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A Bright, Colorful Summer Ranch Wedding!

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Today on the blog, we have a bright and BEAUTIFUL ranch wedding that was held at a private residence in the Maple Ridge Ranches – so you know its going to be breathtaking!  We absolutely loved how bold the color palette was and how fun and creative the menu was!  Thank you to Kristina Curtis Photography for the amazing photos.  Check it out!

A mix of classic lace with a fun twist from these colorful cowboy boots.  Plus that amazing bouquet from Roots Floral Design?!  Absolutely flawless!

How stunning is this floral arch?  These peonies are my favorite!  We love how the colors popped against the beautiful blur skies and green fields.

We love this ceremony space!  Such a perfect setting for this intimate celebration.

I love it when couples have their furbabies at their weddings!  And, how cute are these pups with their bandanas?!  LOVE.

I’m telling you, these peonies were out of this world!  We loved using them to dress up our wooden serving platters!  Such a great touch that perfectly tied into the feel of this wedding!

We loved how the centerpieces popped against the lace, natural burlap, and white washed tables and chairs from Diamond Rental.  Plus, the mixed metallics of the votives really added a touch of elegance!

I mean, seriously, how pretty was this room?  Love the wagon wheel chandeliers too!

The couple chose to give their guests favors that were sweet AND pretty!  This custom candy bar with these sweet little treat bags were so cute!

Of course, with a celebration this fun, we had multiple chef stations around the space to add interest and encourage the guests to mix and mingle.  We also loved using spare blooms to dress up the stations!  This is our Snuck Farm Salad Bar with locally grown produce with all of the trimmings for a summer salad!  Yum!

Beautiful sliced Utah Apples and Candied Pecans were an obvious choice for the salads!  Plus, we offered three tasty, summer dressings – Raspberry Vinaigrette, Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette, and Slide Ridge Honey Vinaigrette!  So good!

These cute take out boxes were the perfect vessel for our Vegetarian Wok station!  Aren’t they so cool?

Next station, our Chef Torched Tri Tip!  Always a crowd favorite!

Along with the Tri Tip we added our amazing sides, like House Made Chimichurri Sauce and Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Olive Oil and Sea Salt!  Such a great pairing!

This Curry Salmon with Carrot Oat Waffles and Bechamel Sauce was so different and delicious!  We loved this dish!

Another shot of these gorgeous florals, (because, well, they are amazing!)  And how pretty was this cake from Carrie’s Cakes?!  We loved how the lace and burlap elements tied into the simply elegant cake, and the addition of the bright florals really made it so romantic!

Of course, there were desserts (my favorite!)   We couldn’t just serve one, so we made it a grand buffet with ALLLL the delicious plus slices of the fabulous wedding cake!

We served our Pot de Cremes and Milk and Cookie Shooters.  Love these cute little bites!

Our Raspberry Crumb Bars are a classic dessert offering for mix and mingle receptions too!  So tasty and easy to carry around while talking to everyone!

Last, but not least, our Fresh Berry Parfaits and Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars rounded out the AMAZING desserts we served.  Perfect for this summer menu!

Wasn’t this wedding so pretty?  We absolutely LOVED this wedding and how colorful it was!  I hope this inspires you all to be a little bold with your color choices and creative with your menus!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

VENDORS – Photographer: Kristina Curtis Photography | Event Designer: Mary Crafts | Food: Culinary Crafts | HMUA: Makeup by Myrinda | Venue: Maple Ridge Ranches | Cake: Carrie’s Cakes | Flowers: Roots Floral Design | Rentals: Diamond Rental

Upscale, Country Picnic Wedding at the Utah State Capitol!

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Today, I have a beautifully sweet wedding Culinary Crafts did at the Utah State Capitol last summer!  We loved how colorful, fun, and full of cute details there were in this wedding!  Plus, the bride wanted to host an ‘upscale country picnic’ – which we loved!  The menu was so perfect and in line with the playful feel of this event.  Thank you to Kelli Bramble for capturing this event so well – check it out!

