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Planning Your Special Event

Welcome to the world of Luther Catering. We are pleased to offer diverse menus for any occasion; whether your special event is a gala dinner, or a small coffee break, Luther Catering will provide the finest service and food available. Our staff can assist you in transforming your thoughts into a unique and memorable dining experience that matches your specific needs. Our Catering team would be happy to work with you to create a menu that will meet all needs including budget, vegetarian meals, restricted diets, or food allergies.

How To Reach Us

Justin Scardina, Director of Catering
Phone: (563) 387-1395

Sarah Leidahl,
Catering Assistant
Phone: (563) 387-1463

Planning Your Event

Reserve location. The following rooms may be reserved through the Catering Department

Peace Dining Room
Peace, Hammarskjold & Nansen
Hammarskjold Lounge
Nansen Room
Nobel Dining Room
King Room
Seating Capacity: 172
Seating Capacity: 323 (sit-down)
Seating Capacity: 124
Seating Capacity: 28
Seating Capacity: 40
Seating Capacity: 12

All other campus locations must be scheduled through Campus Programming (563) 387-1291 or

General Information


We order food on an "as-needed" basis. This allows us to provide our clients with fresh, high-quality food. To ensure proper service, all catering requests should be made 14 days prior to each function.


You will need to provide the GUARANTEED NUMBER of expected guests a MINIMUM OF 4 WORKING DAYS prior to function. Once the deadline has passed, you will be billed at 100% of the guaranteed guest count or the actual count, whichever is greater.


We require a 48-hour minimum notice to cancel an event. If cancellations are made after this time period, you may be billed for any expenses incurred. Please note - special order items that we are unable to be returned will be billed to your account.


Equipment supplied for unsupervised events is the responsibility of the client ordering the function. You will be charged replacement costs for equipment NOT returned.


We offer linen rental for off-campus use (linen napkins and table covers). See Catering for further details.

Leftover Food:

Leftover food, beverage, and supplies are the property of Luther Catering and are not to be taken. We plan and prepare enough food for the guaranteed number of people plus 5%. We ensure that the last guest will have the same menu selections as the first guest. The client is paying for the guaranteed number of people - any leftover food, beverages, or supplies belong to the college. This applies to all events.


Luther College Catering Services is fully licensed by the State of Iowa to serve alcoholic beverages at catered events held in the Dahl Centennial Union (except Marty`s) and Baker Commons. Because irresponsible alcohol consumption can interfere with the educational purposes and social climate of the college, all guests attending Luther College catered events have a responsibility to follow the Alcohol Policies and Procedures and will be held accountable for failure to follow them. Please contact the Catering Department for additional information.