Culinary Crafts

LDW Ranch Inspiration Shoot!

We here at Culinary Crafts LOVE January!  Not only are we excited for the weddings coming up this year, but January is the time when the new issues of our AMAZING local wedding magazines come out!  Utah Bride & Groom, Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom, and Utah Valley Bride are ALL awesome and we LOVE being able to peruse their fine pages and even more excited when our work is among the features!  Today, I want to focus on one of our absolute FAVORITE inspiration shoots in Utah Bride & Groom magazine: The Western Union Inspiration Shoot!  Held at the breathtaking LDW Ranch in Springville, this was truly a dream of a shoot!  Check it out!

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The beautiful cover of the 2015 issue of Utah Bride & Groom is too lovely!  Love, love, love!

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Isn’t this cake from One Sweet Slice stunning?  We LOVE it.  And the map design (and invitations/paper good design!) by Ann Elizabeth was perfect.  Plus, the talented photographic eye of Pepper Nix captured it all wonderfully!

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Some of the other vendors we got to work with were Versa Artistry,who made the models look picture-perfect, Alta Moda, who loaned us such a gorgeous bridal gown, Diamond Rental, who provided such great furnishings and linens, and Scenemakers, whose florals and design were outstanding.  But a very special thank you MUST be given to MOOD Events for their irreplaceable design work and creativity, especially Garrett Soong, who was simply instrumental in bringing this shoot to life!  We are SO beyond thrilled to have been able to create such a beautiful day and for Utah Bride & Groom for featuring it amongst such gorgeous events!  (See the online gallery with the feature here.)  And, thank you again to all of the FAB vendors who were a part of this magical day!  Make sure to pick up your copy of the magazine and see all of the beauty within!  Happy reading, everyone!

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Concept, catering, & dessert: Culinary Crafts, SLC/Orem, culinarycrafts.com
Venue: LDW Ranch, Springville, culinarycrafts.com
Design: Mood Events, Orem, moodevents.com; Scenemakers, SLC, scenemakers.com
Photography: Pepper Nix, peppernix.com
Rentals: Diamond Rental, SLC, diamondrental.com
Cake: One Sweet Slice, South Jordan, onesweetslice.com
Invitations: Ann Elizabeth Graphic Design & Printing Studio, SLC, annelizabeth.com
Gown: AltaModa Bridal, SLC, altamodabridal.com
Hair & Makeup: Versa Artistry, SLC, versaartistry.com

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week rides on the coattails of yesterday’s post, but how could I resist?  These beautiful and healthy eats are one of the stellar recipes that Chef Aubrey Niccoli will be sharing at her cooking class, “Cooking for a Lifestyle Change”, on January 22nd at 7pm in Culinary Crafts’s spiffy new Pleasant Grove building!  We are so excited for this class and for all of the fun classes coming up this year!  We love that we did so much growing in 2014 and these Cooking Classes are definitely one of the best additions so far!  Thank you to Aubrey for bringing your knowledge and passion to our table and we can’t wait to see you all at the classes soon!  And remember, add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag @culinarycrafts to your post for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy cooking, everyone!

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New Cooking Class: Cooking for a Lifestyle Change!

Hopefully, you all read our post yesterday on our AWESOME cooking classes, the most recent of which was Mary’s Super Bowl Fun & Fabulous!  It was AMAZING and if you are sad that you missed it, well never fear!  We have another one coming up on January 22nd at 7pm in our spiffy new building in Pleasant Grove – and its ONLY $50!  This class is called “Cooking for a Lifestyle Change” and lead by the extremely talented Aubrey Niccoli, who happens to be the “better” half of our Executive Chef, Marco Niccoli!  Aubrey is a personal chef with a passion for heath and fitness and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her lead this fantastic class!  Check it out!

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This is the beautiful Aubrey who brings many, many years of culinary skill and a wealth of healthy recipes that is sure to inspire everyone to be healthy without being boring OR (most importantly) without sacrificing taste!

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One of the FABULOUS recipes from the class is for these delicious “Lara” Bars!  Yum!  It also includes a 14-day meal plan to kick off your new healthier food lifestyle!  Plus, she’ll be touching on the health benefits and instruction on making your own bone broth, fermenting veggies, and SO much more!!!