The mix of color, textrure, and vintage rentals from Refined Vintage Events were so PRETTY!  We loved how it all came together.  Of course, we would expect nothing less from Michelle Leo Events (who did the day-of planning)!

These escort ‘cards’ were so cute!  So whimsical and bright.  Plus, look at how beautiful the menu board turned out (thanks Karli Noel Calligraphy!)

We love welcoming guests to the table with a tasty bite, so we put together these decadent ‘couples cheese boards’ with local cheeses, fruits, and crisps for each couple to share.  So yummy (and fun)!  Plus, check out the fabulous country-striped napkins, bright table numbers, red chargers, vintage glassware, and organic florals – such a perfect tablescape for the upscale county picnic feel!

How gorgeous is this day?!  A perfect day for this picture perfect wedding!

The bride wanted to incorporate some fun elements like a Lemonade stand.  Isn’t is cool?!  And these Rosemary Shortbread Cookies were a light, summer-y treat that the guests loved!

The bride’s breathtaking bouquet was put on display during the reception, because, I mean why not show off this beauty???  Lizy Bowden Floral Design hit it out of the park!

After dinner, guests were encouraged to mix and mingle at these pretty highboys that were placed around the perimeter of the reception space.  We love dressing up the linens with a simple rosette.  Simple, elegant, and impactful.  Love it!

The bride and groom had an extra special place at the head table with these AMAZING turquoise, vintage chairs and this cute ‘Mr & Mrs’ signage.  We love setting the couple’s seats apart with cute details that really add to the visual interest of the reception space.

Our staff is so AWESOME!  Look at them putting together SO many beautiful plates and looking so stylish to boot!

The guests started their meal with our Summer Greens Salad with Citrus and Kiwi, dressed with a Raspberry Vinaigrette.  Such a perfect summer salad!

Next, the guests were served House Made Potato Chips – and let me tell you, these chips were out-of-this-world!

Because the bride wanted an ‘upscale’ feel, we served this country picnic as a formal plated dinner.  Such a fun twist!  So, along with the delicious chips, the guests were served this AMAZIN’ plate – a trio of sliders.  We made a Classic Hamburger Slider on a Sesame Bun, a Pulled Pork Slider on a Poppyseed Bun, and a Turkey Slider on an Onion Bun.  Add our Watermelon garnished with Mint and Feta and you have a classic summer menu!

Another look at this gourmet trio of sliders, beacause, why not?!  They are so DELICIOUS!

We love this pretty, organic wedding cake.  Not quite a ‘naked’ cake, but definitely with that style.  And the floral touches were so perfect for the feel of this event.  Of course, we made sure dessert was over the top too!  Not only did the guests get wedding cake, but we made House Made Red Velvet Donuts with Culinary Crafts’s Signature Gelato  too!  This was a favorite dish, for sure!

Wasn’t this event so fun?  We absolutely loved it!   From the decor to the menu, every detail was perfect and the guests were thrilled with this one-of-a-kind event.  We hope this inspires you to do something a little different for your wedding too.  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Romantic, Organic Red Cliff Ranch Wedding

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Today, I have a GORGEOUS wedding to share with you – and, since we are approaching Memorial Day weekend – it boasts a fabulous menu that can easily inspire your weekend get togethers!  This was such a beautiful event and the food was so fun as well as delicious (of course)!  We loved the couple’s choice to serve some classic summer BBQ favorites, as well as some surprises.  Thank you to Kate Benson for the fabulous photographs!  Check it out!

Red Cliff Ranch is one of our favorite venues!  We always love hosting events there.

How pretty is this tablescape?!  We love the pink glassware that adds a touch of romance to the rustic table and the organic feel of the garland runner.  So pretty!

How cute are these horse favors?  Each guest was welcomed to their seat with one of these cuties.  Love all of the small details at this event!

Of course, we make sure that all of the guests have some fabulous beverage options – and this event was no exception!  We served fresh fruit infused waters (always a crowd favorite) as well as Mojitos!  We love the aspen bark paper straws in the Mojitos as well.  Such a great touch!

