Welcome to Calvin University Catering. Food is an important part of any event, and it is our mission to deliver excellent food products and services. We look forward to assisting you in planning your next catered event.

Catering options

  • Event catering

    Calvin Catering, a division of Calvin Dining Services, delivers exceptional service and food for your events. Whether your function is a breakfast for ten people or a dinner for five hundred, Calvin Catering will provide delectable food with meticulous attention to detail and impeccable service. Formal or informal, we'll help you create an exceptional event.

    Please read through our menu options, planning and policies below before you submit your order.

    Students, to order a sack lunch please visit the Uppercrust page found on the Places to Eat tab above.
    Catering order form

    Event with 50 or more

    Plan and confirm at least three weeks prior to your event

    Coffee service

    Plan and confirm at least one week prior to event

    Holidays/college breaks

    Events scheduled for legal holidays or college breaks require advance coordination and approval with the catering manager.

    Room reservations

    Before contacting our catering manager, room reservations must be made through the Events Service office at 526-6280. Special items such as podiums, microphones, tables, etc. should be discussed at this time. Calvin Catering provides buffet tables only.

    Calvin catering policies

    Calvin Catering has exclusive rights for all food service functions held on campus.

    • No food or beverage may be brought on campus by outside caterers.
    • For health and safety reasons, no food or beverage may be removed from a facility where a catered event is held.
    • All leftover food items are the property of Calvin Catering.
    • All equipment sent out with orders must be returned by noon the following day.
    • The sponsoring organization will be held responsible for the items’ return and condition.

    Event booking

    • All events for up to 50 guests should be planned and confirmed with the catering office at least three weeks prior to the event.
    • Arrangements for small coffee service should be made at least one week prior to the event.
    • Events arranged within five working days may have limited menu options.
    • Events scheduled for legal holidays or college breaks require advance coordination and approval with the Catering Manager.
    • Calvin Catering handles all food services on campus except The Prince Conference Center. Reservations may be made for the Prince Conference Center by calling 526-7200.

    Final guest guarantees

    A final guest guarantee count is required seven (7) business days prior to your event. If no guarantee count is received, we will plan accordingly to the estimated guest count. If the actual guest count exceeds the guaranteed count, you will be billed for the actual count. Changes will not be accepted after three days prior to event.

    Cancelled events

    All cancellations must be made five (5) business days prior to the event. Events cancelled with less than the required notice may be subject to costs incurred. Please notify both the office of conference events and catering manager of cancelled events.

    Sustainability statement

    Please be assured that Calvin Catering is committed to upholding our sustainability mission in practicing recycling efforts and offering environmentally friendly products.

  • Retreats

    Planning a retreat? Please contact Elizabeth Hooten at Knollcrest Dining Hall at eah42@calvin.edu with any retreat or group orders. Calvin Dining Services can provide food for your retreat whether it's a breakfast for 5 people or a residence hall cookout for 250. Our retreat service provides the food, for an additional charge you may also order linens, utensils, plates etc.

    Retreats Guide

    Planning

    7 days ahead

    Plan and confirm at least seven days prior to your event

    2 days ahead

    Submit the names of the students and their student ID numbers (if meals are being charged to students' meal plans).

    Pick up

    All orders must be picked up from Knollcrest Dining Hall by 6:00 p.m. Monday–Saturday. Knollcrest is closed on Sundays.

    • Policies
      Please read through our menu options, planning and policies below before you submit your order

      The following are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your retreat dining with us:

      We’re not a grocery store!

      Knollcrest may only supply items that are already in stock and available for use. We may not be able to fulfill small measurements of items. Special ingredients for recipies that you want to make on your own may require you to go the the local grocery store.

      Cost

      We may be unable to supply orders without a minimum quantity or price. A service charge may be applied if the criteria is not met.

      Any equipment or utensils that are borrowed will require a $25 deposit.

      Athlete sack lunches

      We provide sack lunches for sports teams who will miss a meal due to a tournament or a game. Please have the coach or one member of the team place the order for the entire team.

      Sack lunches

      If a dorm or a floor needs sack lunches for an outing, the sack lunches need to be requested like a retreat. Please do not have each resident ask to have their own sack lunch made up.

      Equipment rental

      All equipment must be returned to Knollcrest Dining Hall within 24 hours.