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Here are the details for the class again and if you are interested, sign up with Aubrey or call us at 801.225.6575 to grab your spot!  Seats are filling up fast, so make sure to call soon so you don’t miss out.  This is perfect for a date night, girl’s night out, or just a step toward a healthier you!  Happy cooking, everyone!

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TOUCHDOWN! The Superbowl Cooking Class was a hit!

Last week, we here at Culinary Crafts hosted Mary Crafts-Homer’s cooking class, “SUPER BOWL FUN AND FABULOUS” that guaranteed to make you “the star player but not stuck in the kitchen!”   It was SO. MUCH. FUN!  Of course, the class was chock full of awesome recipes, tips, tricks, and DELICIOUS food!  We had such a blast and got some great pics to share!  Check it out!

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Mary Crafts-Homer, Vicki Skeem, and Jocelyn Gillies were the top chefs in charge who brought some serious yummy-ness and tasty dishes for the students!

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What a great turnout!  These cooking classes are perfect for a couple’s date night, girl’s day out, foodie friends who just want to learn more, or pretty much anyone looking for a fun activity with amazing eats!

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One of the AMAZING dishes Mary created was the brand new recipe for Carmelized Onion, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Roll-Ups.  And yes!  They tasted just as good as they look!

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We loved the hands on experience for the attendees!  And if those Roll-Ups weren’t great enough, we also did two varieties of sliders: Pulled Pork and Meatball; Buffalo Wing Dip for a new spin on a vegetable dip where we actually put the blue cheese and the chicken IN the dip (SO GOOD!); all different flavors for gourmet popcorn including Parmesan, White Truffle, Black Pepper, and even White Chocolate Peppermint; Fresh Hot Pumpkin Donuts straight from the oven (not the frying pan!); and to top it off, we taught everyone how to make Gourmet Italian Sodas instead of just serving regular soda pop!  YUMMMMMM!

If you are salivating over this FABULOUS food – and I know I am – don’t miss our next class!  I’ll be bringing you details about it tomorrow and there is still time to sign up!  Happy learning, everyone!

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Merry Christmas to All!

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What a whirlwind month (and year) it has been here at Culinary Crafts!  We are so thankful to all of our friends and clients who have celebrated with us throughout all of 2014!  As we take a break to spend time with our family and friends for the Christmas holiday, we wanted to send out the biggest, warmest MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you and many wishes for a prosperous and healthy New Year!  Happy Holidays, everyone!  We’ll be back next week!

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week is a bit outside of the norm, because it’s from Culinary Crafts’s own feed.  BUT (stick with me here) I couldn’t help wanting to post this pic of one of the newest members of the Culinary Crafts team, Callie, who joined the baking staff and is doing a fabulous job making some of our Lemon Melt-A-Ways!  As you can imagine, we have been SO busy preparing for and putting together tons of awesome holiday parties, but we love how ALL of our staff, oldest and newest alike, all work so tirelessly to make each event AMAZING! Many thanks to each one of them!  Remember, tag @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts for your chance to be the next Instagram of the Week!  And, thank you again to all of the hardworking Culinary Crafts staff and welcome to our newest members as well!  Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Recipe of the Month: A DIY Holiday Gift Idea

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from one of the lovely staff members of Utah Valley Bride Magazine, Miss Brianna Bailey (@briannabailey14), who was part of the AMAZING editorial shoot Culinary Crafts’s was a part of yesterday!  We LOVED this cute pic of her with one of the mini donuts we made – but you’ll have to wait for the 2015 issue to see all of the AWESOMENESS that happened.  We LOVE LOVE LOVE working with this crew and it was so great that they were just excited about the Culinary Crafts food as we were! Remember to tag @culinarycrafts or add #culinarycrafts to your posts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  And, thanks for the post Brianna!  Happy Friday everyone!

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Rustic Ranch Wedding – The Food!

I hope you loved the GORGEOUS wedding we reposted yesterday from Every Last Detail blog.  It was AMAZING, but we here at Culinary Crafts are even more excited to share THE FOOD with you (of course)!  This wedding was so pretty and the food was the perfect accent for the party.  Check it out!

