Approved Caterers

The following is a small portion of the list of ISU approved caterers. A more complete and updated list is available here.

All clients should contact caterers directly for more information regarding pricing, availability, and menus.


Full service caterers
Provide flexible menus, china service, full service staffing.

Christiani's VIP Catering and Events 
(515) 287-3169
1150 SE Diehl Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315
Upscale catering, full bar service, decorating services and event planning. Locally owned and operated. Approved to serve alcohol.

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
(515) 292-8600
2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, IA 50014
Emphasis on Midwestern favorites such as pork chops, pork tenderloins, petit filet, and steaks. Chefs can create specialty dishes or complete menus that are tailored especially for the client. Approved to serve host bar only.

ISU Catering 
(515) 294-2103
1215 Friley Hall, Ames, IA 50010
Catering for meetings, receptions, parties, weddings and other occations. Specialty items available. Approved to serve alcohol.

Partial service caterers
Provide limited menus, disposable or limited china service, and limited staff.

Hickory Park 
(515) 233 - 5344
1404 S. Duff, Ames, IA 50010
Specializes in hickory smoked, barbecued meats and home-style side dishes. Drop-off or staffed catering available.

Lincoln Center:
(515) 232-1961
640 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010
West Ames:
(515) 292-5543
3800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014
Selection of choices from box lunches to prime rib dinners. Will customize menus.

The Cafe 
(515) 292-0100
2616 Northridge Parkway; Ames, IA 50010
Boxed lunches, fresh salads, and desserts. Appetizer platters, both hot and cold also available. Approved to serve host bar only.

(515) 233-2111
823 Wheeler, St. # 1, Ames, IA 50010
Appetizers, American style buffets, pasta, salads, appetizers, and breakfast buffets availabe. Set-up and clean-up provided in addition to complimentary disposable tableservice.