Wedding/Event Packages

Wedding/Event Packages


Des Moines Wedding & Event Catering

The State Historical Museum is an architecturally dazzling locale with a variety of rental spaces that accommodate anywhere from 10 to 500 people. Have your wedding reception on the 3rd-floor terrace that overlooks the city, or conduct your company conference in the museum atrium. Located at 600 E. Locust St., it’s a great place for showers, graduations and much more.

Baratta’s will highlight your event with our fabulous, made-from-scratch food and exceptional service. Don’t see your favorite on our menu? We’re happy to work with you to customize a menu that best suits your needs.

China, flatware, and professional uniformed staff are included with a minimum catering package. Wedding receptions include cake cutting service and head table service.

All menus include fresh rolls and butter, coffee and water. Buffets and dinner stations are served for up to two hours. Specially-priced hors d’oeuvre packages and bar service are available. Pricing is based on a minimum order for 100 guests. Smaller groups may incur additional fees. A service fee of 22% will be added to your final total. This is not a gratuity. The service fee covers the cost of staff, maintenance, and administrative fees and is taxable. No additional gratuity is required or expected.

All prices are subject to change. Signed contract and non-refundable deposit required to reserve catering services for your event. For facility rental information call: 515-281-3809 or email:


Our delicious appetizers are the perfect beginning to your event! Served at a station for up to one hour, these specially-priced hors d’oeuvres packages are available when you order from the Primo, Mezzo or Ultimo Menu.

Package One – $2 per person*
 Tomato Basil Bruschetta
Toasted crostini topped with a blend of marinated roma tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and garlic
 Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Fresh spinach and marinated artichokes in a creamy white cheese sauce served with pita chips

Package Two – $3 per person*
 Baratta’s Homemade Meatballs
In our traditional red sauce
 Domestic Cheese Tray
Cheddar, Swiss and Pepper Jack with assorted crackers
 PLUS: Your Choice of one Item from Package One

Package Three – $4 per person*
 Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Large button mushrooms stuffed with Italian meats or cheese and baked in au jus
 Baratta’s Antipasti Platter
Includes rolled Italian meats,cheeses, marinated vegetables
 PLUS: Your Choice of one Item from Package One or Two

Primo Buffet

Italian Salad
A mix of iceberg, romaine and baby greens tossed with our house Italian dressing and parmesan cheese.

Entréeyour choice of two

 Pasta Primavera
With fresh green peppers, roasted red peppers and sautéed mushrooms and served with your choice of our
traditional red sauce or pesto cream sauce.
Southwest Pasta
Graziano’s ground Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms and roasted peppers sautéed in garlic and
mild seasonings over penne noodles.
Mostaciolli with Meatballs & Italian Sausage
Smothered in our unmistakable red sauce.
Sausage Pasta in Tomato Cream Sauce
Sliced Italian sausage links with green peppers and mushrooms tossed in a tomato cream sauce.
Bowtie Pasta with White Sauce
Served in white sauce made of freshly grated cheese & cream.
Pollo Penne
Diced chicken breast, fresh tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms, with a light pesto cream sauce.
Penne pasta, miniature meatballs & hard-boiled eggs, baked in our red sauce with melted mozzarella cheese.
Cheese Ravioli with White & Red Sauce
Raviolis filled with seasoned ricotta served with perfect combination of our white and red sauces.

Served With:
Vegetable Medley
Zucchini, squash and carrots sautéed with Italian seasonings.

Mezzo Buffet

Any options from the Primo menu may be substituted

Salad – choose one
 Italian Salad
A mix of iceberg, romaine and baby greens tossed with our house Italian dressing and parmesan cheese.
 Caesar Salad
Crispy hearts of Romaine lettuce tossed with an old-style Caesar dressing, croutons and parmesan cheese.

Entrée your choice of two

Chicken Cacciatore
Tender chunks of charbroiled chicken breast in our red sauce topped with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and tomatoes.
Chicken Marsala
Broiled tender breasts, smothered with fresh portabella mushrooms and onions in creamy Marsala wine sauce.
Chicken Parmesan
Chicken breasts breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, topped with our red sauce and melted mozzarella.
Grilled Chicken topped with Vegetables
Topped with a spicy blend of mushrooms, onions and bell peppers.
Beef Stroganoff
Tenderloins of beef in a rich brown sauce.
Bistecca Calabria
Grilled top-sirloin strips with julienne bell peppers, Bermuda onions and portabella mushrooms
tossed with garlic, olive oil and Italian seasonings.
Baked Lasagna
Layers of pasta, seasoned beef, Italian sausage, fresh vegetables and ricotta cheese smothered with our red sauce.
Pork Chops with Spicy Vegetables
Topped with a spicy blend of mushrooms, onions and bell peppers.

