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June 28, 2018

Trend Report: Fête En Blanc 2018

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Today on the blog, I'm excited to FINALLY get to share the amazing Fête en Blanc event (hosted by Utah Bride & Groom Magazine) with you all!  This is THE premier event for the Utah Wedding Industry - and we were SO thrilled to work alongside the team of fantastic vendors to make this epic party seriously epic.  Check it out! The event was hosted at Natural History Museum of Utah and was designed by Mara Marian of Fuse Wedding and Events - who wanted to take the party up a notch.  And, boy did she!  From our very own Mary Crafts-Homer:  "I love the direction that Mara and Fuse Wedding and Events was taking at this year's UBG White Party .  The eclectic color scheme, contemporary venue, the edgy vibe..." Some of the AWESOME event planning team at Culinary Crafts enjoying the bash.  Such a great group of people!!! Isn't this design SOOOO cool???  We loved the variety and style of the rentals from Eclectic Hive.  Such a different look - but one that was perfect at Natural History Museum of Utah!  Plus, such a welcome option for people planning an event with a more unique vibe, don't you think? The florals by Kellie Jackstein of Artisan Bloom were jaw-droppingly beautiful (of course!) and we loved the modern, yet organic touch they added to the decor. Another great element of this event?  All of the eclectic lounge spaces throughout the event.  Each one was unique and beautiful, but they all worked SO well together.  This was such a great way to get people to move through the spaces to see ALL of the details and encourage mixing and mingling - perfect for a networking party! These fuchsia chairs are my favorite!  Such a fun pop amidst a neutral palette.  And speaking of lounge spaces, another note from Mary Crafts-Homer, "All shouted to me for a new approach to the food service at the White Party.  No more food stations with long lines, but create a menu of all passed hors d'oeuevres with the food coming to the guests, not the guests coming to the food.  This night is about networking and from my own past experiences, I knew I hated hunting down the food.  The concept of an all butler-passed menu by waiters in all white uniformsb was a huge success!  I designed a menu of easy to eat, scrumptious, and exciting hors d'oeuvres that were loved by all." We served White Sangria (of course) for our signature cocktail/mocktail.  Such a refreshing, and pretty, drink for the party! There were SO many delicious bites!  First up, Cold Smoked Utah Herb Goat Cheese on a Peeled Cucumber Slice with Micro Greens; Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese, and Honey; and Smoked Salmon and Curried Egg on Rye Crostini.  Yum!!! Next, our Shrimp with Gazpacho and Lemon Zest; Skewered Watermelon, Mint, Feta, Balsamic Reduction, Black Salt, and Lime Zest; and Polenta with Pecans and Macerated Apricots.  Beautiful and delicious... Some of our signature summer favorites were also served!  Like our Roasted Mushroom Cap with House-Made Kimchi and Utah Apple Slices with Artisan Cheese, drizzled with Honey. Last but not least, we rounded out the menu with our Sweet Pea Pesto and Roasted Tomato on Bruschetta; Roasted Corn Cake with Spicy Mango Chutney, Cumin Cream, and Cilantro Garnish; and Razored Beef, Caramelized Onion, Golden Raisin Chutney, Gorgonzola Spread Bruchetta.  Mmmm... Isn't this a fun element?  Retro Rentals provided this trailer to house one of the treat/bar areas!  So cool and such a versatile way to add something a bit different to an event! Mary Crafts-Homer thanking the attendees for creating such a fantastic local industry! Such a great night of celebration and networking!!!  Phenomenal experiences happen when the unleashed minds of vendors like these come together to create an unforgettable night of celebration! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com! VENDORS - Venue: Natural History Museum of Utah // Catering: Culinary Crafts // Planning & design: Fuse Wedding and Events // Floral design: Artisan Bloom // Esprit Raw Flowers // Photography: Pepper Nix // Videographer: Chris McClain // Entertainment: Dave Bowen Orchestra, TapSnap and Couth Booth // Rentals: Eclectic Hive // Treats: Cakes by Socorro and Retro Rentals // Invitations: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio // Jewelry: Diamonds Direct

