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Catering FAQs

Do I have to use your catering services at your venues?
All food and beverages served at The McCreery Conference and Event Center, and the Magnolia Room must be purchased through The Market on Courthouse Square or The Guest House—with the exception of a wedding cake. Each of the businesses has state-issued licenses in accordance with WV ABC and Health Department to be able to serve both. Delivery to your off-site event is also available - ask about delivery pricing.


What if I want to create my own menu?

You can create your own menu. Our catering menu can be used as a guide to help understand pricing and capabilities. You can schedule a time to meet with our culinary team to customize a menu of your choosing and budget.


When should menu selection be completed?

Catering choices should be decided at least 30 days before your event. 


What is the “guaranteed guest count” and when is it due? 

This is the number of guest meals you will pay for , and it also represents the 

number of place-settings the catering team will set inside the room. Your 

guaranteed guest count is due 2 weeks before your event.


Are alcoholic beverages allowed at my event?

Yes, although you cannot bring alcohol from other vendors. The WV ABC regulates the  sale and service of all alcoholic beverages. As liscensees, we are responsible for the sales and service of alcohol in all our venues. If alcoholic beverages are to be served on the premises, we require our servers/bartenders to dispense the beverages. Per the WV ABC regulations, our staff will request the proper identification verifying legal age and they have the right to refuse any person who appears to be intoxicated. An additional fee will charged for security and a bartender for your event.


What are options for a bar at my event?

We offer four bar service options to accommodate your needs. Each package has a $250 minimum. One bartender for every 75 guests will be provided with each

package. All open bar packages have a 6% sales tax and 18% gratuity added to the final invoice.


Open Bar

Charges are based on consumption. Host can choose to either do a beer and wine open bar or a beer, wine and liquor open bar. Beer is charged by individual draft pints, cans or bottles served. Wine is charged by the bottle when opened, and liquor is charged by the drink. Host can choose level of liquor served at the open bar.


Cash Bar

Guests are responsible for paying for their own drinks.


Pre-select Bar

Host can pre-select the dollar amount they would like to serve from beer, wine, liquor and specialty drinks. Once that amount is served, the bar can convert to a cash bar or the host can give permission to add an additional dollar amount onto the pre-select bar.


Package Bar

Host is charged in advance per person per hour for the time period  the bar will be open. Price varies depending on the alcohol package chosen by the host.

•  Beer and Wine - $13/per person for the first hour, $7/per person for each additional hour

• Beer, Wine and Liquor - $18/per person for the first hour, $8/per person for each additional hour


Can we order extra sides or substitute sides from a different menu option?

You can add an extra side dish for all of your guests for $3 per plate. If  you want to substitute sides from a different menu option, you may. Additional charges may apply.

Can I choose two entrees and the same sides on the buffet?

Yes, however we strongly encourage increasing the quantity of entees to have enough food for everyone attending. For example, if you have 100 attendees and order 50 portions of chicken and 50 portions of ham - the first 50 guests could potentially get 2 meats, leaving only side options for the remaining guests. 


Can I use an outside vendor?

Because of licensing restrictions, the only outside vendors allowed are wedding cake vendors. - all details related to the vendor’s service must be arranged and approved by the staff. Wedding cake vendors must be able to either provide their own table linens, plates, cutlery, etc., if arrangements have been made prior to the day of the event for the culinary team to provide. Should additional items be used from our facility and/or provided by the culinary team, the cost of these items will be added to the master bill.


Are service fees and taxes included in your prices?

No. An 18% service fee and 6% tax is applicable to all food, setup, and beverage charges—with the exception of a cash bar. The service charge is taxable.

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