Brown First Outside Vendors

**Please note: A minimum of 2 days notice is required for all vendors.**

“Brown First” is a University-wide initiative that began in July 2002. Under this policy, Brown Dining has the first opportunity to provide food and catering services to the Brown community. As Brown Dining and other auxiliary departments must contribute a significant portion of their annual earnings to the University’s operating budget, this policy enables the University to retain funds that had previously been spent with external vendors.
Brown First Vendors

Vendor Address Phone
B & M Clambake 560 York Ave. / Pawt. 723-4180
Bagel Gourmet 250 Brook St. / Prov. 453-5560
Bagel Gourmet 222 Richmond St. / Prov. 454-8800
Ben & Jerry’s 224 Thayer St. / Prov. 421-1114
Butcher Shop Cafe 157 Elmgrove Ave. / Prov. 861-4627
Café la France 121 S. Main St. / Prov. 274-0603
The Catering Gourmet 333 Strawberry Field Rd. / Warw. 773-7925
Del’s Lemonade 400 Waterman Ave. / E. Prov. 434-8024
Domino’s Pizza 845 North Main St. / Prov. ORDER ONLINE
Eastside Marketplace
* for groceries and “do it yourself” BBQ Kits ONLY
165 Pitman St. / Prov. 831-7771
Gate Express Pizza 194 Meeting St. / Prov. ORDER ONLINE
Fireworks Catering 840 Allens Ave. / Prov. 831-9221
Kabob N Curry 261 Thayer St. / Prov. ORDER ONLINE
McGrath Clambakes 64 Halsey St., #5 / Newport 847-7743
Mexico Restaurant 948 Atwells Ave. / Prov. 331-4985
Morins – Fine Catering 95 Frank Mossberg Dr. / Attleboro 888-552-7822
New England Lemonade & Refreshments 280 Douglas Ave / Prov. 274-3255
Olga’s Cup & Saucer 103 Point St. / Prov. 831-6666
Pizza Gourmet 357 Hope St. / Prov. ORDER ONLINE
Pizza Pie-er 374 Wickenden St. / Prov. ORDER ONLINE
Pranzi Catering and Café 996 Chalkstone Ave. / Prov. 383-3631
Rue Bis 16 Basset St. / Prov. 490-9966
Shanghai Restaurant 272 Thayer St. / Prov. 331-0077
Taste of India 230 Wickenden St. / Prov. 421-4355
Tova’s Catering
* Glatt Kosher Caterer
253 Mansfield Ave / Norton, MA 508-286-2242


What does this policy mean?

All food and beverage purchases must be coordinated by Brown Dining and, if possible, serviced by their University restaurants or catering division.

What services are available through Brown Dining?

Brown Dining offers a wide variety of options, including full-service Catering, Express Delivery for small events, and also Gate Express for pizza.

How do I place an order for food from Brown Dining?

Order forms can be found here:

What methods of payments can I use?

Varies by menu.

How will Brown Dining deal with my order if they cannot fulfill it?

Brown Dining will issue approval codes and direct customers to a qualified external vendor. For IPRs an approval code will be created which the client will need to provide to the vendor. Brown Dining/Catering will handle all the billing functions for these orders.

Can I request a non-approved vendor?

As directed by the University, Brown Dining streamlined the number of approved vendors to a manageable number. Vendors were selected based on past performance (as determined by consultation with customers), service offerings, and other University-established criteria. These include liability insurance requirements, current RI Dept. of Health food licensing status and Manager Certification in Food Safety. Suggestions for revisions of the University-approved vendor list will be taken into consideration in an annual review process.

If you are part of a student group, please contact the Student Activities Office for authorization and guidance.

Can I continue to use my Brown Visa (purchasing card) to buy grocery items?

Yes, that category currently does not fall under the “Brown First” policy. However, this will be reviewed periodically and may change.

Can I dine in an off-campus restaurant for Brown-related business?

