Catered events, arranged in advance on a custom basis, are serviced out of the catering facility in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center to many locations on campus. Call 269-3665 to make custom arrangements for your next event.

Special Events

The Dining Services sponsors special meals and events periodically throughout the year at no additional cost to students on meal plans. Study breaks are also held during finals week each semester to give students a chance to relax and enjoy some of their favorite snacks. Dates, menus, and times of special events are posted in advance at the marketplace and on the Grinnell Dining web page for your information.


Picnic takeouts are available to student groups (minimum of 12).  Dining Services must be contacted at least seven full days in advance of the desired event; guaranteed counts, first and last names of participants with corresponding I.D. numbers and entree preferences are required at least 72 hours prior to the event. Grills, tables, and trash barrels may be arranged for by contacting Facilities Management. Student groups will need to provide their own charcoal.

A college account number or other method of backup payment should be provided at the time the order is placed to cover additional charges incurred (student names turned in without valid meals available, additional guests not on meal plan, etc.). An alternate rain location should also be pre-arranged by the group, since the food order may not be cancelled within 72 hours of the event. Dining Services reserves the right to limit the number of picnics at any one time. No orders for picnics will be taken for final exam weeks.

Please fill out and submit the following form a minimum of 7 days prior to your event. When you submit the form you will be asked to choose Desktop Email Application or Internet Email. If you choose Internet Email you will need to save the form and return it as an attachment to catering[at]grinnell[dot]edu  using your Internet email service.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need at least Adobe's Acrobat Reader version 8 to utilize this form. If you need to install the Reader or update your software, you can obtain a free copy and instructions at

Picnic Request Form

Student Catering

Individual students, student organizations, residence hall groups and others interested in holding a function involving services from Dining Services should follow the procedure listed below:

  1. Plan the function and notify the Dining Services Catering Department at least one full week prior to the anticipated event.
  2. A list of participants and their I.D. numbers must be submitted at least 72 hours in advance of the event if a meal plan credit is being applied to the event. In addition, either a cash payment or a college account number for any charges incurred should also be submitted. Since events vary greatly, all student requests will be considered custom in nature.