MIT’s new preferred caterers offer discounts on all orders

05/04/2016

VPF Sourcing and Procurement has awarded “Preferred Caterer” status to many of the catering vendors that you currently enjoy.

As of May 1, 2016, MIT’s preferred caterers are Baker’s Best, BG Events (New England Gourmet), Café Luna, The Catered Affair, East Meets West, Gourmet Caterers, Jules, Rebecca’s, Rita’s, Sebastian’s/Zigo and Via Lago

All preferred caterers will offer the MIT community some level of discount from their retail pricing on every order. Discounts will vary based on order size and event type. In all cases there will be a percentage discounted on the order and in some cases you will also benefit from a reduced delivery fee. All discounts will be clearly marked on your invoice(s) so that you can see your savings.

In addition to these off-site caterers, MIT’s on campus dining vendors—Aramark, Bon Appetite, Chartwells and Pacific Street Café—also offer catering services.

Click here for details and contact information for each of MIT’s preferred caterers on SmartBuy.

Please note our preferred caterers were chosen from MIT’s current roster of caterers, after meeting specific requirements. While these caterers will bring consistent, equitable, and quantifiable costs savings to the MIT community, you may still use caterers who do not have preferred status.

The chart below may be helpful when choosing a caterer for your event.

Sustainable: These caterers use biodegradable or reusable flatware, serving dishes, plates, tablecloths, and have composting services.  They work with local food banks for distribution of leftover food and have cooking oil re-use programs. Each may have all or some of these attributes; please inquire with the vendor. (Requests for biodegradable goods may incur an upcharge.)

Aramark, BG Events, Bon Appetite, Café Luna, East Meets West, Jules Catering, Rebecca’s, Rita’s Catering, Sebastian’s/Zigo, The Catered Affair, Via Lago

Specialty Diet/Menu: These caterers can provide specialty menus such as Kosher, Halal, gluten-free.

Baker’s Best, BG Events, Bon Appetite, East Meets West, Jules Catering, Rebecca’s, Rita’s Catering,  Sebastian’s/Zigo, The Catered Affair, Via Lago

Farm-to-Table: These vendors concentrate on sourcing local products. This can vary from caterer to caterer and is often seasonal. Please inquire with the vendor.

Aramark, BG Events, Bon Appetite, Jules Catering, Rita’s Catering, Sebastian’s/Zigo, The Catered Affair, Via Lago

Last-minute Orders: Most caterers require 24-hour notice for new orders. These vendors may take orders with less notice.

BG Events, Café Luna, Jules Catering, Rebecca’s, Sebastian’s/Zigo, Via Lago

White Linen: These caterers specialize in high-end, full-service event planning. Resources can include: venue selection, specialty rentals, A/V, décor, assistance with entertainment/music/speakers, and lighting. Services can vary. Please inquire with vendor.

Aramark, Baker’s Best, BG Events, East Meets West, Gourmet Catering, Jules Catering, Rita’s Catering, The Catered Affair, Via Lago

On-campus Vendors: Caterers who operate on campus and also do individual catering.

Aramark, Bon Appetite, Chartwells, Pacific Street Cafe  

Drop Off: Caterers who offer quick, simple breakfast, lunch and dinner delivery.

Aramark, Baker’s Best, BG Events, Bon Appetite, Café Luna, East Meets West, Jules Catering, Pacific Street Café, Rebecca’s, Rita’s Catering, Sebastian’s/Zigo, Via Lago

Simple, Staffed Events: These caterers can accommodate events that require minimum staffing; something more than a drop-off, but less than a high-end, full-service event.

Aramark, Baker’s Best, BG Events, Bon Appetite, Café Luna, East Meets West, Jules Catering, Rebecca’s, Rita’s Catering, Sebastian’s/Zigo, The Catered Affair, Via Lago

Questions

 If you have questions, please reach out to these contacts in Sourcing and Procurement:

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