June 20, 2018

NEW VENUE REPORT: Sequoias

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Today, I want to share another AMAZING, new venue with you all!  Sequoias is in Utah County and holy smokes - it's GORGEOUS!!!  We had the pleasure of catering their grand opening so that the Utah wedding industry could come and check it out.  Everyone LOVED the venue and how many gorgeous places there are around the property and we are so excited to share it with you! Isn't this place GORGEOUS?!  There are so many options and they can accommodate small parties of 50 to large gatherings of 500 - and everything in between. Here's a little peek of what your wedding photos could look like.  The grand lawn also boasts views of Mt Timp - STUNNING! Isn't this a perfect spot for a ceremony?  The weeping willow is such a great, natural element and it overlooks the lake - which is a unique element to this venue. Another amazing view of this venue!  There are so many different beautiful spots and details.  Love the water wheel and stacked stone! Didn't I tell you there were SO many amazing spaces?  Here's another peek at the carriage house and arbor.  SO PRETTY! The lake house is one of my favorite spots at the venue - and you can really see the beautiful mountain views.  LOVE! Love the look of the lake house!  So rustic and naturally beautiful.  Plus this view of Sequoias from across the lake really shows you the awesome space you have available to you! I'm a sucker for secret garden trails - and this one it a true beauty!  Wouldn't photos be AMAZING here??? Another beautiful space!  These gates and this fountain - BREATHTAKING. They also have an amazing swimming pool and hot tub!  How great would this place be to hang out with your friends and family? The inside is just as beautiful as the outside!  I love the elegant, rustic vibe and the high vaulted ceilings.  Wouldn't this be a gorgeous reception space?? The perfect setting for the grand opening party!  We loved being able to show off this unique venue to the local industry. Isn't the spiral staircase fun?  So pretty - especially with the pink silk linens on the high boy tables. We loved creating a fun menu for the guests, framed by this stunning fireplace.  And don't our flavored water dispensers look perfect with the decor? One of my favorite elements was the Pasta Carbonara action station!  Such a fun way to treat our 'friendors' to something a little different! Pulled pork sliders are always a great addition to the buffet - and this one is no different!  Perfect mix and mingle food. Of course, there were desserts!  Raspberry Crumble Bars, Lemon Blueberry Old Fashioned Donuts, and Chocolate Pots du Creme.  YUM! Another amazing amenity?  The have 9 guest rooms that allow you to spend the weekend with your family or wedding party!  Great for both destination and local brides! Isn't this venue AMAZING?!?!  With endless event sites on the property to choose from, you can have a unique event tailored to your dreams!  We are so excited for all of the events being held there and can't wait to be a part of them!  If you love this venue for your wedding or events, make sure you contact them soon!  Dates are filling up fast.  Happy planning, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com! Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

June 14, 2018

June Recipe of the Month: Homemade Ricotta

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We love ricotta, and making your own from scratch is worth the effort! It tastes richer and creamier than most ready made brands. Making your own gives you control over how salty and thick it will be. You can custom make your ricotta to suit however you'll be using it. Homemade ricotta can be served in so many ways. All summer long it can replace the usual vegetable dips, add a great addition to your cheese platters and salads , spread it on toast, add it to pizza, or serve on grilled peaches drizzled with honey for a special treat! Homemade Ricotta Ingredients 4 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 1 tsp kosher salt 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar cheese cloth Directions Combine milk, cream and salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Add vinegar, and allow to stand for a minute until it curdles. Set a sieve into a deep bowl, line the sieve with cheese cloth. Pour your milk mixture into the cheese cloth. Allow to drain into your bowl. Should take about 20 minutes or longer if you would like thicker ricotta. Once it is the consistency you want transfer the ricotta into a small bowl and discard the liquid in the deep bowl and the cheese cloth. Voila! Ricotta! Cover with plastic wrap and it can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

May 24, 2018

NEW VENUE ALERT: River Bottoms Ranch

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We are spoiled here in Utah because we are literally surrounded by natural beauty!  With that, we also have some of THE BEST venues nestled right there admist all of that gorgeous natural landscape.  Well, today I have news for you!  There is a BRAND NEW venue that you are DEFINITELY going to want to check out!  River Bottoms Ranch is currently being built in the stunning Heber Valley and is opening in fall of this year - AND they are currently booking starting September 2018 for this year and for all of 2019!  So start thinking about your holiday parties for this year and if you have any Sundance events for 2019, this is the place!!!  Stay tuned, you are going to want to see this. :) Isn't this setting just a dream?  We LOVE it and River Bottoms Ranch fits in just perfectly. Not only are the surroundings breathtaking, but the inspiration for the interior design is AMAZING.  I mean, just look at this design board.  I would like to take 2 of each of all of that please.  ;) I couldn't help but share this cute pic of the owners on the venue, Jared and Janica!  They are two of the nicest people and make it their priority to make sure that your event is unforgettable (in the best way!) What a greeting!  This is the view as you pull into the venue and we are sure your guests are going to be pleasantly surprised! Another pic of the beautiful surroundings at the venue!  It was a bit cloudy the day we visited, but you can just make out a perfect vantage of Mt. Timp! Imagine how lush and green this will be for summer/fall ceremonies!  This meadow is one of the outdoor options for hosting an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour.  SOOOO pretty! Now to the fun stuff!  Although they still 'under construction' I thought it would be fun to put a side by side of the rendering of the finished product with the progress photos!  First up, this is the driveway that pulls up right to the beautiful front door of the venue and right above is the fantastic Juliet balcony in the bride's room!  You should see the view from there!!! Next up, the main room which will boast amazing chandeliers, whitewashed wood, gorgeous sconces, and sliding barn doors to open up to the mountain views outside! And, lastly, this view of River Bottoms Ranch which shows ALLLLL of the windows that are going to let in so much beautiful natural light!  Plus, doesn't it just look like the perfect venue for any event! We think so! We are so excited to see the finishing touches being put on to River Bottoms Ranch and can't wait to check it out when it officially opens this fall.  We are also so excited to be a part of the amazing events we are sure will be hosted there!  (Special note, our very own Ryan Crafts help them design the kitchen in this stunning place, so you know we are SO ready to get to creating some delicious bites there!!!)  But, remember, if you think this is PERFECT for your wedding, holiday party, Sundance fête, or any other event, they are booking now from September 2018 on for this year and for all of 2019 and dates are filling up fast!  Happy planning, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com! 'In Progress' photos of River Bottoms Ranch by Angela Howard Photography

May 15, 2018

Trend Report: Extend Your Cocktail Hour!

