Larger Events - The Walker Center
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Larger Events

Serving as the centerpiece of MerleFest every year, the production-friendly 6,400-square-foot Doc & Merle Watson Theatre offers ample room for large-scale events. Our 5,100-square-foot Lakey Ballroom and the 1,100 seat Nan Van Every Auditorium can accommodate performances that require an indoor, elegant setting.

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The Doc & Merle Watson Theatre

This massive 6,400-square-foot, production-friendly historic stage serves as the centerpiece for any large event. Whether you are planning a summer concert or hosting a large-scale customer appreciation day, this venue has everything.

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The Lakey Ballroom and the Nan Van Every Auditorium

The Walker Center is comprised of both the Lakey Ballroom and the Nan Van Every Auditorium. When combined, this venue can host any number of entertainment and meal options. 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 1,100-seat Nan Van Every Auditorium can accommodate performances of any kind and is production-friendly.

Menus

Beverages

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    • Beverages

    • Bottled Soft Drinks

      $1.50 each

      12 ounces

    • Bottled Water

      $1.50 each

      12 ounces

    • Cheerwine Punch

      $12.00 gallon
    • Coffee

      $1.00 per person
    • Iced Tea

      $1.00 per person
    • Lemonade

      $10.00 gallon
    • Orange Juice

      $1.25 per person
    • Sparking Grape Punch - Red

      $17.00 gallon

      Seasonal (November - February)

    • Sparkling Grape Punch - White

      $14.00 gallon
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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

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Breaks and Snacks

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    • Break and Snacks

    • Assorted Cookies

      $1.00 each
    • Assorted Granola Bars

      $1.00 each
    • Assorted Mini Muffins

      $0.85 each
    • Assorted Mini Muffins

      $1.75 each
    • Brownies

      $1.50 each
    • Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls

      $1.75 each
    • Fresh Fruit Bowl for 25

      $75.00
    • Ham Biscuits

      $2.50 each
    • Homemade Cream Cheese Squares

      $1.50 each
    • Mini Assorted Danish

      $1.50 each
    • Oreo 2-pack

      $1.00 each
    • Packaged Peanuts

      $1.75 each
    • Packages of Crackers

      $1.00 each
    • Rice Crispy (small)

      $1.00 each
    • Sausage Biscuits

      $2.50 each
    • Trail Mix for 25

      $25.00
    • Whole Fresh Fruit Basket (in season)

      $1.00 per piece
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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

    • 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

    • French Toast Casserole

      $6.95

      Served with crispy bacon and sliced fruit

    • Ham and Cheese Strata

      $8.95

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

    • Walker Center Continental Breakfast

      $7.95

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

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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 Box Lunch

      $9.95

      Greens, ham, turkey, vegetables, cheese, eggs, salad dressing, crackers

    • Chicken Salad Croissant Boxed Lunch

      $9.95

      Orchard Chicken Salad croissant, served with fruit salad and pasta salad

    • Cold Salad Boxed Lunch

      $8.95

      Orchard Chicken Salad, fruit salad, mixed greens, crackers

    • Grilled Chicken Salad Box Lunch

      $9.95

      Greens, grilled chicken, vegetables, cheese, eggs, salad dressing, crackers

    • Ham Sandwich Boxed Lunch

      $8.95

      Ham sandwich, lettuce, tomato, cheese, condiments, potato chips

    • Ham Wrap Boxed Lunch

      $8.95

      Ham with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and dressing wrapped in a tortilla, served with potato salad

    • Turkey Sandwich Boxed Lunch

      $8.95

      Turkey sandwich, lettuce, tomato, cheese, condiments, potato chips

    • Turkey Wrap Boxed Lunch

      $8.95

      Ham with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and dressing wrapped in a tortilla, served with potato salad

    • Veggie Wrap Boxed Lunch

      $6.95

      Assortment of vegetables wrapped in a tortilla, served with black bean and corn salad

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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

    • Baked Ranch Chicken Breast

      $12.95
    • Beef Pot Roast with Gravy

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

      $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
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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
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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

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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

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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

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Plated Lunch

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

Minimum of 25 people

 

Special Cold Plates

    • Plated Lunch - Special Cold Plates

    • 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

    • 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

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Hot Entrées

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

    • Plated Lunch - Hot Entrees

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Parmesan Carbonara Chicken

      $12.95

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

    • 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

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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

    • Large Shrimp

      $475.00

      Served with cocktail sauce (400 pieces)

    • 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

    • 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

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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
    • Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Peppers

