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Special Events Catering is a division of Residential Dining Services located in Carrillo Dining Commons specializing in fresh, healthy and delicious food prepared with top-notch customer service. We provide thoughtfully tailored catering for all occasions and a variety of budgets.

For Inquiries

Phone: 805-893-3320        

View Special Events Catering Policies and Procedures for detailed information to assist you in planning a successful event.


  • Eclectic range of international, seasonal, fresh and healthy items
  • Custom menus with your event and budget in mind
  • Breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner available
  • Freshest ingredients including produce from local farms and growers
  • Prime meats, seafood, and fresh baked breads and pastries from our own kitchen
  • Complimentary decorative linens and props

Making Arrangements

Please contact us as soon as you begin planning your event or conference and we will personally assist you.

Advance Notice

Please contact us a soon as possible when you have an event date you would like to schedule. We can take events up to 6 months out and no later than 5 days prior to guarantee availability.

Vegetarian Meals

Five full business days prior to the event, an anticipated vegetarian guest count is required with your guarantee (vegetarian meals charged at same price as selected menu).

Event Set-up (rentals may be required)

  • Based on event location
  • Our unique props and decorative linens enhance the event
  • Custom linens and flowers available at additional fee

Service Ware & Utensils

High quality environmentally friendly compostables are provided at no charge. China, glassware and flatware are available at an additional cost.

Beverage & Bar Service

Bar staff and bar set up is provided when you offer wine or beer. A two hour minimum is required with 1 bartender for every 50 guests. Alcoholic beverages must be provided by the client.

Off Campus Events

A charge of $10.00 per mile, per service vehicle, will be added for off-campus events.  Arrangements for off campus sites made by client.


A guaranteed guest count five full business days prior to an event is required. This enables us to ensure adequate staffing and food quantities. Your final bill will reflect your guaranteed count plus any additional guests.

Order Minimum

There is a minimum order amount of $50.00 and 10 guests for all catering orders Monday–Friday, and a $100.00 minimum for orders on Saturday or Sunday.

Payment (a final bill will be provided)

If a campus account is designated to be charged please provide account number during planning. Campus charges are processed on Financial Journal forms. Events may also be paid by check to “UC Regents” and sent to Special Events Catering, Carrillo Dining Commons (mail code: 6130). Payment expected within fifteen days.

Cancellation Policy

Events, menu choices or services cancelled less than three full working days prior to an event will result in a 50% charge. Events cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged in full.


Keeping with University Policies, employees may not accept gratuities.

Contact Information

Address Special Events Catering
1501 Residential Services
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-6130