Starchchoose one

Penne Pasta with Red Sauce
Bowtie Pasta in White Sauce
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Vegetable– choose one

Vegetable Medley
Zucchini, squash & carrots sautéed with Italian seasonings.
Fresh Green Beans

Ultimo Buffet

Any options from the Primo or Mezzo menus may be substituted

Salad – choose one

Insalata Rustica
Baby greens with julienne strips of bell pepper, crumbled bleu cheese and Bermuda onions tossed in a Balsamic vinaigrette
Greek Salad
Crisp greens tossed in Italian dressing with Kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta.
Entrée – your choice of two

Entrée – your choice of two

Chicken Amaggio
Marinated chicken breasts with seasoned bread crumbs, grilled and topped with our Amaggio sauce made with olive oil,
white wine, lemon juice, garlic and basil.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Breaded breast of chicken stuffed with Coppacola and Swiss and topped with a white wine sauce.
Smoked Chicken Pasta
Whole smoked chicken, pulled, and tossed with artichokes, sundried tomatoes and fresh spinach in a chipotle cream sauce.
Pork Loin
Roasted whole and served with homemade pan gravy.
Vegetable or Chicken Lasagna
Pulled chicken breast, layers of pasta, vegetables and ricotta cheese, with white sauce and mozzarella.
Skip the chicken for a great vegetarian option!
Tenderized top sirloin rolled with seasoned ground beef and pork and baked in our red sauce.

Carving Station – choose one

Ham or Roast Beef
Beef Tenderloin available for $3/person

Starch – choose one
Roasted New Potatoes
Rice Pilaf
Wild Rice
Potato Croquette
Our garlic mashed potatoes with cheese,
rolled in panko and deep-fried

Vegetable – choose one

Green Beans Almandine
Spicy Veggie Calabria
Julienne strips of bell peppers, Bermuda onions and portabella mushrooms with garlic, olive oil and Italian seasonings.


Plated meals are available and below are some sample menus.
We will work with you to customize a plated menu that will best suit your needs.
Check our Antipasto or Hors d’ oeuvre menu for selections to be served during your cocktail hour.

Antipasti Salad
Rolls & Butter
Pasta Primavera with Red Sauce

* * * * *

Caesar Salad
Rolls & Butter
Chicken Marsala
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Vegetable Medley

* * * * *

Insalata Rustica
Rolls & Butter
Cold Smoked Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
Potato Croquette
Whole Fresh Green Beans

* * * * *

Spinach Salad
Rolls & Butter
Duo of:
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Reduction
Wild Rice
Spicy Veggies Calabria

Special Additions*

Add any of these options to your menu package…

Assorted Mini Desserts $5.50/person
Deluxe Mini Desserts $6.50/person
Premier Mini Desserts $7.50/person
Assorted Individual Desserts $5.50/each
Cheesecake (assorted flavors) $5.50person
Tiramisu $5.50/person
Specialty Layer Cake $5.50/person
Sheet Cake (assorted flavors) $3.95/person
Brownies $2.00/person
Lemon Bars $2.00/person

Late Night Snacks
One Topping Pizzas $14 each
Taco/Nacho Bar $300/50 people
Snack Mix $75/50 people
Chips & Salsa $75/50 people

Catering Stations Menu*

Choose Three Stations for $25.95/person
Choose Four Stations for $32.95/person

Antipasti Station
⋅ Antipasti Tray – rolled Italian meats, cheeses, marinated vegetables
⋅ Crudite with Dip – Assorted cut raw vegetables
⋅ Tomato Basil Bruschetta


⋅ Penne with our Traditional red sauce
⋅ Bowtie with homemade white sauce
⋅ Meatballs & Italian Sausage

More Pasta

⋅ Southwest Pasta – roasted red peppers and mushrooms sauteed in olive oil with
Italian sausage, garlic and parmesan cheese tossed with penne noodles
⋅ Pollo Penne – sauteed chicken breast with button mushrooms and fresh roma
tomatoes tossed with penne pasta in a pesto cream sauce
⋅ Cheese Ravioli – pasta pillows stuffed with ricotta and parmesan cheeses and
smothered in a tomato cream sauce

Carving Station

⋅ Choose from chef carved Sugar Cured Ham, Smoked Turkey Breast, or Roast Beef
⋅ Served with fresh baked rolls and condiments
⋅ Choose Beef Tenderloin or Prime Rib +$4/person

