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Catering General Information & Guidelines

Florida Tech Catering is devoted exclusively to serving the needs of the Florida Tech community.  The success of your event is our primary goal.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you with all of your catering needs.  In order to provide you with a professional and personalized event, please review the following guidelines.  To ensure the highest quality service please plan and confirm your event at least TWO WEEKS in advance.  Email catering@fit.edu to get started.

Room Reservations

Email Conference and Event Services at conference@fit.edu to select and reserve your room.  The pricing in this guide applies to functions held in university catering rooms.   Events held at other campus locations may require additional fees.

Food and Beverage

To place your order or schedule an appointment for event planning, email your request to catering@fit.edu.  The menus in this guide feature some of our most popular items, but we are happy to arrange any menu that suits your needs, theme, or budget.  The prices for each served or buffet meal in this guide include beverage, standard linen, and tables seating eight, culinary, and wait for staff when the event is held in one of our banquet facilities. Served events when more than one entrée is selected will be charged at the rate of the higher-priced entrée.  These events require additional staff and an additional surcharge will apply.

Party Trays

Delivery Service

There are no fees when party trays are picked up by a member of your group or for deliveries totaling over $60.00.  Service fees do apply when deliveries occur or require staff outside standard business hours (8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday) or require extensive setup. 

Please have tables in place at least 30 minutes before service time.  If additional tables are required please contact Facilities Services at facililities@fit.edu

Disposal fees may apply for à la carte items.

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Service

Standard served and buffet meals include two hours of service.  If your event extends beyond the two hours or requires extensive setup/breakdown additional service fees apply.  Wait staff and bartenders for non-inclusive events are billed $20.00 per hour, per wait staff.   

Our general guidelines for staffing are as follows:

  • Light Bar Service: 1 Bartender per 50 guests, beer, wine & soft drinks service  
  • Full Bar Service: Offering mixed drinks 2 Bartenders per 50 guests
  • Served Meals: 2 Waitstaff per 24 guests
  • Buffet Service: 1 Waitstaff per 24 guests

Bartender mixing drinks

Alcohol Service

Florida Tech Catering may offer an open or cash bar service within the banquet facilities located in the Denius Student Union Building.  Events requesting alcohol service in other areas of campus will be required to obtain a special alcohol permit from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Alcohol services are subject to prior approval by the University administration. Our event planners will assist in that process. 

Guarantee

While planning your event we will ask for an estimated number of guests.  To assure adequate food and staff we must have your guaranteed attendance three business days before your event.  (A 10% service fee applies when changes occur after that date.) This number is not subject to reduction and is the minimum number of guests for which you will be charged.  The room will be set and service provided for the guaranteed number.  We will prepare food for approximately 5% more than your guarantee (up to an additional 10 servings).  This extra food is only for spillage or other damage; please do not factor it into your attendance.

Confirmation, Cancellation, and Payment

Your event will be confirmed after we receive your signed contract and either Workday billing information or a cash deposit.  Cancellations will be accepted three business days prior to your event.  After that time you will be billed for actual costs incurred.  ALL EVENTS MUST BE PAID IN FULL 7 business days prior to the event with the exception of those hosted by a University department using Workday internal billing.  For tax-exempt clients, please forward a copy of your tax exemption certificate with your deposit.  All functions are subject to Florida State Sales Tax.  You may pay by cash, cashier’s check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

custom cutEvent Décor and Set-Up

We can help you find many items to enhance your event including floral arrangements, ice carvings, pipe and drape, lighting, and party tents. 

Standard tablecloths and napkins are included in the cost of your luncheon or dinner with china service. Linen for tables other than the food buffets, for extra tables (i.e. registration table), and specialty linens are available at additional costs.

Quality and Food Safety

For every function, large or small, we will provide the finest service and food available.  Our professional chefs use premium ingredients to make your meal a memorable experience.   We follow industry-mandated food handling procedures for your protection.  Those procedures include: not serving food that isn’t produced by Panther Catering or one of our approved vendors; adhering to time and temperature limits for safely serving food, and not allowing the removal of foods from functions for later consumption. These procedures are to protect your guests and the University. 

Menu

Beverage Bar Service

Complete Open Bar includes bartender (1), cocktails. wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water.  Set Up Fee $75.00.  Additional bartender $15 per hour.  Bar Service w/o cocktails set up fee $50.  Cash Bar Service also available. 

Drink OptionsPrice
Wine (Bottle) $19.95
Beer $4.00
Wine (glass) $5.00
Drink OptionsPrice
Water/Bottle $1.50
Soft Drink/Can $1.25
Premium Cocktails:  $6.00 

À La Carte Party Trays, Snacks and Beverages

Prices include paper items as required.  All party trays serve approximately 20 people.

Party Tray OptionsPrice
Meat and Cheese Tray
Cubed Swiss & Cheddar Cheeses
Sliced Genoa Salami & Pepperoni
Choice of Cheese Ball - Pineapple, Olive or Garlic Cracker Selection
$50.00
Crisp Vegetable Selection with Dip $25.00
Fresh Fruit Kabobs $40.00
Grilled Vegetable Platter $40.00
Party Tray OptionsPrice
Domestic Cheese Selection
Cubed Swiss & Cheddar Cheeses
Choice of Cheese Ball – Pineapple, Olive or Garlic Cracker Selection
$38.00
Seasonal Foot Wedges $35.00
Finger Sandwiches (48 pcs) $35.00
Assorted Sandwich/Wraps $5.25

 

Mixed Hors D'oeuvres Platter: $40.00
We’ve selected some of the most popular cold Hors D’oeuvres and offer them as a convenient platter, 60 pieces garnished with crisp greens and fresh vegetables. Platter includes: deviled eggs, tea sandwiches, meat & cheese triangles and seasoned pinwheels.

 

Snack OptionsPrice
7 Layer Mexican Dip served with corn tortilla chips $20.00
5 Layer Mexican Dip served with corn tortilla chips $20.00
Parmesan Fondue served with Cuban bread, fresh apple slices & broccoli 30 servings $35.00
Court-Bullion Poached Salmon with an array of condiments Market Price
Humus or Spinach Dip served with sliced breads & pita points per cup $6.50
Snack OptionsPrice
Artichoke Dip served warm with Tortilla Chips per serves up to 10 guests $15.00
Deviled Eggs priced per dozen pieces $5.00
Antipasto Platter serves up to 20 guests, green & black olives, pepperoncinis, salami, pepperoni, pepper jack & provolone cheeses, ricotta parmesan spread & garlic toast $40.00
Mini Sandwiches roast beef, turkey & ham on silver dollar rolls served with condiments (12 rolls) $2.00

Chips and Snacks

Chips and Snacks OptionsPrice
Ruffles Potato Chips 16 ounce bag $7.00
French Onion Chip Dip, Per Cup $3.00
Cheese Ball (1 pound) with Crackers $17.00
Mixed Nuts, Per Pound $17.00
Assorted Wraps priced each $5.25
Chips and Snacks OptionsPrice
Nachos or Tortilla Chips 16 ounces $7.00
Chunky Salsa, Per Cup $3.00
Seasoned Snack Mix, Per Pound $10.00
Mints, Per Pound $5.00

Sweets and Healthy Options

Includes paper food trays and napkins as required

Sweets and Healthy OptionsPrice
Large Muffin $15.00
Banana Bread $8.00
Sliced Bagels, 12 Halves $15.00
Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies $8.00
Iced Cookies $10.00
Mini Bear Claws $17.00
Sweets and Healthy OptionsPrice
Fruit Danish $15.00
Coffee Cake $10.00
Brownies $$10.00
Bar Cookies $10.00
Mini Muffins $8.00
Scones $15.00

Beverages by the Gallon

Serves approximately 12-14.   Includes condiments, ice, paper cups, and beverage napkins as required.

Drink OptionsPrice
Coffee $15.00
Hot Chocolate $10.00
Hot Brewed Tea $8.00
Lemonade $5.00
Drink OptionsPrice
100% Orange Juice $15.00
Iced Tea $8.00
Tropical Fruit Punch $17.00
Red Fruit Punch $6.00

Beverages by the Pot / Pitcher / Each

Serves approximately 6-8.  Includes condiments, ice, paper cups, and beverage napkins as required.

Drink OptionsPrice
Coffee $10.00
Hot Brewed Tea $5.00
Lemonade $3.00
Bottled Water, priced each $1.50
Bottled Iced Tea, priced each $2.00
Drink OptionsPrice
100% Orange Juice $8.00
Iced Tea $5.00
Tropical Fruit Punch $8.00
Red Fruit Punch $3.00
Soft Drinks, can $1.25

Boxed Lunches

Perfect for business lunch meetings.  Entrees provided with disposable containers and utensils.  Salad entrees are served with crackers and all include soft drinks.

Boxed Lunch OptionsPrice
Choice of Sandwich or Wrap
with chips and cookies
$8.50
Grilled Chicken Breast
over garden greens w/ sliced egg & choice of dressing
$8.50
Chicken Caesar Salad
julienne of grilled chicken breast on a bed of romaine lettuce topped with croutons, grated parmesan cheese and traditional Caesar dressing
$8.50
Salad and Fresh Fruit OptionsPrice
Greek Salad crisp romaine lettuce topped with feta cheese, fresh tomato wedges, sweet red onions, ripe olives, pepperoncini and finished with a classic Greek vinaigrette $8.50
Chef Salad
julienne of ham, turkey breast, Swiss and American cheeses over a bed of mixed greens with tomato wedges and hard boiled egg slices with your choice of dressing
$8.50
Seasonal Fresh Fruits
w/ choice of cottage cheese, tuna, or chicken salad
$8.50

Deli Buffet

A crowd favorite!  Self-serve beverage service includes iced tea or lemonade and water.  $11.50

Trays of the following
Sliced Roast Beef, Turkey and Ham
Swiss, American & Cheddar Cheeses
Topping and Condiment Selection

A Variety of Breads
Assorted Cookies

Choice of Two Salads
Tossed w/ Dressing Assortment or Caesar Salad
New Potato Summer Salad or Classic Potato Salad
Feta & Vegetable Rotini Salad

Creamy or Oil Based Italian Pasta Salad
Mixed Fruit

Soups & Salads

Soup Options

Starter Soup

Vegetable Barley

3 Onion Soup w/ Asiago Crouton

Pasta Fagioli

Signature Soups: Add $1.25 per guest

Wild Mushroom & Smoked Gouda

Seafood Bisque

Corn & Crab Chowder

Salad Options

Starter Salad

Classic Caesar Salad

Garden Salad w/ Dressing Assortment

Field Greens with Choice of Vinaigrette

Signature Salads: Add $1.25 per guest

Chophouse w/ chopped Fresh Vegetables

Spinach & Spicy Pecans

Wedge Salad

The price for served meals includes Beverage Service (iced tea, water, coffee and hot tea), Fresh Baked Rolls and a choice of “Starter Soup or Salad.” For special occasions, you may upgrade your selection to our “Signature Soups & Salads” See “Dessert Selections” to complete your meal.

Beef

Beef OptionsPrice
Black Pepper Roast Sirloin
with cabernet gorgonzola sauce, horseradish mashed potatoes and chef’s choice of seasonal vegetable
$19.95
Garlic Roasted Tenderloin
with port wine & wild mushroom demi-glaze, duchess potatoes & chef’s choice of seasonal vegetable
$24.95
Beef OptionsPrice
Petite Beef Tenderloin Filet
with sundried tomato béarnaise, fire roasted potatoes & chef’s choice of seasonal vegetable
$27.95
Grilled New York Strip
with roasted shallot demi-glaze, scallion mashed Yukon gold potatoes and chef’s choice seasonal vegetables.
$27.95

