Culinary Crafts

ICA Culinary Learning Journey: Part I

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As we announced earlier this week, Culinary Crafts‘s very own Mary Crafts-Homer is leading the ICA‘s Culinary Learning Journey throughout Utah this year!  We are so thrilled and wanted to share some of the fabulous activities we’ve attended and give a shout out to the various stops we’ve made for the tour in just the first three days!  We’ve enjoyed lodging at The Grand America, who have flawlessly provided breakfast every morning in their Garden Room and served amazing cocktails each evening in their Lounge; eaten FABULOUSLY at Franck’s, Pago, From Scratch, and Forage; sampled the wares of fine culinary artisans like Beehive Cheese, Ruth Lewandowski Wines, Chocolat, Slide Ridge, and Hive Winery; been served a delicious Al Fresco lunch from another one of Utah’s fine catering companies, Le Croissant; and visited sights not-to-miss while in Utah like the Temple Square (including a choir concert), The Sundance Outlet Store, and This is The Place State Park.  WHEW!  So many AMAZING activities and we still have two days left!  We will be bringing you more from our whirlwind journey, so stay tuned everyone!  Happy learning!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Happenings at Culinary Crafts: 2014 Harvest In Utah Culinary Learning Journey

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We here at Culinary Crafts have quite a week ahead of us!  We are excited to announce that our very own Mary Crafts-Homer is leading the ICA‘s Culinary Learning Journey throughout Utah this week and it promises to be AMAZING!  What is the Culinary Learning Journey, you may ask?  Well, its a 4 day feast of the host state’s best and brightest tastes, artisans, and establishments that shows off their culinary prowess to the creme de la creme of caterers from all over the world.  We are even more excited because we know Mary is a great ambassador for the bounty that Utah offers, but now she can show her passion for Utah to the world!  From promoting the award winning local Utah foods, touring the world renown Utah food artisan facilities, and dining at the critically acclaimed Utah restaurants, this tour is sure to show Utah off as a true food destination, and who better to lead this tour than Mary, who is a true champion of local foods and cuisine!  We can’t wait to show you more of what is to come from the Culinary Learning Journey this week – so stay tuned!  Happy learning, everyone!

Check out Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Friday Instagram of the Week

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Val Hunter of Flower Afternoon with a FABULOUS shot of one of the delicious plates we served at the Women In Weddings luncheon held at Red Butte Garden this week!  Isn’t that print from Peter Loves Jane AWESOME too?!  Love, love, love.  Thank you so much, Flower Afternoon, for sharing (follow them at @flowerafter on Instagram) and remember to tag @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy posting, everyone!

Check out Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

A Perfect Pairing: Rice Eccles Stadium

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Well, we here at Culinary Crafts are excited!  We recently learned that we were selected to partner with Rice-Eccles as their exclusive caterer!  This is the first time that Rice-Eccles has partnered with only one caterer to handle ALL of their food and beverage needs at every one of their stadium venues. The Rice-Eccles family of venues includes all levels of the Rice-Eccles Stadium, including the the private game night suites, the Olympic Plaza, and the Huntsman Arena! Culinary Crafts is thrilled to be the first caterer to partner with this fantastic venue, and is looking forward to serving the University of Utah and Rice-Eccles clients with amazing, award-winning catering.

Why do we love Rice-Eccles?  Well, not only is it is a great place for holiday parties, corporate events, wedding receptions, award luncheons and dinners, but their unique offerings (like the breathtaking city views) and multiple spaces meet all types of event needs and, if all levels of the  multi-level venues are utilized, they can even accommodate convention events for over 1,000 guests!

Another great announcement?  Later this fall Rice-Eccles will be announcing their new tag line – “The Tower Above the City”.  We LOVE that! It’s such a great description of what Rice-Eccles really is!  Now, the best view in the city is partnered with the 11 time winner of “Best of State” for catering – a perfect pairing to say the least!  Happy tidings, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Venue Love! High Star Ranch

Today, I want to tell you about a STELLAR venue, the High Star Ranch!  This gorgeous property, located in Kamas, Utah, is brimming with natural beauty and all of the hallmarks of a true ranch venue – a beautiful barn, expansive grounds, a babbling brook, and a rustic ranch house with a wrap-around porch.  As an added bonus?  You’ll enjoy Culinary Crafts‘s award-winning catering at your event too!  Check it out!

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How stunning are these surroundings?  True natural beauty, for as far as the eye can see!

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The barn makes a great dance space, cocktail hour locale, or place to host an intimate dinner.  We love dressing it up with strung lights and fun decor!

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Whether your event is large or small, there is PLENTY of space.  You can get cozy near the barn and firepit or set up lots of different areas for your guests to check out.

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Whimsical, rustic, romantic…  All decor styles DEFINITELY are at home at this versatile venue!

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Ceremony under a GORGEOUS willow next to a breathtaking brook?  Check!

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Mmm…  Some of my favorite food offerings that we’ve served here!  Kettle Chips with Goat Cheese and Corn Salsa, Spider Sushi Rolls, Tortilla Cones with Avocado and Pico de Gallo, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, and Fire-Grilled Pizzas!  YUM!

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Outdoor games like Cornhole and chic seating areas are great ideas to utilize all of the space at this beautiful ranch.

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Love having multiple action stations here so guests have TONS of food choices!  Plus, they get to stroll, mingle, and watch the chef-prepared entrees roll out!

