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Wells Dining Catering Guidelines History of Wells Dining - Aurora Inn, Inc. In January of 2010, Aurora Inn, Inc. was delighted to take over the management of Wells Dining. Aurora Inn, Inc. operates The Aurora Inn, E.B. Morgan House, The Village Market, The Fargo Bar & Grill and Dorie's CafĂŠ and is wholly committed to the highest standards of service and food quality. Aurora Inn, Inc. has brought some of the finest chefs in Central New York to Wells Dining to create a unique dining experience on par with some of the finest restaurants in our area. Wells Dining is committed to ecological sustainability and is a willing participant in the global initiative to create less waste and consume fewer resources with great emphasis placed on fresh local ingredients and “from scratchâ€? cooking. We also serve tastes and flavors from around the world.

Scheduling Timelines All event requests will be in written form and must be signed by the event organizer and the Wells Dining Management. Events over 50 guests must be scheduled at least 1 month prior to the event date. Events under 50 guests must be scheduled at least 10 business days prior to the event date. A quote to confirm your request will be emailed within one week of making the request. Menu choices need to be finalized a minimum of 10 business days prior to the event date. Final guest counts are due a minimum of 10 business days prior to the event. The event host will be billed for a minimum of the guaranteed guest count. Wells Dining cannot guarantee service of a final guest count that is greater than 25% over the initial estimate. Special dietary requests must be made a minimum of 10 business days prior to the event in order to guarantee the request can be fulfilled. Events that are approved and planned outside of the above time deadlines will incur a 10% fee. This is because Wells Dining is incurring additional costs for last minute requests since special accommodations of product, space and staffing will be required. Events held in the Dining Hall during normal student service hours will be served the same meal that is served to students and must not displace the student population. Please note that making your initial booking as early as possible and then providing all pertinent information such as menu choices, guest counts and special dietary needs within these timelines gives Wells Dining the best opportunity to execute your function at the highest level.


Cancellation Policy

Once an event has been signed off by the event organizer and Wells Dining it is considered a contractual agreement subject to all associated menu prices, service charges, and cancellation fees. If the event is cancelled, the cancellation notification must be made in writing or emailed and signed off by both the event host and the Wells Dining Executive Chef. Due to the administrative cost of booking an event, procuring product, advance staffing and the lost opportunity to conduct business in a reserved space, cancellations are subject to the following fees: 10 days prior to the event: no penalty 7 days prior to the event: 10% of estimate will be charged Between 6 days and 48 hours prior to the event: 25% of estimate will be charged Less than 48 hours prior to the event: 50% of estimate will be charged Less than 24 hours prior to the event: entire estimate will be charged

Billing If a Wells College Department is to be billed, the department number must be provided when the order is placed. If the event to be billed is a non-Wells College sponsored event a $250 deposit must be made at the time of the order. The deposit will be applied to the final balance or cancellation fee. If the estimate is under $250, the event must be paid for in full at the time it is scheduled. The balance of the order must be paid immediately upon the conclusion of the event.

Service Types Wells Dining provides three types of service: 1. Pick-Up: No automatic delivery fee or service fee. Cancellation fees apply. 2. Delivery: All non-attended events occurring outside of the Dining Hall must be picked up from the Dining Hall or a $15 delivery fee will be applied. Cancellation fees apply. The delivery fee is to compensate those employees who must use their personal vehicles for business purposes to deliver to destinations outside of the Main Dining Hall. 3. Attended Service: Any event requiring wait staff for the duration of the event will incur a service fee but not a delivery fee. Cancellation fees apply.

Service Fees An automatic 15% service fee will be added to all food and beverage charges for attended events over $150. As is customary in the academic food service business, the service fee is part of the total compensation for sub-minimum wage employees to ensure a high caliber of service. Events requiring an action station, ie. presence of a chef, omelet station, crepe station, carving station, etc. will incur an additional service fee of $75 per station. There will be a $1.50 fee for events with glass and/or china service held outside of the Dining Hall. $0.80 per person will be charged for any event using paper products. This fee does not include table linens . Linen rental prices are as follows: $2.00 per table cloth, $0.20 per napkin, $8 per table skirt.