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Today on the blog, we have a GORGEOUS wedding we had the pleasure of being a part of recently that was held at one of our favorite venues, the Natural History Museum of Utah!  Generally speaking, this venue doesn't need much decor to make an impact because it's designed so beautifully inside, so it's perfect for couples looking for a modern, clean design - and even more perfect for those who want to treat their guests to gorgeous views while enjoying delicious food!  Speaking of which, one of the trends we are seeing a lot of lately is the idea of hosting an extended cocktail hour for guests to mix and mingle at and offering an elaborate variety of hors d'ouevres to keep them happy too!  Without further ado, let's see this stunning fȇte! Firstly, one of the more unique parts of this wedding was that the couple chose to host their wedding ceremony at Red Butte Garden's Rose House, which is actually next door to the Natural History Museum of Utah.  We LOVED this idea to host the celebration at 2 different venues!  Also, we hosted a little pre-ceremony cocktail hour (even on top of the extended cocktail hour during the reception) and of course, we had beautiful signature cocktails for the guests.  LOVE! What an entrance!  The guests were treated to the gorgeous natural surrounds as they made their way to the wedding reception.  Simply gorgeous! Simple, clean, modern design was in full force here - and what a gorgeous impact it made!  FUSE Weddings and Events and Orchid Dynasty put together an AMAZING design that really fit in perfectly with the existing space.  And how cool are those branches as centerpieces?  They complimented the green glass accents beautifully! Another look at this beautiful table, because, why not?!  Simply perfect. We love putting a simple, beautiful menu on each plate.  Not only is it informative, but it gets the guests excited for what's to come!  And, boy, were they in for a treat! As I mentioned before, we are seeing longer, more elaborate cocktail hours more and more often.  This wedding was a perfect example of this trend!  Kendall (the bride) wanted a longer cocktail hour as this was her favorite part of every wedding she has ever attended, so, we planned a lot of wonderful passed hors d'oeuvres to keep everyone happy!  These Petite Quesadillas with Avocado, Brie, Kalamata, & Roasted Red Pepper and Lamb Lollipops with Mint Pesto were only the tip of the menu 'iceberg'! We also served Watermelon Cube Skewers with Balsamic Reduction & Mint Chiffonade and Sweet Pea Mash with Roasted Tomato & Focaccia Crisp.  Yum!  And doesn't our amazing staff look awesome passing these delicious bites to the guests?  We think so! Last, but certainly not least, we rounded out this fantastic offering of hors d'ouevres with Smoked Salmon, Capers, Olive Oil on Frozen Slice of Lemon; Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Cold-Smoked Goat Cheese; and Lump Crab with Key Lime Juice, Jalapeno, Sea Salt on House Potato Crisps.  Seriously delectable! What a view!  The guests not only were treated to amazing eats, but these stunning views and a bluebird sky!  This is certainly one of the most unique elements that NHMU boasts. When the guests were welcomed inside for dinner, they still were treated to those signature views while they dined!  The floor to ceiling windows are STUNNING! Another view of the guests getting ready to enjoy a fantastic plated dinner!  Plus, doesn't NHMU just look AMAZING?! First up, the guests were served Snuck Farms Baby Butter Lettuce Head with Parmesan and Lemon Zest, with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette, and finished with Sea Salt.  We also pre-set a Mini Herb Sourdough Bagette with Compound Herb Butter Paddle at each guests seat, which looked amazing!  A perfect summer menu first course! Even with the variety of hors d'ouevres, the guests still happily dug into this first course.  The guests LOVED it! We also served a selection of 3 entrees so guests could choose what they'd like!  (Always such a nice touch to make your guests feel special.)  They had the choice of Mesquite-Grilled Trout Filet with Sweet Tomato Jam, Hand Torched Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Chauseur Sauce, or Vegetable Napoleon with Sweet Tomato Jam.  Each entree was served with Marscapone & Asiago Grilled Polenta Cake with Micro Greens and a Fresh Green Bean Bundle Tied with Chive.  So good! Such a BEAUTIFUL wedding for Kendall! After the guests ate their fill, they danced the night away...  All while enjoying watching the city lights appear which provided the perfect finishing touch to a romantic day.  So amazing!  And, if you are the kind of couple who wants to really offer a lot of mingling with your guests, we'd definitely suggest an extended cocktail hour as an option!  Such a great idea and lets you really get to visit with all of your special people.  Happy planning, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!
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