Catering menu


Catering Menu 19/20

Breakfast Selections

Just Beverages

Regular and decaf coffee, hot tea selections and ice water.
$2.10 per person

Mini Contintental

Regular and decaf coffee, hot tea selections and ice water. Served with a fruit bowl and your choice of pastries, muffins or donuts.
$3.80 per person

Traditional continental

Regular and decaf coffee, hot tea selections, chilled juices and ice water. Served with a fruit tray and your choice of a freshly baked good: biscotti, scones, muffins, pastries, or donuts.
$4.60 per person

Deluxe Continental Breakfast

Regular and decaf coffee, hot tea selections, chilled juices and ice water. Served with a fruit tray, yogurt and granola. Choose a freshly baked good: biscotti, scones, muffines, pastries, or donuts.
$5.50 per person

Smoothie Bowls

Greek and traditional yogurt served with granola, seasonal berries, and dried fruits.
$5.00 per person

A La Carte

Priced per dozen

Bagels, butter and cream cheese $12.55
Mini croissants, jams and butter $8.85
Granola bars $12.55
Biscotti $12.55
Muffins, mini size $8.35
Muffins, regular size $14.85
Danish, mini size $10.45
Danish, regular size $15.70
Scones, mini size $9.00
Scones, regular size $15.00
Sweet breads (per loaf) $7.00
Donuts $8.00
Donut holes $4.70
Whole fruits $1.00
Hard boiled eggs $13.00

Breakfast Buffets

Buffets include: fruit bowl, coffee and water, orange juice, disposable tableware, and buffet linens. Groups with less than 20 people may be required to modify the menu.

French Toast

Hand dipped French toast, fruit topping, whipped cream, butter and syrup. Served with bacon and chef's choice potatoes.
$6.85 per person

TGI Brunch

Chef inspired frittata, seasonal coffee cake and mimosas.
$6.90 per person

Quiche

Garden vegetable, three cheese and meat lovers quiche, served with maple sausage, roasted red skin potatoes and onions.
$7.45 per person

Morning Scramble

Traditional scrambled eggs served with potatoes, bacon and English muffins.
$7.70 per person

Oatmeal Bar

Traditional Oatmeal served with brown sugar, butter, milk, raisins and cinnamon.
Pick two additional toppings:
Bacon bits, dried cherries, dried pineapple, seasonal berries, nuts, chocolate chips or butterscotch chips.
$6.30 per person
Add three additional toppings for 1.00 per person

Sides from the kitchen

Priced per person

Hardwood smoked bacon (3 slices) $3.20
Traditional breakfast sausage (2 links) $2.20
Sliced ham (2 slices) $2.70
Fried potatoes $2.50
Hash browns $2.25

Breakout Sessions

Some menu choices may require a minimum count

Basic Break

Regular and decaf coffee, hot tea selections and ice water.
$2.10 per person

Good and Healthy

Vegetable tray with dip
ruit tray
Hummus and pita chips
Lemonade, iced tea and water
$3.50 per person

The Campfire

S'more dip served with cold beverages and pretzels, vanilla wafers and fruit to dip.
$2.10 per person

Take a Dip

Fruit, vegetables and pretzels to dip in our lemon, Nutella and confetti dips.
$5.44 per person

Build your own Fruit Pizzas

Fruit, assorted nuts and frosting to top our bakery fresh sugar cookies served with cold beverages or coffee.
$4.50 per person

Punch and Cake

Choose from vanilla, chocolate or marble.
$3.90 per person
Add coffee for and additional $1.00 per person.

Ice Cream Social

Vanilla ice cream with chocolate & strawberry sauce, two chef’s choice candy toppings, whipped cream and pitchers of water.
$3.90 per person

Snack Attack:
Choose your Beverage
Regular and decaf coffee, hot tea selections
Cold beverages
Punch, lemonade or iced tea
Choose your Cookie

Calvin gourmet, signature, tea or scrumptiously filled
$3.00 per person (add two beverages for 1.00 more)

Design your own additions

Price Per Dozen

Strawberry layer torte cake (1/2 sheet) $60.00 (1/2 sheet)
Cupcakes $24.00 per dozen
Chocolate covered pretzel rods $12.00 per dozen
Calvin Cookies (m&m, sugar, peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chip) $5.25 per dozen
Vegan $7.00 per dozen
Signature (monster, cappuccino, tropical fruit, craisin) $6.25 per dozen
Scrumptiosly filled (fudge, peanut butter, coconut, and raspberry) $7.25 per dozen

Price Per Person

Bag of chips $0.95
M&M trail mix $0.75
Chex mix $0.75
Hummus and pita chips $1.30
Fruit tray $1.25
Vegetables with dip $1.10
Cheese and crackers $2.25
Mixed nuts $1.00

Dessert bar and brownies
(approximately 6 dozen)

Frosted brownies $30.00
M&M brownies $38.00
Magic bars $63.00
No bake bars $32.00
Rice Krispies bars $28.00
Lemon bars $34.00

Lunch Buffets

Buffets include dessert bars and cold beverages. Groups with less than 20 people may be required to modify the menu.

