Banquet Information
Important! Buffets are only offered at our Battle Creek location "Clara's On the River."
For the Lansing location "Clara's Lansing Station", your group can still call to reserve a room and order off the menu.

New!Download the New 2008 Banquet Information in pdf format.

(Effective date August 2, 2008)

269 963-0966
Room Reservations

Thank you for considering Clara's on the River for your upcoming private function. 

To plan your event at Clara's, please contact the management staff by telephone at (269) 963-0966 during the hours of 9am to 11am, or 2pm to 4pm Monday through Saturday to check on room availability. 
It is important that you reserve the date of the function with as much notice as possible.

A deposit is required to reserve your function date and time. We will discuss your menu and other special needs when making your reservation. 

We can provide a wide variety of services from informal breakfast and luncheon meetings, to formal receptions and dinners. 

Our private Banquet Room accommodates up to sixty guests with an additional patio area for cocktails or picnics during good weather months.

Deposit, Minimums and Room Charge - (click to read important information below)

Menu Selection
LUNCHEON SUGGESTIONS

DESSERT SUGGESTIONS
LUNCHEON DELI BUFFETS
LIGHTER HOT ENTREE SUGGESTIONS
HORS D'OEUVRES
SNACKS
DINNER SUGGESTIONS
DESSERT SUGGESTIONS
DINNER BUFFET SUGGESTIONS

Menu Selection

Your menu selection from this guide should be finalized with Clara's on the River at least two weeks in advance.  We will be happy to accommodate special dietary needs with advance notice.  A conformation detail of the upcoming event will be provided for your reference, which will list all catering arrangements and applicable charges.

Food and Beverage Policy

Clara's on the River must supply all food and beverages.  Upon completion of the event, all extra food and beverage remains the property of Clara's on the River.  However, wedding cakes may be provided by outside vendors and cake leftovers are yours to take home.

Guarantees and Cancellations

A final guarantee of the number of guests is required one week prior to your event.  We will prepare meals for that number, and depending on the menu selection, we may be able to accommodate a few "last minute" additions.  If no final guarantee is received, we will consider the number indicated on the original event forms to be the correct and guaranteed number of guests.  Billing will be based on the final guaranteed number of guests, or the number of meals served, whichever is higher.  Clara's on the River reserves the right to adjust prices and menus for groups less than twenty persons.  In the event of a cancellation, notification is required a minimum of two weeks prior to the event and your $100 deposit will be refunded.  If cancellations are made after this period, the deposit is non-refundable, and any expenses incurred will be billed.


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Other Services

You may wish to consider flowers and other table decorations to enhance the appearance of your event. You may have these items delivered to Clara's on the River from local suppliers and we will place them on the tables at no charge.  Decorations, and how they are affixed, must be approved by Clara's on the River to prevent damage to the property.  Rental of other special equipment can also be arranged with local suppliers.  All outside rental charges and fees must be handled directly between the customer and the local supplier. 

Alcoholic Beverages and Policies

Clara's on the River offers a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits.  Our complete beverage menu is available via waitpersons from our main bar.

We reserve the right restrict to the service of alcohol in compliance with the policies of Clara's on the River and the State of Michigan.  Alcoholic beverages must remain inside Clara's on the River or within the fenced-in patio area.  No one under the age of 21, or without proper identification, will be allowed alcoholic beverages.  Drinking to excess, whether the person will be driving or not, will not be allowed.  We ask that you share in the strict enforcement of these policies.

Event Schedule and Duration

To insure the best possible food quality, please adhere to the pre-arranged service schedule.  Based on past experience, we will plan an ample time allotment of two hours for your event duration.  Please be aware that there may be another function scheduled in the facility after your event.  Consequently the schedule must be followed.  If more than two hours is required for your group, please check for the availability of additional time and arrange for this necessity when booking your party to prevent any scheduling conflicts.  An additional $50 per hour room charge past two hours reserved duration will be applied to your bill.

