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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

Artichoke with Parmesan Crostini $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

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

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 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


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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