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Allergy Note:

Please be advised that all items listed in this menu are prepared in an environment that frequently uses allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish, and sesame). The potential for cross-contact during preparation and service does exist. If you require a higher level of assurance due to a severe food allergy or other dietary restriction, please speak with your event planner. It is ultimately the customer’s responsibility to judge whether to question ingredients or chose to eat selected foods.  

  • Food and Beverage

    All catering within the Bone Student Center is provided through Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality (EMDH). EMDH prohibits any food or beverage brought into the facility, except for a wedding cake from an approved bakery. Any group that brings in outside food or beverage will be asked to remove the items immediately. Health code policy and liquor licensing regulations prohibits the removal of food or beverage provided by EMDH catering from any event.

    Catering requests must be received a minimum of seven business days in advance of the event date. Any requests made after this date will not be accepted.

    There is a food and beverage minimum of $300 for each delivery outside of the Bone Student Center and a minimum of $50 for orders picked-up. There will be a dinnerware fee for all events that are not at the Bone Student Center. Linens on the food and beverage tables are provided by EMDH. If additional linens are requested, these must be ordered in advance for an additional charge.

  • Guarantee

    A final guarantee of the number of guests will be required five business days in advance of all meal functions or the original booking number will be used. Final charges will be based on guaranteed guest count or actual guest count, whichever is greater.

  • Payment

    University and Sponsored Registered Student Organizations must be paid with either one university account number or through foundation funds.  Checks or credit cards are accepted for all other client types and must be paid in full prior to the event. Public and nonprofit events will pay a non-refundable deposit when booking and a payment plan will be scheduled.  Any charges incurred on the day of the event will need to be paid immediately following the event. Only one method of payment is accepted.

  • Service Charge and Tax

    There is a 21 percent service fee for all catered events at the Bone Student Center. There is a 26 percent service fee for all events held outside of the facility. University Departments will receive a discount on service fees. If a group is tax-exempt, please provide a copy of the tax-exempt letter prior to the event otherwise tax will be added to the final bill.

  • Pricing

    Pricing is evaluated annually and subject to change. Changes to rates go into effect July 1 of each year. Clients will be notified of price changes and will be sent an updated banquet event order with the new rates.

  • Parking

    Parking for guests is available in the Bone Student Center parking lot at the corner of University Street and Locust Street. This is a pay lot operated by the Illinois State University Office of Parking and Transportation. If you would like to arrange special parking for your guests, please contact your event planner for details.

  • Liability

    Organization and vendors may be required to provide proof of insurance as required by University Risk Management. Illinois State University must be named as an additional insured on any applicable insurance policy. Evidence of insurance coverage must be provided to the event planner no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

  • Bar Service

    Alcohol Approval

    Alcohol sold, served, or consumed at University Sponsored Events must have approval from the President's Office 14 days in advance of the event.

    Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality (EMDH) holds a caterer retailer license through the State of Illinois.  This license allows the service of alcoholic beverages only at events that serve a catered meal or hors D’oeuvres equivalent to a meal provided by EMDH.

  • Servers

    Servers will be provided for all served meals and buffets to ensure great service for your event. Additional servers may be added for an hourly charge for champagne service or butlered Hors D’Oeuvres.

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