      $175.00
    • Cheddar Cheese Straws

      $175.00
    • Cheese-Filled Grit Balls

      $175.00

      Serves 100

    • Cheesy Tex-Mex Dip with Crackers

      $295.00

      Serves 100

    • Chicken Tenders with Sauces

      $150.00
    • Chicken Wings (BBQ, Asian, Hot Sauce, or Honey Garlic)

      $395.00

      Serves 100

    • Corn Nuggets with Chili Dipping Sauce

      $195.00

      Serves 100

    • Franks in Blankets

      $175.00
    • Hot Corn Dip with Chips

      $195.00

      Serves 100

    • Mac and Cheese Bites

      $95.00
    • Meatballs in Cranberry BBQ Chutney Sauce

      $125.00
    • Mini Chicken Salad Tarts

      $100.00

      Serves 100

    • Sausage Balls

      $100.00
    • Spanakopita

      $225.00
    • Stuffed Mushrooms

      $150.00
    • Vegetable Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce

      $195.00
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Cold Hors d'Oeuvres

Priced per 100 pieces unless otherwise noted.

    • Cold Hors d'Oeuvres - priced per 100 pieces

    • Assorted Finger Sandwiches

      $195.00

      Serves 100

    • BLT Stuffed Tomatoes

      $195.00
    • Caprese Salad Skewers

      $295.00
    • Corn Dip with Nachos

      $250.00

      Serves 100.

    • Cream-Cheese (or Chocolate) Stuffed Strawberries

      $195.00

      Available April through October.

    • Fancy Stuffed Deviled Eggs

      $125.00
    • Flat Bread

      $250.00

      Served at room temperature. Strawberry balsalmic, tomato basil, apple and brie, and grilled vegetables. 200 pieces.

    • Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

      $295.00
    • Gourmet Nuts

      $225.00

      No peanuts. Serves 100.

    • Greek Salad Skewers

      $295.00
    • Ham Rollups

      $195.00

      Ham rolled with cream cheese. Serves 100.

    • Ham Rollups with Pickle

      $225.00

      Ham rolled with cream cheese and pickle. Serves 100.

    • Petite Filo Pastry Shells with Chicken Salad

      $250.00
    • Petite Ham Biscuits

      $250.00
    • Spinach Dip with Scoops or Crackers

      $195.00

      Serves 100.

    • Veggie and Dip Cups

      $250.00
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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

Plated dinner includes mixed green salad, dinner roll, and butter. Priced per person. All food and beverages are subject to NC sales tax and 20% service charge.

Iced tea, coffee and water are available for $1.50 per person.

Soft drinks are available for $1.50 each.

    • Plated Dinner

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

    • Baked Salmon

      $18.95

      Baked salmon topped with a tomato caper sauce served over lemon orzo and seasonal vegetables.

    • Blackberry Chicken

      $16.95

      Marinated chicken breast topped with fresh blackberry sauce served with roasted red potatoes and stir fry vegetables.

    • Chicken Cordon Bleu

      $16.95

      Lightly breaded chicken breast stuffed with granny Smith apples, bacon and sharp cheddar cheese served with buttery mashed potatoes and Chef vegetables.

    • Crab Cakes

      $26.95

      Golden crab cakes served with rice pilaf and roasted asparagus served with louis sauce.

    • Filet Mignon

      Market Price

      with Herb Butter and served with stuffed potatoes and fresh vegetables medley.

    • Mandarin Chicken

      $16.95

      Marinated grilled chicken breast topped with mandarin orange segments served with rice pilaf and stir fry vegetables.

    • Pan Seared Chicken in Cream Sauce

      $15.95

      Lightly seasoned pan seared chicken breast topped with a white wine cream sauce served with herb and butter roasted potatoes and Chef vegetables.

    • Pan Seared Pork Loin

      $16.95

      with creamy mushroom and shallot sauce served with roasted red potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

    • Roasted Beef Tenderloin

      $21.95

      with Peppered Cognac Sauce served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

    • Roasted Pork Tenderloin

      $18.95

      Blackened and seared pork tenderloin topped with blueberry demi served with roasted sweet potato and sautéed squash medley.

    • Seared Herb Salmon

      $18.95

      Seared salmon topped with lemon– herb compound butter served with rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables.

    • Shrimp and Grits

      $23.95

      Sautéed shrimp in a rich tomato ragù made of andouille sausage, Tasso ham, garlic, shallots and plum tomatoes served over creamy cheddar grits.

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Dinner Buffet

Includes meat entrée, 1 starch, 2 vegetables, salad, roll, dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water.