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How great is this rustic bar?  And we LOVE the mason jar that held the fun blue signature drink the couple picked too!

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How about these appetizers?  Yum!  Such a great variety from the mini Cordon Bleus to the Stuffed Mushrooms and the Pork Belly Crostini, there was something for everyone!

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What a way to start the meal!  Spinach Romaine Salad with Asian Pears, Gorgonzola, Dried Cranberries, Candied Pecans, and Carmelized Onion Balsamic Dressing.  YUMMY!

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A double entree plated dinner is SO fabulous and such a great way to offer your guests a taste of each option for dinner!  This plate had our Mesquite Grilled Rocky Mountain Trout and Pan Seared Filet of Beef Tenderloin.  Pair that with Potatoes Dauphine and Bundles of Fresh Roasted Green Beans, and you’ve got yourself a perfect plate!

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I know this post is all about the food, but I couldn’t resist sharing a picture of this long dining table.  It was SO pretty and I love how everyone mingles throughout the meal!

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Another great food-centric detail from this wedding?  The couple chose to give their friends and family gifts of Local Mountain Honey and little treats.  So fun!

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Now, onto my favorite part, the dessert!  We served three different kinds of cake pops, and aren’t they pretty?  Sucha great way to allow people a little sweet taste of something, without commiting to a big piece of cake if they are full from dinner.

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Aren’t a cake (or cake pop) fan?  We also had a custom popcorn bar for guests with different flavors of gourmet popcorn!  Delicious!

We loved every detail of this wedding and are so happy to have been able to share it with you and that Every Last Detail posted it too!  Congrats to Kate and Damon, and happy planning everyone!

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Photos by Pepper Nix Photography

Repost from Every Last Detail Blog: A Rustic Utah Ranch Fall Wedding

We are so happy to share this STUNNING wedding with you all that was featured on Every Last Detail blog!  It’s brimming with details and loveliness and we will also be doing another post with all of their FABULOUS food tomorrow!  Check it out!!!

“With this being the last week of Fall, I decided that I wanted to feature all of the Fall wedding goodness that I could get my hands on! Today’s Fall wedding is rustic and takes place on a Utah ranch, and it comes to us from Pepper Nix Photography! From horseshoe decor elements and stunning hanging florals, to breathtaking mountain views and amazing details, this wedding has inspiration around every corner! The gorgeous bride, Kate, is here with us today to share about her wedding planning experience:

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My family was so helpful in helping me plan for our wedding. My mom and my mother in law had so much fun wedding planning and they really made all my wedding dreams come true. My handsome groom was not very interested in all the little details so the moms, my sister to be, and I had a great time planning every last detail for the wedding. I also had so much fun with my bridal party and sharing the details of our wedding day and celebrating my shower and bachelorette with them made the whole year feel like a celebration.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

We really wanted to enjoy planning so we picked people to work with that were fun to be around. Everyone that we encountered or heard about seemed like they were so talented and great at their work, so it just came down to working with people who we clicked with. I knew we had made a good choice with our photographer, Pepper Nix, when she invited us for a beer prior to our engagement photos. It was so great to know our details were in great hands, especially being so far from our venue.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

When we found our venue, I knew immediately we were in the right spot and I wanted everything to be about the beautiful outdoors. We highlighted the beautiful scenery of the rustic ranch incorporated lace and delicate décor.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing about the wedding was definitely celebrating with family and friends. Even though we both knew how lucky we were to have such great friends and family before our wedding, we could not have imagined how special our wedding day would be. We were so touched and overwhelmed by how excited everyone was to celebrate with us and how much love we felt that day!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My advice would be to go with what makes you and your future husband feel good. It’s easy to over analyze and get caught up in the details, but everything will be perfect in its own way on your special day. We made the choice to get married half a country away from where we live, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Our friends and family were happy to see a place we loved and celebrate our love with us and that was the sweetest thing of all.

I love that Kate and her groom chose to have a destination wedding at a location that they held close to their hearts. It turned out quite gorgeous, don’t you think?”

Thank you to Every Last Detail for the beautiful post and stay tuned for more from this beauty of a wedding tomorrow!  Happy dreaming, everyone!