Start Planning Your Spring Events with Our Favorite Caterers!
Springtime in Happy Valley—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. 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 favorite caterers.
Dante's Restaurants and Nightlife
138 Moses Thompson Lane, State College
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 high-quality food they serve at The Deli and Mario’s, you know you’ll be getting a great menu for your event.
Hoag’s Catering and Celebration Hall
2280 Commercial Blvd., State College
Hoag’s is State College’s only independently owned catering and banquet facility. If you’ve been in the area for a while, you’ve probably been to one of their events because they’ve been in business since 1947. Tip: Try the Chicken Divan. You won't believe how good it is.
3208 Benner Pike, Suite 111, Bellefonte
A Happy Valley mainstay for more than 30 years, Nittany Catering provides everything from large corporate dinner spreads to boxed lunches. Unique among caterers is their Fast Breakfast buffet, which offers a burrito bar and fresh fruit. Ask to sample their baked stuffed bread loaves with Italian meat and caramelized onions and peppers. Vegetarian options are also available.
536 Westerly Parkway, State College
A newcomer to the Happy Valley catering scene, Paul’s Provisions is the latest food venture by Executive Chef Paul Madrid, who opened (and is still a partner in) two successful restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area. Despite only opening a few months ago, Paul’s is making a name for itself as a catering company that offers a mouth-watering selection of contemporary American cuisine with an artful presentation. Word of mouth referrals have already made Paul’s a must-have for many top events, but the company is happy to help plan any event, from weddings and black tie dinners to tailgates and dessert receptions.
1031 East College Avenue, State College
Since taking over the former Damon’s restaurant just outside of campus, Lettermans has been expanding beyond the doors of their building. Offering both on-site or off-site catering, Lettermans is a great choice when you need to feed a large crowd. Their new catering menu includes the basics like fruit and veggie trays or the more sophisticated Coaches Buffet, which offers three select entrees, two sides and a salad. As the closest caterer to Beaver Stadium, Lettermans is a great option for tailgates.
Prospector’s Allegheny Rib Company
2080 Cato Avenue, State College
Even though Prospector’s restaurant closed their doors a few years ago, you can still find their famous ribs and sides at many Penn State tailgates or other catered events. The Touchdown Special includes enough baby back ribs and sides to feed 15-20 people for just $165. They’ve become a popular option at local events like the Coaches vs. Cancer golf outing and can be found at corporate parties throughout the region.
PO Box 1283, State College
A little known secret among Happy Valley foodies, Clem’s wood-fired BBQ has a devoted following. With a motto of “no order too big or too small,” Clem’s can provide BBQ sandwiches and sides to as little as 10 or as many as 2,000 people. They offer full-service catering and boxed-lunch style meals.