Baked Potato & Salad Bar

Baked potatoes with cheddar and parmesan cheese, steamed broccoli, bacon, caramelized onions, sour creamand butter. Spring mix greens and romaine with assorted toppings grilled chicken and dressings.
$11.00 per person

Pizza Buffet

Chef’s choice gourmet and traditional pizzas, fruit tray, freshly tossed Caesar salad, bosco bread sticks with marinara sauce.
$9.90 per person

Deli Buffet

Soup of the day, bakery breads and rolls, assorted meats and cheeses, lettuce and tomato, fruit tray, pasta salad, root chips and pickle spears.
$10.50 per person

Tailgater

Large gourmet subs, vegetable tray with dip and individual bags of chips.
$7.35 per person

Taqueria

Southwest salad, fruit bowl, seasoned beef, flour tortillas, rice, beans, chips, assorted toppings and salsa.
$10.00 per person

Veggie Delight Deli Buffet

Soup of the day, fruit tray, tofu ‘egg’ salad, roasted red pepper hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, carrots, sauces, deli breads and rolls, chips and macaroni salad.
$9.55 per person

Falafel Bar (Vegetarian)

Crispy falafel, warm pitas, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce, freshly cut chips.
$8.60 per person
Add gyro meat for $1.00 per person

Pre-Set Lunches: Salads

Meals include fruit cup, rolles, cold beverages. $9.66 per person. Please limit orders to two types.

Caesar

Romaine lettuce, shaved parmesan cheese, toasted croutons topped with Caesar dressing and your choice of tofu or grilled chicken breast.

Roasted Vegetable

Spinach tofu, carrots, edamame, tomatoes and green apple slices, topped with a pomegranate vinaigrette

Lemon Fresh Quinoa

Fresh kale and quinoa, red grapes, roasted red peppers, shaved parmesan and sunflower seeds, topped with a fresh lemon vinaigrette.

Calvin Country

Spinach and spring mix with marinated asparagus, fresh beets, candied pecans and feta cheese topped with balsamic vinaigrette and your choice of tofu or grilled chicken breast.

California Ranch

Spring mix lettuce with cheddar cheese, black beans, tomatoes and red onions, topped with a dollop of guacamole, picante ranch, crunchy tortilla chips and your choice of tofu or grilled chicken breast.

Other Options

Turn any salad into a boxed meal
$9.00 per person

Turn any salad into a build-your-own salad bar
$10.92 per person

Add coffee and water service
$1.30 per person

Pre-set Lunches: Sandwhiches

Meals include fruit cup, chips, pickle, cold beverages. 9.66 per person. Please limit orders to two types.

The Veggie

Vegetable bread, portobello mushroom, onions, spinach, swiss cheese and pesto aioli.

Chicken Salad

Pretzel bun, chicken salad, provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato.

The Italian

Sub bun, salami and pepperoni smoked gouda cheese, lettuce and pesto aioli.

Club Sub

Sub bun, ham, turkey and bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and mayonnaise.

Southwest Wrap

Spinach wrap, chicken, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, guacamole and sriracha sauce.

Other Options

Turn any preset meal into a boxed meal
$9.00 per person

Turn any sandwhich into a build‐your‐own bar
$10.92 per person

Add coffee and water service
$1.30 per person

Calvin Boxed Lunches

All options include: bag of chips, Calvin bakery cookies, hand fruit, condiments, wet nap, napkin, and cold beverage.

Pre-Set Chef Inspired Meals Include: Place mats, Rolled Silverware, Chips or Rolls, Fruit Cup, Condiments, Cold Beverages, Bakery Made Cookies. $13.00

Uppercrust Style Sandwhiches $8.85

The Veggie

Vegetable bread, portobello mushroom, onions, spinach, swiss cheese and pesto aioli.

Chicken Salad

Pretzel bun, chicken salad, provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato.

The Italian

Sub bun, salami and pepperoni smoked gouda cheese, lettuce and pesto aioli.

