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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!

It’s Time for the Alta Moda Sample Sale!

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We here at Culinary Crafts LOVE this time of year.  Not only is it the time for the holidays, family gatherings, and giving – it is also time for the Annual Bridal Sample Sale at Alta Moda!  And since Alta Moda has SO MANY gorgeous dresses – you CANNOT miss this sale if you are a bride to be (or hoping to be a bride-to-be).  It is simply the best sale ever for designer bridal gowns and they will go fast!  Here are the details:

WHAT: Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but the real sale is just a couple weeks away: Alta Moda Bridal‘s Annual Sample Sale. Once a year, the ladies at Alta Moda offer up dresses by their favorite designers at killer discounts—we’re talking 80 designer wedding gowns discounted 50-85%. Yeah, we thought that would get your attention.

This year’s sale features hot-off-the-runway dresses by Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Hayley Paige, and more. The sale is bigger, better, and has more bargains than ever before. Gown prices start at $5oo and more than half will be less than $1,000.

These are current, fresh, and of-the-moment styles—some of the dresses have only been in-store a month or two. Most gowns are suited for street sizes 4-12.

WHERE: Alta Moda Bridal Boutique, 536 East 300 South, Salt Lake City

WHEN: Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ONE DAY ONLY.

HOW: No appointments—the sale is first come, first served and there will be a wait list. Gowns are sold as is. There are no holds—arrive ready to buy—and all sales are final. Space is limited, so leave your posse at home and only invite one or two guests/dress decision-makers.

So, make sure to mark your calendars and get there early!  Good luck, ladies, and happy shopping!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tomorrow is a day for family, friends, food, and giving thanks for all of our many blessings!  We here at Culinary Crafts wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and we will be back next week!  Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

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Repost from Urban Style Blog: A Bright Vintage Utah Wedding!

We were so thrilled to hear that Urban Style Blog featured this FABULOUSLY fun, vintage wedding on their blog!  Brimming with handmade details, beautiful details, and pure L-O-V-E, it is one of our all time favorites!  Plus, it has a great industrial vibe that is looking to be the next big trend for wedding locales!  Check it out!

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Pepper Nix Photography sent us these photos of Mark and Gaea’s fun, funky Salt Lake City wedding! The couple not only planned a lovely vintage-inspired ceremony, but designed their own invitations and made all the wedding favors, including some amazing Scrabble-inspired name plates! Read on for more details about this super cool wedding, from the bride herself.

From the Bride, Gaea:

“Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with vintage style, and inspired by vintage magazines and old movies. So when it came to my wedding, there was no shortage of vintage notions, especially where my bridal attire was concerned. My gown was a stunning silk organza dress with pockets, which turned out to be one of the best accessories I could ask for at my wedding! I had pin curls in my hair and wore simple classic makeup.  My goal was to achieve a vintage feel and keep everything iconic, beautiful and timeless.”

“We held our wedding at Pierpont Place in downtown Salt Lake City. I loved the empty industrial style of this space. It allowed my imagination to run wild! Both of my parents walked me down the aisle, and my dad officiated our ceremony. I loved having them by my side as we walked toward my handsome groom. They are a huge support in life and have taught me so many beautiful lessons about love and marriage (married 46 years in 2014!).  My favorite part of the ceremony was listening to Mark read his vows to me, and watching him as I read my vows to him. It was amazing how everyone else disappeared, and it felt like just the two of us in the room.”

“Most of the wedding details were arranged by me, and I made absolutely as much as possible by hand. Our wedding favors were  handmade vintage game-letter name plates, and Mark’s favorite vintage candy (lemon-flavored Chowards).  We also gave everyone two CDs created by us, one called “Our Wild Side” and one “Our Soft Side”, full of music that matched the mood of each title. The place settings looked gorgeous with our custom name plates, favors, and food menus welcoming guests to their tables! We had stations serving mini versions of comfort foods for dinner, and had a dessert bar filled with yummy treats, including pumpkin pies, milk shakes and doughnut holes. Because we had many so different desserts, our cake was a very simple white round with no frills. (We just wanted something to cut!) As a cake-topper, I hand-stitched paper birds with an E.E.Cummings poem printed on them. Those birds started a collection for us, and little love birds are slowly filling our house now!”