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Isn’t High Star Ranch AMAZING?!  We love hosting events here and it is truly a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests!  If you are looking for a unique venue with so much natural beauty, you just can’t hardly stand it, then High Star Ranch is a great choice!  Happy planning, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Photos by Angela Howard Photography and Keith Westerberg

 

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Events By LMG who teased this GORGEOUS tablescape from a fabulous collaboration we did at The Tasting Room this week for Southern Utah Bride magazine.  SO much talent involved!!!  Mikki Platt Photography, Nathan Pickett Films, Creative Coverings, Studio Stems, Pink Piggy Design, Koo De Ker, Karli Noel Calligraphy, and, of course, Events by LMG and Culinary Crafts!!!  We can’t wait to show you how it all turned out, but until then, I hope this gem is enough!  Thank you Events by LMG and please follow their pretty feed at @eventsbylmg on Instagram.  Also, remember to tag @culinarycrafts or add #culinarycrafts to your posts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy posting, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Rustic Summer Wedding at Aspen Meadows

Today, I am thrilled to show you a gorgeous wedding that is full of color, nature, and romance.  Planned by the fantastic people at PlanIt and held at one of our favorite venues, Aspen Meadows, it was a perfect fit for this organic and beautiful event!  Check it out!

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Love the natural beauty of Aspen Meadows!  It’s hard not to have a gorgeous event her, I tell you!

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Such a beautiful bouquet (and couple!)  Love the citrus palette amonst the greenery of the aspen groves.  *sigh*

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Love the soft greys of the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s outfits!  Chic, timeless, and stylish.

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Isn’t this ceremony locale to die for?  Love the meadow, tucked back in the trees…  It feels truly magical!

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In the heat of these balmy summer days (although fall is nipping at our heels!) it is always a great idea to offer cold beverages to your guests for them to cool off and relax while the waiting for the ceremony to get underway!  Our picks for this event?  Citrus Mint Infused Water, and Lemonade with Sugared Lemons!  Yum!

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PlanIt did a fabulous job pulling the rustic, natural elements together to create a sophisticated yet cozy reception space.  Love it!

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We served Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps and Tortillas with Avocado-Corn Relish during the cocktail hour, which we great light options for a warm day.  Another great warm weather option?  A Naked Cake!  This beauty of a cake was delicious and beautiful, but as little more resilient to heat than a completely fronted cake would be.

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Isn’t Aspen Meadows AMAZING???  We seriously love this space!

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Utah Trout with Moroccan Tomato Jam, Roasted Local Vegetables, Caprese Salad, Roasted Red Potatoes, Home-style Pot Roast, and a Tossed Green Salad with Pomegranate Arils?  Yes please.

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Such a lovely evening full of love, good food, and beautiful decor!  Thank you so much for letting us be a part of the day!  Thank you to Carla Boecklin for sharing these GORGEOUS images with us and to Terri Gentry at PlanIt for designing a stunner of a wedding!  Happy planning everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Photos by Carla Boecklin Photography

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our very own Director of Operations and Corporate Sales, Kaleb Crafts, with a peek at some VERY cool things in the works!  Not only will Salt Lake City soon have a Container Store (eek!), but we here at Culinary Crafts will be helping with the Grand Opening!  YAY!  So exciting!  You can follow Kaleb at @kalebcrafts and remember to tag @culinarycrafts or add #culinarycrafts to your posts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Repost from SLPC: Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding Inspiration Shoot

I found this AMAZING post on Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom‘s blog from last week and just couldn’t resist re-posting it here!  Not only is it a stunner of a styled shoot, but our very own Executive Chef, Marco Niccoli, and his beautiful wife, Aubrey, were the gorgeous models!  Check it out!

As the curtain closes on the month of August, we’re sharing this romantic Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding inspiration shoot from photographer Amanda Hendrickson and graphic designer Kirsten Kizerian.

Inspired by the era of the 1930s, the duo gathered inspiration for the shoot from several elements—hints of marble, deep purple and bold fuchsia blooms, elegant gold accents—to create a timeless wedding in a lush garden setting. Geode details and gorgeous invitations and paper goods with textured gold foil add a modern touch to the classic decor scheme.

Local couple Aubrey Labato and Marco Niccoli played the bride and groom (they’re real-life newlyweds!), stealing kisses and strolling hand in hand throughout the beautiful, organic location.

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Thank you Amanda and Kirsten for sharing this styled shoot with us!

Local Vendor List


DESIGN, DECOR & STYLING: Amanda Hendrickson and Kirsten Kizerian
PHOTOGRAPHER: Amanda Hendrickson Photography
INVITATION SUITE & PAPER GOODS: Kirsten Kizerian of West End Girl Blog
FLOWERS: Native Flower Company
CAKE: Granite Bakery & Bridal Showcase
GOWN: The Perfect Dress
HAIR & MAKEUP: Kissable Complexions
MODELS: Aubrey Labato & Marco Niccoli
ASSISTANT: Kelli Christakos

What a stunningly BEAUTIFUL shoot!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our dear friends at Scenemakers who helped us with one of the most AMAZING engagement parties we’ve ever done!  Even though the weather was not cooperating, it turned out spectacularly – as this picture shows!  Thanks to Allie and the team at Scenemakers for sharing!  Follow them at @scenemakers and remember to tag @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy posting, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!