Event Planning Guide
Catering Your Event
Your catering options, if you choose to cater your event, will depend on whether your event is department, organization-sponsored or a private event.
If your organization or department event requires the services of a caterer you may either use Princeton Dining Services catering services conveniently located on campus, or hire an outside caterer. Using an outside caterer requires that you follow specific guidelines as articulated here.
Princeton Dining Services Caterers
Princeton Dining Services provides two distinct on-campus catering services depending on your catering needs.
- Princeton Catering
Princeton Catering is a full service caterer offering a wide range of services from wine and cheese receptions to formal, full-service dinners. You may view catering options, including menus and prices and reservation requirements as well as contact information online.
- Paper Tiger
Paper Tiger is a no frills drop-off or pick-up service from the Frist Campus Center available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. Paper Tiger has a full assortment of breakfast, snack, sandwich, entree and accompaniments, pizza, sushi and salad menu items, including beverages. All orders include the necessary paper supplies and condiments. You may fax your order using their order form or call them at (609) 258-3726. Time requirements for ordering are contained on their order form.
If you choose you may hire an outside caterer. The following information is intended to guide you when choosing an outside caterer.
- Outside Caterers Insurance Guidelines
The Office of Risk Management insurance guidelines must be followed when hiring an outside caterer. The catering firm must provide evidence of the appropriate insurance in accordance with these guidelines.
- Outside Caterers and Dining Services Space
Approved outside caterers are not permitted to use the Department of Dining Services' kitchens, receiving areas or any dining or lounge space adjacent to Residential College dining facilities, Princeton Stadium and cash operations. In addition, Dining Services facilities can not be used as an access route.
- List of Approved Outside Caterers
The Office of Risk Management maintains a list of approved caterers who have complied with the University's insurance requirements. If you use an outside caterer and are planning the event on your own it is your responsibility to hire a caterer who meets the University insurance requirements.
Alumni, faculty and staff hosting private parties at Prospect House and Palmer House are required to use Restaurant Associates as their caterer. Catering arrangements are made through the catering managers at Prospect House and Palmer House.