Iowa State University Alumni Center

Approved Catering List

(July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)

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, 2014-June 30, 2015. 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, 2015) should contact the ISU Alumni Center Events Manager at between Jan. 1-March 1, 2015.

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

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

*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.

***Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
(515) 292-8600
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.

*ISU Catering
(515) 294-2103
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.

*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.

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

Cookies, etc.
(515) 663-2211
2801 Grand Avenue; Ames, IA 50010

Cookies, etc. provides freshly baked items made from scratch for your next event. The regular (1/4 lb.) size are perfect for meetings and receptions. Mini cookies and large (15 in.) decorated special occasion cookies are available as well. Cinnamon rolls, muffins, flavored and regular coffees, milk, and juice can be ordered to complement your event.

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!

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.

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

The Cafe 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.

(515) 233-2111
823 Wheeler, St. # 1; Ames, IA 50010

At Valentino's, catering means we will go out of our way to meet each and every requirement for your party or event. Your guests will enjoy the same delicious food that has made Valentino's a local favorite for years!

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.

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

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