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New catering policy offers flexibility, options

Oct. 24, 2007
By Emily Howard

Ohio University has announced a new catering policy that offers benefits for both area businesses and those planning Athens campus events.

The policy gives offices and organizations hosting Athens campus events the option of using an outside caterer if the event's total food preparation costs are less than $250. Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services Christine Sheets said the new approach takes into account feedback from a number of key stakeholders and is intended to provide flexibility while ensuring that safety is always paramount.

"We worked to incorporate the concerns and ideas of each organization and department, while preserving the integrity and level of service provided by Ohio University Catering," Sheets said. "The committee also benchmarked our policy with over 30 peer institutions across the country." 

The policy review process provided for input from students, executive officers and representatives of Auxiliary Services, Dining Services, Baker University Center, AFSCME Local 1699, the International Student Union, Environmental Health and Safety, and members of the Athens Independent Restaurant Association.

Food handling and food safety were paramount in the revision process, Sheets said. Because of potential liability issues and federal and state food codes, University Dining Services worked to ensure that all proper food safety restrictions were preserved to protect the health and safety of the university community. 

"Our highly experienced staff is ready and able to partner with many unique groups in the university community to create first-class events ranging from formal to casual," she added.

To utilize an outside caterer, event organizers must go through an approval process and have appropriate paperwork on file. 

The new policy (47.015, "Catering,") incorporates two former policies ( 24.004, "Baker University Center Food and Beverage Service," and 23.001, "Dining Hall Food Service"), both of which were eliminated as part of this process.

The policy can be viewed online at www.ohiou.edu/policy/47-015.html. More information also is available at www.ohio.edu/food.

  If you wish to speak to an Ohio University media specialist about this information, contact Katie Quaranta, (740) 593-0858 or quaranta@ohio.edu.

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