Dining Options for Groups Under 2 Weeks

ISU Dining, our award-winning, self-operated campus dining provider, prides itself on providing a variety of quality culinary experiences to our university community and guests. ISU Dining offers several residential dining centers, markets, cafés, vending areas, and restaurants across the ISU campus, as well as catering for both on and off-campus venues.

For conference groups staying under two weeks, conference sponsors may arrange a customized meal plan to meet the needs of their group. This may include breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals in our open residential dining centers; a catered meal, or a dining dollar program where individual guests may choose meals, snacks, or convenience items from our dining centers, cafés, or markets. Meal tickets or guest cards are typically provided for dining access and will be issued at check-in. Guests may obtain replacement tickets or cards for a charge at their Conference Desk. Contact Conference Services Staff for assistance in putting together a personalized package to meet your group’s needs.

ISU Dining facility hours, menus, and nutritional information is available on the ISU Dining website on the Hours & Menus links (information on other links may not apply to conference groups).

Dining Centers

Our dining centers may provide meal plans for groups, or individual guests may choose to pay at the serving entrance (Our facilities are cashless, but accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover credit cards). Click this link for a dining center sample menu. Dining rates for groups with a contracted meal plan are:

Dining Center Meal RatesAdultsChildren 9 and Under
For Contracted Meals:  
Pay at the Entrance:  

Children 3 and under eat at no cost.

BreakfastClosed6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Closed
Lunch10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Dinner4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Catering through ISU Dining

From bakery items and boxed lunches to unique appetizers and served dinners, ISU Catering’s managers and chefs are equipped to handle any size event. Full-service catering is available for both university and non-university customers. ISU Catering is the provider of food and beverage services for events held at the Memorial Union. Staff have years of experience catering events throughout ISU’s campus and the Ames area. Pick-up, delivery, and fully-staffed service is available.

Catering staff will meet with you to understand your event and the type of food you would like to have. Catering staff can accommodate special dietary needs as well as customize a meal of local or organic ingredients.

Our menu is available online at the ISU Catering website, or call us at (515) 294-2103, extension 1 to speak with one of our catering managers. We look forward to working with you!