Hot Hors d’ oeuvres

⋅ Spinach & Artichoke Dip with crisp pita chips
⋅ Stuffed mushroom caps
⋅ Chicken amaggio morso

Cheese Board

⋅ Cubed cheddar, Swiss, and pepper jack cheeses
⋅ Fruit Stilton
⋅ Sundried Tomato Pate
⋅ Assorted breads and crackers

Sandwich Station

⋅ Pinwheel Wraps
⋅ Grinder Sliders
⋅ Mini Reuben

Bar Food

⋅ Chicken Drummies
⋅ Mini Meatballs in Red Sauce
⋅ Tortilla chips with salsa and homemade guacamole


⋅ Caesar Salad
⋅ Pasta Salad
⋅ Tomato Marinade

Soup Station

⋅ Pepper Cheese Soup
⋅ Tomato Basil Bisque
⋅ Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Taco Bar

⋅ Flour tortillas and tortilla chips
⋅ Seasoned Beef or Chicken
⋅ Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and shredded cheese

Seafood Station +$3/person

⋅ Shrimp Cocktail
⋅ Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche
⋅ Smoked Salmon and Artichoke dip

Hors d’oeuvres Package Pricing

Menu Option 1: $35.95/person
Antipasti Tray
Whole Smoked Salmon
Thai or Pesto Shrimp
Chicken Amaggio Morso
Specialty Cheese Board
Beef Filet on Crostini
Premier Mini Desserts

Menu Option 2: $26.95/person
Antipasti Tray
Smoked Salmon & Artichoke Dip
Tomato Basil Bruschetta
Marinated Beef Rolls
Chicken Sate’ OR Chicken Drummies
Domestic Cheese Tray
Deluxe Mini Desserts

Menu Option 3: $22.95/person
Antipasti Tray
Tomato Basil Bruschetta
Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Domestic Cheese Tray
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Pinwheel Wraps
Mini Desserts

Some of the hors d’ oeuvres may be stationary while others may be passed by servers.

Ala Carte Catered Hors D’ oeuvres 

Cold Hors D’ oeuvres:

Antipasti Tray $4.75/person

o Italian meats wrapped around jalapeno jack cheese with assorted marinated vegetables

Antipasti Skewers $3.00/piece

o Cubed Italian meats & cheeses with olives, pickles, and peppers on skewers

Domestic Cheese Tray $3.50/person

o Cheddar, Swiss and Pepper Jack with assorted crackers

Specialty Cheese Tray $4.50/person

o Garlic Cheddar, Smoked Swiss, and Chipotle Jack with assorted crackers

Artisan Cheese Display $9.50/person

o Such as Apricot Stilton, Walnut Gormandize, or Don Oliva with a variety of crackers and breads

Shrimp Cocktail $3.00/piece – Served from a custom ice carving +$375.00

o Jumbo Black Tiger Shrimp served chilled with a spicy cocktail sauce and lemon wedges

Shrimp/Scallop Ceviche $5.50/person

o Fresh shrimp & scallops cooked in citrus with jalapeno, tomato & cilantro with tortilla chips

Whole Smoked Salmon (min 100 people) $350/whole

o Served with capers, diced onion, boiled egg and saltines

BLT Bites $2.75/person

o A BLT without the bread! Cherry tomato halves stuffed with a creamy mixture of bacon, green onion, parmesan and fresh parsley

Cucumber Rounds $2.50/piece

o English cucumbers filled with a dill cream sauce

Crudite w/ Dip $4.50/person

o Assorted cut raw vegetables

Tomato Basil Bruschetta $2.75/piece

o Toasted crostini topped with a blend of marinated roma tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and garlic

Pinwheel Wraps $3.50/piece

o Deli meats and cheeses wrapped in a fresh tortilla and sliced into bite size pieces

Muffaletta Slider $3.75/person

o Layered ham, mortadella, salami & provolone with giardiniera on focaccia bread

Warm Hors D’ oeuvres:

Baratta’s Sliders $3.50/piece

o Choose from Italian Grinders with Mozzarella, Roast Beef with Chipotle mayo & pepper jack,

or Roast Turkey with basil aioli & Swiss -all are toasted open faced on baguette and topped with melted cheese

Portabella Slider $3.75/piece

o Grilled portabella with garlic aioli, red pepper, and melted provolone served open-faced on a toasted baguette

Reuben Slider $3.50/piece

o Thinly-sliced corned beef and Swiss cheese served open-faced on a toasted baguette with thousand island dressing

Burger Slider $5.95/piece

o Handmade ground beef patty, with Chipotle mayo and American cheese on a fresh ciabatta bun

