Catering & Cafeteria

The Conference & Retreat Center offers a very flexible policy regarding food service. Guests are responsible for organizing their own food directly with their chosen food service provider. This policy allows flexibility for guests who want to bring their own food, or use a specific caterer.

Guests can also have events catered by New England Culinary Institute (NECI), based on the VCFA campus. (Conference guests are not required to use NECI for catering services.)

If you choose to use another caterer, please inform us. All caterers serving food on the VCFA campus must provide a certificate of liability insurance. A licensed caterer is required for any event serving alcohol.

NECI Catering

With a full-service kitchen located in Dewey Hall, NECI catering can provide any catering needs for VCFA conference guests, including cocktail parties, breakfast set-ups, lunches and corporate events. They offer an eclectic blend of menu choices, service styles and setup options.


Martha Franklin
[email protected]
(802) 828-8833

Campus Cafeteria

The NECI Cafeteria is a classic college cafeteria with a culinary twist. Run by New England Culinary Institute students, the cafeteria is open for breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 am), lunch (11:15 – 1 pm) and dinner (5:30 – 7 pm). Please check for current hours and pricing. A reservation is required for groups more than 10.


Michael Dewes
[email protected]
(802) 828-8850

Other Caterers:

  • Bon Temps Gourmet

    “We specialize in what we call 'global soul food.'" Authentic ethnic cuisines from around the globe, featuring local and seasonal ingredients.

  • Cast Iron Catering

    “First and foremost, we believe that good food defines an event. We pride ourselves on sourcing quality local ingredients and tailoring the menu to accommodate your culinary preference. The food that speaks most to us is slow cooked, rustic fare with an emphasis on bringing the richness of Vermont’s farms to your table. We take great pride in organizing and presenting our food in unique ways that capture the spirit of your celebration. We offer a full bar service.”

  • Hunger Mountain Coop

    "All of the produce, beans, and grains used in Hunger Mountain Coop's kitchen are organic or locally sourced. All meat and dairy ingredients are organic, locally sourced, or all natural. Catering menu includes breakfast, soups, sandwiches, salads, and party platters."

  • Kismet Kitchens

    Organic, artisanal foods; gluten and dairy-free specialties.

  • The Mad Taco

    "We specialize in delicious authentic Mexican fare. We work closely with local farmers and producers to provide a healthy and distinctive food. Our specialty is in house-smoked meats, while we offer a wide array of options to tailor the menu to your distinct event.” [email protected]

  • The Skinny Pancake

    “You will find our basic catering packages, including dozens of sweet and savory crepes, creative 'crepe creations', finger foods a full bar. The Skinny Pancake will gladly accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free needs.”

  • Sugarsnap

    “We provide wholesome, made-from-scratch food for conferences, meetings and receptions. We offer full bar services and a variety of setup and service styles. We take great pride in our food, service, presentation and attention to detail.”

  • The Uncommon Market

    Provides soups, sandwiches, and salads pre-ordered for groups.