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The Loft Special Events Catering Menu

Thank you for your interest in Zanzibar Café at the Loft. We look forward to working with you to ensure that your event is a success! In conjunction with the Loft at UCSD, we at Zanzibar Café will be responsible for the food and beverage portion of your event. Please read the following guidelines and procedures to familiarize yourself with the details and costs involved in planning your event. We are here to answer any and all questions. 

Catering Office Hours:  10am - 4pm

Catering Phone: 858.678.0922

Catering Email:


Italian Feast Dinner Buffet $19/person

Trio of Bruschetta
artichoke, parmesan ricotta
roasted red pepper, feta and basil
olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and basil

Vegetarian Lasagne
Our vegetarian lasagne is packed with roasted vegetables, tomato sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, & parmesan 

Traditional Beef Lasagne
Layers of delicious meat sauce, noodles, ricotta,
mozzarella, & parmesan

Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, house-made croutons, Caesar dressing

*Uncharge for Chicken Milanese, Chicken Piccata*

Mexican Fiesta Dinner Buffet $18/person

Tortilla Chips
with Guacamole & Salsa Cruda 

Loft Tacos
(build your own)
Includes your choice of two entrees: fish, carne asada or grilled chicken with the following sides: black beans, spicy cabbage slaw, gucamole, mango salsa, salsa fresca, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomato and hot sauce

Fiesta Salad
mixed lettuces, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red pepper,
feta cheese, avocado, citrus vinaigrette

Asian Fusion Dinner Buffet $21/person

Seared Edamame with Soy, Garlic, Chile & Ginger

Beef & Chicken Teriyaki Skewers 
Served with jasmine sticky rice 

Seared Sashimi Trio
Albacore Tuna, Salmon, Ahi Tuna

Tuna Poke

Sesame Ginger Soba Noodle Salad


 Passed Hors D'oeuvres

*please ask us for quantity recommendations

Gazpacho Shooters $1.50 ea
Spinach and Feta Spanakopita $2.25 ea
Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Mini Tarts $1.95 ea
Mozzarella Bocconcini with Baby Tomatoes
drizzled with balsamic reduction $1.25 ea
Cumin Coconut Chicken Skewers 
with peanut dipping sauce $2.50 ea
Roasted Beef crostini with horseradish crème fraiche $2.95 ea
Mini Tacos with chicken or beef, with baja sauce & shredded cheese $2.95 ea
Smoked Salmon Canape
quick pickle cucumber boat topped with hot smoked salmon,
crème fraiche and dill $2.95 ea
Sesame Crusted Tuna
seared sashimi ahi tuna with wasabi and avocado sauce on a wonton cracker $2.95 ea
Spicy Poke Tuna on Wonton Chip drizzled with Sweet Sauce $2.95 ea
Stationary Hors D' Oeuvres
Seared Edamame with Soy, Garlic, Chile & Ginger $2.25/person
House-made Potato Chips with Dip $1.50/person
Tortilla Chips & Dips $2.50/person
Mango Salsa
House-Made Hot Sauce
Salsa Fresca
Assorted Flatbreads $3.50person
(serves 3-4 as an appetizer)
Veggie Pesto- Roasted veggies, feta, mozzarella
Rustic - Caramelized onions, brie, fig jam
Chicken Pesto - tomatoes & mozzarella
Margherita - fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, garlic and basil
Trio of Bruschetta $3/person
artichoke, parmesan ricotta
roasted red pepper, feta and basil
Olive Oil, Garlic, Tomatoes and Basil
Mediterranean Platter $4/person
trio of hummus: traditional, roasted garlic and sun-dried tomato, served with toasted pita triangles
Antipasto Platter $4/person
Salami, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella cheese, olives, artichokes, roasted & pappadew peppers and other select items served with rosemary focaccia bread and baguette
Quesadilla Platter $5/person
quesadilla filled with smoked chicken, black beans, feta cheese and mozzarella cheese, served with mango salsa, guacamole and hot sauce 
Crudite Platter $2.75/person
fresh garden vegetables served with a seasonal dip
Traditional Cheese Board $4/person
assorted classic cheeses, served
with accompaniments and assorted breads
Gourmet Cheese Board $5/person
assorted local and imported cheeses, served
with fresh and dried fruit, nuts and assorted breads
Tuna Poke Platter $7/person
spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, and marcona almonds served with wonton crisps
Whole Smoked Salmon Platter $6/person
served with quick pickle cucumber salad
Grilled Flank Steak $7/person
served room temperature, sliced and drizzled with chimichurri sauce
Soy Glazed Black Pepper Wings $4/person
Plated Appetizers $5/person
Asparagus Soup
Silken puree of Carrot and Ginger Soup
French Onion Soup
Lentil soup
Minted Pea Soup
Salads $8/person
Caesar Salad with Parmesan and house croutons
Wedge Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Oven-Dried Tomatoes,
Blue Cheese Dressing
House Salad 
with artichoke, olives, tomato, avocado, onion, feta and balsamic vinaigrette
Little Gem Salad 
Avocado, Shaved Radish, Local Flowers, Green Goddess Dressing
Roasted Beet & Spinach Salad 
with feta, candied walnuts, lemon-tarragon vinaigrette
Antipasto Salad 
with salami, provolone cheese, olives, peppers, mixed greens, arugula, tossed 
with italian herb vinaigrette
Pear, Almond, Feta and Arugula Salad 
with lemon tarragon dressing
Burrata Mozzarella Caprese
heirloom tomato, basil, local balsamic, olive oil 
Spicy Tuna Poke 
 stuffed in an avocado with
macadamia nuts and cucumber 
Baja Ceviche 
with citrus marinated tilapia, tomatoes,
avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, chips 
Bread Service
(choice of baguette, rolls or garlic bread) 
Entrees $8-$15/person
Most of the following items may be served buffet style or as a plated entrée.  Please ask for assistance in planning your meal. All items are priced per person.
Pasta & Vegetarian
“Straw & Hay” Pasta
spinach & wheat spaghetti, sun dried tomato, caper, garlic, red chili, parmesan
Zbar Mac & Cheese 
with fiscalini aged cheddar, feta, fontina, and parmesan with a cornmeal crust 
Vegetarian Lasagne 
Traditional Meat Lasagne
Gusto Forte 
with grilled eggplant, spicy tomato sauce, kalamata olives, goat cheese, 
basil and penne

