Weddings and Receptions - The Walker Center
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Weddings & Receptions

From elegant to rustic, we offer two perfect wedding and reception venues.

The Lakey Ballroom

The Lakey Ballroom amenities include an ample banquet space that can meet a variety of needs. It is a perfect venue for elegant and traditional weddings and receptions. Our ballroom can be divided into small spaces for a more intimate setting or you may utilize the entire 5,100-square-foot space to entertain up to 280 of your closest friends and family. The lobby area of The Walker Center can even be expanded by adding a tented area outside to give you additional entertaining space.

The Doc & Merle Watson Theatre

Rustic charm and well-worn wooden beams grace the Watson Stage with austere beauty and charm. This massive 6,400-square-foot building serves as the centerpiece for any picturesque wedding or reception. Choose to exchange your vows on the porch of the 200-year-old Whitley log cabin or get hitched on the famous stage that serves as the centerpiece of MerleFest every year.

Menus

Beverages

 

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    • Beverages

    • Bottled Water

      $1.50 each

      12 ounces

    • Bottled Soft Drinks

      $1.50 each

      12 ounces

    • Coffee

      $1.00 per person
    • Orange Juice

      $1.25 per person
    • Iced Tea

      $1.00 per person
    • Lemonade

      $10.00 gallon
    • Sparkling Grape Punch - White

      $14.00 gallon
    • Sparking Grape Punch - Red

      $17.00 gallon

      Seasonal (November - February)

    • Cheerwine Punch

      $12.00 gallon

 

Bar Service

Minimum of 100 attendees

    • Bar Service

      Minimum of 100 attendees

    • Beer and Wine

      $3.00 per person
    • Full Bar

      $4.50 per person

      Includes bartender, soft drinks, mixers, juices, and party mix

 

 

Breaks and Snacks

 

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    • Break and Snacks

    • Assorted Cookies

      $0.95 each
    • Assorted Danish

      $1.25 each
    • Assorted Mini Muffins

      $0.75 each
    • Homemade Cream Cheese Squares

      $1.25 each
    • Packages Crackers

      $0.95 each
    • Brownies

      $1.25 each
    • Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls

      $1.25 each
    • Ham Biscuits

      $1.95 each
    • Sausage Biscuits

      $1.95 each
    • Trail Mix

      $30.00

      Serves 25

    • Whole Fruit Basket

      Market Price

      In season

    • Fruit Bowl

      Market Price

      Serves 25

 

Breakfast

 

Price per person.

 

Minimum of 25 people. Available at Walker Center events only.

 

Breakfast selections include orange juice, coffee, and water. Soft drinks and hot tea available at additional charge.

 

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    • Breakfast

    • French Toast Casserole

      $6.95

      Served with crispy bacon and sliced fruit

    • Walker Center Continental Breakfast

      $7.95

      Assorted muffins, buttermilk biscuits with country ham or sausage, and sliced fruit

    • Deluxe Hot Breakfast Buffet

      $8.95

      Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, grits or seasoned home fries, country style gravy, baked apples, home baked biscuits with jelly and butter

    • Ham and Cheese Strata

      $8.95

      Egg Strata with ham, cheddar, and Monterrey jack cheeses. Served with fruit.

 

Lunch

 

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NC sales tax and service charge of 20% will be added to below prices. Facility rental is an additional charge.

All prices are subject to change.

 

Box Lunch

The following lunch options include iced tea, coffee, and water.

    • Box Lunch

      The following lunch options include iced tea, coffee, and water.

    • Chef Salad

      $8.95

      A bed of mixed greens topped with ham, turkey, fresh vegetables, cheese and eggs, served with crackers and a fresh baked cookie.

    • Grilled Chicken Salad

      $10.95

      Grilled chicken breast strips on a bed of mixed greens and fresh vegetables, served with crackers and a fresh baked cookie.

    • Cold Salad Trio

      $9.95

      Three delicious fresh salads - Chicken Salad, Black Bean and Corn Salad, and Fruit Salad, served with crackers and a fresh baked cookie.

    • Turkey Sandwich Boxed Lunch

      $8.95

      Includes lettuce, tomato, cheese and condiments. Served with Black Bean and Corn Salad and a fresh baked cookie.

    • Ham Sandwich

      $8.95

      Includes lettuce, tomato, cheese and condiments. Served with Black Bean and Corn Salad and a fresh baked cookie.