To tie in with the casual feel of this event, the couple chose to host a grand buffet – and, boy, was it delicious.  Guests got a front row seat to the yummy eats and we loved seeing how excited they were to dig in!

This menu is chock full of BBQ inspiration!  Case in point, our entrees were grilled on site and would be perfect at any event.  We served our Grilled Salmon Filet with Lemon Slices and Caper Sauce and our Mesquite-Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce – YUM!

Another grilled dish?  Our Mesquite-Grilled Summer Vegetables.  Plus, our Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Local Mozzarella Cheese, and a Balsamic Glaze was a perfect addition to this summer-y menu!

Another classic dish?  Mary’s Macaroni & Cheese, which is always a star side dish!

Of course, we didn’t stop at the grand buffet.  We also hosted a Mashed Potato Bar action station where guests could create over-the-top mashed potatoes.  Such a fun way to entertain your guests and a great alternative to the  sliders and fries bars that it seems that are everywhere these days.  This is definitely a way to make your event unique!  Love it.

What a beautiful night and the guests were loving this fun menu!

Isn’t the bride so beautiful?  Such a doll!  Mary always has such a great connection with our clients and it really shows – especially when Culinary Crafts is there to make their event even more perfect!

We didn’t forget dessert – I know you were wondering…  😉  For this menu, our Fresh Fruit Cobbler action station was PERFECT!  We hand scooped Culinary Crafts’ House Made Vanilla Bean Gelato on our cobblers – we served 3, yes 3, different kinds!

Our peach, berry, and apple cobblers were SOOOOO good.  You definitely had to have one of each!

Isn’t the station set up pretty too?  We love adding simple touches that really add something extra to all of our stations.  To tie in the rustic feel of this event, we simply added wood stump slices which added visual interest AND pretty details!

The couple chose to have a Gourmet Popcorn Bar for their favors where guests could choose from 3 flavors – plus they custom made cute little bags for the guests to take home their treats!  The bride and groom each chose their own personal favorite and then the third flavor was their combined favorite – so fun!  ‘His’ was a Chili Lime popcorn, ‘Hers’ was a Cookies & Cream popcorn, and the ‘Ours’ flavor was the Bacon Bourbon Caramel popcorn (a personal favorite!)  YUM!

Last but not least, no ranch wedding would be complete without a S’mores Bar!  So, of course, we served this classic take with our House Made marshmallows!

This wedding was so beautiful and we loved the fun menu we were able to create!  We hope that this inspires you to create some fun BBQ menus of your own for Memorial Day weekend!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

A Pretty, Pink Baby Shower at the Provo Library!

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As I’m sure all of you know, it’s Mother’s Day this weekend!  All of us here at Culinary Crafts love this holiday, and in honor of this amazing day, we are showing off this gorgeous event which happens to be a beautiful baby shower for a gorgeous mother-to-be (how perfect is that?)  Check it out!

This pretty, pastel color palette was a great choice for this event and this venue – The Provo Library!  (Plus, even the carpet coordinated!)

Isn’t this photo op corner fun?!  We love the vintage chair, ribbon backdrop, and gorgeous florals.  The fun earring favors were a great addition to the event too!

Perfect brunch inspiration right here! The whimsical polka-dotted plate, gold accents, pink linens, and bright florals come together to create a gorgeous, feminine table that any mother (or mother-to-be) would love!

Brunch was made for Baby Showers AND Mother’s Day!  We brought out AAAAALL the brunch favorites for this shower!  So yummy!

Our Local Farm Greens, Feta, Walnuts, and Cranberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is always a guest favorite!

For those who like to add a bit of a sweet to their plate, we served Raspberry Lemon and Mascarpone Crepes as well as Yogurt Parfaits with Fresh Berries!  So good!

We love adding an action station element to our buffets!  So, a carving station with Honey, Cherry, and Balsamic Glazed Ham was a perfect fit for this brunch menu!

What brunch is complete without Hash Browns or our House Made Spinach and Vegetable Quiche?  Yum!

House made pastries?  Yes please!  Bagels, Croissants, and Blueberry Scones gave the guests choices for their perfect plate.

