Culinary Crafts

Restaurant Review: From Scratch in Downtown Salt Lake City


Today, I want to share a FABULOUS new restaurant that opened in Downtown Salt Lake City that our very own Mary Crafts-Homer has been raving about!  Actually, you will often find Mary here as it is one of her favorite places for lunch- she’s has even sent hundreds of her friends, acquaintances, clients, and partners to try the soon to be famous From Scratch and they all have rave reviews as well!  From Scratch is a truly fresh and AMAZING place to grab a meal – and they are true to their name – they even grind their own flour, from scratch.  Seriously.    They also just won Best of State for “Best Hamburger”!


Plus, as if that weren’t enough, their attention to detail and dedication to overseeing the ENTIRE process of creating your meal is one of the reasons we LOVE them.  When you get a burger, pizza, salad, or pasta (and more!) from here, you know that there are only whole, real ingredients in EVERY bite – and its absolutely FRESH!  We wish more restaurants were as committed to bringing the freshest food to the table with whole, real ingredients – but until more people jump on this band wagon, we will just be grateful for this place and happily eat the AMAZING offerings of From Scratch.  Happy dining, everyone!

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Natural Beauty Wedding at Red Butte Garden!

I am SO excited to share this pretty wedding with you today!  It’s a dreamy day of natural beauty and elegance and I seriously LOVE the effortless style of this bride!  Plus, Jessie Alexis Photography did a fabulous job creating a ethereal look to the photos – a beautiful wedding for a spring day!  Check it out!



How pretty is the bride’s dress?!  And I love the floral crown in lieu of a veil!  So beautiful and a perfect match for her floaty and feminine gown!


The groom style wasn’t overlooked either.  The tailored suit and skinny tie were  a stylish choice without being too “overdone”.  Don’t they look so cute together?


I love Red Butte Garden!  Such a beautiful place to hold any event!  It is brimming with so much natural beauty!


We loved the soft palette of white and green and the vintage touches throughout the reception.  It kept the setting airy and a pretty and tied in seamlessly with the Orangerie‘s natural foliage.

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The cream and natural linen touches were a good way to balance the white palette and add depth.  And I am smitten with their simple cake!



We created a buffet for the guests with deliciously light offerings, which was perfect for this warm day!  Yum!


Fresh fruit, Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan, Grilled Lemon Chicken with a Red Pepper Cream Sauce, and House Made Artisan Rolls were some of the delicious dishes we served!


I love this picture of the rings on two of our French Macarons!  Couple that with a pretty parfait topped with silver dragees and I’m all set!


Such a pretty event and thank you again to Jessie Alexis Photography for sharing it with us!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

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Best of State Announcement!


We are SO excited!  Thank you to all of our fabulous clients and vendor partners who make this possible and, of course, that you to the Best of State committee for this great honor!  We would also like to applaud all of the winners this year – CONGRATS!  Happy celebrating, everyone!

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Spring Wedding from Green Apple Photography

Remember the GORGEOUS springtime wedding we reposted from Utah Bride Blog?  Well, we were lucky to get more pretty photographs from Green Apple Photography to share with you and I LOVE this wedding!  So modern and elegant – it’s a perfect wedding to welcome this spring weather – hopefully it stays!  Check it out!




The bride wore a STUNNING dress from Alta Moda.  We loved the dress detail and the belt is the perfect touch!




I really loved the clever favors that the couple gave their guests!  A set of tees and a bottle of loose tea.  Perfect, to a ‘T’!


Italian Cream Sodas were served to the guests with pretty paper straws – and how beautiful do they look with the AWESOME bridesmaid dresses?  A match made in heaven, I’ll say!


Seasame Chicken Skewers, Fresh Fruit, Artisan Breads, and a Tossed Green Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette were part of the fabulous dinner buffet.  Yum!



Of course the desserts were delicious too!  We loved the small desserts like Chocolate Mousse Cups topped with a fresh raspberry, Lemon Bars, and Blondies that made it easy for guests to try one of each while they mingled!


I am such a huge fan of the GORGEOUS geometric hanging planters and the globe vessels with candles!  Perfect for the high ceilings at the Salt Lake Hardware building!


We loved the use of the white orchids throughout the reception and all of the floral design (by La Fête) was AMAZING!


How pretty is this reception???  LOVE!


The couple chose to have a fun send-off with balloons and the bride’s ‘getaway’ dress was so cute!  A perfect end to a beautiful wedding!

Thank you to Green Apple Photography for sharing this wedding with us!  It was such a pretty event and we LOVED being a part of it!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

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Photography: Green Apple PhotographyVenue: Salt Lake Hardware Building
Catering: Culinary Crafts
Floral Design: La Fete
Bride’s Dress: Alta Moda
Cake: Pastry Arts Barrani
Invitations: Design, Joseph LaBaron~Letterpress, Ben Dougal

Recipe of the Month: Jocelyn’s Luscious Bread Pudding


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It’s Spring Break!


