7 Tips for UF Event Planners

1. Always use a UF-approved caterer: UF approved caterers meet the University standards for liability insurance and health certifications. Please be sure to choose a caterer from this list when using UF funds to pay for a catered event. https://www.bsd.ufl.edu/catering/Caterers/

2. UPDATE: Classic Fare Catering is no longer accepting orders for events prior to July 1. Instead, event planners may use a UF-approved caterer or email Matt Mueller, mmueller1@ufl.edu. For events planned after July 1, please contact Khara.Potter@compass-usa.com.

Use Classic Fare Catering for exclusive locations: The University gives Classic Fare Catering exclusive operation for the sale/service of foods and drinks in the following University buildings:

  • All student residence halls
  • Bookstore & Welcome Center
  • Broward Dining Center
  • Bruton-Greer Hall (and adjacent grounds)
  • Cancer & Genetics Research Center – Genetics Café
  • Gator Corner Dining Center
  • Harrell Medical Education Building
  • Harn Museum – Camellia Court Café
  • Health Science Center Sun Terrace
  • Hough Hall (first right of refusal)
  • HUB
  • Wayne Reitz Union Building (and adjacent grounds)
  • Little Hall Express Food Court
  • Racquet Club
  • Pugh Hall
  • Reitz Union
  • Sun Terrace Cafeteria (and outside dining area)
  • SW Rec Center
  • Turlington Subway
  • Vet Med Small Animal Hospital

3. Place your orders early: Due to rising demand and limited staffing, try to book your event or reserve your date as early as possible as many caterers are limiting the number of events they can service.

4. Be flexible: Increased demand, labor shortages, and product supply chain issues may affect the ability of your caterer to provide everything you need for your event.  Be prepared if your caterer may not be able to offer delivery service for your order.  Be ready to adjust menus if your favorite menu item is not available.  You may also need to adjust your event timing if the caterer is unable to deliver at your preferred time.  Ask for options if your preferences are not available.

5. Anticipate higher costs: Costs have risen steadily since 2019, and your event pricing, including food and labor, may have risen as well.  If your budgets have not changed, work with your caterer for options that will fit your needs.

6. Caterers are required to invoice UF for your event: If requiring a down payment for your event, caterers must submit an invoice to UF for the down payment (invoice is typically paid within 10 days of submittal to UF.)  Invoicing for your event should occur at its conclusion to reflect actual billing for your event.

  • Do not submit payment via credit card or UF P-Card
  • Do not set up your own department account

7. UF will charge an administrative fee: The University will deduct a 3% administrative fee from each catering invoice.  The caterer should not add this as an extra fee for your event.

Helpful links to the updated Food & Beverage policies:

Alcoholic Beverage: https://uf.force.com/PolicyHub/s/article/Alcoholic-Beverage
Food and Beverage Services: https://uf.force.com/PolicyHub/s/article/Food-and-Beverage-Services
Use of University Space: https://uf.force.com/PolicyHub/s/article/Use-of-University-Space
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about on-campus catering, please call Business Services at 352-392-0306.