M-Catering Off-Site Catering Policies

(events hosted in places other than within University Unions facilities)

General Policies

All catered events are subject to:

In order to comply with local health department regulations, all perishable left-overs must be discarded by Michigan Catering. Michigan Catering works closely with Food Gatherers and Maize and Blue Pantry to donate unused food items. All prices are subject to change. Food and beverage pricing can be confirmed a maximum of two months in advance with menu selection. Hours of operation and access restrictions vary widely across campus. Please ensure that accurate details are communicated to your event manager at the time of booking to ensure timely service.

Guest Guarantees

Accurate counts and meal designations help to optimize service. The final guaranteed count must be provided a minimum of six (6) business days prior to the event. The final charge will be based on the guaranteed count or actual number served, whichever is greater.


While reasonable effort will be made to minimize cancellation charges, groups will be held responsible for all charges incurred as a result of any commitments made to facilitate the event. Events canceled within three (3) business days may be charged up to 100% of the total estimated food and beverage charges.

Service Styles

In addition to full service, Michigan Catering offers the following types of limited service. Please discuss your event needs with your Event Manager to determine the most appropriate service for your needs.

DROP OFF SERVICE (served with compostable items, set up included) The trays and utensils (disposables) provided with your food-only deliveries are yours to keep or dispose of at your leisure. Drop off subject to delivery/trucking fees.

PICK-UP ORDERS All pick-up orders will be presented on disposable products. Pick-ups can occur M-F, 8am-7pm at Pierpont Commons, Michigan League and Michigan Union. Subject to 20% gratuity.

Payment Policies

For commercial events, funds to adequately cover the balance of all estimate charges must be paid two weeks in advance of the event in the form of:

All refunds will be distributed in the same form as the payment method after accounting is complete.

University Departments and student organizations must pay with a University Short Code.

Student organizations must deposit adequate funds to cover all charges in their S.O.A.S. accounts no later than one week prior to the scheduled function.

Alcohol Service

Michigan Catering’s Off-Site Catering does not hold an off premise catering liquor permit. The client is therefore responsible for providing the alcohol and the special license. A special license is not required if all of the following conditions apply:

  1. Full Catering and Alcohol Service

    When Michigan Catering is contracted for the catered food in addition to the service of the client-provided alcohol, the following charges apply:

    • $100 set up fee per bar - this fee covers all bartenders, disposable glasses, ice, and garnishes. Glassware available for rental.
    • Wine Service Only
      • With this option, we are contracted to hand pass or serve client-provided wines as part of dinner service. Glassware available for rental. Subject to hand passer fee of $18 per hour/passer
  2. Alcohol Service Only (Rackham Only)

    When Michigan catering is contracted solely for the service of alcohol, at Rackham Graduate School, the following charges apply.

    • Off-site host bar set up set up fee of $250/hour
    • Additional bartender $100/hour
    • Trucking/Delivery fee $70

We are happy to offer bartending services and facilitate orders and deliveries, but all alcohol must be paid for separately from Michigan Catering. By law our staff is not permitted to receive, purchase or transport alcohol; this is the responsibility of the client.

All Michigan Catering bartenders are trained in and observe the "Techniques of Alcohol Management" and "Training for Intervention Procedures".

An off–site bar service agreement must be signed.

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