Serving food on campus requires special consideration. Please ensure that your event abides by the guidelines for catered events.


  • All alcohol served on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis must be served by a licensed, third-party vendor.
  • For proper event coordination of an event in any location that will serve alcohol, reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Bon Appetit requires a minimum of 14 days to acquire a liquor license.
  • Undergraduate students and student groups hosting events serving alcohol are required to participate in two training sessions. For all upcoming training dates and to RSVP, visit the Campus Life WUGO page.
  • Graduate students and student groups should consult the graduate alcohol policy.

Catered Events

Many Event Management spaces are Bon Appetit exclusive for all catering for events hosted by the Washington University community.  Please check the space’s specific webpage or contact your event coordinator. In the Danforth University Center, Bon Appetit catering is required in the Orchid Room and Goldberg Formal Lounge.  Events in the Tisch Commons may require Bon Appetit.  Your event coordinator can provide guidance in the decision-making process. Additionally, Bon Appetit is exclusive in our other premier spaces:  Holmes Lounge, Umrath Lounge and Women’s Building Formal Lounge.

  • All external groups must use Bon Appetit for all food and beverage needs.
  • External vendors are allowed in our standard spaces. Your event coordinator can provide you with more information.
  • Cooking demonstrations and catered cooking stations are only allowed in Tisch Commons, Holmes Lounge and Umrath Lounge. Cooking may only be performed by Bon Appetit chefs or an Event Management authorized caterer. Please contact your event coordinator before planning any cooking demonstration or station.
  • All food not served must be removed from the space. Unserved quantities of food may not be disposed of into the space’s trash cans.
  • Cleanup is required if food and beverages are served. WFF Services is the exclusive service provider for all setup and cleanup needs.
  • All vendors must comply with university policies.

Food Handling at Non-Catered Events

In order to comply with St. Louis County Health Department and St. Louis County Fire Department codes, the following policy was developed:

  • All food served in the Danforth University Center or at vendor tables must be pre-packaged or be provided by a contracted caterer. DUC and Edison Family Courtyard vendor tables may be reserved through the Event Management website.
  • No full meals can be provided by groups to the general campus population. In order for such an event to be considered, it must be submitted through Dining Services and be approved.
  • Only room temperature and cold foods may be distributed. Unless contracted and through a catering company, food requiring heat for cooking or warming may not be distributed.
  • Groups distributing food must wear gloves and place food on plates or in boxes. Latex gloves can be obtained at the north information desk in the DUC.
  • DUC & Event Management or Washington University Dining Services reserves the right to halt food distribution if these guidelines are not being followed.