The University of Iowa

Full Service

We bring the kitchen to you. Full service events include everything from creation to clean up. Types of full service include: conferences, weddings, banquet dinners, social events and department lunches and dinners.

Delivery Service

Brought to you with a personalized touch to the location of your choice. Delivery service offers flexible drop-off options. Types of delivery service include: social events, student events, holiday parties, meeting snacks and breaks, and box lunch drop offs.

Committed to Quality

Planning an event can be overwhelming, and we know that you might have a budget that you will need to work within. That's why we offer a variety of menu options and price points to meet your needs. We see food as an art form and strive to consistently source quality ingredients and create exquisite presentations. Whether you select from a pre-existing menu or create your own with the help of our chefs, University Catering will ensure that you have a successful event that will delight your guests for years to come. 

Leaders In Sustainability

We're serious about sustainability and strive to continually protect and provide for our planet. We carry products that are compostable and conduct regular composting programs.

Policies and Procedures

We've included everything else that you need to know.

The final guest count and confirmation of all details is due seven days prior to the event date.  For weddings, the final guaranteed guest count is due eight (8) business days prior to the wedding date. 

These policies will aid us in appropriately setting your room, in staffing the event, and in preparing the food and beverage ordered. In the event a guarantee is not received, we will use your estimated number for the guarantee.

Public events that are not being billed to a University Department must be pre-paid by credit card seven days prior to the event date. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards. We do not accept cash.  In the case where payment will be made by check, the sales department must receive the check at least ten (10) business days prior to the event. If pre-payment is not received, your event may be subject to cancelation. Events that are being billed to a University Department will need to provide a form of payment seven days prior to the event.

Events that are being billed to a University Department will need to provide a form of payment seven days prior to the event date. We accept MFK, Pcard, or Requisition. We do not accept cash. The form of payment will be charged following the event.

Any additional numbers received after your guaranteed due date or changes to your event will be subject to an additional charge of $25.00. If you have an event that pops up within seven days before the event date, please contact University Catering for availability. Added events, within seven days before the event date, will be subject to a flat fee of $50.00, in addition to the cost of catering.

Cancellations within seven days of your event will be assessed a $50.00 cancellation fee. The cost of ordered or prepared food will be added to the $50.00 cancellation fee if applicable. 

University Catering at The University of Iowa cannot guarantee the accuracy of nutrition information. Nutrition and ingredient information may vary due to product substitutions and formulation by the manufacturer prior to product purchase by the university. Additionally, cross contamination and other variables are beyond the university’s control. Individuals with food-related dietary concerns should be aware of this risk and understand that University Catering does not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items with which one may come into contact while eating at any University Catering event. For questions or concerns please call one of our sales coordinator at 319-335-3116.

Catering prices are subject to change without notice. We will not guarantee prices prior to 60 days before your scheduled event.

Due to health department regulations, leftover perishable foods may not be removed from any event by anyone except University Catering staff. This policy addresses public safety concerns and is non-negotiable. University Catering works closely with Table to Table to donate unused food items.