Start planning your next event with our favorite caterers

STATE COLLEGE — It’s springtime in Happy Valley — a time when the birds come back, flowers bloom and we’re finally able to comfortably enjoy the outdoors again. It’s a time when we celebrate weddings and graduations, reunions and golf outings. It’s also the time when one of Happy Valley’s greatest traditions takes place — the Blue-White Game.

The State College area provides a beautiful natural backdrop for any event, and your catering options are aplenty, whether you are looking to book a black-tie event or simply want someone else to do the grilling for your tailgate. Here’s a list of some of our favorite caterers.

Harrison's Catering

1221 E. College Ave., State College | 814-237-4422 |

Harrison's has been voted “Best Caterer” by State College Magazine’s readers every year since 2004! Book your event at their sister establishment Above the Valley Event Center, or choose your own venue and create a custom menu that deliciously includes gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options.

They have many sample menus, and are happy to work with their customers to create a customized menu to fit their own needs and preferences. One signature menu, Wine Country Picnic, combines fresh, delicious ingredients into a menu that is sophisticated enough to impress, while casual enough for any mix & mingle event. Some favorites from this menu include balsamic-marinated flank steak with chargrilled vegetables and red pepper pesto, and their local goat cheese with Harrison’s signature fig and olive relish.

They have more than 17 years of catering experience in Happy Valley, serving groups from 10-person business lunches to 300-guest wedding receptions to 800-person conference lunches. Their sustainability, philanthropy, and cuisine have won numerous awards, including the Culinary Hospitality Award by the restaurant publication Santé, the Waste Watcher Award, the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC) Corporate Philanthropy Awards and more.

Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife

138 Moses Thompson Lane, State College | 814-234-1344 |

With eight restaurant locations throughout State College, some of them with private rooms, a Dante’s-catered event can handle almost any size crowd. And since you already know about the all-from-scratch-all-the-time food they serve at The Deli and Hi-Way Pizza, you know you’ll be getting a great menu for your event. Let their event planner work with you to create the perfect event, whether it be is a tailgate, dessert buffet, of full-course meal.

Favorites include entrees like classic lasagne romagna, smoked buffalo wings, mix-and-match pasta, and The Deli's Famous Meshugna Bagel triple decker sandwich that serves 30. Don't forget a tray of their award-winning desserts for a sweet end to your event!

Happy Valley Catering By Pizza Mia!

106 N. Spring St., Bellefonte | | 814-355-3738

Happy Valley Catering will bring all the Pizza Mia! foods you love to your next event. Choose platters of subs, wraps (or even 300 hamburgers!), and they’ll make sure your order is delivered fresh and hot. Looking for a wow factor for your tailgate or sports team? Try their 28” supersized pizza for just $29.99.

Ramada Conference Center

814 238 3001; 1450 S. Atherton St., State College |

The Ramada’s professional staff make your casual or formal occasion a pleasure for everyone. With over 20,000 square feet of meeting space, they can accommodate groups from 10-350. The hotel features 13 meeting rooms and a delightful atrium area ideally suited for social gatherings.

Menus are designed to provide a wide variety of affordable options delivered with impeccable service. Choose from a large assortment of delicious foods and satisfying beverages for any event, large or small.

Professional planners will follow-up on every detail to make your casual or formal occasion a pleasure for everyone, and ample (free!) parking is available for groups and tours.

Laura’s Home Cooking

713 Rosslyn Rd., Boalsburg | 814-808-6360 |

Relative newcomer, Laura's Home Cooking in Boalsburg brings her from-scratch creations straight to your event for a meal your guests won't forget. Whether you are planning a casual event or formal fete, Laura's Home Cooking has you covered.

Offerings like Philly cheesesteak eggrolls and buffalo chicken mac-and-cheese headline her tailgate menu, and tasty options like smoked tomato roasted red pepper bisque and mediterranean orzo feature in her soup and salad offerings. ­

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