University Dining Services has a full service catering program with a team of professionals ready to assist you in creating an engaging and creative event! Our catering program has several tiers to support a variety of events. A catered event refers to any on-campus event in which food is expected as part of the gathering. Aramark, Kent State’s preferred dining partner (University Dining Services), is available to support these types of events. As our preferred dining services partner, Aramark (UDS) is given “first right of service” for on-campus events. However, certain allowances for waivers and exceptions are permitted and outlined below. Aramark (UDS) is not responsible unless contracted to provide catering services as described below.
We hope you will find pertinent information to explore the options for catering your next event and for placing your order. You may also visit our Catering FAQ's to learn more, or contact the Catering Office at (330) 672-3305 or by catering [at] kent.edu">email. We look forward to partnering with you for a successful event!
FIRST RIGHT OF SERVICE
Exceptions for Catering Using University Dining Services
- Personal Food Items. Personal food items purchased with personal funds including but not limited to bagged lunches from home, birthday cakes, cookie exchanges, office potlucks, and similar items brought to campus. Personal food items purchased with personal funds for this purpose may not be otherwise reimbursed later with University funds.
- Pizza. The purchase of pizza with University funds for an on-campus catering event, whether single or in bulk, of any dollar amount.
- Events Equal to or Less Than $200.00. An on-campus catering event costing equal to or less than $200.00 for any event at any time from any vendor, provided that a written estimate is secured prior to the event or the commitment of University funds.
For Events More Than $200.00. A Food Refreshment Waiver Request Form must be completed and approved for all instances where catering is brought onto campus from an alternate provider (Non-Aramark). Responses to all waiver requests will be sent within 7 business days upon receipt. All decisions whether to grant or deny waiver requests are final.