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Cornell Catering The Premier Catering Service for Cornell University

Memorable occasions come in all shapes and sizes - from formal banquets for thousands, elegant weddings for hundreds, or intimate dinners for a few. In every case, Cornell Catering can provide the professional services and incredible food and beverages our guests have become accustomed to over the past thirty five years.

Cornell Catering is a full-service caterer, from initial planning to the last dance. Our experienced teams of catering professionals are dedicated to working with you to create customized events that meet specific objectives and budgets. Our services include linens, china, and glassware, elegant displays and floral centerpieces. Every event is designed specifically for you, so the possibilities are endless. Choose from our extensive catering menu or work with our award winning executive chef who will create a menu designed to fulfill tastes across the board.

Cornell Catering is the preferred catering service for Cornell University events and is uniquely qualified to serve the entire Cornell community and beyond.


Cornell Catering is dedicated to advancing environmental sustainability at each and every function — from 10 to 10,000 guests. Whenever possible our chefs work with local farmers and vendors to incorporate locally sourced and grown food into our everyday menus.

Our facilities on north campus features a compost system so that pre and post event organic materials are easily collected and redistributed to local Finger Lakes farms in partnership with Cayuga Compost.

As part of our commitment to sustainability we provide compostable service ware at no additional charge to our customers. Cornell Catering provides signage at events to guide your guests on the differences among compostable, recyclable, and trash items.

Cornell Catering is a proud supporter of local programs that include; Challenge Workforce Solutions Finger Lakes Fresh, Farm to Cornell, Cornell Small Farms Program, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Farmer's Market at Cornell, Dilmun Hill Student Farm, and The Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

A Unique University Partnership

Cornell Catering gives back dollars to the University, so when you book with us, you are supporting the University and future projects. In addition we make regular donations to local charitable events such as: Relay for Life, Lift Your Spirits, Tompkins County Youth Power Conference and United Way.

Cornell Catering provides a livable wage and benefits to all our full-time employees, including, health benefits, wellness programs, work life balance, continuing education, degree and non-degree credits at Cornell, TC3 and Ithaca College.

In addition we share something in common with all of our University clients, Cornell Pride. We are proud to work for Cornell, and as such, take great care and pride in representing the University as Cornell's caterer.

Cornell Students

At Cornell Catering, we make student employment a priority for our events.  By recruiting, hiring, and training Cornell Students, we are offering real life work experience regardless of their chosen major and profession.  Teaching students how to balance school, work, extracurriculars, and their social lives helps prepare them for their entry into the workforce after graduation.

We are incredibly proud of our student employees and offer a variety of leadership positions within our organization.  Or Student Management program helps teach delegation, leadership, client interaction, time management, and a variety of other important life skills.  We put a large amount of time and energy in making sure our students are happy and successful both in and outside of their work with us.

Our focus on students is one of the many concepts that differentiate us from other caterers.  Our students have immense pride in their university and the work that they do; all culminating in the best service and events for you and your guests!