Chicken Amaggio Slider $5.95/person

o Chicken Amaggio on a ciabatta bun with garlic aioli

Bruschetta Pomodoro $3.00/piece

o Roma tomato slice with pesto on an Italian baguette topped with mozzarella

Blue Cheese & Honey-Walnut Crostini $3.75/piece

o Toasted baguette with crumbled blue cheese and walnuts, drizzled with honey

Stuffed Mushroom Caps $3.25-4.25/piece

o Large button mushrooms stuffed with Italian meats or cheese and baked in au jus

Spanakopita $4.00/person

o Flakey phyllo triangles stuffed with spinach and cheese

Phyllo Purse $2.50/piece

o Fig with mascarpone cheese, wrapped in a crisp phyllo shell

Pasta Piccolini $3.25/person

o Choose a petite portion of one of our favorite pasta dishes: Pollo Penne, Southwest Pasta,

Pasta Pomodoro or Mostaciolli with Red Sauce

Spinach & Artichoke Dip $3.50/person

o Fresh spinach and marinated artichokes in a creamy white cheese sauce served with pita chips

Smoked Salmon & Artichoke Dip $5.50/person

o White cheese dip combines smoked salmon with marinated artichokes and is served with pita chips

Chicken Sate’ $5.45/person

o Boneless chicken breast baked in a peanut sauce

Chicken Carbonara in Pastry $5.00/person

o Pastry cup stuffed with Hickory smoked bacon sautéed with chicken breast and cream,

finished with parmesan cheese and peas

Chicken Drummies $2.75/person

o Drumettes tossed in our Buffalo style sauce

Spicy Chicken Skewer (min 100 people) $4.50/person

o A tender strip of chicken breast, wrapped with a strip of crispy bacon and spicy jalapeno cheese,

held together with a toothpick skewer

Pesto Shrimp $3.75/piece

o Jumbo shrimp marinated in our traditional Pesto sauce and served warm

Thai Shrimp $3.75/piece

o Jumbo shrimp marinated in a sweet and spicy Thai Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Scallops $4.25/piece

o Fresh sea scallops enveloped in crispy bacon served warm

Beef Filet on Crostini $7.50/person

o Cold smoked beef tenderloin sliced and served on toasted baguette and topped with horseradish sauce

Beef Rolls $3.50/piece

o Strips of bell peppers and scallions wrapped in marinated beef tenderloin and grilled

Veal Involtini $4.50/person

o Breaded veal cutlets, skewered and grilled to perfection

Meatballs $ 1.75/piece

o Baratta’s homemade meatballs in our traditional red sauce

Italian Sausage $1.75/piece

o Graziano’s link sausage in Baratta’s traditional red sauce


Assorted Bars $3.50/person

o A selection of our delicious bite-sized bars

Mini Desserts $5.50/person

o Assorted bars and bite-sized cheesecakes

Deluxe Mini Desserts $6.50/person

o Assorted bars and bite-sized cheesecakes

plus cream puffs and mini cannoli

Premier Mini Desserts $7.50/person

o An Over the Top display of all of the above desserts

plus chocolate dipped strawberries and petit fours

Bar Options*

All pricing is based on a minimum of 100 guests and subject to 22% service charge and 6% state sales tax. An hourly fee of $20/bartender will be charged for a minimum of three hours. (One bartender required per 100 guests.)
Special requests will be honored when possible.

Option 1: hourly full bar – Hosted

$8.50/person first hour $4.50/person/hour each additional hour
Guests under 21 years old – $3.50/person
Includes premium liquor, domestic keg beer, house wines, soft drinks, soda, orange juice, and cranberry juice

Option 2: hourly beer/wine – Hosted

$7.00/person first hour $3.50/person/hour each additional hour
Guests under 21 years old – $3.50/person
Includes domestic keg beer, house wines, soft drinks

Option 3: based on consumption – Hosted

Mixed Drinks: $6 each
Keg Beer: $300/16 gallon keg,
$120/5.3 gallon keg (limited availability)
House Wines: $18/bottle
Soft Drinks: $100 unlimited

Option 4: Cash Bar

Mixed Drinks: $6.00 each
Beer: $3.00/16 oz. cup
Wine: $5.00/glass
Soft Drinks: $2.00 each
House Selections:
Premium Liquors: Canadian Club Whiskey, Dewars Scotch, Absolut Vodka,Tanqueray Gin, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Domestic Kegs: Bud Light
House wine: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and White Zinfandel

House Selections:
Premium Liquors Include: Absolut Vodka, Tanqueray Gin, Dewar’s Scotch, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Canadian Club Whiskey *No shots available during hourly bar

Keg Beer: Bud Light

House wine: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Moscato d’Asti

Soft Drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Soda Water,Tonic Water, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice

Add a champagne toast to any package for $4/person.

