1 private events guide kitchen & cocktails Tim Lopez, Marketing & Events Coordinator Direct Restaurant Ottawa Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI wheelhousegr.com
2 kitchen & cocktails Wheelhouse is the pinnacle of private dining in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, featuring three versatile event spaces The Porch, Bar and Dining Room. At Wheelhouse, we take pride in your event and are committed to exceeding your expectations. Our dedicated Events Coordinator sets the standard for unparalleled service, working with you to plan and execute a flawless event from start to finish. Wheelhouse has hosted some of West Michigan s most extraordinary events and no two are alike. We will work with you on a customized plan to create a dining experience you ll always remember and an event your guests will never forget. Our Culinary team uses the freshest local ingredients to cultivate a special menu, complemented by personalized beverage options, selected just for your occasion. Wheelhouse is your go-to downtown destination for any private or social event. Birthday Parties Business Meetings Bridal & Baby Showers Corporate Buy-Outs Rehearsal Dinners Retirement Celebrations Off-Site Team Building Holiday Gatherings Strolling Receptions Corporate Events Presentations Fundraisers To reserve or inquire about our event spaces contact Tim Lopez, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at or
3 event spaces The Porch is Wheelhouse s most in demand, exclusive event space. With floor to ceiling windows, glass window paned doors and a 12-foot video wall, our Porch is the best place for your next private event. Customized menus, beverage packages and exclusive servers all add to the experience that will have your guests talking about your event for days to come. Amenities (2) private sliding doors 12ft. HD video wall Capacity Seated: 50 guests Strolling: 70 guests Complimentary A/V Indoor/Outdoor Fireplace The Bar is the perfect space to host a casual happy hour or group celebration. With over 25 seats at the bar, you can treat your group to exclusive cocktail demonstrations and food pairings customized for your event. The Wheelhouse bar area is the ultimate hot spot in downtown Grand Rapids, making it the perfect place to gather with friends or clients for any occasion. Amenities (4) 72 HD televisions Capacity Bar area w/high-tops: 70 seated Complimentary A/V Bar/Ottawa Dining: 100 seated Bar & community tables Strolling: inquire for details Fireplace The Dining Room is the most universal space in our restaurant. The versatility of our Weston Dining Room makes it the ultimate place for a casual cocktail reception, business meeting, or a seated 3-course meal. With numerous set up options, this space offers accommodations for groups of all sizes. This semi-private space allows you to plan the perfect event, big or small. Customizable menus and beverage packages make our dining room the perfect venue for any event. Amenities Fireplace Intimate Booth Seating Capacity Seated: 100 guests Strolling: 125 guests
4 exceptional experiences Chef s Table A Chef s Table is the ultimate customizable dining experience. Whether you are celebrating an intimate occasion or partaking in a Chef s Table with a group of friends, we guarantee it will be a culinary experience to remember! Chef s tables are multi-course dinners thoughtfully paired with cocktails, spirits, beer and/or wine. Our talented team works closely with you to develop a menu to fit your occasion. Chef s tables require 30 days notice and are not available during peak business times, including event and concert nights. Please inquire with our Events Coordinator for more information. Exclusive Cocktail Demonstration Wheelhouse is known for our one-of-a-kind signature cocktails. This is the perfect opportunity for your guests to engage with our bar team, while learning about the spirits and products used in our signature drinks. This interactive experience gives your guests an inside look at the craft and creation that goes into our artisan cocktails. All guests will receive a cocktail from the demonstration. Cocktail demonstrations are available beginning at $15 per person. Exclusive In-Room Bar Set-Up This option creates an experience that allows your guests to engage with our bar team as they handcraft a variety of cocktails. Work with our Events Coordinator to create the perfect bar set up for your occasion. This option can be available for the entire time of your event, or for a cocktail hour before dinner. Our in-room bar is available to you for $50 per hour. This package Incudes two bartenders and product charges are based on consumption.