Club Sub

Sub bun, ham, turkey and bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and mayonnaise.

Southwest Wrap

Spinach wrap, chicken, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, guacamole and sriracha sauce.

Uppercrust Style Salads $8.85

Caesar

Romaine lettuce, shaved parmesan cheese, toasted croutons topped with Caesar dressing and your choice of tofu or grilled chicken breast.

Lemon Fresh Quinoa

Fresh kale and quinoa, red grapes, roasted red peppers, shaved parmesan and sunflower seeds, topped with a fresh lemon vinaigrette.

Southwest

Spring mix lettuce with cheddar cheese, black beans, tomatoes and red onions, topped with a dollop of guacamole, picante ranch, crunchy tortilla chips and your choice of tofu or grilled chicken breast.

Vegan Delight

Spinach tofu, carrots, edamame, tomatoes roasted red peppers, balsamic vinaigrette.

Chef Inspired Deluxe Sandwich or Salad 11.00

Themed Dinner Buffets

Buffets include: desserts, cold beverages, or coffee/water service.
Event prices include linens for buffet tables and disposable tableware. If you would like additional linens for guest tables or china, we are happy to provide them. Please inquire for pricing. Groups with less than 20 people may be required to modify the menu.

Tuscan Affair

Chef made lasagna, chicken pesto pasta bake and seasonal vegetables. Parmesan cheese and garlic bread.
Dessert: Tiramisu bars
$14.50 per person

Taqueria

Your choice of 2 meats: chicken, beef or pork, southwest salad, fruit bowl, flour tortillas, tortilla chips, rice, beans, assorted toppings and salsa.
Dessert: Churros
$13.75 per person
Add: Jarritos soft drinks $1.45 per bottle

Pacific Rim

Choose from: teriyaki chicken, orange chicken, beef and broccoli, General Tso’s chicken or sweet and sour pork, served with stir fry style vegetables and rice.
Dessert: Sliced oranges and fortune cookies
$15.50 per person
Add: Crab rangoon $1.50 per person
Vegetable spring rolls $1.00 per person
Peking duck pot stickers $1.50 per person
Spicy vegetable stickers $1.50 per person

Za’atar Buffet

Curry chicken, basmati rice, your choice of samosas or pakoras, served with fresh vegetables and naan bread.
Dessert: Chef choice
$14.50 per person
Add: Hummus platter $3.50 per person
Darjeeling tea service $1.50 per person
Extra naan bread $2.00 per person

Knights Way Dinner Buffet

Buffets include: garden fresh salad, rolls and butter, entrée, starch, fresh vegetable, dessert, and beverage.
Linen for buffet tables and disposable tableware. If you would like additional linens for guest tables or china, we are happy to provide them. Please inquire for pricing. Groups with less than 20 people may be required to modify the menu.
One entrée $15.50
Two entrées $18.00

Salads

Tossed garden salad
Fresh fruit salad
Caesar salad
Spinach salad

Entrées

Marinated grilled chicken
Prosciutto wrapped airline chicken
8‐cut chicken with a gorgonzola cream sauce
Beef tenderloin (market price)
Roast beef
Roasted pork loin
Rosemary pork tenderloin
Salmon (market price)
Ancho spiced tofu
Pineapple, beet and quinoa medallion

Starch

Baked potato
Roasted redskins
Rice pilaf
Garlic redskin mashed potatoes
Farmhouse grains
Ancient grains

Vegetables

Let our chefs complete your buffet with the perfect vegetable

Beverage Choices

Ice cold soda and water
Coffee and water service
Lemonade and iced tea

Desserts

Fresh seasonal fruit tray
Bakery fresh pies
Seasonal cobbler
Cheese cake
Chocolate to live for (vegan)
Chocolate flourless torte

Plated Meals

meals include: preset salads, rolls, chef's choice dessert, coffee and water.
10 person minimum. Smaller groups may require an additional charge or menu adjustment.

