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: We are so excited to welcome our new catering partner, Palm & Pine Catering. Please contact Richard.parham@compass-usa.com for any orders.

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

  • Eatery @ Broward Village
  • Food Hall at Gator Corner
  • Reitz Union (and adjacent grounds)
  • Racquet Club

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.

Use of Pepsi at Catered Events

Only Pepsi products (including soft drinks, juices, iced tea, energy drinks, chilled coffee drinks, Aquafina and Propel bottled water, and Gatorade) may be served on university properties in Alachua, Duval, and Palm Beach Counties, including the University Athletic Association, UF Foundation, UF Health Shands, and UF Scripps Biomedical Research Institute properties. Adherence to the Pepsi contract extends to events such as faculty meetings, dean’s luncheons, staff retreats, catered functions, or special events.

UF Procurement Services has worked closely with Pepsi and Mister Paper to provide a convenient ordering process for procuring smaller quantities of Pepsi products. For orders of less than 10 cases, Pepsi products can be ordered from Mister Paper in the myUF Market using the following link:  https://procurement.ufl.edu/pepsi/.

Please contact the Pepsi representatives listed below directly to order any combination of Pepsi products that are 10 or more cases:

Luis Ortega
UF Pepsi Sales Rep
Cell – 407-619-6939

Paulvos Fuller
UF Pepsi Manager
Cell – 352-474-7568

Occasionally, you may observe Pepsi pricing specials in local stores advertised to attract customers. Although these offers may be enticing, the University’s partnership with Pepsi should be honored by placing orders directly with either Mister Paper or Pepsi. Ordering Pepsi products for your own personal use directly through Pepsi or Mr. Paper is prohibited.

Pepsi generously contributes significant financial support to the University in the form of sponsorships, promotions, sampling events, and scholarship dollars. We appreciate your partnership in support of this program.

Direct questions or comments to Matt Mueller in the Office of Business Services at mmueller1@ufl.edu or 352-392-0306 or contact UF Procurement at procurement@ufl.edu or 352-392-1335.