    • Veggie Wrap

      $6.95

      Served with Black Bean and Corn Salad and a fresh baked cookie.

    • Turkey Wrap

      $8.95

      Includes lettuce, tomato, cheese and dressing. Served with Potato Salad and a fresh baked cookie.

    • Ham Wrap

      $8.95

      Includes lettuce, tomato, cheese and dressing. Served with Potato Salad and a fresh baked cookie.

 

Lunch Buffet

Served 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Minimum of 25 people

 

 

Entrées

Choose one entrée. Buffet includes fresh garden salad, choice of a starch, vegetable, dessert, roll, iced tea, coffee, and ice water.

(For a choice of two entrees, add $2.95 to the higher priced entrée.)

    • Lunch Buffet Entrees

    • Beef Pot Roast with Gravy

      $12.95
    • Beef Tips with Mushroom Gravy or Peppers and Onions

      $12.95
    • Baked Ranch Chicken Breast

      $12.95
    • Herbed Baked Boneless Breast of Chicken with White Cream Sauce

      $12.95
    • Slow Roasted Pork BBQ

      $12.95
    • Stir Fry Beef with Peppers and Onions

      $12.95
    • Stir Fry Chicken with Peppers and Onions

      $12.95

 

Pasta Buffet Specialties

Includes fresh garden salad, choice of one vegetable, dessert, roll, iced tea, coffee, and ice water.

    • Pasta Buffet Specialties

    • Baked Spaghetti

      $10.95
    • Lasagna - Beef or Vegetable or Combination

      $10.95

 

Lunch Buffet Starches

(Choice of one - additional item will be $1.25 per person)

    • Lunch Buffet - Starches

      (Choice of one - additional item will be $1.25 per person)

    • Baked Macaroni and Cheese

    • Macaroni Salad

    • Potato Salad

    • Rice Pilaf

    • Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes

    • Sweet Potato Casserole

    • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

 

Lunch Buffet Vegetables

(Choice of one - additional item will be $1.25 per person)

    • Lunch Buffet - Vegetables

    • Baked Apples

    • Baked Beans

    • Black Bean and Corn Salad

    • Broccoli Casserole

    • Cole Slaw

    • Country Style Green Beans

    • Honey Glazed Carrots

    • Squash Casserole

    • Stir Fry Medley of Fresh Vegetables

    • Sweet Buttered Corn

 

Lunch Buffet Desserts

(Choice of one – for groups of 50 or more, you may choose from two selected desserts, one at each place setting)

    • Lunch Buffet - Desserts

    • Apple Yum Yum

    • Blueberry Yum Yum

    • Carrot Cake

    • Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

    • Chocolate Delight

    • Coconut Cake

    • German Chocolate Cake

    • Yellow Cake with Vanilla Frosting

 

Plated Lunch

Served 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Minimum of 25 people

 

 

Special Cold Plates

    • Plated Lunch - Special Cold Plates

    • Cold Salad Trio

      $9.95

      Delectable scoops of chicken salad, black bean and corn salad, and fresh fruit, served with a roll and butter, iced tea, coffee, and water

    • Chicken Salad Wrap

      $9.95

      Delicious chicken salad in a tortilla wrap, served with black bean and corn salad and fresh fruit, iced tea, coffee, and water

 

 

Hot Entrées

The following entrees include fresh green salad, vegetable, rice or potato, roll, iced tea, coffee, and water.

    • Plated Lunch - Hot Entrees

    • Honey Teriyaki Chicken

      $11.95

      Tender pieces of chicken flavored with honey and teriyaki served on a bed of rice with glazed stir fry carrots

    • Roasted Pork Loin

      $11.95

      Tender and juicy pork loin slices with chipotle cranberry sauce, served with red skin mashed potatoes and fresh stir fry vegetables

    • Baked Ranch Chicken

      $12.95

      Boneless chicken breast baked in ranch cream sauce and bread crumbs, served with rice pilaf and fresh stir fry vetables

    • Parmesan Carbonara Chicken

      $12.95

      Delicious roast chicken breast simmered in a bacon Parmesan sauce, served with rice pilaf and fresh stir fry vegetables

    • Beef Stir Fry

      $12.95

      Delicious beef strips served on a bed of rice with steamed broccoli

    • Beef Tips

      Market Price

      Tender tips of roast beef served with portabella mushroom sauce, yukon gold mashed potatoes, and fresh stir fry vegetables

 

Special Picnic Options Buffet Service

Includes choice of 2 sides (baked beans, green beans, coleslaw, or potato salad), roll or bun, fresh baked cookie, iced tea, and water.

