Find the Best Catering for Your Spring Events

When the weather warms up again in State College, calendars begin filling with social events, alumni reunions, weddings, family affairs and more. From a classy, friends-and-family Easter celebration to a graduation party fit for any die-hard Penn Stater, so many of these spring events revolve around the food. After all, a gathering of any kind is only as good as the eats, and you can be sure your guests will be talking about how fantastic (or disappointing) your spread is for weeks after the last plate has been cleaned.

Thankfully, Centre County offers a wide array of options for catering, so you can choose the best vendor to reflect your event, style and culinary tastes, whether you want a formal sit-down dinner with every little important detail, or a backyard barbecue without all the prep and clean-up.

Photo: © 2015 Dante's Restaurants, Inc


Barrel 21

814-308-9522; 2255 N. Atherton St., State College

Looking for a unique venue with great menus you already know and love? Barrel 21 is an awesome new option for your events, now hosting meetings and special occasions every day of the week, from bridal and baby showers to private dinners to bachelorette parties. Better yet, this venue can be booked with little notice, down to a week in advance.


Carvers Deli and Barbecue

814‑237‑0620; 1633 N. Atherton St., State College

This family-owned barbecue and sandwich shop is perfect for serving up rib-sticking, hearty plates of your freshly roasted favs to all your friends and family. You can try out their homemade menu for yourself at their convenient location, and decide among their extensive selection for your next casual event.


Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife

814-234-1344; 138 Moses Thompson Ln., State College

You already know that Dante’s is behind many of your favorite restaurants around town, but did you know that they also cater? Whether you want them to come to you, or you’d rather set the party at one of their many venues, they can arrange a great dinner to match your favorite flavors, from a full Italian menu from Mario’s, to all the American classics from The Deli.


Hoag’s Catering at Celebration Hall

814‑238‑0824; 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College

Family owned and operated for more than half a century, Hoag’s Catering specializes in events large and small, wherever you may be in the Centre County area. They also host on-site events, will help you out with party rentals and can assist you with all your party-planning needs.


Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering

814-237-4422; 1221 East College Ave., State College

Named Best Caterer each year since 2004, Harrison’s provides seasonal menus, with brighter, lighter dishes and ingredients for spring, such as poached salmon, rosemary chicken salad and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. They have tons of experience with outdoor events, and they even partner with local farms to bring you and your guests the freshest produce. Additionally, Harrison’s is the exclusive caterer for its new sister establishment, Above the Valley Special Event Center.


Insomnia Cookies

814‑231‑2005; 421 E. Beaver Ave., Suite G2, State College

Maybe you don’t need a full-out banquet or buffet, but would rather offer just a little treat for your party guests, or even a fun favor to take home. Insomnia Cookies caters their to-die-for treats to weddings, holiday parties and more.


Moe’s Southwest Grill

814-862-9315; 211 Patriot Ln., State College

If you’d prefer a Mexican feast, try Moe’s Southwest Grill. They’ll set up shop at your next party, at your office or even at your next tailgate. They provide all the plating and silverware, a ton of their famous chips and salsa and options for every kind of diet, from low-calorie to vegetarian to gluten-free.


Nittany Catering

814‑355‑1115; 3208 Benner Pike, Suite 111, Bellefonte

With decades of experience, Nittany Catering can provide any event with as elegant or as relaxed an experience as you desire. One of their unique options is the Fast Breakfast buffet, perfect for an early-morning meeting at the office, with breakfast burritos and fresh fruit.


Paul’s Provisions

814-954-8127; 536 Westerly Pkwy., State College

The perfect choice for upscale events, including weddings, Paul’s Provisions provides contemporary American menus from executive chef and Penn State alum, Paul Madrid. After a successful career in Washington, D.C., Chef Madrid returned to State College, where he teamed up with local caterer Patrick Donaghy. 


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