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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!

Austin Outdoor Wedding: Lindsay and Shaun

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Thanks to photographer Mike Reed for capturing these stunning shots of Lindsay and Shaun’s wedding at Barr Mansion! This August ceremony was a classic affair, with a palette of purples and the bride in a stunning lace gown. Romance was in full bloom, as were the many flowers adorning the ceremony. The bride, groom, and their joyous friends and family enjoyed a Second Harvest feast in our glass-windowed reception hall, and the happy couple embarked on their married life with well-wishes from all those around them.



Austin Outdoor Wedding: Sharon and Jay

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by admin No Comments

When Sharon and Jay wed at Barr Mansion in June, their colorful ceremony was a sight for sore eyes! The bride wore a feathery full-length gown accented by a vibrant bouquet of brightly colored flowers. The focus was on local and seasonal, from the succulent boutonnieres worn by the groom and his groomsmen to the succulent Second Harvest feast enjoyed by the happy couple and their guests in our glass-windowed reception hall. Thanks to Cory Ryan for the beautiful photographs!






Austin Summer Wedding: Monica and Edward

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Monica and Edward brought the party to Barr Mansion for their June wedding! In addition to enjoying our seasonal Second Harvest feast, the bride and groom brought along a little piece of downtown Austin in the form of the “Peached” food trailer. And the party didn’t stop there- guests relished a rich array of gourmet cakes and chocolates, amid gorgeous crystal and white-flowered centerpieces, all the while being serenaded by a mariachi band! Thanks to Stella Alessi for the fantastic photos.

Second Harvest Tasting

Posted on: June 9th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Yesterday, we held our Second Harvest Tasting in the ballroom for this season’s couples.  The Second Harvest is one of our briefest seasons, running only from June 15th and August 15th, to celebrate the abundance of the summer bounty – local peppers and heirloom tomatoes!

Second Harvest Menus |  Appetizers    ·    Meals    ·    Brunch    ·    Cakes

Lindsey & JP

Posted on: April 6th, 2012 by Adele 1 Comment

Date  |  July 3

Palette  |  ivory, blush pink and green

Ceremony  |  Ballroom doors

Blooms  |   STEMS Floral Design (centerpieces and ceremony decór only)

Menu |  Second Harvest

Music  |  Austin Wedding Jookbox

Photography  |   Photographers Skeen