Last but not least, our decadent Southern Biscuits and Sausage Gravy was another great option in this AMAZING brunch buffet!

Of course, a party wouldn’t be a party with out dessert!  This pretty dessert display was so lovely!

Love this signage!  And how pretty is this naked cake!  (Plus, it was DELICIOUS!)

Gold-accented French Macarons, Milk and White Chocolate Mousse Cups, and Tiramisu Shooters were the cute (and scrumptious) dessert offerings!

More pretty details from this beautiful room!  We love the feminine gold signage!

This event was SO much fun!  We hope you loved it and are inspired to create an out-of-this-world brunch for your Mother’s Day celebrations this weekend!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, all!  We LOVE this fun appetizer and how perfect is it for a fabulous fiesta!?  If you need any party inspiration, check out our galleries here and find some great ideas for any event you have planned!  Hope all of you have a wonderful Cinco de Mayo and happy weekend!

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

A Modern, Stylish Tasting Room Wedding: The Food!

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Today, we have the food from Chris and Jacoby’s wedding and it was just as AMAZING as the decor – if not more so, in our opinion!  (If you didn’t check out the decor post, make sure to check it out too – there was so much pretty going on at this event!)  Thank you again to Logan Walker Photography for the beautiful photos.  Now, on to the food!

The gorgeous florals from Artisan Bloom were a great pair to the industrial touches and the vintage bar sign was such a fun detail!

Custom “His & His” cocktails and Mini Tacos with tiny Patron bottle shots were the perfect welcome to this stylish reception!  How fun is this hors d’ouevre presentation?!

Of course, what’s a dinner without bread?  Our house made Black Pepper Brioche Rolls with Utah Sea Salt Butter paddles were so yummy!

One of the many food stations – The delicious Mezzaluna Salad station!

Our two salad offerings were so delicious (as well as beautiful!)  Our Farro Salad with Harvest Tomatoes, Roasted Beets, Herbs, Sweet Onion, Arugula, and Balsamic Vineagar and out Farm Greens, with Mango, Kiwi, Wonton Crisps, and Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette, topped with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!

A menu after my own heart!  The couple chose to serve a selection of artisan cheese boards – how cute!

Our cheese boards featured Tea Hive Cheddar, “What’s Her Name?” Basque Style Sheep Milk Cheese, Deer Valley Triple Cream with Truffle, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, and Parmigiano Reggianno accompanied with Red Grapes, Honey Crisp Apple, Honey Comb, Bada Bing Cherries, and Salted Marcona Almonds.  So good!

We also hosted action stations with different entrees including our Pan-Seared Black Cod with Honey Soy Glaze, Wilted Spinach, Parsnip Puree, Garnished with Edible Micro Flowers.

Next up, our Smoked Short Rib Adobo with Mushroom Escabeche with Purple Potato Mash and Honey Barbecue Sauce!  Wait until you see the preparation of this dish…

Each Short Rib entree was individually smoked under glass dome for the guests at the action station.  Such a fantastic presentation!

The couple also chose to have a sushi bar complete with customized chopsticks that their guests could take home as favors!

Plus, of course there were desserts!  Firstly, our House Made Gelato Station featured Vanilla and Passion Fruit flavors – both with options to ‘spike’ them!  Vanilla pairings were Espresso, Bailey’s Irish Cream, or Kahlua and the Passion Fruit pairing was Limoncello.  Delicious!  And how fun were these sugar skulls?

Cronuts, anyone?  We served these decadent beauties in cute little kraft bags so the guests could grab one as they left or take it with them while they mingled!

Another fun addition?  Giant Cotton Candy Mountains!  So much fun!  We also served Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and Affagatos!  SO DELCIOUS!

Lastly, this cake from Carrie’s Cakes was stunning!  And remember those custom cheese boards?  Well, guests were give these custom laser etched “Praise Cheeses” wooden cheese boards as well as a Jack-O-Latern to take home as favors (did I mention their wedding was a couple days before Halloween?!)

