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KSU's Culinary and Hospitality Services provides a wide variety of dining options to serve the KSU community for all meal occasions and catered business functions, including dining halls and a multitude of retail dining venues on two campuses. The award-winning dining operation at Kennesaw State University provides numerous meal choices that exceed the standards for value, quality, nutrition, variety, cultural differences, dietary needs, and convenience.

Culinary Services Office

540 Parliament Garden Way
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Kennesaw Campus Office:
Marietta Campus Office:

Summer Hours of Operation

Kennesaw Campus
June 1st – July 27th (closed July 2nd, 3rd, 4th)

The Commons

Monday – Friday
Earlybird Breakfast: 7:00AM – 8:00AM
Lunch/Dinner: 10:30AM – 6:00PM

Saturday – Sunday
Earlybird Breakfast: 8:00AM – 9:00AM
Brunch/Lunch: 10:30AM – 2:00PM
Dinner: 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Freshens/Starbucks in Burruss
Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 2:00PM

Starbucks in Social Science
Reopens May 16th
Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 2:00PM

Chick-fil-A in the Student Center
Reopens July 11th 2016

Marietta Campus
June 1st – July 27th (closed July 2nd, 3rd, 4th)


Monday – Friday
Brunch/Lunch: 10:30AM – 2:00PM
Dinner: 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Saturday – Sunday
Closed – B.o.B. Service will run to The Commons

Starbucks/Outtakes in J-Building
Monday – Thursday 7:30AM – 2:00PM

If you are inquiring about job opportunities, please call Lisa Ross with Compass Group at 470.578.2476 or click HERE and pick the Kennesaw or Marietta campus for open positions.

For questions about group reservations please contact AJ Richards 470.578.2902

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Catering FAQ

What is considered catering?

Catering is defined as food service that meets at least one of the following conditions:
‐ The food to be served is prepared and transported by a licensed restaurant, caterer or other food service provider;
‐ The food requires setup and/or on‐site service (such as chafers, sterno or other heat source, banquet attendants, servers, etc).

Note:  If your event meets at least one of the above-­‐listed conditions and is taking place on Kennesaw State’s campus, KSU Catering is the preferred vendor. Use of an outside vendor for your event must be documented with an exemption request.

What is not considered catering?

Catering does not include regular delivery service from nearby restaurants (e.g., pizza delivery, Jimmy John’s, etc.). When departments, Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) or guests order and pay for pizza or sandwich delivery AND the food is delivered to be consumed within one hour of delivery time, it is to be considered drop­‐off service and is not considered catering.

Catering also does not include service of casual food items like deli trays, ready­‐to‐eat sandwich platters, bulk coffee, or desserts
purchased/picked up at a grocery store or restaurant and brought to campus by a university employee or student AND does not require on‐site setup or service.

Note:  If your event falls into this category and is not considered catering, the preferred caterer policy does not apply and an exemption request is not necessary.

Are there exceptions to the preferred caterer guidelines?

Requests to use a caterer other than KSU Catering will be considered on a case­‐by­‐case basis. This requires the completion of an exemption request form, which must be submitted at least ten (10) business days prior to the scheduled event. Culinary & Hospitality Services will respond to any exemption requests within two business days.

Why must external vendors meet specific requirements?

Per DOAS regulations, vendors doing business with the university must meet standard requirements for insurance coverage. Additionally, foodservice vendors must have appropriate, acceptable health inspection scores readily available. These guidelines are included in the exemption request form and will be reviewed by Culinary & Hospitality Services when an exemption is requested.

What about donated food?

Donated food items that fall under the above­‐listed definition of catering will be considered catering.  In order to receive a donation, an exemption request must be submitted and approved by Culinary & Hospitality Services. The reason for this is to ensure the vendor who donates the food is properly licensed and insured.