Catering Policy: Frequently Asked Questions
- The caterer we used for our wedding was great. We'd like to use them for a dinner we're hosting as part of an upcoming symposium, but they're not on the preferred vendor list. Can an exception be made?
- If the dinner will cost more than $500 you will have to use a caterer on the approved list. While your caterer is probably very good, the caterers on our list have been carefully vetted and have a proven history of providing high quality service in the unique university environment.
- We're having an event on campus. Do we have to use Bon Appétit?
- As the university's food provider, Bon Appétit is recommended for any catered function or affair, but you are only required to use them for functions taking in place in the residence halls or dining commons.
- Why do we have to use an approved caterer?
- Approved caterers not only have a successful record of providing service to the campus they have also been vetted to ensure that they meet food safety standards. For example, Ceterer Q may make the tastiest potato salad in Cleveland, but if they don't have the equipment to make sure that it is transported under refridgerated conditions, they can't ensure that it is kept cold and safe for your guests by the time it arrives at your afternoon picnic.
- We're having a small dinner gathering for the PDQ Society. Our budget is limited. Can we just order take-out from our favorite restaurant?
- If your event budget is less than $500, then yes, ordering from a restaurant is a perfectly acceptable strategy.
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