5 appetizers signature starters bacon wrapped dates bacon wrapped dates, stuffed with house-made peanut butter, banana vinaigrette $3/person crab croquettes jalapeño aioli, citrus relish $4/person smoked salmon profiteroles smoked salmon, cream cheese, lemon, pickled onion, dill $3/person deviled eggs bacon, green goddess, sriracha $3/person platters cheese assortment of artisan cheeses with bread & accompaniments $4/person vegetable seasonal vegetables with green goddess dressing $3/person hummus everything spice, seasonal tapanade, grilled pita $3/person fruit assortment of seasonal fruit $3/person charcuterie artisan meats with bread and accompaniments $4/person *gluten free crackers available upon request, $1/person
6 lunch menu served between 11am-3pm first course choose one of the following options: soup du jour chef s house-made soup, made fresh daily side salad mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, pickled onion, house made italian dressing main course choose four of the following options: cobb salad greens, chicken, egg, avocado, cucumber, bacon, tomato blue cheese crumbles, green goddess dressing salmon caesar artisan romaine, parmesan cheese, croutons, grilled salmon pork belly pastrami, fennel kimchi, spicy mustard, rye corned beef reuben smoked 1000 island, brussel kraut, gruyére chicken salad egg, capers, celery, tomato aioli, daily bread italian salami, mortadella, capicola, nduja aioli, provolone, peppadew, daily bread turkey blt turkey, candied bacon, arugula, oven dried tomatoes, daily bread $20/person (includes iced tea, lemonade or soft drink)
7 ottawa dinner menu served between 4pm-10pm first course choose one of the following options: side salad mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, pickled onion, house-made italian dressing caesar salad romaine, herbed croutons, parmigiano reggiano, house-made caesar dressing main course choose three of the following options: forest mushroom cavatelli sundried tomatoes, arugula, parmigiano reggiano chicken done right two-day brined and grilled chicken breast, butternut squash latke, mushrooms, red pepper jus scottish salmon duet pan seared filet, smoked tasso salmon, charred corn hash, bok choy, sweet corn purée braised beef short rib cassoulet melting beef short rib, crock of smoked bean cassoulet, pot roast carrots, braising jus holland pork belly pear bbq, grits with ritz, peppadew peppers, crispy brussels sprouts dessert course choose one of the following options: pound cake yuzu curd, seasonal fruit compote, vanilla chantilly chocolate chip cookies freshly baked, oreo chantilly $39/person
8 weston dinner menu served between 4pm-10pm first course side salad mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, pickled onion, house-made italian dressing caesar salad romaine, herbed croutons, parmigiano reggiano, house-made caesar dressing main course choose four of the following options: charred ribeye roasted fingerling potatoes, tempura green beans, chimichurri, cooked medium chicken done right two-day brined and grilled chicken breast, butternut squash latke, mushrooms, red pepper jus scallops autumn pea risotto, pine nut crust, citrus scottish salmon duet pan seared filet, smoked tasso salmon, charred corn hash, bok choy, sweet corn purée pierogies wild mushroom, boursin, squash, pumpkin seeds, spinach, dill braised beef short rib cassoulet melting beef short rib, crock of smoked bean cassoulet, pot roast carrots, braising jus dessert course chocolate coulant chocolate cake, coffee ganache, raspberry sauce, cookie crumble, vanilla chantilly crème brûlée cheesecake macerated berries, vanilla crème fraiche $55/person
9 private event beverage program Wheelhouse has one of the most extensive beverage programs in Grand Rapids featuring a vast selection of handmade cocktails, unique wines, spirits, and craft beers. Your consumption-based, customized beverage package options are endless. You will work directly with our Events Coordinator to create the perfect beverage list for your event. Open Bar This hosted bar option allows your guests to have access to our full beer, wine, cocktail menu. Premium Bar This hosted bar option includes select beer, wine, cocktails and spirits for $12 and under per beverage. Select Bar This hosted bar option includes select beer, wine, cocktails and spirits for $10 and under per beverage. Beer & Wine Service Limit your beverage offerings to beer and wine at your event. Work with our Events Coordinator to select beer and wine that will perfectly complement your event menu. Wine is charged by the bottle, as it is opened. You are allowed to cork any purchased open wine that is not consumed at your event and take it home with you. Champagne Service This is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion! Choose the right champagnes or sparkling wines for your event. Champagne and sparkling wine is charged by the bottle, as it is opened. You are allowed to cork any purchased open champagne that is not consumed at your event and take it home with you. Cash Bar This beverage option makes our full beer, wine, cocktail menu available to your guests and is paid individually by guests. Our beverage menu can be found at
10 parking Valet Valet service is available to Wheelhouse guests on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-11pm. The cost for valet is $12 per vehicle, gratuity for valet attendants is not included. Your guests may utilize our valet service during your event. If you would like to host valet for your guests, please let our Events Coordinator know prior to your event. At the end of your event, please notify your server how many cars were checked into valet. Vouchers will be provided to your guests to redeem their vehicle. $12 per voucher will be added to your final bill. Valet total does not factor into your private event food and beverage minimum. Arena Place Parking Ramp Entrance to this parking ramp is located on Weston Ave. at the north end of our block. There is signage that indicates Arena Place Parking Ramp. Your guests take a parking ticket as they enter the ramp and will pay upon exiting. Parking rates are $2.50 per half-hour. Maximum day rate of $22 and maximum evening rate of $15. All major credit cards accepted. You may also host this option for your guests. Check with the Event Coordinator for details. To access Wheelhouse from the parking ramp, guests will take the elevators on the east side of the level that they park on. Elevators are designated with signs that say Residential and Ottawa Street Elevators. Take these elevators to the first floor. Guests will arrive in the foyer of the Arena Place leasing office, where they will exit the front door onto the sidewalk of Ottawa St. Guests will take a right and Wheelhouse is the next location on their right side. Street Parking There is limited street parking available on Ottawa St. in front of the Wheelhouse. These parking spaces are not guaranteed and are on a first come first serve basis. These are metered parking spaces. Guests will have to use the Motu Parking app on their mobile device to load money for the space, or use the kiosk located at the north end of the block.
