We are interviewing candidates for a scientific role. The interview process takes a day. Is the cost of a meal with the recruiting Director an allowable expense (working lunch) or is it entertaining?
In the context of the recruitment process it is not entertaining, and there is nothing to be gained from all but one of the candidates (the successful candidate). The interview is a continual process, and the candidates would consider the discussions during the meal to be a part of the interview, so the food is incidental to the process.
Thoughts - allowable or not?