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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

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

All American Dinner Buffet $19/person

Mini Sausage Bites
Assortment of Sausages with Seedy Mustard

House Made Potato Chips or French Fries or Potato Salad

Zanzibar House Salad
Mixed Greens, Olives, Red Onion, Feta Cheese, Artichokes, Sunflower Seeds, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Build Your Own Hamburger Buffet
Choose Two: Beef Burger, Turkey Burger, Lamb Burger
Assorted Garnishes


 Passed or Plated Hors D'oeuvres

*please ask us for quantity recommendations

Spinach and Feta Spanakopita $2.25 ea

Mushroom Truffle Risotto Bites $2.25 ea

Indian "Salsa" Curry Phyllo Triangle $2.50 ea

Artichoke with Parmesan Crostini $2.25 ea

Santa Fe Chili Empanadas $2.25 ea

Onion Rosemary Marmalade $2.25 ea

Venison Wellington $2.50 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
Tacos with fish or shrimp, with cabbage slaw and salsas $2.95 ea
Salmon Canape
cucumber boat topped with 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 Platters
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 $4 / person
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 $3/person
fresh garden vegetables served with a choice of ranch or hummus dip
Traditional Cheese Board $5.50/person
assorted classic cheeses, served
with accompaniments and assorted breads
Gourmet Cheese Board $7/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

Baja Ceviche $6 / person
With citrus marinated sole & shrimp, tomatoes, avocado, jalapeño, blue tortilla chips
Whole Smoked Salmon Platter $6/person
served with quick pickle cucumber salad
Soy Glazed Black Pepper Wings $4/person
Silken puree of Carrot and Ginger
Chicken & Vegetable
Tomato Basil
Salads $8/person

Caesar Salad with Parmesan and house croutons
Wedge Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Oven-Dried Tomatoes,
Blue Cheese Dressing
Mediterranean Salad 
with artichoke, olives, tomato, avocado, onion, feta and balsamic vinaigrette
Spinach Apple Salad
 candied walnuts, raisins, green apples, goat cheese, ranch dressing
Antipasto Salad 
with salami, provolone cheese, olives, peppers, mixed greens, arugula, tossed 
with italian herb vinaigrette
Pear, Almond, Feta and Arugula Salad 
with poppyseed vinaigrette
Bread Service
(choice of baguette, rolls or garlic bread) 

Loft Tacos $9 / person
(build your own)
Includes your choice of two entrees: fish, shrimp, carne asada, carnitas, grilled chicken with the following sides: black beans, spicy cabbage slaw, gucamole, mango salsa, salsa fresca, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomato and hot sauce 

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 $7 / person
spinach & wheat spaghetti, sun dried tomato, caper, garlic, red chili, parmesan
Zbar Mac & Cheese $7 / person
with fiscalini aged cheddar, feta, fontina, and parmesan with a cornmeal crust 
Vegetarian Lasagne $7 / person
Traditional Meat Lasagne $8 / person
Gusto Forte $8 / person
with grilled eggplant, spicy tomato sauce, kalamata olives, goat cheese, 
basil and penne

Ragu Bolognese $8 / person
meat sauce,  spaghetti, parmesan cheese 

Miso Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon $12

Portuguese Marinated Tiger Shrimp with Garlic, Chili & Lemon $12


Herb Roasted Chicken $10

Lemon Chicken Picatta $10


Spice Rubbed & Grilled Skirt Steak $13

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Mint Salsa Verde $15

$3 / person
roasted potatoes
mashed potatoes
jasmine rice
vegetable fried rice
sautéed green beans
seasonal vegetable
roasted butternut squash
roasted mushrooms
corn on the cobb
curry roasted cauliflower

Kids a la Carte Buffet Selections

French Fries
Caesar Salad
Garlic Bread
Spaghetti Marinara
Cheese Quesadillas
Margherita Flatbread Pizza
Ice Cream Bar
Cupcake Tower
Cookies & Bars

Platter or Buffet Dessert Selections

Chocolate Lover's $7/person
 chocolate dipped strawberries
double chocolate cupcakes
chocolate espresso brownies
chocolate truffle cheese cake bites 

Gourmet Cookies $2.50/person
white chocolate chunk, chocolate chip, raspberry shortbread, oatmeal raisin

Gourmet Bars & Brownies $3/person
assortment of lemon, apple cobbler, berry cheese, chocolate espresso brownie, s'mores, butter brickle blondie, peanut butter blondie, creme brule, pecan

Cupcakes $3.50 Each

Chocolate, Carrot, Red Velvet

Ice Cream Sundae Bar $4/person
vanilla ice cream, caramel, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, nuts, marshmallows 
and chocolate chips

Mini Tarts & Cakes
 4" mini fruit tarts $7 each
4" mini lemon curd tart $5 each
4" french apple tart $5 each
4" berry cheese tart $5 each
petite tiramisu cake $5 each
petite NY cheese cake $5 each
petite chocolate fantasy cake $5 each
petite white chocolate raspberry cheesecake $5 each 

Signature Desserts & Whole Cakes $55 Each

NY Cheesecake
Fresh Fruit Cheesecake
Oreo Cheesecake
Lemon Cake
Windmill Cake
Carrot Cake
Boston Creme Pie Cake
German Chocolate Cake

Banquet cakes available upon request

Holiday Cakes $55 Each

Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Petite Apple Caramel Walnut Cheesecake
Christmas Log
Egg Nog Mousse Cake

*menu items and prices are subject to change


by the glass $8 or bottle $30

 $7/ pint. Keg rental available upon request with a list of prices and availability

Soft Drinks
By the each $2.50
Sodas, iced tea, lemonade, bottled water, coffee and tea 

By the Gallon (self serve)
Iced Tea - 2 gallons (serves 32 people) $36
Lemonade - 2 gallons (serves 32 people) $36
Coffee - 1 gallon (serves 16 people) $18
Tea - 1 gallon (serves 16 people) $18
Water - no charge - by request only

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