Rental, Set-Up and Decor There will be a per item rental fee for all linen requirements outside of normal place settings. (ex. Gift tables, buffet tables, etc.) Any tables and chairs that are required beyond what can be provided and set-up by Wells College Buildings & Grounds will incur an automatic rental and set-up fee to cover the cost of the outside rental fee. Flower and dĂŠcor arrangements must be made directly by the event host. Placement and timing of the set-up and removal of any outside rentals or dĂŠcor must be approved by Wells Dining. Fees associated with obtaining a temporary liquor license will be passed through to the event host. Any picked-up event requiring the use of borrowed service-ware will have 24 hours from the time of pick-up to return the borrowed service-ware. The cost of replacement for service-ware items not returned will be added to the final bill. Alcoholic Beverages All events requiring the service of alcohol must be booked at least 45 days in advance to allow for the application of NYS temporary permit. The following policies will be in effect when alcohol is served by Wells Dining:

Alcoholic beverages can only be served in designated locations. Alcoholic beverages can only be served by Wells Dining staff. Proof of age is required by anyone wishing to consume alcoholic beverages. No outside alcoholic beverages are to be served during the allotted event time. Wells Dining reserves the right to refuse service of alcoholic beverages to any person, at any point in time. Alcohol will not be served longer than 4 hours at any event. Cash bars will incur an automatic $75 bartender fee. One bar and bartender will be provided for every 100 guests. If an additional bar or bartender is required a $75 fee will be added.

Removal of Food Following an Event

Due to Health Department regulations, only Wells Dining staff may remove food or beverage from delivered and serviced events.

Right of First Refusal

Wells Dining reserves the right of first refusal for any on-campus event requiring food or beverage services. In the event that Wells Dining opts not to provide catering for an on-campus event, the event host must coordinate directly with the Wells Dining Executive Chef to select a caterer approved by Wells Dining. In their set-up, service, and break-down of the event, the approved caterer must not interfere with any Wells Dining operation or general student body activity.

Wells Dining reserves the right to work with the event host to make alternative arrangements and alterations to the above stated policies. To set up an event contact Elly Ventura ext. 3376 or email Fax: 315.364.3397. Rupert Robbins, Wells Dining Executive Chef


BREAKFAST MENUS Continental Option #1 Assorted Danish, Scones and Muffins. Coffee, juice, tea, water. $5.25 per guest

Continental Option #2 Bagels w/ cream cheese, fresh fruit, individual yogurts. Coffee, juice, tea, water. $6.25 per guest

Breakfast Buffet #1 Bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, fresh fruit. Coffee, juice, tea, water. $7.25 per guest

Breakfast Buffet #2 Bacon or sausage, pancakes, fresh fruit Coffee, juice, tea, water. $7.00 per guest

Waffle Breakfast Fresh waffles, strawberry topping, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit. Coffee, juice, tea, water. $7.25 per guest

Break Option #1 Assorted cookies, granola bars, muffins Coffee, soda, tea, water. $5.25 per guest

Break Option #2 Assorted donuts, brownies, cookie bars Coffee, soda, tea, water. $6.00 per guest

Break Option #3 Assorted chips, granola bars, assorted nuts. Coffee, juice, tea, water. $5.25 per guest

Break Option #4 - Pretzel Fondue Pretzel logs, chocolate and butterscotch dips, shredded coconut, chopped pecans. Coffee, juice, tea, water. $6.25 per guest 4

LUNCH BUFFET MENUS Beverages include water, lemonade, iced tea. Add $1.00 for sodas.

Lighter and Healthier Marinated grilled breast of chicken, barley pilaf, fresh tomato, cucumber and artichoke salad, fresh herb focaccia, red bell pepper soup. $14.75 per guest

Sandwich Buffet Assorted sandwiches and wraps, choose three varieties from the list below, accompanied by chips, fresh fruit and brownies. Freshly roasted turkey, roast beef, smoked ham, tuna salad, grilled chicken salad or avocados and sprouts. Bread options - white, wheat, multi grain, wrap or pita. Cheese options - cheddar, Swiss, American or Provolone. $9.75 per guest

Pizza and Pasta Assorted pizzas, choose two from the list below accompanied by pasta parmesan, homemade meatballs, garlic bread, tossed salad and assorted cookies. Pizza options: cheese, white garlic w/ spinach, pepperoni, veggie or meat lovers. $12.75 per guest

Far East Buffet Sweet chili glazed chicken breasts, vegetable fried rice, veggie spring rolls, sugar snap peas and fortune cookies. $12.75 per guest

Home Style Luncheon Homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, escalloped sweet corn and strawberry shortcake. $12.75 per guest

Vegetarian Spinach stuffed roma tomatoes, balsamic grilled eggplant, pasta florentine, pan seared tofu and ginger bread $12.75 per guest

An Elegant Henry Wells Luncheon Scallopine of chicken with capers, vine ripened tomatoes, pancetta and lemon butter, sliced fire roasted tenderloin of beef, grilled shrimp and prosciutto, fresh asparagus, orzo pilaf and bourbon chocolate torte. $21.75 per guest

Italian Chicken cacciatore, cheese lasagna, balsamic grilled vegetables, garlic bread, pasta parmesan. $12.75 per guest

