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The Table Talk pilot is a proud inaugural recipient of the Heaton-Blackshear Innovation Grant

*Click here to apply for Table Talk for the Spring 2024 semester.

Table Talk is simple! Selected students will have access to funds to take a faculty or staff member to a meal on campus. Talk about your personal and professional goals, your favorite TV show, the Duke/Clemson football game, time travel, or anything you want! Enjoy yourself, then tell us all about your experience. 

Why? Because informal interactions with faculty and staff outside of the classroom can help you find pathways to success while you’re at Duke and increase your sense of belonging to the university. 

Space in the pilot is limited. If you’re not selected to participate this semester, there will be another opportunity to apply next semester. 


Students must be:

  • enrolled in a Duke Durham campus-based graduate or professional program for the academic Year 2023-24
  • physically located in Durham, NC and available to attend a meal on-campus during the spring 2024 semester
  • expected to graduate from my program in May 2024 or later

How does it work?

* Click here for the spring 2024 application.

  1. Eligible grad/prof students apply to participate in the Table Talk pilot 
  2. After submitting the application, it will be reviewed by the Table Talk program coordinators. Students will be notified of the approval via email. Students who are not approved this term will have an opportunity to apply again next semester.
  3. Approved students will receive instructions for scheduling a meal and accessing funds to dine with a Duke faculty member or administrator.

If you have questions, e-mail us at

List of Approved Dining Facilities:

  • Marketplace – JB Duke Hotel (Reservations Required)
  • Fairview Dining Room – Washington Duke Hotel (Reservations Required)
  • The Commons – Brodhead (Reservations encouraged
  • Legal Grounds (Duke Law) 
  • Zweli’s (Duke Divinity) 
  • Twinnie’s (Fitzpatrick) 
  • Saladelia Café (Sanford) 
  • Nasher Café (Nasher Museum of Art) 
  • Terrace Café (Duke Gardens) 
  • Freeman Center Café (Freeman Center for Jewish Life) 
  • Café 300 (Swift Ave) 
  • JB’s Roasts and Chops (Brodhead) 
  • The Skillet (Brodhead) 
  • Gothic Grill (Bryan Center) 
  • Devil’s Krafthouse (Brodhead) 

Dining facilities hours of operations can be found here: