Approved Caterers

Catering List & University Foundation-approved Bartenders
Updated January 7, 2020
(We are continuously revising this list, so please check often for updates)


The current flowchart is being revised. Please contact Contracting to help you determine whether you need to use a vendor from the Approved Caterer list.

On-Campus Catering Events (Tucson Main Campus Only)

Regardless of the source of funding and if your total event cost will exceed $750, you must contact the Student Union for your food service needs. Catering services can be provided by the Arizona Catering Company and other selected Student Union Restaurants. See the list of approved On-Campus Catering Vendors.

The Student Union is solely responsible for determining if they can accommodate your food service request and may grant an exception for an On-Campus event. Refer to the Catering Waiver for exceptions. All events approved for a waiver still require the use of an authorized Tucson catering vendor, unless it is considered a "drop-and-go" service.

Off-Campus Catering Events

If you are hosting a University event regardless of location, you have two options, depending on your planned event, Full-Service Catering or Drop-and-Go Service.

A Full-Service Catering event is when a vendor is responsible for all preparation, delivery, setup, serving, clean up and removal of food/serving ware. This includes but is not limited to a "buffet-style" event and applies to any University event where special food handling is required. See a list of Tucson Metro Area Caterers or Phoenix Metro Area Caterers.

A Drop-and-Go service is defined as an event where there is no set-up or removal of food/serving ware. All food must be in disposable containers and should be ready to serve and not require any special food handling, (e.g. boxed lunches, sandwiches, pizza, fast-food, etc.) If your event requirements meet this definition, you may select a vendor of your choice.

All approved Catering Vendors listed have met and agree to maintain standard University insurance requirements and we strongly recommend you consider using them for your food service needs.

If you do not see a caterer on the list that you would like to use, please call our office for a copy of the Master Agreement for Catering Services, (520) 621-9772. If an authorized caterer is not used, payment for their services may be denied or withheld; this includes payment from the University of Arizona Foundation.

For further information, refer to the University Catering & Food Service Policy.

The lists of Approved Caterers below are grouped by location: Tucson On-Campus, Tucson Metro Area, and Phoenix Metro Area.

Catering Events in Washington DC

Well Dunn Catering
Call or Email
(202) 543-7878


Alcoholic beverages must be served by a contractor who has a certificate of insurance on file with the University and agrees to be bound by the provisions of the University's Alcohol Permit. The University does not recommend bartenders and University funds cannot be used to pay for alcohol. Please review the University of Arizona Foundation Approved Bartenders List for bartenders who have approved insurance certificates on file.

Bartenders are responsible for providing the appropriate information and for complying with the instructions on the UA Alcohol Permit Application. In addition, departments using bartending services must obtain an original signature from the approved bartender on the application. Faxed signatures are not acceptable.

For additional information about bartending services please contact:

Room 348 SUMC
P.O. Box 210017
Tucson, Arizona, 85721-0017
Phone: (520) 621-1989