Questions & Answers

In an effort to enhance the safety of the Wellesley College community and our guests, all caterers serving food at College events on campus must label all food items with known allergen-containing ingredients. Food selections must have proper identification cards (12pt font or larger) displaying the name of the dish and listing any ingredients of known allergens such as milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews or walnuts), seafood, soy and wheat (gluten). If a faculty/staff member requests full service catering from a vendor not on the College’s approved vendor list, then it is his/her responsibility to make sure that the full service caterer understands and agrees to this labeling requirement. This is an important step to take to allow for the proper and safe selection of food on our campus by those in the Wellesley College community or our guests who may have food allergies, vegetarian/vegan preferences, or other dietary requirements or preferences.

Q: Any suggestions on how to place an order?

A: Yes, When order please use the following guidelines.

  • Ask the caterer - “What can I get delivered for lunch for $ x pp (the new recommended price for lunches delivered is $11.50 pp)?” instead of “I have X number of people for lunch, what can I get delivered?”.
  • Require RSVP’s from attendees for accurate counts- Only provide food to those who have replied.


Q: Does the College have a set fee for delivery and/or tipping food vendors?

A: The college doesn't have a tipping policy. Please confirm with your vendor their tipping policy.  Should you negotiate a tip, it should be noted on the invoice from the vendor. 


Q:Who should direct caterers to locations before or after hours?

A: This is the responsibility of the person or department ordering from the caterer. Many buildings are locked before and after working hours. You must coordinate with your caterer. Meet your caterer at the delivery location in order for them to access a room/building.


Q: Should there be concerns about food safety with left over food?

A: Please remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that perishable foods are handled and stored properly.  It may be best for the safety and well-being of your guests that perishable food and drink, at risk for spoilage as a result of improper storage, not be permitted to leave your event.