Build Your Own Texas Style Grilled steak, chicken and portabello strips accompanied by fresh tortillas, pan seared peppers and onions, bbq salsa rice, marinated corn and tomato relish and peanut butter pie. $13.75 per guest 5

Southern Buffet Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cornbread w/ honey, black eyed peas, braised collards and banana pudding. $13.75 per guest

Cook Out on the Lawn Grilled burgers, all beef hot dogs, grilled chicken breasts, macaroni salad, 4 bean salad, chips, fruit salad and brownies. $12.00 per guest

Lighter and Healthier #2 Grilled pork tenderloin, roasted red peppers, wild rice, fresh asparagus, grilled flat bread w/ hummus, chilled fresh berries. $13.75 per guest

Middle Eastern Luncheon Fresh tabouleh, baba ghanoush, hummus, tahini, falafel and fresh pita bread w/cucumber yogurt sauce and Umm Ali. $12.75 per guest

Home Style Buffet #2 Swedish meatballs, baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and chocolate cake. $14.75 per guest



Choose 2 Entrees, 3 sides, and 1 dessert. Beverages include water, lemonade, iced tea. Add sodas for $1.00.

$22.75 per guest

Entrees (Choose 2)


Sliced Roast Beef Choice sirloin sliced thin with natural au jus

Guinness Beef Tips Sirloin tips simmered in a rich beef glace with Guinness stout

Home Made Meatloaf Our own savory and sweet blend


Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken Perdue Roasters glazed with lemon, garlic, honey and fresh rosemary

Chicken Francais’ Fresh chicken breasts lightly battered then sautéed with fresh spinach, roma tomatoes and capers in a lemon butter sauce

Bourbon Brown Sugar Grilled Chicken Fresh chicken breast brushed with a spicy bourbon and brown sugar glaze

Sherry Mushroom Chicken Fresh chicken breast pan seared then simmered with white mushrooms and sherry, finished with butter and garlic


Chesapeake Seared Salmon Fresh Atlantic salmon brushed with Dijon and Old Bay then pan seared

New England Broiled Haddock Fresh haddock fillets broiled with wine and lemon topped with garlic bread crumbs and a light butter sauce

Scampi Scallops, Shrimp and Snow Crab Broiled with lemon and garlic topped with herbed bread crumbs


Mushroom and Barley Stuffed Roma Tomatoes Fresh plum tomatoes filled with sautéed mushrooms, barley and fresh herbs (Vegan)

Garlic and Herb Seared Tofu Pan seared with olive oil, garlic, basil and fresh tomatoes (Vegan)

Balsamic Grilled Stuffed Portobello Stuffed with feta, fresh spinach and pesto(Vegetarian) 7

Carved Items

Add a carving station to your event for $75 plus the cost per person as listed below.

Lemon and Honey Roast Breast of Turkey…….$3.25 per person Fire Roasted Sirloin……..$3.25 per person Baked Virginia Ham………..$3.25 per person

Vegetables and Side Dishes (Choose 3)

Toasted Almond Green Beans Garlic and Herb Sweet Corn Cinnamon Glazed Carrots Braised Brussel Sprouts Fresh Asparagus Grilled Vegetable Medley

Garlic Angel Hair Baked Ziti Pasta Parmesan Cranberry and Sage Stuffing Cornbread Stuffing Bacon and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes Mashed Potatoes Southern Style Sweet Potatoes Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Garlic Potato Wedges Roasted Red Skinned Potatoes

(eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, red onion)

White Rice Wild Rice Pilaf Barley Pilaf Tomato Parmesan Rice

Dessert Selections (Choose 1) Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Strawberry Zabiglione Banana Pudding Carrot Cake Chocolate Fudge Cake Lemon Ice Box Pie New York Cheesecake Fresh Apple Crustada



Rolls and salad included. Beverages include water, lemonade, iced tea. Add sodas for $1.00

(Choose 3)


Roasted Tenderloin Dijon Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus, cognac demi. $26.00 per person.

Texas Grilled Delmonico Bacon and cheddar mashed potatoes, frizzled red onions, BBQ Catsup. $24.00 per person.

Fire Roasted Sirloin Balsamic grilled Portobello, fresh asparagus, roasted red skinned potatoes. $22.00 per person.


Cranberry Chicken Roulade Cranberry and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, almond green beans. $21.00 per person.

Chicken Verde Chicken breasts sautĂŠed w/ fresh spinach in a light butter sauce, with plum tomatoes, rice pilaf and fresh vegetable. $21.00 per person.

Mushroom Chicken and Mushrooms Lightly fried breast topped with a savory sherry mushroom sauce and crispy fried mushrooms, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus. $22.50 per person.

Tuscan Grilled Chicken Balsamic marinade, grilled eggplant, roasted tomatoes. Fresh spinach, grilled portabellos. $22.50 per person.