Sautéed Chicken

Chicken breast with cheese tortellini, fresh roma tomatoes and basil tossed in a white wine garlic sauce.
$10.25 per person

Bulgogi Yakitori

Japanese seasoned grilled chicken skewers, jasmine rice, asian vegetables and vegetable spring rolls.
$11.25 per person

Grilled Chicken

Marinated grilled chicken breast with demi‐glace, wild mushrooms, harvest vegetable rice pilaf and vegetables.
$11.25 per person

Airline Chicken Breast

Prosciutto wrapped roasted airline chicken breast, gorgonzola cream and risotto.
$14.40 per person

Beef Tenderloin

Sautéed beef tenderloin tips, roasted red pepper and sundried tomato demi‐glace, redskin mashers, fresh vegetables.
$14.75 per person

Braised Beef and Tortelacci

Braised beef in a porcini cream sauce, fresh vegetables.
$12.30 per person

Pork Loin

Rosemary roasted pork loin, topped with a gorgonzola cream sauce. Served with parmesan mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables.
$12.00 per person

Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Snack River Farms Kurobuta pork tenderloin with a wild mushroom sauce. Served with rice, farmhouse grains and fresh vegetables.
$16.00 per person

Salmon

Pan seared Atlantic salmon topped with arugula, tomatoes and onions. Served with wild rice pilaf and vegetables.
$15.00 per person

Barramundi

Barramundi lemon caper buerre blanc. Served with pasta and fresh vegetables.
$13.00 per person

Shrimp

Shrimp and smoked salmon pasta tossed in a cream sauce with fresh vegetables.
$13.50 per person

Tofu

Ancho spiced grilled tofu served with potatoes and the vegetable of the day.
$9.00 per person

Quinoa Medallion

Grilled pineapple, beet and quinoa medallion served with the vegetable of the day and greens.

Build a Better Cookout

Cookouts include: cold beverages, desserts, linen for buffet, and disposable tableware.
Grilled at your location when available 100.00.
If you would like to have additional linens or centerpieces, we are happy to provide them. Please enquire for pricing.

All cookout menus may be ordered throughout the year.
Groups with less than 30 people may be required to modify the menu.

  • One meat, two salads, one side, one bread. $13.99 per person
  • Two meats, two salads, two sides one bread. $15.99 per person
  • Two meats, three salads, two sides, one bread. $17.99 per person
Meats:

Half pound angus burgers, Hebrew National hot dogs, pulled chicken, BBQ chicken, BBQ pork ribs (market price).

Salads:

Seasonal tossed salad with dressings, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, fresh fruit salad.

Sides:

Mac and cheese, vegetarian baked beans, roasted potatoes, fresh cut potato chips with dill dip, corn on the cob.

Breads:

Garlic bread, bread sticks, corn bread, classic dinner rolls.

Desserts:

Cookies, frosted brownies, Rice Krispies bars.

Additional Desserts:

Strawberry shortcake
$3.25 per person

Assorted pies
$2.25 per person

Cobbler
$2.75 per person

Additional Beverages:

Strawberry lemonade
$1.75 per person

Calvin punch
$1.25 per person

Upscale bottled beverages
please inquire for price

Hot Appetizers

Selections are per piece. Groups with less than 20 people may be required to modify the menu.

Skewers
Priced per skewer

Chicken tandoori–Indian style chicken with yogurt and spices,
Chicken bulgogi yakitori–Korean BBQ
Beef teriyaki
Fish and chips–crusted cod and french fries
$1.40

Meatballs
Four .5 oz meatballs per serving

Italian–rustic balsamic tomato sauce
Traditional BBQ
Korean–spicy Korean glaze
Swedish–classic sauce
$1.20

Handhelds

Vegetable spring rolls $1.00
Spicy vegetable pot stickers $1.00
Peking duck pot stickers $1.00
Seafood rangoon $1.00
Pakoras (vegan and gluten free) $1.00
Samosas (vegetarian) $1.00
Spanakopita $1.00
Coconut shrimp $1.00
Mini quiches: lorraine, florentine, bacon and 3 cheese $1.00
Vegetarian stuffed mushroom caps $1.50

Sausage stuffed mushroom caps $1.50
Potato pancakes topped with bacon and pear compote $1.50
Coconut chicken $1.50
Pear, almond and brie puff pastry $1.50
Chicken wellington $1.50
Parmesan and goat cheese artichoke hearts $2.00
Curry Maui shrimp spring rolls $2.00
Bacon wrapped scallops $2.00
Beef wellington $2.00

Cold Apetizer Trays

Priced per person

Fruit platter-sliced local and tropical fruit $1.50
Vegetable platter served with hummus or dill dip $1.25
Gourmet cheese platter served with crackers $2.00
Artisan cheese board served with crackers, fruit and preserves $2.75
Charcuterie board-cured meats, dried fruit, preserves, pickles,
crackers and artisan cheese $8.00

Beverages

Calvin punch $1.25
Coffee service $2.00