Ragu Bolognese 
meat sauce,  spaghetti, parmesan cheese 

Vegetable Coconut Curry
chutney and jasmine rice

Grilled Portobello & Farro Bowl
asparagus, summer squashes, sweet bell peppers 


Loft Tacos
(build your own)
Includes your choice of two entrees: fish, carne asada or grilled chicken with the following sides: black beans, spicy cabbage slaw, gucamole, mango salsa, salsa fresca, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomato and hot sauce

Miso brown Sugar Glazed Salmon 

Portuguese Marinated Tiger Shrimp with Garlic, Chili & Lemon


Chicken Provencal with White Wine, Olives and Shallots

Herb Roasted Chicken

Lemon Chicken Picatta


Spice Rubbed & Grilled Skirt Steak 

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Mint Salsa Verde

Lamb Tagine
tomato, butternut, carrot, pearl onions, house-made harissa


roasted potatoes
truffle mashed potatoes
jasmine rice
currant couscous
sautéed green beans
seasonal vegetable 
portobello-farro salad
roasted mushrooms
corn on the cobb

Kids a la Carte Buffet Selections

 Mac & Cheese Balls
French Fries
Caesar Salad
Garlic Bread
Traditional Beef Lasagne
Vegetarian Lasagne
Cheese Quesadillas
Margherita Flatbread Pizza
Ice Cream Bar
Cupcake Tower

Plated Desserts

dark chocolate caramel tart with fleur de sel, raspberries & creme fraiche

dark chocolate lava cake  with creamy caramel and vanilla ice cream 

lemon tart with berries and whipped cream 

zanzibar vanilla ice cream sundae 
milk chocolate banana sauce, peanut butter cookie, cacao nibs

seasonal fruit crisp with oatmeal crumble and vanilla ice cream

warm brioche bread pudding
dried apricot, pistachio, honey bourbon glaze

vanilla bean cream brulee with sugared shortbread

Platter or Buffet Dessert Selections

Chocolate Lover's 
 chocolate dipped strawberries
mini chocolate & swiss meringue cupcakes
petit chocolate peanut butter cups
chocolate fudge brownies
chocolate coconut mousse cake

Gourmet Cookies & Bars
an assortment of gourmet cookies and bars
may include the following cookies:
Almond Ricciarelli, Double Chocolate Chunk, Toasted Coconut Macaroons, Sugar Crusted Ginger Cookie
assorted bars may include:
raspberry almond, caramel brownies, lemon,
pecan, mocha, s'mores, strawberry cobbler

Traditional Cookies & Bars
assorted cookies including
chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin
and oatmeal raisin chocolate chip
assorted bars may include: 
brownies, lemon, oatmeal jam


choose up to three flavors:
red velvet
white cake

frosting flavors:
Vanilla Buttercream
Chocolate buttercream
Caramel butter cream
Old fashioned fudge icing
Cream Cheese icing

Ice Cream Sundae Bar
vanilla ice cream, caramel, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, nuts, marshmallows 
and chocolate chips

 Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Strawberries dipped in dark or white chocolate

Custom Cakes & Cupcakes
 We customize as well Please inquire about specialty items for
bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays & other special

Signature Desserts

 Lucious Lemon Tart

 Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

New Orleans Bread Pudding

*menu items and prices are subject to change


by the glass or bottle

 Keg rental available upon request with a list of prices and availability

 Specialty cocktails

Flavored Sparkling cocktails
served in champagne glasses
(sparkling wine and purees)
Passion Fruit
White Peach

Soft Drinks
By the each
Sodas, iced tea, lemonade, bottled water, coffee and tea 

By the Gallon (self serve)
Iced Tea - 2 gallons (serves 32 people)
Lemonade - 2 gallons (serves 32 people)
Orange Juice - 2 gallons (serves 32 people)
Coffee - 1 gallon (serves 16 people)
Tea - 1 gallon (serves 16 people)
Water - no charge - by request only

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