I struggle often to contain my sweet tooth. There are just too many delicious things to eat. But in deference to my doctor and my future health, I try to be good and find recipes that will satisfy my sugar cravings without destroying my sugar levels, and this recipe does that with the bonus of being gluten free for those who have gluten sensitivities.
Although Dennis and Stella Elliott, owners of the Elegant Barn, joke that the barn itself blew in from Kansas, it fits right in with the countryfied surroundings that it snuggles into at the north end of Gilbert. Its cozy farmhouse atmosphere, along with its accessible location on Greenfield Road just off the US-60, makes it a unique and convenient option for a rustic event right in the middle of town.
The Elegant Barn truly is a family business with Dennis and Stella’s daughter, Christiana Hammond, overseeing the day-to-day tasks that keep the facility in shape and events running smoothly. Her previous work experience includes planning and scheduling for a military testing range. Both professions demand a similar attention to minute detail, but she confesses, “This is a lot more fun.” Her efforts, in conjunction with the detail-oriented customer service and close vendor relationships managed by their Lead Event Coordinator, Andrea Micetic, are the recipe for the seamless and worry-free events that they pride themselves in creating.
The Elliotts are committed to delivering an easy experience to all their clients, allowing them to fully enjoy their big day. The Elegant Barn offers more than just a beautiful event space—it also offers places for families to relax and connect before and during the event. Along with separate dressing rooms with full bathrooms for the bride and groom, the farmhouse at the Elegant Barn offers a family sitting area, dining area and plating kitchen for making even more memories around the day’s festivities.
The Elegant Barn offers indoor space as well as a lush garden for special events, accommodating 200 guests in sit-down fashion or up to 300 guests for a come and go celebration. The property offers great natural photo backdrops, as Christiana explains, “in every nook and
cranny” of the grounds. The venue has flexible packages to fit all kinds of needs and budgets. The Rustic package includes a DJ, decorations, florals, dinner with appetizers, and cake. All-Inclusive packages include all of that, as well as an expanded menu, expanded décor selection, china place settings with glassware, and games such as corn hole and yard-size versions of Connect Four and Jenga.
Over the years, the property has been home to a variety of endeavors, such as a sign and banner business and a once popular boutique. The curious tale of the birth of the barn itself revolves around a set of tall utility poles given to the family who owned the property in the 1980s. That gift of giant scrap wood would be used in the best way possible: “The family built a barn around them.” The rest is history.
Find the Elegant Barn at 1221 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert, or www.elegantbarn.com or call (480)813-2007.