Catering and Events


Catering and Events

Private Dining

The Wine Cellar

Coltivare’s 30 seat private dining room and wine cellar, walled off within the heart of the restaurant, features an arched brick interior, leaded glass windows, and a wine bottle chandelier for ambiance.

Seat up to 30 guests



The Ballroom

One of the largest event spaces in Tompkins County, our spacious ballroom can accommodate catered events of over 250 people (150 if seated). Customizable sizing for smaller events is also available, as the large space can be easily transformed into two smaller rooms with the help of a hanging partition wall.

Accommodates 250 guests (150 seated)



Culinary Lab

An integral component of our educational offerings, the culinary center also houses a ten-station state of the art cooking laboratory with audio and visual capabilities. Inquire about booking the space when it is not in use.

Capacity varies by function




Ideal for workshops and seminars, food and beverage pairings and cooking exhibitions, our one-of-a-kind wine tasting amphitheater features tiered seating for 30 around a central cooking station and multimedia display.

Seat up to 30 guests

Events Contact

Meet Our

Catering and Events Manager

Lauren Lowman
Catering and Events Manager

Tell us about your role:
I have always believed that to succeed, you need to love what you do for a career. I take a client’s vision and sculpt it into a reality. It begins with a conversation and ends with a memory.

How did you come to join the Coltivare Team?
Growing up, I was involved with my family’s wholesale floral growing business in Elmira, New York. I was exposed to the growing process and enjoyed every aspect of integrating beautiful, natural things into people’s lives. Venturing to Harrisonburg, Virginia for college, I graduated from James Madison University and moved to the Washington, DC Metro area to start my career in the hospitality and event planning industry. I did event planning for Class A buildings throughout the DC area, working with a variety of non-profit associations, government agencies and large corporations.

In 2012, I returned to the Ithaca area focusing on floral design and weddings. I worked closely with local wineries, breweries, bed and breakfasts, hotels, colleges, and universities to create successful and memorable events. In 2014, I joined Coltivare because the mission encompassed every facet of how I saw the hospitality industry and my career evolving.

Why Coltivare?
Coltivare allows me to do what I love, and also feel good about it. I prefer being in the garden with my fingers in the dirt, so selling fresh local food I feel passionate about is very rewarding. Guiding students through the event planning world is just an extra perk!

Favorite Feature of the Finger Lakes region?
When I am not “in the office,” you can find me hiking the local trails with my Labrador Retriever, or in my vegetable, herb and flower gardens.

Favorite kind of Food?
Anything I can grow.

For testimonials and additional info,
check out our listings on Wedding Wire and The Knot.
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Make an

Event Inquiry

To begin the conversation about holding an event with Coltivare, please complete the event inquiry form. Whatever the occasion, we will use our customized approach to bring your event ideas into fruition. Contact us today to be a part of Ithaca’s “Premiere Event Experience.” We look forward to planning with you soon!