Additional sides add $1.50 per person.

    • Special Picnic

    • Barbecue Pork

      $9.95
    • Chicken Filet Sandwich

      $9.95

      Served with lettuce, tomato, pickle

    • Barbecue Boneless Pork Ribs

      $12.95

 

Hors d’Oeuvres

 

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Hors d'Oeuvre Displays

Priced to serve 100 people.

    • Hors d’Oeuvre Displays

    • Domestic Cheese Tray

      $335.00

      Served with assorted crackers.

    • Fresh Fruit

      Market Price

      Served with fruit dip.

    • Mini Sweets

      $550.00

      Includes pecan bars, wedding cookies, coconut chocolate macaroons (300 pieces).

    • Personal Shrimp Cocktails

      $725.00

      Three large shrimp served with homemade cocktail sauce and lemon wedge in a shot glass.

    • Large Shrimp

      $475.00

      Served with cocktail sauce (400 pieces).

    • Smashed Potato Bar

      $295.00

      Fluffy smashed potatoes with toppings including bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, whipped butter, and chives.

    • Vegetable Crudités

      $265.00

      Served with ranch dip.

 

Hot Hors d'Oeuvres

Priced per 100 pieces unless otherwise noted.

    • Hot Hors d'Oeuvres

      Priced per 100 pieces unless otherwise noted.

    • Assorted Miniature Quiche

      $250.00
    • Bacon Wrapped Potato Tots

      $95.00
    • Bacon Wrapped Franks

      $95.00
    • Franks in Blankets

      $175.00
    • Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Peppers

      $175.00
    • Cheddar Cheese Straws

      $175.00
    • Chicken Tenders

      $125.00

      Served with honey mustard sauce, barbecue sauce, or ranch dressing

    • Hot Beef Dip

      $250.00

      Served with crackers or scoops. Serves 100.

    • Hot Corn Dip

      $195.00

      Served with crackers or scoops. Serves 100.

    • Mac and Cheese Cups

      $75.00
    • Meatballs in Cranberry BBQ Chutney Sauce

      $125.00
    • Puff Pastry Creamy Spinach Rolls

      $90.00
    • Sausage Balls

      $100.00
    • Spanakopita

      $175.00
    • Stuffed Mushrooms

      $150.00
    • Vegetable Egg Rolls

      $195.00

      Served with sweet and sour sauce or honey mustard sauce

 

Cold Hors d'Oeuvres

 

Priced to serve 100 people.

    • Cold Hors d'Oeuvres - priced per 100 people

    • Assorted Finger Sandwiches

      $195.00

      Choose two - chicken salad, pimento cheese, egg salad, or cucumber with dill.

    • Gourmet Nuts (no peanuts)

      $225.00
    • Ham Rollups with Cream Cheese and Sweet Pickle

      $250.00
    • Ham Rollups with Cream Cheese

      $195.00
    • Corn Dip with Nachos

      $250.00
    • Spinach Dip with Crackers

      $195.00

 

Priced per 100 pieces.

    • Cold Hors d'Oeuvres - priced per 100 pieces

    • BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

      $195.00
    • Cream Cheese or Chocolate Stuffed Strawberries

      $195.00

      Available only April thru October.

    • Fancy Stuffed Deviled Eggs

      $125.00
    • Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

      $295.00
    • Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

      $95.00
    • Petite Filo Pastry Shells with Chicken Salad

      $250.00
    • Petite Ham Biscuits

      $250.00
    • Veggie and Dip Cups

      $250.00

 

Dinner

 

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NC sales tax and service charge of 20% will be added to below prices. Facility rental is an additional charge.

All prices are subject to change.

 

Plated Dinner

 

2-meat plated dinners are available and can be priced upon request.

The following entrees include fresh salad, vegetable, rice or potato, roll, iced tea, coffee, and water.

