The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nelson Grand Reception

Minimum 50 | 2 hours | $89 per person

Additional Hours

$25 per person, per hour


Premium Bar

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Mineral Water

Club Soda, Tonic Water, Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice

Imported & Domestic Bottled Beer

Red & White Reserve Wines

Sapphire Gin, Bacardi Rum, Jim Beam Bourbon, Dewar’s Scotch, Skyy Vodka, Vermouth


Hors d’oeuvres

~select four~

Cheese / Vegetable

Basil Biscuit with Strawberries & Mascarpone with Aged Balsamic Glaze

Boursin Cheese Tartlet with Red Onion Jam

Roasted Corn & Green Onion Potato Croquettes, Cucumber–Teriyaki Chutney

Brie & Caramelized Pear Crostini

Caramelized Onion Custard in a Tomato Tartlet with Olive Tapenade

Poultry / Pork

Pancetta & Shitake Mushroom Tartlet with Smoked Onion Chutney

Thai Green Curried Chicken Salad in a Phyllo Cup with Golden Raisin Marmalade


Mini Cucumber Cup with Shrimp Remoulade salad

Jumbo Lump Crab & Citrus Salad in Phyllo Cup

Smoked Salmon Rillettes in a Parmesan-Dill Éclair


Short Rib Crispy with Jalapeno Marmalade

Sliced Beef Tenderloin on a Boursin Tartlet with Tomato–Bacon Chutney

Cheddar-Jalapeno Corn Muffin with Beef Tenderloin, Crème Fraiche & Micro Onion


Chef Action stations

~select one~

Prepared to Order & Served by Our Chefs

Kansas City Carvery

~select one~

Slow Roasted & Carved To Order with Fresh Baked Rolls

House Smoked Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Apple Relish

Glazed Local Pit Ham

Dry Rubbed Prime Rib with Horseradish Sauce


Street Taco Station


Served with Warm Flour Tortillas, Queso Fresco, Pico De Gallo, Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, Chipotle Slaw, Sour Cream and Fresh Limes


Adobo Steak

Chipotle Chicken

Chili Roasted Vegetables (V)


Gourmet Sliders


Pretzel & Brioche Rolls, with Pommes Frites & Ketchup

Kobe Beef with Cheddar Cheese, Tomato & House Made Dill Pickles

Lump Crab with Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade

Black Bean Veggie Slider with Avocado Crema

Turkish Lamb with Olive Tapenade

The BBQ Station


Fresh Baked Rolls

Three Cheese Mac & Cheese

Warm Potato Salad

Green Beans

Carved House Smoked Brisket

House Smoked Pulled Pork


Food Displays

~select one~

Market Crudité

Grilled Roasted, Raw & Marinated Seasonal Vegetables
with Balsamic Vinaigrette & Avocado-Ranch Crema

Artichoke Hearts, Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Green Beans,
Red & Yellow Peppers, Squash, Olives, Portobello Mushrooms, Grape Tomatoes & Zucchini
(Vegetable Selections may vary based on Seasonal Availability)

Fromage & Fruit

Assortment of Imported & Domestic Cheeses Accompanied by Seasonal Fresh Berries

Dried Fruit & Nuts, Served with Lavosh & Assorted Gourmet Crackers & GF Rice Crackers

Sample Cheeses Include: Cheddar with Guinness, Sage Derby, Manchego, Drunken Goat,

Boursin, Brie & Caramel, Stilton, Cambozola & Seasonal Selections

Ceviche Bar

Served in mini Martini Glasses with Fried Plantains & Tri-Color Tortilla Chips

Red Snapper, Orange & Watermelon

Scallop, Yellow Tomato & Avocado

Shrimp, Serrano Chile & Fennel

Old World Antipasto

Old World Style Assortment of Meats, Cheeses, Marinated Vegetables, Lavosh and Bruschetta

Prosciutto, Hard Salami, Mortadella, Assorted Imported Cheese, Marinated Mozzarella

Long Stem Artichokes, Mixed Olives, Balsamic Cipollini Onions & Mushrooms

Basil & Sundried Tomato Pestos, Roasted Peppers & Pickled Vegetables


Served with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Teriyaki Dipping Sauce & Smoked Soy Vinaigrette

Thai Chili Beef, Asian Peanut Teriyaki Chicken, Indian Curried Shrimp & Garlic-Herb Marinated Vegetable


Mini Patisserie Bar

$9 per person

Panna Cotta Chocolate Pralines

Salted Caramel Truffles

Seasonal Fruit Tarts

Flourless Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Cremeux

Passion Fruit Tartlets with Chocolate Ganache & Vanilla Cream

White Chocolate Pistachio Truffles

Nelson Key Lime Pies



Menu prices listed are per person plus applicable service fees. Menu prices are subject to change without notice. The museum is a not-for-profit entity and does not charge sales tax. A service charge is added to the food and beverage components of an event. Minimum of 50 people required. Events for less than the minimum require 50% of the difference.
THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART  |  For event rental questions or to reserve space call 816-751-1234 or email