Frequently Asked Questions — Catering
Yes, D’Amico Catering is the exclusive in-house caterer at McNamara Alumni Center for non-University events.
D’Amico & Sons and D’Amico Catering are owned by the same parent company, however, D’Amico & Sons is a restaurant and D’Amico Catering is a full-service catering company. Food and beverage service provided by D’Amico Catering includes event staff for your event. Their sales staff are located here on-site. The restaurant is open M-F from 7 am to 2 pm and is only available for drop-off service from the restaurant menu.
The food and beverage minimum varies by room based on the month, day and time of your event. All daytime events (Sun. – Sat.) and Monday – Thursday evening events in any room have a food and beverage minimum of $500.
Memorial Hall (events starting after 4pm)
Friday Night: $6,000
Saturday Night: $10,000
Sunday Night: $2,500
University Hall (events starting after 4pm)
Friday Night: $2,500
Saturday Night: $3,800
Sunday Night: $1,000
Entire 1st Floor (events starting after 4pm)
Friday Night: $8,500
Saturday Night: $13,800
Sunday Night: $3,500
*Events generating less than the above stated food and beverage revenue are subject to a charge of 100% of the difference.
*Sunday nights of holiday weekends are subject to Saturday night food and beverage minimums
*Exceptions may apply for short-term bookings and holiday weekends in select months as determined by D’Amico Catering and McNamara Event Management.
You may select up to 3 plated options. If you offer more than 3 entrée options there is a multiple entrée charge of $1.50 per person.
Classic American Cuisine
Every event is unique. There are a variety of different factors that go into the total price. Service style, menu items, time frame of the event, number of guests, and labor required are all factors that affect the total price. We are adept at working within budgets and will help guide you to the options that meet your vision AND your budget.
Yes. We are happy to custom-craft a menu that’s perfect for you, your guests, or the theme of your event.
Yes. Our skilled culinary professionals have experience in vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergy-aware cooking.
No, D’Amico Catering holds the liquor license and insurance and is responsible for all liquor served on the premises. For this reason we do not allow any outside alcohol. If you have a special request let us know and we will try to accommodate your request.
Five business days before your event you call and finalize/guarantee your guest count. We then send you a Pre-function Estimate based on these final numbers, which you sign and return with your prepayment. Prepayment is due 5 business days before your event. You can pay with a credit card or cashier’s check.
Any deposit varies based on your food and beverage estimate. Your D'Amico planner can provide you with a specific deposit amount and when it will be due.
The 25% service charge is used to cover the labor and administration costs required for the planning and execution of your event. The service charge is not a gratuity and is subject to state and local tax laws.
D’Amico Catering provides at no additional charge: linens from our inventory, china, flatware, votive candles, hand-pinned skirting for food and beverage tables and all serving pieces. You may upgrade your table linens to floor length for an additional charge of $15 per dining table. McNamara owns some décor items you can rent, otherwise there are also many décor companies who can provide specialty linens, chair covers, candelabras and other decorations.
When we provide your personalized proposal, we list of all of our estimated charges in order to provide you with a complete proposal. In addition to the menu pricing, we include the following in each proposal: rental upgrades, service charge, and sales tax.
Gratuities, while greatly appreciated, are not required nor are they expected. Should you choose to leave a gratuity for exceptional service, please speak to your Event Planner.
If you are a U of M Alumni Association Lifetime Member and our contact for a non-University event, you will receive a $100 give card to any D’Amico restaurant when you book an event in the Johnson Great Room, University Hall or Memorial Hall.