    • Plated Dinner

      The following entrees include fresh salad, vegetable, rice or potato, roll, iced tea, coffee, water

    • Pan Seared Chicken in Cream Sauce

      $14.95
    • Baked Chicken in a Creamy Tarragon sauce

      $14.95
    • Chicken Stuffed Herb Cheese wrapped in Bacon

      $15.95
    • Pan Seared Pork Loin Steak with Creamy Mushroom and Shallot Sauce

      $15.95
    • Roasted Pork Loin with Herb Wine Sauce

      $15.95
    • Filet Mignon with Herb Butter or Bearniase Sauce

      $19.95
    • Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Peppered Cognac Sauce

      $23.95

 

Salad Options with Plated Dinner

(Choose one)

    • Salad Options with Plated Dinner

    • Spinach Salad

      Fresh baby spinach with sliced mushrooms, red onion, and sliced eggs served with red wine vinaigrette dressing

    • Fresh Garden Salad

      Fresh greens with shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes served with choice of dressing

    • Spinach and Strawberry Salad (available April-September)

      Fresh baby spinach with sliced strawberries and feta cheese served with raspberry vinaigrette dressing

    • Spinach and Craisin Salad (available year round)

      Fresh baby spinach with craisins and feta cheese served with raspberry vinaigrette dressing

 

Dinner Buffet

 

Choose one entrée. Buffet includes fresh garden salad, choice of one starch, two vegetables, roll, dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water.

(For a choice of two entrees, add $3.95 to the higher priced entrée.)

    • Entrees

    • Pulled Pork Barbecue

      $14.95
    • Beef Tips with Mushroom Sauce or Grilled Peppers and Onions

      Market Price
    • Black Oak Heavenly Ham *

      $15.95
    • Baked Ranch Chicken Breast

      $15.95
    • Chicken Breast Pierre

      $15.95
    • Chef Carved Prime Rib with Horseradish Sauce **

      Market Price
    • Roasted Tenderloin of Pork *

      $15.95
    • Sliced Roast Beef with Gravy

      $15.95
    • Slow Roasted Turkey *

      $15.95

 

* Indicates this item can be carved in the dining room.

** Consuming raw or undercooked beef may increase risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

 

Dinner Buffet Starches

(Choice of one - additional item will be $1.50 per person)

    • Dinner Buffet - Starches

    • Cornbread Dressing with Gravy

    • Macaroni and Cheese

    • Potato Salad

    • Red Skin Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    • Rice Pilaf

    • Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes

    • Sweet Potato Casserole

    • Wild Rice

    • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

 

Dinner Buffet Vegetables

(Choice of two - additional item will be $1.50 per person)

    • Dinner Buffet - Vegetables

    • Broccoli Au Gratin

    • Cole Slaw

    • Country Style Green Beans

    • Escalloped Apples

    • Fresh Vegetable Medley

    • Honey Glazed Carrots

    • Squash Casserole

    • Sweet Buttered Corn

 

Dinner Buffet Desserts

(Choice of one – for groups of 50 or more, you may choose from two selected desserts, one at each place setting)

    • Dinner Buffet Desserts - One-Layer Cakes

    • Blueberry Yum Yum

    • Carrot Cake

    • Chocolate Cake

    • Chocolate Gold Cake

    • Coconut Cake

    • French Cream Cheesecake

    • German Chocolate Cake

    • Strawberry Shortcake

    • Dinner Buffet Desserts - Pies

    • Boston Cream Pie

    • Coconut Meringue Pie

    • Lattice Top Apple Pie

    • Lemon Meringue Pie

 

Special Picnic Options Buffet Service

Includes choice of 2 sides (baked beans, green beans, coleslaw, or potato salad), roll or bun, fresh baked cookie, iced tea, and water.

Additional sides add $1.50 per person.

    • Special Picnic

    • Barbecue Pork

      $9.95
    • Chicken Filet Sandwich

      $9.95

      Served with lettuce, tomato, pickle

    • Barbecue Boneless Pork Ribs

      $12.95

 

A La Carte Desserts

 

Priced per slice.

 

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    • A la Carte Desserts

      Priced per slice.

    • Chocolate Cake

      $3.95
    • Coconut Cake

      $3.95
    • Assorted Cheesecake

      $3.95

      Turtle, crème Brulee, vanilla Dulce DeLeche

    • Fruits of the Forest Pie

      $3.95
    • Dutch Apple Pie

      $3.95
    • Chocolate Crème Pie

      $3.95
    • Pumpkin Pie

      $3.95
    • Strawberry Shortcake

      $4.95
    • Carrot Cake

      $4.95
    • Tiramisu Cake

      $4.95
    • Red Velvet Cake

      $4.95
    • New York Style Turtle Cheesecake

      $4.95

 

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