Policies and Information


Hours of Operation

7 days a week, 7:30 am–8:00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday events are subject to a $500 minimum food and beverage purchase.
Additional charges for events starting before or after regular hours and on UMD holidays.

Booking Your Event

Book your event with us as far in advance as you can to ensure that the date is available and that we have adequate time to properly plan for your guests.

Clients are required to pay a 25% deposit when the contract is signed and 50% of the total event cost 2 weeks prior to the event date. The remainder of the balance is due one week prior to the event date.

We understand that things come up last minute and we will do everything in our power to accommodate late requests. Due to scheduling and ordering issues, any orders placed for new events or changes made to booked events within five business days of the event date will be subject to a minimum surcharge of 20%.

Off-premise Fee

The off-premise charge is required to cover costs associated with safely transporting your food and equipment. If your event is being held in a facility where Good Tidings has a kitchen, then you will be exempt from the off-premise charge. These locations are the Stamp Student Union, the Xfinity Center and Tyser Tower at Maryland Stadium.

China Service  

We can provide plain white porcelain plates, stainless steel flatware, and glassware for your event for $4 a person. Events held at the Stamp Student Union, the Xfinity Center, and Tyser Tower at Maryland Stadium are exempt from this fee. China service is a great way to offer a zero waste event by eliminating disposables.


Good Tidings is proud to be able to provide basic linens for your food service tables as well

as your guest tables for no additional charge, making us unique among many other caterers. We offer complimentary linens in the following colors: black, white, red, and gold. We are happy to explore other color schemes with you and bring in linens from vendors with whom we have relationships. linens from other vendors will be subject to additional charges.

Staff Charges

All of our events require staff to set up, serve, and clean up. oOur well-trained staff will be at your event for anything that your or your guests need. We will determine the number of servers, bartenders, cashiers, and carvers that are necessary to execute your event successfully, and those charges will appear on your contract. In addition, we will provide a highly skilled professional event manager to supervise all aspects of your event for no additional charge.


We know sustainability is important to you and we hold it to be a core value as well. We are busy behind the scenes to reduce our environmental footprint through local sourcing, composting, recycling, and donations to students-led food recovery. All disposable products can be recycled or composted. We are happy to work with you to make your event even more green with vegetarian and vegan options, eliminating disposables, and highlighting seasonal and/or local products.

Dietary Restrictions

We can cater to most dietary restrictions and we will help create a custom menu to accommodate your guests. Just let us know when booking what your requirements are and we will help create a specially tailored menu to delight your guests.

We accept UMD KFS accounts, UMD Foundations funds, Rstars, all major credit cards, cash, or checks.