Terms of Payment

A credit card will be required to secure payment one week prior to the event.  We will process the payment upon completion of the function.  A check from a local bank, with proper identification, or cash may be substituted for the credit card at time of event completion.  All prices are subject to 6 percent Michigan sales tax.  Food and beverage prices are subject to a 15 percent service charge.  In the case of a cancellation of less than one week prior to the event, any expenses incurred will be billed to the credit card securing the reservation.

All food and beverage prices are subject to change without notice.  Prices can be guaranteed for your group up to 90 days in advance.

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For further information, please contact:

Clara's on the River

Attn. Management Staff

44 North McCamly Street

Battle Creek, MI  49017

Voice (269) 963-0966

Facsimile (269) 963-4750



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Deposit, Minimums and Room Charge

A deposit of $100 will be required to reserve your function date and time. A minimum food and beverage charge not including tax and gratuities of $250 for lunch (11am to 4pm), and $300 for dinner service (4pm to close) is required for use of Clara's Banquet Room for an event duration of up to two hours. The deposit will be applied towards the bill at final settlement.  If the food and beverage totals do not equal these minimums, the difference will be applied to the final bill as a room charge.  An additional $50 per hour room charge will be applied to all events lasting over two hours.

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LUNCHEON SUGGESTIONS

Salads and Sandwiches

Select one or up to three from the list below. An item count of each food item will be necessary when calling in your final menu totals two weeks prior to your event.

All salads are served with a multi-grain roll.

All sandwiches are served with your choice of one side: fruit medley, coleslaw or black beans with rice.

Beverage service is included. To add a dessert selection, please refer to the dessert section of this guide.

For a heartier meal, add a cup of soup for $3.79 per person.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad $11.99

A bowl of fresh romaine lettuce topped with parmesan cheese, croutons, red onion, Caesar dressing and five ounces of charbroiled chicken Hawaiian.

 

Polynesian Tuna Melt  $10.29

Flaky albacore tuna (dolphin safe) tossed with pineapple, mayonnaise, onions, celery and special seasonings. Topped with melted cheddar cheese and grilled pineapple rings.

Clara's Chef Salad $11.99

A mound of tossed greens topped with crumbled bacon, turkey, ham, cheddar, provolone, black olives, croutons, diced egg, tomato, and dressing choice.

 

Clara's Club Croissant $11.79

Roasted real turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce tomato and mayonnaise on a large flaky croissant.

Cobb Salad  $11.99

A San Francisco salad with bands of crumbled bacon, diced chicken breast, cheddar cheese, diced boiled egg, black olives, tomato, diced avocado, ricotta and alfalfa sprouts.

 

Chicken Hawaiian Sandwich Deluxe $11.59

Our famous specially marinated charbroiled chicken breast topped with crisp bacon strips, melted Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato. Served on an onion bun with mayonnaise on the side.

Southern Fried Chicken Salad $11.99 Southern fried chicken strips and bacon pieces on top of tossed greens, cheddar cheese, diced egg and diced tomato with a sweet honey mustard ranch dressing.

 

Prime Connection $14.29
Tender sliced prime rib, served on a bakery sub bun with sautéed mushrooms, melted pepper jack cheese, mayonnaise on the side, and au jus for dipping.

Spinach Salad $11.99

A bowl of fresh spinach greens, sunflower nuts, provolone cheese, bacon bits, fresh mushrooms, eggs, croutons and exquisite Paris dressing.

 

Soup And Mini-Sub* $10.59
A mini sandwich on a fresh bakery bun.
Choose One of: •Turkey, Swiss, mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onion or •Chicken Walnut Salad, lettuce, tomato, or •Tuna & Pineapple Salad, lettuce, tomato …
And One of: Soup of the Day, Broccoli Cheese Soup, or Black Bean Soup.