*All Prices are Subject to 22% Service Fee & Applicable Sales Tax
All Prices Subject to Change 515-281-4658

Additional Host Bar Selections*

*All beer and wine upgrades must be ordered 10 days prior to your event date*
*An additional equipment fee will be charged to all bars offering more than 2 beer selections*


Budlight $300 (1/2 bbl) $140 (1/6 bbl)
Budweiser $300 (1/2 bbl) $140 (1/6 bbl)
Bush Light $300 (1/2 bbl) $140 (1/6 bbl)
Coors Light $300 (1/2 bbl) $140 (1/6 bbl)
Miller Lite $300 (1/2 bbl) $140 (1/6 bbl)
Michelob Ultra $325 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)


Goose Island – 312 Pale Ale (IL) – $350 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Goose Island – 312 Urban Wheat (IL) – $350 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Shock Top Belgian White (CO) – $350 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Summit Brewing-Saga IPA (MN) – $350 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Summit Brewing-Oatmeal Stout (MN) -N/A (1/2 bbl) $175 (1/6 bbl)
Sam Adams-Lager (MA) – $350 (1/2 bbl) $160 (1/6 bbl)
Sam Adams-Seasonal (MA) – $375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Traveler Beer Co-Curious-Lemon (VT) – $375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Traveler Beer Co-Illusive-Grapfruit – $375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)

Local Craft 

Back Pocket Brewery (Coralville) 
Gold Coin-Helles Lager – $350 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Slingshot-Munich Dunkel Lager -$350 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)

Exile Brewery (Des Moines)
Ruthie-Gold Lager -$375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Hannah-Bavarian Wheat – $375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Gigi-Dark Lager – $375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)

Millstream Brewing Company (Amana) 
IPA (Iowa Pale Ale) – $375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
John’s White Ale – $375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)
Schild-Brau Amber – $375 (1/2 bbl) $150 (1/6 bbl)

Confluence Brewing Company (Des Moines) 
Des Moines IPA – $420 (50 liter) $195 (1/6 bbl)
Capital Gold Lager – $420 (50 liter) $195 (1/6 bbl)


Tier 2
Astoria Pinot Grigio – $24/bottle 
Hess Chardonnay – $26/bottle 
Le Grand Pinot Noir – $24/bottle 
Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon $26/bottle 

Tier 3
Meiomi Pinot Noir – $36/bottle 
Seghesio Sangiovese – $36/bottle 
Simi Chardonnay – $34/bottle
Silverado Miller Ranch (Sauvignon Blanc) – $38/bottle 
*Tier 3 must be ordered by the case*

Additional Rental Information

Pipe and Drape $12 per foot
(24’ minimum required)

 Lighted skirting for head table $50
(For up to 12 guests)
 Uplighting $35 each
 Terrace Lighting Package $150

Charger Plates -per plate

Silver & Gold $3
 Circle Mirrors $4
 Glassware-Cylinder Vases, Fish Bowls,
Square Vases $4
 Vase with Floral Arrangement:
Starting at $15/table
 Votive Cups .50 cents each
 With LED candle .75 cents each

Additional décor & services
Including Draping, Lighting,
Backdrops And Ice Sculptures
Priced upon request

90 X 90 white tablecloths & choice of white or black linen
napkins included with minimum catering package.
Specialty Linen Information:
Our specialty linens are available in a variety of colors.
$100 minimum order required.

Linens –per table

 120” -floor length-Round Solid Polyester $14
 120” -floor length-Round Polyester Satin $19
 60” x 120” Rectangle Solid Polyester $8
 60” x 120” Rectangle Polyester Satin $14

Table Runners- per table

 Polyester $4
 Poly Satin $5
 Taffeta $6
 Organza Swirl $6
 Organza & Mirror $6

Overlays 72”x 72”- per table

 Organza & Mirror $9
 Poly Satin $9
 Damask Satin $9
 Taffeta $9

Napkins- per napkin

 Solid Polyester any Color $1.50
 Polyester Satin any Color $1.50
Chair Decorations
 Chair Covers-white, black, ivory – with your choice of sash-$5/chair

All prices are Subject to 22% Service Fee & Applicaple Sales Tax

All Prices Subject to Change
Additional options are available.
Prices include all shipping, set-up and clean-up.

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