11 rentals & extras Linens Linens are available to order for your event. These are custom orders for each event. Multiple colors and sizes are available. Cocktail Tables Add a more casual feel to your event with cocktail tables. Cocktail tables are available to add to your event for an additional $10 per table. 30 inch round tables are available in 30 inch and 42 inch height. Music Choose the perfect playlist for your private event with customizable music playlists by Wheelhouse. Consult with our Events Coordinator regarding playing your own music (ie. Pandora/Apple Music/Spotify). Video Complimentary video capabilities are included with the rental of our Porch space. However, if you are interested in a custom video display in the Bar Area during your event, the charge will be $50. All video must be approved by Wheelhouse management prior to your event. Floral Looking to add floral centerpieces or specialized décor to your event? Wheelhouse has working relationships with local florists and would be happy to connect you with them based on your needs. For more information, details & pricing on the options above, please consult our Events Coordinator.
12 policies Deposit To reserve the event space at Wheelhouse, we require a valid credit card for deposit. Please send this along with the private dining agreement. We will not charge your card for deposit if you adhere to the stated policies contained in your dining agreement. Wheelhouse has first refusal rights. Prices, menu and availability are subject to change without notice. Guest Attendance Requirements Host must confirm guest count with Wheelhouse 72 hours prior to event date. Once the 72-hour guest confirmation has been given, the host will be financially responsible for a fee of $25/absent guest if 75% of the confirmed guest count is not met. Product availability not guaranteed and additional charges apply. Service Fee/Service Requirements A 6% Michigan sales tax and a 20% service fee will be added to all final bills for food and beverage. Tax-exempt guests must notify Wheelhouse prior to event and provide a copy of your tax exempt notification letter with your Tax ID number. Corking Fee Wheelhouse will charge a $25 corking fee for any wine or champagne brought in from guests. Payment Payment in full is expected at time of departure. No separate checks unless approved by management prior to event. Payment may be made by cashier s check, corporate check, cash or major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). We do not accept personal checks. Please make Corporate checks payable to: Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails. Cancellations Cancellations made up to two weeks prior to your event date will be charged $100. This charge covers coordination and other incurred costs. Any cancellations made within 2 weeks of your event date will be charged $250. Any cancellation made within 72 hours will be fiscally responsible for all food and other costs associated with the planned event based on the final guaranteed attendance. Corporate Event Planning No matter the size of your event, Wheelhouse ensures strict attention to detail, top-notch performance, aesthetic presentation, and ultimate flexibility. Our Event Manager can provide additional services such as floral, decorations, outdoor equipment, A/V rental (inquire about pricing), photography, and live entertainment. Prices subject to individual needs. All decorations must be approved by Wheelhouse management and removed by the guest at departure. Use of staples, pins, nails etc. are not permitted. At the request of the guest, we will supply all music. Bands, DJs and other forms of music are prohibited without prior approval by Wheelhouse.
13 uncommon hospitality Our Location Located on the corner of Ottawa and Oakes, Wheelhouse is situated in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Our venue consists of multiple spaces, which can accommodate groups and events of all kinds. With flexible floor plans, multiple spaces, and floor to ceiling windows. Wheelhouse an exceptional place to host your next private event. Our experienced wait staff will provide full-service accommodations according to the needs of your event. We offer affordable menu options customized specifically for your event, with a full list of artisan cocktails, Michigan craft beers and exclusive wines. 67 Ottawa Ave. SW. Grand Rapids, Michigan Phone: Facebook: facebook.com/wheelhousegrandrapids Online booking: wheelhousegrandrapids.com/private-dining Uncommon Hospitality At Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails we are driven by our passion for creating unique and exceptional dining experiences. From the moment your guests walk through our doors, until the time they exit they will experience uncommon hospitality that is unrivaled in the city. About Us Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails features a contemporary twist on classic American bistro fare with seasonal recipes inspired by our ongoing partnership with local suppliers. Our distinctive menu is complemented by a list of artisan cocktails, select wines and Michigan craft brews. Situated in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the restaurant is as lively as its setting in the Arena Place district. The multifaceted concept is your downtown go-to for leisure or business. The large bar area hosts nearly 100 seats, making it the perfect place to unwind after work or enjoy a pre-concert cocktail. Our Porch is the perfect place to relax any time of day for dinner or cocktails. Additionally, the versatility of our dining room provides a relaxing space for an intimate dinner, featuring a menu that appeals to the foodie in all of us.