Catering at Catz

Welcome to St Catharine’s Catering Department! This promises to be an exciting year for Catering services as we plan to dish up takeaway meals and coffee service from the Bar as well as in the Servery…

Who is in the department?

The Catering Department is headed up by Robert Jonas, the Catering Director. In addition to the Catering team we have Caroline Grover who heads up the Conference Office – she co-ordinates all internal and external bookings. Martin Cullum is the Catering and Conference Operations Manager and deputises for the Catering and Conference Managers. The main office is in the Bull building and office hours are generally between 9am and 5pm. The main e-mail address for the office is conference@caths.cam.ac.uk. Function room bookings can be made online through the College website: www.caths.cam.ac.uk/students/room-booking

The Head Chef, Edward Barker, who reports to Robert Jonas, also manages the kitchen team of chefs and kitchen porters. Lynne Bushell is the Front of House Manager and oversees all functions which take place in the Hall and other reception rooms.

The College Bar is run by our Bar Manager, Craig Driver. The licensed bar is open every evening Monday to Sunday 6.30pm - 11.00pm. Requests for extensions to bar serving hours must be submitted to the College Dean and the Catering Director in the first instance. The bar also has a pool table, widescreen TVs, a quiz game and table football.

What do we do?

The Catering Team is there to provide you with day-to-day food and beverage services and also to help you, Fellows and external guests plan, organise, and cater for special events held in College. For example, we will loan glasses for receptions and advise on menus and wines for Society dinners as well as set up bops in the bar etc.

During the day, the College Bar becomes the Catz Café. It is a great place to drop in for a barista coffee, breakfast and the newspapers or a chat over toasted panini. (Please note: a ‘sit-down’ breakfast is not served in the main Hall Monday to Friday.) Open between 7.30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, the Café is the communal hub of the College.

In addition, the servery in the Hall provides a wide range of main course and vegetarian dishes for lunch and dinner every day. You will also find a fresh salad bar, a selection of sandwiches and homemade soup and bread, fruit, drinks and sweet treats available.  If you have any special dietary requirements (e.g. gluten-free, lactose intolerance, vegan, nut allergies, Kosher, Halal etc.) please let us know in advance. All prepared foods will be labelled and will indicate at least fourteen common allergens. If you are not sure, please ask.

If you are hungry outside servery hours, there is also a vending machine in the College Bar lobby and in the JCR; both are stocked with crisps, chocolate, drinks and snacks.

Meal payments/UPAY

This summer you should receive an e-mail from UPAY about how to use the software that we have installed in all our tills including the Bar. You will need to pre-load your University student card with credit and this will enable you to swipe your card as payment rather than carry cash to pay for meals or drinks. The link to the UPAY site is found on the College Life webpage under Current Students:

www.caths.cam.ac.uk/students/hall-dining/upay-cashless-payments

In addition, you can download a handy smartphone app which will allow you to manage your credit, make top ups to your account and book into Formal Halls.

Be assured that the tills will still take cash until you get your card loaded, and that non-College members can still join you for lunch or dinner.

However, please note that there is a 25% surcharge on Cafeteria meals for all non-Catz members (because they have not paid the College’s Kitchen Fixed Charge.  Members of St Catharine's are requested to produce their University Card at the till in order not to incur this surcharge.

All students can use their UPAY card or a bank debit card to pay for drinks in the bar.

Meal times

Meals will be served at the following times during term time:-

Monday to Friday:

Open

Close

Breakfast (In Bar)

8.00

10:00

Lunch

12.00noon

13.30

Dinner

18.00

19.00

Saturday:

Open

Close

Breakfast

8.00

9.00

Lunch

12.00

13.30

Dinner 18.00 19.00
Sunday Open Close
Brunch 10.30 13.30
Dinner 18.99 18.45

 

Any changes to the above will be e-mailed and advertised outside of Hall.

Formal Halls - MCR

MCR 'Formal Hall' takes place every Thursday evening during Term; for which bookings must be made and tickets purchased at approximately £10.00 each, or £11.00 for guests not from this College.  Any Kosher meals must be ordered 1 week in advance & will cost approximately £20.35.  Tickets can be purchased via the MCR website.  Each week the menus will be posted in the Hall, around the College and on-line on the My St Catharine's webpage. MCR members can attend JCR formal halls – please see the JCR formal hall details below:

Formal Halls - JCR

JCR 'Formal Hall' takes place every Sunday and Wednesday during Term; for which bookings must be made and tickets purchased at £12.30 each, or £13.60 for guests not from this College.  Any Kosher meals must be ordered 1 week in advance & will cost approximately £18.00. There will also be a 'Super Hall' on a Friday once a month.  Tickets can be purchased via the UPAY app or website by 1.00pm on Tuesday for a Wednesday Formal, by 1.00pm on Thursday for a Friday Formal and by 1.00pm Friday for a Sunday Formal.  Each week the menus will be posted in the Hall, around the College and on-line on the My St Catharine's webpage.

 

Special Events

If you are involved with any Societies and wish to hold dinners, receptions or other involving catering etc, we have the necessary forms for booking such events; also 'internal priced' menus and Wine lists.  Wine and Port from the College Cellar can be purchased through the Buttery or the College Bar.

Feedback

This year we look forward to meeting with your student reps on a regular basis each term in order to try to meet your suggestions for menu ideas, changes to service or any improvements or innovations that we can make.

We will be introducing multi-buy offers and meal deals as the term progresses, so keep your eye out for posters and e-mails announcing these events. Please don’t hesitate to make our duty managers aware of any issues you might have, or send an e-mail directly to the Catering Office so that we can respond to your comments quickly.  We would like to think that we have done everything to make dining at St Catharine's a positive experience for everyone.

With best wishes on behalf of the Catering and Conference team