Pork / Duck / Lamb

Pork OptionsPrice
Herbed Roasted Pork Loin
with pommery mustard sauce, scallion mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable
$19.95
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
with cherry port wine glaze, red duchess potatoes and seasonal vegetables
$21.95
Duck and Lamb OptionsPrice
Maple Leaf Duck
with cranberry Grand Marnier glaze, candied almond rice and snow peas
$24.95
Dijon & Herb Lamb Chops
with mint lamb jus, garlic angel hair pasta and seasonal vegetable
$27.95

Seafood

Seafood OptionsPrice
Garlic Horseradish Crusted Salmon
with pinot grigio sauce, pesto mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable
$19.95
Shrimp Pesto
with chili garlic angel hair pasta and julienne vegetables
$24.95
Citrus Scented Mahi-Mahi
with orange cilantro relish, thyme scented orzo pasta
$21.95
Seafood OptionsPrice
Tilapia Portafino
with mushroom, tomato & shrimp served with lemon basil orzo
$19.95
Pan Seared Giant Scallops
with saffron sauce, angel hair and snow peas
$24.95

Pastas & Vegetarian

Pastas & Vegetarian OptionsPrice
Classic Lasagna
choose beef or vegetarian lasagna, layers of pasta, provolone, parmesan and ricotta in either red or white sauce
$19.95
Roasted Vegetable stuffed Pepper
with plum tomato sauce
$19.95
Vegetarian OptionsPrice
Stuffed Portabella
stuffed with sun-dried tomato & feta w/ roasted garlic sauce
$19.95

Perfect Parings

Perfect Paring OptionsPrice
Petite Fillet & Pesto Shrimp
filet is topped with buttermilk blue cheese & cognac demi-glaze, pesto shrimp w/ golden garlic sauce served w/ roasted red pepper duchess potatoes and fresh asparagus
$31.95
Tuscan Salmon & Chicken Athena
broth, sautéed chicken topped w/ spinach, feta & caramelized onions served w/ orzo au gratin & grilled zucchini
$24.95
Perfect Paring OptionsPrice
Black Pepper Roast Sirloin & Chicken Chesapeake
carved sirloin w/ shallot shitake au jus, blue crab & spinach stuffed chicken w/ lobster sauce served with lemon thyme angel hair & broccoli
$27.95

Dessert Selections Priced Per Person

Dessert Options  |  Price: $3.50

Chocolate Layer Cake

Cheesecake w/ Fruit Sauce

Crème Brulee

Lemon Layer Cake

Tiramisu

Dessert Options  |  Price: $5.00

Chocolate Lovin’ Spoon Cake

Caramel Apple Pie

Carrot Cake

Key Lime Pie

Mango Mousse Cake

Traditional Buffets
Create Your Own Lunch and Dinner Buffets

$21.95 Per Guest

Buffets are available for groups with a minimum of 25 guests; it includes buffet service for one hour, fresh baked breads, whipped butter, iced tea, coffee and water.

Entrees Choose Two

Beef & Pork

Beef & Pork Options

Garlic Roasted Sirloin w/ Caramelized Shallot & Merlot Sauce

Roasted Pork Loin w/ Pommeray Onion Sauce

Apple & Walnut stuffed Pork w/ Rum Raisin Glaze

Hickory Pit Ham w/ Dijon Gingersnap Glaze

Pork Loin w/ Cranberry Port Wine Sauce

Poultry

Poultry Options

Thyme Seared Sautéed Chicken w/ Balsamic Mushroom Glaze

Sautéed Chicken w/ Sun-dried Tomato Cream

Grilled Chicken w/ Orange Cilantro Burre Blanc Chicken Chasseur w/ Tomato Mushroom Demi-glaze

