Iowa State University Alumni Center

Approved Catering List

(July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

The ISU Alumni Center offers a list of professional caterers who can handle anything from refreshments to formal dinners. A licensed, insured, and approved caterer must provide all food and beverages consumed in the ISU Alumni Center.

Caterers are charged 10% of their business to cater at the Alumni Center. This allows the Alumni Association to offer multiple catering options to its clients. This cost covers the use of the kitchen and ensures a high quality product to our client. Caterers may choose to simply add 10% to your bill to cover this cost or bill it into the food and beverage costs.

The following is an official list of approved caterers for July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. The list and new applicants will be reviewed and evaluated annually. The ISU Alumni Association limits its list of approved caterers, and all applicants undergo extensive review by Iowa State University. Any caterer wishing to apply to be considered for next year's list (beginning July 1, 2017) should contact the ISU Alumni Center Events Manager at between Jan. 1-March 1, 2017.

All clients should contact caterers directly for more information regarding pricing, availability, and menus.

Jump to: Full Service Caterers | Partial Service Caterers | Drop-off Caterers

Full service caterers
Provide flexible menus, china service, full service staffing
Licensed to serve alcohol

***Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
(515) 268-2226
2100 Green Hills Drive; Ames, IA 50014

Gateway's Platinum Service standards are set to meet or exceed our guests' expectations. We use the highest quality products, with an emphasis on Midwestern favorites such as pork chops, pork tenderloins, petit filet, and steaks. Our professionally trained chefs can create specialty dishes or complete menus that are tailored especially for you.

*Gateway Market Catering
(515) 422-5111
2002 Woodland Avenue; Des Moines, IA 50312

Gateway Market offers a unique catering experience exclusive to Central Iowa. We provide delicious, made-from-scratch menu options, a global variety of beer and wine, unique floral options, and professional staff.

*Olde Main Brewing Co.
(515) 232-0553
316 Main St., Ames, IA 50010

Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant will customize any lunch, dinner, appetizer party, or bar menu to fit your personal or business function. Olde Main pays careful attention to your entire event: setup, presentation, quality of food and Olde Main to satisfy your catering needs.

*Christiani's VIP Catering and Events
(515) 287-3169
1150 SE Diehl Ave.; Des Moines, IA 50315

Christiani's offers upscale catering, full bar service, and event planning. We've produced more than 4,000 weddings and special events in central Iowa. Locally owned and operated, we will offer a delicious solution to your next event.

*Levy Catering
(515) 294-8787
1700 Center Dr.; Ames, IA 50011

Levy Restaurants is proud to be the market leader in delivering signature food and hospitality to luxury suites, private clubs, in-seat service, mini restaurants, general concessions, and professional event catering. On a local level, our chef and team have delivered some raveable results for such events as the Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala, 2016 SVMA Symposium, and the Mary Greeley Medical Center Annual Hope Gala.

*ISU Catering
(515) 294-0991
1215 Friley Hall; Ames, IA 50010

From meetings to formal dinners, our professional catering staff will take the time to listen to your needs and reflect your personality through our culinary excellence in taste and display.

Partial service caterers
Provide limited menus, disposable or limited china service, and limited staff

**Burgies Catering
(515) 230-9105
2400 University Blvd.; Ames, IA 50010

Burgies Catering offers quick and convenient delivery on fresh roasted specialty coffee and casual breakfast and lunch items such as cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones, breakfast burritos, and European lunch sandwiches. We can also provide high-end wedding and special event caterings that include wine, beer, and a traditional espresso bar. Our trained barista can prepare a number of specialty drinks. For events that utilize the outdoor area we can provide a vintage espresso truck.

Hickory Park
(515) 233 - 5344
1404 S. Duff, Ames; IA 50010

An Ames tradition brought to you!  Great food, friendly staff, and casual service at a reasonable price!

West Ames Hy-Vee
(515) 292-5543
3800 West Lincoln Way; Ames, IA 50014

We offer exceptional food with outstanding service. From a black tie event to boxed lunches, every meal is fully customizable to meet your needs. West Ames Hy-Vee is committed to making your event one to remember.

Depot Deli & Cookies, etc.
(515) 663-2211
526 Main Street; Ames, IA 50010

Depot Deli & Cookies, etc. provide made from scratch and freshly baked items. They can provide boxed lunches, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, and cookies. The regular (1/4 lb.) cookie size is perfect for meetings and receptions. Mini cookies and large (15 in.) decorated for special occasion cookies are available as well.

Lidderdale Country Store Catering
(712) 822-5322
208 Main St.; Lidderdale, IA 51452

We serve a quality traditional menu at affordable prices.

Lincoln Center Hy-Vee
(515) 232-1961
640 Lincoln Way; Ames, IA 50010

We offer a wide selection of choices from box lunches to prime rib dinners. We can customize your food to fit your event.

**Pizza Ranch of Ames
(515) 450-3152
1404 Boston Ave.; Ames, IA 50010

Let us provide the food for your next event! Great quality and affordable prices.

Drop-off caterers
Provide limited menus, disposable chinaware, staff sets up and drops off selected food items

The Café
(515) 292-2135
2616 Northridge Parkway; Ames, IA 50010

The Café will exceed your catering expectations with our scrumptious boxed lunches, assorted sandwiches with house roasted meats and artisan style breads, fresh salads, and mouth-watering desserts. This combination is guaranteed to result in an experience you won’t forget.

The Fighting Burrito
(515) 292-2222
117 Welch Ave.; Ames, IA 50014

The Fighting Burrito is a casual burrito shop with additional catering options available for meeting and events. Be sure to check out our boxed lunches, single mini burritos, nacho bar, and party boxes.

Brueggers Bagels
(515) 663-2002
539 Lincoln Way; Ames, IA 50010

Brueggers Bagels offers bagles, cream cheese, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, OJ, cookies, muffins, salads, lunch sandwiches, soup, and smoked salmon plates.


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* Approved to serve alcohol
** Approved to serve beer and wine only
***Approved to serve host bar only

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