Clients who choose to provide decorative cake (wedding cake, anniversary cake, etc.) may substitute an additional starch or vegetable in lieu of dessert from the buffet menu.

NC sales tax and service charge of 20% will be added to the prices below.

    • Entrees

      Priced per person.

    • Baked Ham

      $18.95

      Black Oak Heavenly Ham topped with cranberry glaze. Chef-carved option.

    • Barbecue Pork

      $18.95

      Pork butts covered with house-made rub, cooked low and slow, pulled and tossed with tangy house-made BBQ sauce.

    • Beef Tips

      $21.95

      Lightly seasoned and seared beef tips served with mushroom sauce or grilled peppers and onions.

    • Champagne Chicken

      $19.95

      Pan seared chicken breast served in a pan light pan sauce of sautéed shallots, garlic, mushroom, fresh herbs, heavy cream and champagne.

    • Chicken Caprese

      $19.95

      Seared chicken breast topped with fresh mozzarella, roasted heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic reduction.

    • Ginger Soy Salmon

      $23.95

      Marinated salmon brushed with ginger soy and baked and garnished with scallions.

    • Herb Baked Chicken

      $19.95

      Marinated chicken breast lightly breaded in panko, parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.

    • Prime Rib

      Market Price

      Slow roasted certified Angus beef served with natural au jus and horse radish sauce. Chef-carved.

    • Roasted Tenderloin of Pork

      $18.95

      Pork loin wrapped in bacon topped with apple cider glaze. Chef-carved option.

    • Salmon

      $23.95

      Lightly seasoned baked salmon drizzled with lemon herb cream sauce.

    • Sliced Roast Beef with Gravy

      $21.95

      Slow roasted and shaved roast beef served in gravy.

    • Stuffed Turkey Breast

      $19.95

      Turkey breast stuffed with cranberry, pecan and corn bread stuffing topped with turkey gravy. Chef-carved option.

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Dinner Buffet Starches

Choice of one. Add $2.00 for each additional starch.

    • Dinner Buffet - Starches

      Choice of one. Add $2.00 for each additional starch.

    • Au Gratin Potatoes

    • Baked Pasta in Red or Cream Sauce

    • Cornbread Dressing

    • Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    • Hash Brown Casserole

    • Loaded Roasted Potatoes

    • Macaroni and Cheese

    • Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

    • Pasta Salad

    • Potato Salad

    • Red Skin Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    • Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes

    • Shingled Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Tart

    • Wild Rice Blend

    • Yukon Gold Creamy Potatoes

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Dinner Buffet Vegetables

Choice of two. Add $2.00 for each additional vegetable.

    • Dinner Buffet - Vegetables

      Choice of two. Add $2.00 for each additional vegetable.

    • Broccoli Au Gratin

    • Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad (cold)

    • Buttered Corn

    • Caprese Salad (cold)

    • Cole Slaw (cold)

    • Corn on the Cob (seasonal)

    • Country Style Green Beans

    • Escalloped Apples

    • Fresh Vegetable Medley

    • Honey Glazed Baby Carrots

    • Marinated Vegetables (cold)

    • Peas and Carrots Blend

    • Sautéed Cabbage

    • Squash Casserole

    • Waldorf Salad (cold)

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Dinner Buffet Desserts

Choice of one.

    • Dinner Buffet - Desserts

      Choice of one.

    • Apple Pie

    • Banana Pudding

    • Chocolate Tuxedo Cake

    • Cream Pies

      Peanut Butter, Coconut, Butterscotch

    • Fresh Apple Cake with House-Made Caramel

    • Fruit Cobbler

      Choice of Apple, Peach, Strawberry, Cherry, or Blackberry

    • Lemon Short Cake

    • Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    • Sour Cream Pound Cake

    • Strawberry Shortcake

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A La Carte Desserts

Priced per slice.

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    • A la Carte Desserts

      Priced per piece.

    • Carrot Cake

      $3.95
    • Chocolate Cake

      $3.95
    • Coconut Cake

      $3.95
    • Dutch Apple Pie

      $3.95
    • Chocolate Crème Pie

      $3.95
    • Assorted Cheesecake

      $4.95

      Turtle, Crème Brulee, Vanilla Dulce DeLeche

    • Fruits of the Forest Pie

      $4.95
    • Pumpkin Pie

      $4.95
    • Red Velvet Cake

      $5.95
    • New York Style Turtle Cheesecake

      $5.95
    • Strawberry Shortcake

      $5.95
    • Tuxedo Cake

      $5.95
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