“I wanted our decor to be simple and full of fun! Mark collects concert posters, so I found a designer on Etsy who created a poster-style invitation suite based on a sketch drawn by us. For the reception we had our invitations re-printed as 11×14 concert posters, and placed them on the walls around the dance floor. We also brought several vintage items from our home to use throughout the space for accents, including a huge chandelier I proudly made using a vintage foot-stool frame and 5,000 Christmas lights! I was surprised with a gift from my brother-in-law, who custom rebuilt an arcade, full of vintage 80s video games, for our reception! The arcade and our photo booth quickly became the favorite items of the party! It was a gorgeous fun night full of laughter and love, and it exceeded all of my expectations.”

Congratulations to Gaea and Mark on their wedded bliss, and thank you to Pepper for sharing their fun vintage wedding with us!
Photos: Pepper Nix Photography | Venue: Pierpont Place | Accommodations: Hotel Monaco | Paper Goods: the Bride & Dapper Paper, Etsy | Florist: Sax Romney & Sean Oviatt Designs | Dress & Accessories: Alta Moda Bridal | Dress Designer: Anne Barge Inc | Shoes: J.Crew | Ring: vintage, from Antoinette’s Jewelry | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic |  Catering: Culinary Crafts | Desserts: Tulie Bakery
What an AWESOME wedding and thank you to Urban Style Blog for sharing it!  Happy planning, everyone!
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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week is along the lines of yesterday’s post, but we were overwhelmed with all of the sharing of happiness that we saw from our friends and partners when they received these beauties this week!  This one from Utah Bride Blog was the first one I saw and I couldn’t wait to share it!  We are always so happy to give back to the people who mean so much to us!  Remember to add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag @culinarycrafts in your posts to be the next Instagram of the Week.  Happy gifting, everyone!

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The 2014 Holiday Gift – A Hearty Holiday Breakfast!

As I’ve said many times before, I am always so excited to see the Culinary Crafts’s holiday gift!  It’s always handcrafted lovingly by our staff and beautifully put together!  These gifts of appreciation to our vendor partners are such a great way for us to show our love to our partners and I know it signals the  start of holiday season for many people.  I also love the idea of inspiring people to give gifts to those you appreciate during the holiday season!  Check out this year’s gift with all the fixin’s for a Hearty Holiday Breakfast!  YUM!

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Love the look of this wooden crate.  So fun!

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All of the yummy goodies in the gift.  Doesn’t it just look DELICIOUS?

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Mmm, I love pancakes – and the Whole Wheat and Nutmeg pancake mix that Culinary Crafts created sounds fabulous!  Couple that with the Whiskey Cinnamon Syrup and a piece (or 2!) of the Bourbon Glazed Bacon Crisps, and you are set!

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Another thing that I love is that Culinary Crafts always includes local foods in the gift.  This year is no exception and these local Mountainland apples will be perfect in a holiday pie or just a healthy snack!

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Of course, each basket always includes a handcrafted wedge of cheese that Culinary Crafts makes with Beehive Cheese especially for this occasion and the Espresso Chocolate Cheddar sounds like a winner!  I also couldn’t wait to tear into the Bran Buttermilk Muffins (with a healthy dollop of Strawberry Rhubarb jam made for Culinary Crafts by The Best Dam Jam).  Plus, a treat with any meal is always a bonus and so our Vanilla Bean and Toasted Walnut Fudge is just the ticket!

Such a great gift of goodies!  It’s always great too because we know people will share these treats with their friends and family and we are all about gathering together with some great food!  We always have SO much fun coming up with these baskets and are always so happy to see what joy they bring to people!  We hope that this inspires you to make heartfelt and loving gifts for all of the important people in your life this holiday season.  Happy gifting, everyone!

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Photos by Angela Howard, A Pepper Nix Photographer