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Lincoln University Catering Services specializes in creative and exceptional catering presentations. We understand your need for consistent and prompt service.

Whether you are planning an executive meeting or staff luncheon, our friendly and courteous staff assures the success of your function. Should your plans include items or selections not listed, we will be happy to customize menus for you.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your guests. We appreciate your interest in our catering services and we look forward to the opportunity to exceed your expectations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at...

(484) 365–7329 or e-mail us at


Planning Your Catering Event

Thompson Hospitality is the University’s food-service vendor.  In addition to providing meals for Lincoln’s student community, they also offer catering services for campus events.  Please follow the guidelines listed below when planning your catered event.


For University Sponsored Events

At Least 3 Weeks Before Your Event.

Reserve the location in Astra

Review the catering menu and request a quote by contacting the Catering Department at (484) 365–7329 or at

At Least 2 Weeks Before Your Event

Generate a requisition based on the quote provided by Thompson.  Once the requisition is approved, purchasing will issue a purchase order directly to Thompson.


Your event will be invoiced on the Monday following your event.  Accounts Payable will forward the invoice to the department for review and approval.

Questions about this process can be directed to Lynn Powell or The Catering Department at

For Non-University Events

Please email our Special Events and Conferences Manager, Charles Ricketts, at to arrange a location on campus for your event.

Special Dietary Accommodations

We are able to provide menu options for guests with special dietary needs. Our culinary team can provide a selection of healthy menu selections including low sodium, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options.



Foods that do not contain any animal derived products at all including honey, dairy and eggs.



Foods that do not contain animal products except dairy or eggs. Foods purchased or produced in a sustainable manner. This may include reduced anti-biotic chicken, cage-free shell eggs, sustainable seafood, organic foods or locally produced foods.


Gluten Free

Foods that do not contain gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye.


To avoid any pro-rated charges, all cancellations must be submitted in writing, to the Catering Office at least 72 hours (three business days) prior to your event.


Delivery Fees

A delivery fee of $80.00 will be applied to any event held away from the campus. This fee is for the transport of food, service equipment, china, flatware and linen.



For events that are delivered an attendant will ensure that all items are to your satisfaction. If an attendant is requested, or required based on the style of service provided, additional charges will be applied as follows:

  • Wait Staff: $22.00 per hour/per person for a minimum of four hours

  • Culinary: $25.00 per hour/per person for a minimum of four hours

  • Bar Tender: $25.00 per hour/per person for a minimum of four hours


Service Times

All events will include a two-hour service time. Events requiring serving time beyond what is mutually agreed upon will be assessed an additional charge of $22.00 per hour.

Drop-Off Service

Drop-off service includes house linen tablecloths for buffet, high-quality disposable ware, flower centerpiece, setup, breakdown and clean up. Wait staff is not a requirement for this service. Upon delivery of your event, our professional staff will ensure that all items ordered are received and verified by your authorized representative prior to our departure. A five-person minimum is required for this service.

Floral Arrangements

Silk flower arrangements on buffets and carving stations are standard.You can easily add a special touch to your event by letting us handle all your fresh floral needs. In order for us to meet our commitment to you, we ask that you give us at least five days notice to place the order and secure the floral arrangements. Prices will vary according to your selection.



Skirting for buffet and carving tables are included at no extra charge. Skirting and/or linen for guest tables, registration tables, display tables, and reception tables can be made available for an additional charge of $3.50 We can also provide specialty linen in an array of colors, prints and sizes to add to the elegance of your event for an additional yet reasonable charge.


In the event that special equipment, china or tables are required, we will charge for the required items and add the rental charge to your final bill. You will be apprised of the cost of the rental items when the arrangements for your event are finalized.

The use of the house china and glassware is $3.00 per person for all on and off premise events that are not initiated and funded by the University.


Safe Food Handling

Safe food handling is a high priority for Catering Services. Therefore, we do not allow left over food to be carried out. For your safety and that of your guests, a Catering representative will remove food from your event in a timely manner.


Catering Services is not liable for any equipment, supplies or personal belongings left in public function areas.




For non-university sponsored events, state sales tax will be charged unless a tax exempt certificate is received prior to the start of your event.

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