Iowa State Memorial Union

Catering and Food Service

Basic Info

ISU Catering has an exclusive catering contract to provide catering services within the Memorial Union. Groups utilizing MU facilities are not permitted to bring their own food or beverage into the Memorial Union. Any exceptions need to be requested through the Event Management Office, 3630 MU.

Contact Information

All organizations requiring catering must contact ISU Catering, 3630 MU, to set up the menu. Complete catering menus can be found online at

External Vendors

For internal meetings, ISU Student Organizations can apply for permission to bring in food from a select number of external vendors. See Recognized Student Organization Food Policy. (Request an approved food vendor)

Catering Requirement

Non-University, University Departments and ISU Student Organizations must use ISU Catering for their catering needs in the Memorial Union.

Perishable Food

In accordance with state regulations and ISU Risk Management guidelines, clients may not take perishable food products from the premises. 

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages will be served in accordance with the Code of the State of Iowa, Ames City Ordinance and social hosting guidelines of Iowa State University. All alcoholic beverages will be served by ISU Catering. 

Recognized student organizations sponsoring an event are not allowed to have alcohol as part of the event unless it is sponsored by a university department. 

Facility Fee for Catering

University Departments and Non- University organizations are subject to the 10% Facility Fee for catering orders in the MU. Non-University groups will be assessed the full room rental charges even if catering is ordered.

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