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Rethink Wedding Chicken

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Wedding chicken has a bad rap. Rightfully so. It’s so bad it’s a listed term on Urban Dictionary.  UD’s description conjures up an unsettling image: “composite chicken masquerading as chicken breast and typically smothered in gravy or some kind of sauce to hide the fact that it is both bone dry and disgusting.” Ouch!

We here at the Barr Mansion pride ourselves on serving a delicious chicken dish that doesn’t include the typical adjectives used for “wedding chicken.”  First, we buy our chicken from Blackwing Meats.  They source organic, free range birds who are harvested to assure tenderness.  In the kitchen we use brining to enhance the flavor of the meat and make sure each piece is juicy (like real juicy).  Next, we slow cook the chicken in our house-made stock, adding another level of flavor.  Because we use a high quality bird and a slow cook method, we don’t need to over season (or drench in sauce). Honestly, any additions would detract from it’s great taste. The final outcome: instead of bone dry “wedding chicken”,  your guests are treated to real chicken they will rave about for weeks to come. It’s just what we do – great food!

Barr Mansion organic wedding chicken

Barr Mansion: high quality, organic chicken.

Six out of ten of our brides choose chicken as an entree option.  If you are choosing one protein entree, chicken is the best bet to meet the majority of your guests taste preferences. Some guests won’t eat red meat or are particular about how it’s cooked and to what temperature. Choose chicken and you eliminate those concerns.

Compliment your chicken with great side dishes.  Depending on the time of year you are hosting your wedding, the Barr Mansion menu provides many satisfactory side dishes for any meal. Make it a hearty meal and pair your chicken with a side of Roasted Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes or a lighter meal paired with a fresh from the garden Leafy Green Salad with berries and nuts.

Worried about your guests options? Round out your food menu by offering a delicious Pulled Pork Slider with Sage Aioli or a BaconWrapped Shrimp in Romesco Sauce during cocktail hour. We have many other appetizers and starters that would provide your guests with different meat options and an opportunity to taste the spectrum of our delicious fare.

Don’t forget the Bride and Groom are the VIPs.  Do you and your guy love roasted chicken? Then serve it. 

If it tastes good, nobody will mind!

First Harvest Tasting, April 15th to June 15th

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by Adele No Comments

Date  |   March 22

Flowers & Decór  |  STEMS

Photography  |  Matthew Moore Photography



For more pictures of First Harvest’s bounty, view our First Harvest Gallery page.

For menus, click here.

Featured: Kristen & Andrew

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by Adele 1 Comment

Kristen and Andrew were married on a lovely day in June.  More recently, their wedding was featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs & photographer Taylor Lord’s blog.  We’re finally getting to this beauty, but it was certainly worth the wait!

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Austin Outdoor Wedding: Katie and Joe

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Austinites Katie and Joe do things their own way, and their sweet and eclectic outdoor wedding was full of the quirks that make this couple so unique. The colors red and teal were featured throughout the day, and our First Harvest meal complemented the adorable cupcakes the couple chose instead of the traditional wedding cake. Barr Mansion is proud to host local couples on their big days and to customize the wedding ceremony to fit the unique personality of each couple. Thanks to Ginger Diaz for the beautiful photographs.


Austin Outdoor Wedding: Ayn and Laurent

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Ayn and Laurent took advantage of the gorgeous Austin weather at the end of April for their outdoor wedding at Barr Mansion. Their glamorous reception featured stunning floral centerpieces, and an array of delicacies both sweet and savory to complement our First Harvest feast. Thanks to Stella Alessi for the photographs.

Austin Outdoor Wedding: Lindsey and Nam

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012 by admin No Comments

Lindsey and Nam chose a theme of classic white for their outdoor May wedding at Barr Mansion. Their ceremony was awash in beautiful blooms, and the blushing bride looked lovely in her elegant sleeveless gown. The guests enjoyed our seasonal First Harvest feast in our beautiful wood-accented reception hall, which was decked out with yet more delicate white flowers to celebrate the happy couple’s big day. Thanks to Stella Alessi for the photos.

Austin Outdoor Ceremony: Chylin and Brandon

Posted on: July 1st, 2012 by admin No Comments

Springtime in Austin is the perfect time for an outdoor brunch wedding ceremony and this past May, Chylin and Brandon’s vintage-inspired wedding with lots of handmade touches was simply amazing.  From the unique bridesmaids dresses to the quilt square guest book to bocce and croquet set up on the lawn, careful attention to detail made this beautiful wedding a truly outstanding and joyful affair.

This luxe wedding was captured by Vignette Deluxe Photography and you can see more photos here.

Austin Outdoor Ceremony: Ashly and Arun

Posted on: June 25th, 2012 by admin No Comments

This April, we had the honor of hosting Ashly and Arun’s wedding, an absolutely lovely affair with flairs of the groom’s Indian heritage and the couple’s modern aesthetic, beautifully intermingled.  The lovely outdoor wedding ceremony and indoor reception was a color, fun-filled affair that was captured by the amazing Heather Curiel.  You can check out her wedding blog for more photos!

Featured on Style Me Pretty: Chris & Selena’s Wedding

Posted on: June 18th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Our Victorian mansion has been home to many beautiful weddings and Chris and Selena’s country-chic affair this May was no exception.  This lovely wedding, filled with whimsical personal touches was just featured on Style Me Pretty Texas.  Be sure to check out all the photos in their gallery, shot by the phenomenal Mike Reed Photo!


First Harvest Tasting, April 15 – June 15

Posted on: April 5th, 2012 by Adele 1 Comment

First Harvest Menus   |    Appetizers    ·    Meals    ·    Brunch    ·    Cakes

Date   |     March 25

Photographer    |     She-N-He Photography