These policies apply to all events at the Brown Faculty Club. Your event manager will professionally assist with any questions that may arise during the planning process.
The Brown Faculty Club is a private, non-profit club. Tax considerations make it necessary that outside groups or individuals wishing to hold events must be sponsored by a member or approved by the Club’s Board of Directors or Management. Individuals who are eligible for membership must become members of the Club in their own right before any booking can be accepted.
Letter of Sponsorship
Sponsoring members are required to sign a letter of sponsorship and accept full financial responsibility for the sponsored event. Members who are in a delinquent status will not be allowed to charge events to their accounts. In the case of sponsored events, full payment in cash or certified check must be received by the Club at least 72 hours in advance of the event. No event will take place unless such payment has been arranged and/or received.
A reservation confirmation form must be signed and returned within 72 hours of the initial request. This document confirms the date, time, estimated guest count, room assignment and the required food and beverage minimum sales amount.
Event Specification Sheet
A Event Specification Sheet will be provided to you, summarizing the details of your event. The signed Event Specification Sheet must be returned and received by the Club within 14 working days of your event. We request that each event designate one person to conduct all business with the Club. The contact person should have the authority to make decisions on behalf of your group and be available to answer any questions we may have pertaining to your event.
Head Count and Payment
The guaranteed number to be served must be provided by 3:00 p.m. at least 3 business days prior to your event. If no guaranteed number has been received by the Club as required, the last highest estimate will become the guaranteed count.
Full payment for the guaranteed number must be arranged at least 72 hours prior to the event. Billing will be for the guaranteed number. The Club will be prepared to serve no more than 5% above the guaranteed number.
Sales tax (currently 7%) will be added to all non tax exempt groups. A 1% city sales tax will be added to all food and beverage items and is reflected in the tax total. Any group claiming a tax exemption must provide a State of Rhode Island sales tax exemption certificate at the time of booking. A service charge (currently 18%) will be added to all event billings. State law mandates that service charges are subject to sales tax.
Events utilizing private rooms are required to have a pre-selected menu. Additional entrees may be selected by paying a surcharge of $1.50 per person per additional entree selected. Pricing for all items will be on the basis of the highest priced entree selection. (For example: if you select an entree at $17.00 and a second entree at $18.00, the cost per person including the surcharge would be $19.50). You must inform the Club of the number of each meal required when you provide the guaranteed guest count. Entree selection cards must be provided to assist the waitstaff in serving the appropriate meals. Each card should indicate the guest name and his/her selection. This does not require that a seating arrangement be used.
No food or beverage items may be brought into the Club without the prior approval of Club management. All food and beverage items prepared by the Club and not consumed must remain on the property of the Club and may not be taken after the event. Wedding and celebratory cakes may be brought into the Club. A Cake Plating Charge of $1.50 per person will apply. While every attempt will be made to ensure that the price for food and beverage items remains consistent, the volatility of markets makes it impossible to guarantee pricing beyond 30 days. In compliance with Rhode Island State Law, all red meats are prepared medium unless you specify otherwise.
Consumption of raw or undercooked foods of animal origin may increase your risk of foodborne illness. Consumers who are especially vulnerable to foodborne illness should only eat food from animals thoroughly cooked.
The Brown Faculty Club is committed to meeting the needs of guests who have special dietary restrictions (such as a food allergy, intolerance or other medically restricted diet) and recognizes that many of our guests may also adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Event planners must submit a formal request to the Sales & Event Manager for each guest requiring a meal accommodation. A completed Guest Allergen Form must be submitted no later than four business days prior to the event date.
Events cancelled less than 48 business hours before the scheduled event will result in a cancellation charge equal to the food and beverage minimum sales requirement for your event. The Club must receive written notice of the cancellation.
We encourage you to always consider the Club as we are happy to accommodate all requests.
Private breakfast events requested 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday require a minimum guarantee of $100.00 in food and beverage sales.
Please inquire regarding food and beverage minimum sales requirements during the non academic calendar year.
We will gladly open on Saturday and Sunday for private events meeting the required minimum food and beverage sales.
Events requested on Saturdays require a minimum guarantee of $1,500.00 in food and beverage sales.
Events requested on Sundays require a minimum guarantee of $3,750.00 in food and beverage sales.
Holiday weekends are subject to an increased food and beverage minimum.
The Brown Faculty Club will close due to severe weather conditions when Brown University closes. Brown University announces closings by recording a message at (401) 863-3111. If Brown University is open and the scheduled event is cancelled at any time, there will be a cancellation charge equal to the minimum food and beverage requirement for your event.
In the event weather conditions improve during the day, the Club will consider opening for evening events. A recorded message will be available at (401) 863-3023. Events cancelled less than 48 business hours in advance will result in a cancellation charge equal to the room minimum.
Parking is available on Bannister Street for Club patrons. Please inquire within upon arrival to obtain the required parking placard. More information regarding parking in and around campus is available on the Brown Transportation website.
Items left and found following your event will be stored in the third floor lost and found closet. Items will be stored for a maximum of 30 days. The Club will not be responsible for any lost item. Please contact us with any inquiries.