On-Premise Catering Policies

(Events hosted within University Unions facilities)

General Policies

All catered events are subject to:

While every effort will be made to accommodate last minute requests, in order to ensure quality of food and service, we prefer a minimum of one week notice for events. Ideally, food and beverage should be confirmed three weeks prior to the event date.

All prices are subject to change. Food and beverage pricing can be confirmed a maximum of two months in advance with menu selection.

Due to health department regulations, leftover perishable foods may not be removed from any event by anyone except food service staff. This policy addresses public safety concerns and is non-negotiable. (Examples of acceptable items to remove: whole fruit, baked goods, canned sodas). Michigan Catering works closely with Food Gatherers to donate unused food items.

All food menus are based upon a 90 minute service period. Food items will be removed at the end of the service period to ensure food quality.

Guest Guarantees

Accurate counts and meal designations help to optimize service. The final guaranteed count must be provided a minimum of six 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 business days may be charged up to 100% of the total estimated food and beverage charges.

Payment Policies

Commercial events may require a minimum food and beverage expenditure (tax and gratuity not included) based on venue, day of week and time of day. Please see an Event Service Representative for specifics. Six months prior to the event, if a food and beverage minimum is applied, a payment of 50% of the food and beverage minimum is due.

Six days prior to the event, funds to adequately cover the balance of all charges including catering and audio/visual services must be paid in the form of:

Payments may be made in the form of:

Six days prior to the event, funds to adequately cover the balance of all charges including catering and audio/visual services must be paid in the form of:

Payments may be made in the form of:

When possible, all refunds will be distributed in the same form as 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

As a licensed facility, University Unions is subject to all rules and regulations of the State of Michigan's Liquor Control Commission. No alcohol, other than that provided by University Unions, may be served within our facilities. Additionally, no alcohol can be removed from the event room or University Unions facilities.

At all events where alcohol is to be served, the facility management will notify the host of any special conditions deemed necessary when the final beverage arrangements are made. Special conditions include but are not limited to:

All associated expenses will be the responsibility of the hosting organization

At all events where alcohol is to be present, food of a substantial nature must be provided for the guests by the host. For receptions, food of a substantial nature is equivalent to a minimum of three hors d'oeuvre portions per person attending the event for each hour of bar service.

Bar service is limited to four hours. For events including a full meal service, one hour of wine service may be added during meal service. Bar service may begin no earlier than one hour prior to meal service and must end one hour prior to the end of the event.

Due to the scope of the liquor licenses; changes to alcohol service times may only be accommodated if

Under no circumstances can the overall alcohol service time exceed 5 hours of service or extend beyond the room reservation hours.

All bartenders are trained in and observe the "Techniques of Alcohol Management." In an effort to maintain the health and safety of guests the following parameters apply to alcohol service:

In regard to alcohol service, University Unions reserves the following rights: