State College catering: From tailgates to weddings

By Sierra Kennedy


It’s that time of the year where the weather breaks and locals can finally begin to come out of hibernation. As soon as the ice starts to melt, social agendas everywhere begin to fill with plans for the next big event of the year. While entertainment value is always important, it’s what’s on the serving platter that really gets guests talking. Luckily, State College has a plethora of options when it comes to satisfying even the pickiest (or extremely laid back) of palettes.  


Of course, every Penn Stater has thrown a tailgate or attended a wedding, but the vendors in the area may surprise you with their offerings. In Centre County, there are caterers for a girls’ night in, black-tie soiree, a corporate commune or even an intimate housewarming. Such a wide array of vendors ensures that no matter what the overall ambience and goal of your event is, there will be food selections that make a perfect pairing.   


Doan’s Bones Barbecue


401 W Beaver Ave., State College;; 814-238-7427


Chances are, you have already dined at one of the two Doan’s Bones Barbecue locations — with the family-owned restaurant named #1 BBQ by State College Magazine. You can also have the award-winning barbecue catered to your next event, with mouth-watering ribs, tender beef brisket, and other popular entrees delivered to your location. Doan’s also offers on-site catering and pick-up at both restaurants.


Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering


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


No list of the best caterers in State College would be complete without the 14-time award winners, Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering. With over 20 years of experience, Harrison’s professional resume includes social events, sporting events, weddings, formals, fundraisers, memorials, and more. You can always count on local, fresh ingredients that are as delectable as they are beneficial to the community. Clients now also have the option of holding their gathering at Above the Valley Event Center, exclusive partner of Harrison’s Wine & Grill Catering.


Hoag’s Catering


3500 E College Ave. #1150, State College;; 814-238-0824


Hoag’s Catering is another vendor that provides the A to Z of catering needs. With Hoag’s, you can rent the tent for your tailgate and have barbecue grilled on-site. You can get their rustic glam themed wedding package for your scenic farm wedding, complete with a homestyle buffet and vintage farm plates. The company has been around since 1947, making them experts on just about any of your event needs in the State College area. With Hoag’s Catering you can personally bring your event vision to life by coordinating with their experienced team.


The Honey Baked Ham Company


1724 S Atherton St., State College;; 814-272-4267


The Honey Baked Ham Company offers more than just your main Thanksgiving entrees. The catering menu includes boxed lunches, platters, trays, and deli sides that are perfect for work luncheons, retreats, and other casual gatherings. For added convenience, you can view and order from their catering menu online. The company delivers for a minimal fee, and you can even place same-day orders by contacting the store directly.


Irving’s Bagels


110 E College Ave., State College;; 814-231-0604


Irving’s Bagels is one of the hidden gems of caterers in State College. Who doesn’t love breakfast? Especially when it comes from an establishment that has been voted Best Bagel and Best Breakfast Sandwich by State College Magazine. The catering menu includes much more than ooey gooey, fresh baked treats. There are also sandwich platters, wrap trays, fresh veggies, mini quiches, and assorted fruits. Just give the team at Irving’s at least 24 hours notice to prepare your order, and utensils, accompaniments, and delivery are included in your price.  


Nittany Catering


3208 Benner Pike, Bellefonte;; 814-355-1115


Nittany Catering is a full-service caterer that makes high-quality, hand-crafted food for your guests to enjoy. Consistently ranking among the top vendors in the Centre County region, Nittany offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and beverage menus. Pricing is transparent, so whether you want a small, catered lunch or a dinner buffet for 150 guests, you will be able to gauge your costs. Of course, you can also work personally with a team member to curate your own menu and unique culinary experience.


Twisted Whisk Catering


State College;; 814-422-5134


Twisted Whisk is one of the more diverse caterers in State College, providing services for your corporate clients, social gatherings, birthdays, tailgates, and more. The menu is representative of their wide range of events, with everything from apple cider au jus pork loin to gluten-free homemade chili. Twisted Whisk Catering also prides itself on being able to accommodate those last-minute events!


Brown Dog Catering


112 East Pine Street, Philipsburg;; 814-883-5922


With over eight years of serving the Centre County area, Brown Dog Catering offers personalized catering options. Clients can choose from family-style, buffet, or plated experiences for all types of events. The vendor will be opening a restaurant space in the coming months, giving customers the option to rent out the space or enjoy casual dining. Full-service, delicious catering at reasonable prices is what the company is known for.


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