Best Of 2013: Restaurant for a Wedding Reception
The elegant and historic Briarhurst Manor Estate has taken gold every year since this category's debut in 2005. The estate can accommodate six weddings and receptions a day, Friday through Sunday, or one gigantic wedding at a time, filling up all six of its celebration locations with tulle and flower petals. When it comes to themed weddings, director of sales and marketing Janice Montoya has seen it all, but the most memorable was a bride in a Renaissance gown and a groom wearing a metal tux: "I've been here since 2004 and it was my very, very first suit of armor." — Mary Jo Meade
Have a prix fixe four-course meal in the cozy castle, perfect also for periodic murder mystery dinners. Savory items include decadently prepared game meats like red deer with mushroom duxelle; sweets include well-executed classics.