Roasted Chicken w/ Tomato Olive Caper Relish

Chicken Almondine w/ Amaretto Sauce

Mesquite Rubbed Turkey w/ Sweet Pepper Sauce

Seafood Market Priced

Seafood Options

Salmon w/ Chardonnay & Leeks

Butter Poached Cod w/ Tomato Caper relish

Grouper w/ Roasted Garlic & Wilted Spinach

Tilapia Portafino

Carved Entrees

Carved Entree Options

Honey Glazed Ham w/ Molasses Mustard Sauce

Turkey Breast w/ Cranberry Glaze

Top Round Au Jus w/ Horseradish Sauce

Vegetarian

Vegetarian Options

Roasted Vegetable stuffed Peppers w/ Plum Tomato Sauce

Roasted Ratatouille Penne

Side Dishes Choose Two

Side Dish Options

Jasmine Rice

Rice Pilaf

Spanish Rice

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Parsley Buttered Potatoes

Parsley Buttered Bowtie Pasta

Scalloped Potatoes

Scallion Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Red Skin Potatoes

Seasonal Vegetable

Salad Selections Choose Two

Salad Options

Caesar

Tex-Mex Potato Salad

Corn & Black Bean Salad

Garden Pasta & Parmesan

Greek Pasta Salad

Tossed w/ Dressing Assortment

New Potato Summer Salad

Feta & Vegetable Rotini Salad

Creamy Italian Pasta Salad

Classic Potato Salad

Cilantro Black Bean & Rice Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Parmesan & Vegetable Rotini

Mixed Fruit

Signature Buffets

Buffets are available for groups with a minimum of 25 guests. They include buffet service for one hour beverage service includes iced tea & water.

Signature Buffet OptionsPrice
Italian Trattoria
Choose one Salad: Antipasto or Caesar Salad
Roasted Vegetables
Chicken Roma
Baked Ziti – Choose from Italian Sausage or Traditional Meat Sauce
Sliced Italian Bread with Basil-Garlic Butter
Tiramisu
$19.00
Panther's Favorite
Choice of Tossed Salad, Caesar or Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Chicken Pommery (mustard & chive)
Roast Beef w/ Peppercorn Sauce
Oven Roasted Reds
Vegetable Du Jour
Choice of White, Yellow or Chocolate Layer Cake
$19.00
Fun in the Sun
Choice of Tossed Salad, Caesar or Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Chicken Fresca w/ Tomato Basil & Parmesan
Seafood Cavatapi w/ Tarragon Cream Sauce
Rice Pilaf
Vegetable Du Jour
Choice of White, Yellow or Chocolate Layer Cake
$19.00
Fall Harvest
Choice of Tossed Salad, Caesar or Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Roast Pork Loin w/ Cranberry Demi Glaze
Chicken Almondine w/ Roasted Almond Cream Sauce
Wild Rice Blend
Vegetable Du Jour
Choice of White, Yellow or Chocolate Layer Cake
$19.00

Alternate Entrees:

Chicken Breast w/ Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Broccoli & Cheese Frittata
Fettuccini Alfredo
Pasta Primavera
Chicken w/ Caper Cream Sauce
Baked Ziti

Soup Selection

Soups may be added to any entree, salad or sandwich, served with crackers add $2.50

Soup Options

Corn Chowder Minestrone

3 Onion Soup w/ Asiago Crouton

Cream Potato with Bacon

Pasta Fagioli

Tomato Bisque

Receptions

Hors D'oeuvres

Priced À la Carte (Items marked with an asterisk are market-priced – prices subject to change) 
Hors D'oeuvres Options

$7.50 Per Dozen

Cocktail Meatballs
Bruschetta
Feta or Onion Asiago Puffs
Mini Margarita Pizza
Mini Hummus Pizza

$12.50 Per Dozen

Chicken Sate w/ Peanut Sauce
Blue Cheese & Walnut Canapés
Smoked Salmon Profiteroles
Ham wrapped Asparagus
Mini Vegetable Egg Rolls
Fried Five Cheese Ravioli
Sesame Tuna on Toast Points
Large Butterflied Breaded Shrimp

$17.50 Per Dozen

Fried Chicken Wings
Roasted Garlic Shrimp Puffs
Curried Crab Puffs
Spinach & Artichoke stuffed Mushrooms
Spinach & Smoked Gouda stuffed Mushrooms
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Signature Items

Steak and Cilantro Empanadas - $24.00
Bacon Wrapped Scallops - $30.00
Spanakopita - $22.00

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