It’s time for spring and I, for one, am SO ready!  With this change in seasons comes ‘spring break’ and we here at the blog will be taking this week off to spend time with our families. We will return the week of April 7th with more tips, ideas, and inspiration!  Happy Spring, everyone!

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Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

Announcement: Winner of Utah Bride & Groom and Culinary Crafts’s Giveaway!


Remember that giveaway that we partnered with the lovely Utah Bride & Groom Magazine to bring you?  Well, we are SO happy to share the winner with you!  Congrats to Katelyn Smith from Alpine, Utah!   And, remember that AWESOME prize package?  It includes use of our venue, The Tasting Room, to be used for a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, wedding luncheon, bridal shower or bachelor party for up to 100 guests PLUS tables, chairs, linen rentals, AND catering for up to $3000, and, as if that wasn’t enough, they also get a personal wedding consultation with Mary Crafts-Homer!  Thank you to all of those who entered and a big congrats again to Katelyn!

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Photo by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

Award Announcement!


Big News!!!  We are SO proud of Mary Crafts-Homer who has won Utah Valley University’s 2014 Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics Award!  A little bit about why Mary was picked from Norman Wright, the Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at UVU.

“Mary Crafts-Homer exemplifies all the service and entrepreneurialism this award stands for.  Her personal and professional commitment to integrity has been the footprint of her incredible journey, and we’re honored to call her a treasured member of the Woodbury School of Business family.”

We have always know that Mary is a pinnacle of integrity, service, and good business practices – and now everyone knows it too!  Congrats, Mary!  We are so happy for you!

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Gorgeous Cocoa Canyon Ranch Wedding!

I am SO excited to show you this NEW and EXCLUSIVE venue that we here at Culinary Crafts are just in love with!  If you are looking for a one of a kind, rustic ranch retreat, well then Cocoa Canyon Ranch in Wallsburg, Utah is definitely the place!  Brimming with natural elegance and beautifully appointed, the ranch has enough space for a ceremony, reception, cocktail hour, and everything in between.  It’s just so pretty, and luckily, we just did a wedding there a couple of weeks ago – and I can’t wait to share it with you!  Check it out!


How pretty is this entry?  I love the natural wood accents!


This couple went sophisticated and chic, which just goes to show you how versatile Cocoa Canyon Ranch is!  The rustic venue balances out the super chic fur chair covers and bejeweled floral arrangements and adds a warm, inviting feel – which was expertly designed by Melissa Hagen of Soiree Productions.


Love the stone fireplace, which was perfect for this cold and stormy day!




So many delicious appetizers were had by the honored wedding guests!  No one was left hungry while waiting for the DELICIOUS dinner offerings to come!


How GORGEOUS did the reception look?  I love the soft candle light and the all white palette.  So romantic and perfect in this venue!


Our very own Mary Crafts-Homer donned a Culinary Crafts chef’s coat and served the guests appetizers – which I love.  Even though she’s the head honcho ’round here, she still makes sure to give 100% in ALL areas of Culinary Crafts.  Plus, take a look at these AMAZING eats!  Served buffet style, we  had 3 stations chock full of choices – like the Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Stacks and the French Onion Soup Sips with Torched Swiss Cheese.  Yum!


Even more mouth-watering bites.  House Made Seeded Flat Bread, Ice Berg Wedge Salads, Tomato Bisque with Basil Chiffonade, Beef Sliders with Angry Onions & Arugula, Pulled Pork Sliders with BBQ Sauce & Pickled Red Onions, plus 2 dipping sauces!  Garlic Aioli and Utah Fry Sauce!


We also served Regular AND Sweet Potato Fries, Blackened Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw & Creamy Lime Drizzle, Margherita Pizzas, and Pepperoni Pizzas.  So much AWESOME food!


And, of course, we had sweet treats too!  Mini Creme Brulees, S’mores Shooters, and a Hot Cocoa Bar!  Love it!  Perfect selections for a winter wedding!

What an AMAZING wedding and such a STUNNING venue!  If you are looking for a venue that is something different and breathtaking, definitely check out Cocoa Canyon Ranch!  Happy planning, everyone!

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Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer


Ground Breaking

It’s official!  We have “broken ground” on our NEW, SHINY, AMAZING facility!  This 19,000 square feet building, located just off  I-15 at the Pleasant Grove exit will be ready for us to move in at the end of July!  It boasts new kitchens, snazzy corporate offices, AWESOME cooking classes,  fabulous corporate team building, and, (my favorite) gelato manufacturing!  Mmmm…  There is no end to what we are up to now, my freinds!  We are so excited to see the GREAT things to come – and hey, wanna be invited to the Grand Opening????  Well, just ‘like’ our Facebook page and you’ll get an invitation to celebrate with us!  Happy building, everyone!

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