When determining the menu for your event, consult the facility menus and be sure to consider the service charge and sales tax you will be charged.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center Menu
Marriott Marquis (headquarters hotel) Menu
Walter E. Washington Convention Center: menu price x 23% service charge x 10% tax
Marriott Marquis (headquarters hotel): menu price x 25% x 10% tax
To help with your budget planning, you should estimate the amount of beverage or food items required for your group based on attendance. Coffee service is generally ordered by the gallon (16 cups/gal) as coffee/decaf/tea - specify how many gallons each. Ordering bottled and canned beverages 'on consumption' keeps you from being charged for more than is consumed (please note any limits you may want to set). For reception service and/or liquor service, indicate the selections desired using menu as a guide - indicate 'hosted' or 'cash' bar and include bartender fees with applicable service charges in your total calculations.