especially benefit from this, since the availability of restaurant style meals will allow them to travel from greater distances and to extend their stay at Eagle Hill, e.g., to spend an afternoon in the library and linger to stay for an evening lecture.
General dining policies. As is customary for organizations of their kind, the dining facilities are provided by the Institute and Foundation for the convenience of those who come to enjoy the many programs and resources at Eagle Hill. The dining facilities are open to members of the general public who enjoy spending time in a facility dedicated to learning. First time visitors will enjoy seeing the art gallery, browsing the library, attending a lecture program, trying out high speed internet access, and/or exploring online full-text databases, etc. Reservations may be conveniently made to help in planning one's day. Personal guests may be invited for dinner.
Meetings and Small Conferences. Private dining rooms and a banquet room may be reserved for meetings and small conferences whose purposes fall within the mission guidelines of the Institute or Foundation. Separate meeting rooms are available.
Private functions and banquets. Under state and federal guidelines, nonprofit organizations like the Institute and Foundation have the option, as a public service, of allowing some use of their facilities for strictly private functions and banquets. Reservations generally need to be made well in advance, because of the many program activities at Eagle Hill.
Meals. The exceptionally fine cuisine at the Institute includes a wide variety of favorite Maine and international specialties. Vegetarian options are available. Special diets can in most cases be accommodated if the Institute is notified of requirements well in advance. Coffee and teas and European style pastries, tortes, and other desserts are served.