* Selections must be the same for the entire party



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DESSERT SUGGESTIONS

Add dessert to your luncheon or dinner entree selection

Fudge Brownie with Chocolate Sauce $2.99

Chocolate “Lovin’ Spoonful” Cake   $4.99

Six Way Chocolate Mousse Pie   $4.99

Key Lime Pie  $4.29

Gourmet Turtle Cheesecake $5.29

Cheesecake with Strawberries  $4.59

Clara's Colossal Carrot Cake $4.99

The above prices are subject to 6% Michigan sales tax and a 18% service charge



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LUNCHEON DELI BUFFETS

11am to 4pm

Standard Deli Buffet $10.99 per person

Coleslaw and Fresh Fruit

Ham, Turkey and Roast Beef

American and Swiss cheese

Sliced Tomatoes, Red Onions and Leaf Lettuce

Assorted Condiments

Assorted Breads and Rolls

Choice of one: Brownie, Cookies, or Rice Crispy Treat

Beverage Service

Gourmet Deli Buffet  $14.99 per person

Salads Choice of two:

 

Cheeses Choice of two:

 

Meats Choice of three:

Coleslaw

 

American

 

Roast Beef

Fresh Fruit Medley

 

Swiss

 

Smoked Ham

Caesar Salad

 

Mozzarella

 

Smoked Turkey

Tossed Greens Salad

 

Cheddar

 

Corned Beef

   

Pepper Jack

 

Polynesian Tuna Salad

         

Also included:

Black Bean or Broccoli Cheese Soup

Sliced tomatoes, Red Onions and Leaf Lettuce

Assorted Condiments

Assorted Breads and Rolls

Choice of one:  Brownie, or Rice Crispy Treat

Beverage Service

The above prices are subject to 6% Michigan sales tax and a 18% service charge


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 LIGHTER HOT ENTREE SUGGESTIONS

11am till close

$14.99 per person

Select one or up to three from the list below. An item count of each food item will be necessary when calling in your menu count totals two weeks prior to your event.

These entrees include beverage, appropriate starch, a multi-grain roll, and a choice of one of the following: a tossed salad, a small Caesar salad, or a cup of soup.

To add a dessert selection, please refer to the dessert section of this guide.

Club Car Chicken Hawaiian

One six-ounce chicken breast marinated in pineapple juice, soy sauce and sweet white wine and charbroiled to perfection.

 

Baked Tilapia

Delightfully mild and sweet. Seasoned with Old Bay spice.

Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine noodles tossed lightly in cream, egg, Parmesan and spices.

 

Club Car Top Sirloin

A sensible six-ounce choice top sirloin steak charbroiled to medium-rare.

Stuffed Shells
Egg pasta stuffed with a delicately seasoned ricotta and Parmesan cheese filling with vegetable marinara sauce and fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

 

Southwestern Yellowfin Tuna

Six ounces of Yellowfin tuna steak, cut thick, marinated and charbroiled. Topped with fresh salsa.

Meat Lasagna

Tender lasagna noodles stacked high between ricotta, provolone and parmesan cheeses and spicy tomato sauce, sausage, mushrooms and onion.

 

Quiche

Baked in a pastry shell filled with rich cream and cheese custard and combined with fresh ingredients. Choose from Lorraine or Seafood Quiche. Served with fresh fruit.



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HORS D'OEUVRES

Our management staff will be happy to assist you in planning your next reception or office party.

We have a large selection of hot or cold hors d'oeuvres, snacks and sweets.

Not available Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Hot Hors D'oeuvres: (for fifteen or more)

Buffalo Wings

Barbecue Meatballs

Quiche

Nine Layer Dip and Corn Chips

Spinach and Crab Dip with Bagel Chips

Gourmet Pizza Squares

Bacon and Cheese Potato Skins

Cold Hors D'oeuvres: (for fifteen or more)

Assorted Vegetables and Dip

Seasonal Fresh Fruit Tray with Strawberry Yogurt Dip

Ham and Boursin Cheese on Rye Points

Deluxe Cheese and Cracker Tray

Crab and Spinach Dip on Crackers

Deviled Eggs

Prices for Hot and Cold Hors D'oeuvres

Prices are to precede a dinner, not to replace dinner. (If you wish for a "finger food" buffet, please add $1.00 to the prices below.)