The Brown First policy does not apply to this type of expenditure. For more information, please refer to the revised Business Meals & Hospitality Policy, available at the Controller’s Office website.

How can I get pizza?

Up to the day prior to your event, you may order from Brown Dining’s Gate Pizza Delivery. For information or assistance, please call our team directly at x3-3040.

If you would like to use one of the three approved external vendors – Pizza Pie-er, Pizza Gourmet or Domino’s – please  order online through the Brown First order form. These orders must be placed at least two days prior to your event.

If you need a last-minute order of pizza, and it’s too late to get an authorization code, you may use your own funds to buy pizza from the approved vendor list or up to the day prior to your event, you may purchase pizza on campus from Gate Pizza Delivery. Reimbursement for these purchases should be requested through your department.

Can I get my order delivered?

Express Delivery and Gate Pizza Delivery orders are available to on-campus locations only with an order minimum of $35. If you are unsure, inquire when you place your order. Contact Express Delivery at x3-3947 and Gate Pizza Delivery at x3-3040.

Delivery from approved outside vendors varies by location.

Can I include a tip?

A reasonable tip can be included, except for pizza orders on which tip is already included.

How can I order a BBQ Kit for use at the Haffenreffer Museum?

Brown Dining, in coordination with Eastside Marketplace, now offers a “Do It Yourself” BBQ Kit to help make your Haffenreffer outing even easier! The BBQ Kit offers food for 10 at a very affordable price.

This kit can only be used for the Haffenreffer property. An IPR should be faxed to the catering office to obtain an approval code. Once an approval code is given, an order may be placed at Eastside Marketplace. (Student groups should go to the Student Activities Office to obtain an IPR.)

What’s in the BBQ Kit for 10?

  • 10 burgers – fresh Angus patties
  • 8 hot dogs – Boars Head hot dogs
  • 4 veggie burgers
  • 16 hamburger rolls
  • 8 hotdog rolls
  • 1 large bag chips
  • 2lb pasta salad
  • 15 large cookies
  • 12-pk soda
  • 12-pk bottled water
  • 1-pkg Best Yet Party Plates, 9″ 15 ct.
  • 2-pkgs Best Yet plastic cutlery combo set
  • 1-pkg paper napkins
  • 1 large garbage bag
  • 1 foam cooler

The BBQ Kit costs $99.00 and must be pre-ordered. Orders for the BBQ Kits will be taken Monday thru Friday between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm and will be ready the following day. Orders can be emailed to, faxed to (401) 831-7815, or called into the delivery service at (401) 831-7771. BBQ Kits are available for pick up but can also be delivered for a $8.50 fee within 2 miles of the store. Contact the University Scheduling Office for information about reserving the Haffenreffer property.

How do external vendors handle special dietary needs?

Through its regular business process, Brown Dining Services may approve orders through an external vendor (see the list of qualified vendors above) Brown Catering’s food allergy procedures do not carry over to another vendor’s services, and Brown Catering does not assume responsibility for another vendor’s product or service. In the case of a guest with a food allergy, intolerance or other medically restricted diet, we suggest you contact the vendor directly to answer your questions or concerns. The following guidelines may help to ensure the safety of you or your guests when working with an outside vendor.

  1. Reach out to the Manager or point person for the particular restaurant or catering service to get a sense of their menu offerings, how they label menu items and how they handle special dietary requests.
  2. Speak with the Manager about placing orders for guests with special dietary needs and to what level they can accommodate.
  3. Feel free to ask how a specially prepared meal flows through the operation and arrives at the guest. Know your responsibility as a guest when items are being served. For example, informing the server of your needs.
  4. Inquire as to whether the restaurant has a food allergen management plan in place and if the chefs are specially trained to modify meals to be free of particular allergens?
  5. A restaurant should be able to supply, upon request, a list of ingredients for a menu item. It’s possible that if a meal is prepared off-site, ingredient information is not available.