Grinnell College’s Catering Services welcomes the opportunity to assist the College community and other campus guests with special events of all sizes, from small coffee calls to lunches, dinners, or receptions, at a variety of locations on campus. 

We pride ourselves in providing the highest level of food quality and service, not only to meet, but to exceed your expectations.  Our award-winning catering staff, led by our executive chef, includes 13 chefs certified by the American Culinary Federation.  It is their talents and creativity, complimented by the expertise and caring of our service staff, which makes the difference in our catered events. 

Order your event today in 4 easy steps!

Step 1: Book a Space

Contact Conference Operations and Events to reserve a space for your event.  Details concerning the type of event, date, time, estimated number of guests, and your contact information will be discussed at this time.  An electronic confirmation, which includes a reservation number, will be emailed to you.  Refer to the reservation number when making arrangement for your event.  Our experienced catering coordinator will contact you to discuss all your food and beverage needs.

Step 2: Review the Catering Policy

Remember to read the entire policy to ensure the best for your event!

Step 3: Choose the Right Service

Grinnell Catering offers many styles of service from refreshment service to a full service with china, stemware, and white linens.  All service levels provide all the needed equipment, service utensils, and proper signage. 

Table Service

  • Platinum Level (only available on groups up to 75) offers tables set with china, stemware and flatware, linens, salt & pepper, butter knife, bread and butter plate, coffee cup and saucer, creamer and sugar.  All food courses and beverages are served to the customer by our trained staff.  Cost per person $3.45.

Buffet Service – Customers will serve themselves.

  • Gold Level – Tables are set with china, stemware and flatware, linens, salt & pepper, butter knife, bread and butter plate, coffee cup and saucer and sugar.  Coffee and iced water pitchers are placed on tables.  Cost per person $3.25.
  • Silver Level – Stainless flatware is rolled in a cloth napkin and china plates placed on buffet line.  The beverage cups are disposable.  All beverages are charged separately.  Cost per person $2.45.
  • Bronze Level – All plates, cutlery and cups are disposable.  All beverages are charged separately.  Cost per person $1.20.

Reception Service – Customers will serve themselves.

  • Gold Level – All tables are cloth covered and skirted.  China plates, glassware and flatware are used for service.  All hot beverages are served from silver urns, cold beverages from clear beverage dispensers.  Service staff are on site to resupply and care for customer needs.  All beverages re charged separately.  Cost per person $2.95.
  • Silver Level – All tables are cloth covered and skirted.  All plates, cups and cutlery are disposable.  All beverages will have Grinnell College covers.  This service style may or may not have attendants on site and is at the discretion of the catering manager if service staff will remain on site for the event.  All beverages are charged separately.  Cost per person $2.35.
  • Bronze Level – Tables are cloth covered.  All plates, cups, and cutlery are disposable.  This service style may or may not have attendants on site and is at the discretion of the catering manager if service staff will remain on site for the event.  All beverages are charged separately.  Cost per person $1.75.

Refreshment Service – Customers will serve themselves.

  • Gold Level – All tables are cloth covered and skirted.  China plates, glassware, and flatware are used for service.  All hot beverages are served from silver urns, cold beverages from clear beverage dispensers.  All beverages are charged separately.  Cost per person $2.20.
  • Silver Level – All tables are cloth covered and skirted.  All plates, cups, and cutlery are disposable.  All beverages will have Grinnell College covers.  All beverages are charged separately.  Cost per person $1.10. 
  • Bronze Level – All tables are covered.  All plates, cups, and cutlery are disposable.  This service is not attended.  All beverages are charged separately.  Cost per person $.75.

Step 4: Pick the Menu

College employees please refer to Catering Services on GrinnellShare for details. All other customers please call our friendly staff in the Catering office at (641) 269-3665 or email catering[at]grinnell[dot]edu for all catering considerations.