Choose any three: $7.99 per person

Choose any four: $8.49 per person

Choose any five: $8.99 per person

Choose any six: $9.49 per person

Choose any seven: $9.99 per person

       


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SNACKS

Party Mix   $9.00 per pound

Potato Chips and Dip  $9.00 per pound

Tortilla Chips and Salsa   $9.00 per pound

The above prices are subject to 6% Michigan sales tax and a 18% service charge


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DINNER SUGGESTIONS

Entrees

Select one or up to three from the list below. An item count of each food item will be necessary when calling in your menu count totals two weeks prior your event.

All Dinners are served with an appropriate starch and our large house salad of: fresh tossed greens, diced provolone, diced pepperoni, croutons and red onion with choice of dressing, and a multi-grain roll and butter. Beverage service is included (milk, juice, alcoholic beverages are additional).

Pete's Pride   $21.59

A ten-ounce center-cut top sirloin, juicy and flavorful, charbroiled to your choice.

 

Baked Dijonaise Salmon    $21.59

Eight ounces of baked cold water salmon topped with a dill dijonaise sauce.

Chicken Marsala $19.59

Breaded chicken breasts, sautéed mushrooms in a sweet Marsala wine and cream sauce.

 

Filet Bearnaise   $26.59

A thick cut eight-ounce charbroiled filet cooked to order and smothered with a tarragon bˇarnaise sauce.

Chicken Hawaiian    $18.59

Two six-ounce chicken breasts marinated in pineapple juice, soy sauce and sweet white wine and charbroiled to perfection.

 

Prime Rib $25.99

Slow roasted and seasoned. A twelve-ounce cut served au-jus.

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu    $18.59

Breast of chicken breast marinated in soy sauce and white wine, charbroiled and topped with bacon, ham, meted Swiss cheese and sauce mornay.

 

Maui Mahi-Mahi $19.59

Mahi-Mahi spiced with lime and ginger, then char-broiled. Topped with a jalapeño mango salsa.



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DESSERT SUGGESTIONS

Add dessert to your dinner entree selection

Chocolate “Lovin’ Spoonful” Cake $4.99

Six Way Chocolate Mousse Pie   $4.99

Key Lime Pie  $4.29

Gourmet Turtle Cheesecake $5.29

Cheesecake with Strawberries  $5.59

Clara's Colossal Carrot Cake  $4.99

The above prices are subject to 6% Michigan sales tax and a 18% service charge

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DINNER BUFFET SUGGESTIONS

Not Available Sunday Before 5pm

Gourmet Dinner Buffet    $23.99 per person

Create your own buffet by choosing from the selection below.  There is a required minimum of 25 guests.

All buffets include multi-grain rolls and butter, a dessert selection from below, and beverage service.

Salads (choose two)

Tossed Salad with choice of dressing

Caesar Salad

Spinach Salad with Creamy Bacon Dressing

Fresh Fruit Medley

Entrees  (choose two)

Carved Top Round of Beef

Carved Honey Baked Ham

Maui Mahi-Mahi with Mango Salsa

Grilled Pork Chops

 

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Mornay

Baked Norwegian Salmon with Dill Sauce

Grilled Honey Mustard Salmon

Fried Shrimp

Accompaniments  (choose one)

Fettucinne Alfredo

Quiche Lorraine

Pasta Primavera

Potatoes and Rice  (choose one)

Baked Potatoes

Garden Rice

 

Vegetables  (choose one)

Green Beans Almondine

Roasted Vegetables

Dessert Selections  (choose one)

Layer Cake

Key Lime Pie

Mini Chocolate Eclairs

Cheesecake with Strawberries

The above prices are subject to 6% Michigan sales tax and a 18% service charge


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