Scallops Frangelico Broiled, finished with hazelnut cream, wild rice pilaf, fresh asparagus. $23.00 per person.

Blackened Salmon Cajun herbs and spices, Creole mustard sauce, jambalaya rice, fried okra. $21.00 per person.

Balsamic Grilled Shrimp Wrapped w/ prosciutto, roasted tomato polenta, grilled asparagus, fennel slaw. $23.00 per person.

Broiled Seafood Option Dinner Choose shrimp and scallops, fresh haddock or salmon, rice pilaf, fresh asparagus. Market Price per person.


Spinach and Eggplant Roulade Grilled eggplant rolled with fresh spinach, roasted tomatoes and pine nuts marinara sauce and angel hair pasta. $20.00 per person.

Portabello Florentine Grilled topped with feta, spinach, plum tomatoes and parmesan, pesto cream sauce, roasted pepper coulis, fresh asparagus. $21.00 per person.

Sun-Dried Tomato Grilled Tofu Marinated in sundried tomato vinaigrette, braised greens, marinated carrot ribbons, plum tomato salad. $21.00 per person. 9

Dessert Selections (Choose 1)

Raspberry Chocolate Mousse $4.00 Peanut Butter Pie $4.00 Strawberry Zabiglione $4.00 Banana Pudding $4.00 Carrot Cake $4.00 Bourbon Chocolate Cake $4.00 Chocolate Fudge Cake $4.00 Lemon Ice Box Pie $4.00 New York Cheesecake $4.00 Fresh Apple Crustada $4.00

Beverages Iced Tea Ice Water Lemonade Fruit Punch Hot Tea Coffee Decaf Coffee Juice (Apple, Orange, Cranberry) Soda (add an additional $1.00 per guest)


APPETIZER MENU All platters include 40 pieces of the selected item and are designed to accommodate 25 guests.

Cheese and Crackers An arrangement of assorted sliced cheeses accompanied by gourmet crackers - $25.00 Additional cheese - $7.50/lb

Fresh Fruit Platter Seasonal fruit arrangement accompanied by a Honey and Yogurt Dipping Sauce - $25.00 Additional fruit - $7.50/lb

Vegetable Platter Vegetable Crudite - $25.00 Additional Vegetables - $7.50/lb

Assorted Crostini Platter Crispy toasted Italian bread topped with roasted tomato and fresh basil, Cannelini bean spread, and fresh pesto - $26.00 Additional Crostini - $8.00/dz

Coconut Chicken Tenders Crispy coconut encrusted chicken tenders served with and Citrus Dijon Dipping Sauce - $28.00 Additional Coconut Tenders - $8.50/dz

California Roll Fresh avocado, pickled ginger and surimi wrapped with jasmine rice and nori, served with wasabi and ginger soy for dipping - $28.00 Additional California Rolls - $8.50/dz

Bacon Wrapped Scallops Broiled in a savory Soy and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce - $38.00 Additional Bacon Wrapped Scallops - $11.50/dz

Chesapeake Shrimp Large Gulf shrimp broiled with a traditional Maryland herb blend then chilled, served with a Lemon Dill Sauce for Dipping - $45.00 Additional Chesapeake Shrimp - $13.50/dz


Spinach and Artichoke Dip Served hot with Garlic Parmesan Pita Chips for Dipping. - $26.00 5 Spice Chicken Sate Tender skewers of boneless chicken breast grilled with a savory blend of Eastern spices served with a Sweet Pepper Peanut Sauce for Dipping - $28.00 Additional 5 Spice Chicken Sate - $8.50/dz

Cocktail Meatballs All beef meatballs with your choice of sauces, BBQ, Marinara, Sweet ‘n’ Sour or Swedish - $26.00 Additional Cocktail Meatballs - $8.00/dz

Tuna Carpaccio Fresh Ahi Tuna pan seared then sliced, served with pickled ginger, wasabi aoli, and brown sugar soy sauce - $32.00 Additional Tuna Carpaccio - $12.00/lb

Vietnamese Spring Rolls Crispy Vegetables marinated rice noodle, fresh herbs and mild peppers wrapped in rice paper served with a cilantro and lime dipping sauce - $28.00 Additional Vietnamese Spring Rolls - $8.50/dz

Executive Cheese Board Four varieties of the finest imported and domestic cheeses accompanied by savory breads, dried fruit, assorted nuts and homemade relishes - $120.00


ALA CARTE SELECTIONS Cheese Pizza $11.00 (add $1.00 for each additional topping) Large Cookies $12.00 per dozen Tea Size Cookies $6.00 per dozen Coffee Service $3.25 per person Muffins $1.75 each Scones $15.00 per dozen Four Gallons of Lemonade, Fruit Punch, or Iced Tea $25 Four Gallons Sunshine Punch $30


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