We loved ALL of the amazing details, love, and thought that Chris and Jacoby brought to their AMAZING wedding day and we’re so thankful for being able to showcase some truly creative eats for one of our favorite ‘freind-ors’ big day!  I hope this inspires all of you to create an amazing day that is uniquely you as well.  Happy planning!

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

A Modern, Stylish Tasting Room Wedding: The Decor!

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Today, we have an all-time FAVORITE wedding of Culinary Crafts’s!  One of our friends and vendor partners, Chris Lavoie of Silver Summit Events, got married last year and we KNEW his wedding was going to be AMAZING, plus he chose to host it at our downtown venue space, The Tasting Room, and, I tell you, it did not disappoint!  Now, this wedding was chock full of so much pretty, we had to split the post into 2 parts – first up, the decor!  We will post the delicious food next week, so make sure to check back.  Thank you to Logan Walker Photography for the beautiful photos.  Check it out!

Chris and his husband, Jacoby, were such a perfect pair!  We loved the cohesive look they brought to their wedding clothes while still choosing things that were uniquely each of their own styles!

We love the tongue in cheek wording on their programs and the kind reminder signage to the guests to let the professional photographer take the photos so they could be present in the moment is a favorite for sure.

How pretty is this ceremony setup?  The florist, Artisan Bloom, hit it out of the park!  LOVE!

More gorgeous florals from Artisan Bloom!  Chris and Jacoby chose to host an intimate reception with their closest friends and family and they put a lot of thought of how to really show their guests something meaningful, thoughtful, and BEAUTIFUL!  Well done, we say.

Another gorgeous overview of the space.  I mean, how could I not?

Their wedding was held in fall and we loved the elements of the harvest that were added as well as masculine touches of navy in to keep the feel beautiful as well as not overly feminine.  The result?  A rich palette of so much delicious, visually interesting decor!

I can’t forget the breathtaking hanging floral chandeliers!  These were such a pretty and striking addition to the room!

The lovely ladies of Artisan Bloom killed it!  We love this picture of Chris, Kellie, and Dayna – such cuties!  Plus, isn’t this lounge space and the floral adorned frame great?  Perfect for photos!

Speaking of which, we love this ‘family portrait’ of the couple and their cute Great Dane pups.

Another fun sign for the guests at the bar.  We love it!

To encourage people to mingle, the couple opted to add high boy seating around the space so people could move about after dinner while they partied into the night.  We love the gold accents and the charcoal linens!  Such a polished and chic look.

Chris and Jacoby wanted to make sure that their guests had SO much fun!  They added tons of games, including shuffleboard, and a fun sketch “photo booth” with hand drawn versions of the vintage style photo strips!  (How cool is that?!)

They even brought in a pool table, which we loved!

And, because no detail was overlooked, they had their initials custom printed onto the pool table balls!

How pretty was this wedding?  LOVE IT!  Plus, remember to stay tuned for the food post where we focus on the AMAZING menu the couple chose to serve at their wedding!  We had such a great time collaborating with them.  Stay tuned and happy planning, everyone!

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

Dreamy Pink & Blue Spring Utah County Wedding!

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Today we have a GORGEOUS wedding that Culinary Crafts did last spring that we LOVE.  This little beauty was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings AND our local Utah Valley Bride magazine!  It was such a dreamy day, captured by Ashley Sawtelle, and we are so happy to be sharing it with you!  Check it out!

Our signature House Made Strawberry Shortcakes were a guest favorite!  We love this dessert and it was perfect for this spring wedding.

Isn’t this invitation suite beautiful? Lovely stationary design by Alex Fairchild and calligraphy by Kelle McCarter!

This bridal party is perfectly matched!  We love the blue and pink palette!

Another calligraphic gem by Kelle McCarter, we love these place cards!  Another great element?  The lavender cones that were passed to guests to shower the couple at their send off!

Isn’t Stone Hill Lodge Estate beautiful?  We love it’s rustic elegance and isn’t this tablescape to die for?  L’Arrangement Floral nailed the florals and the rentals from Diamond Rental and linens from La Tavola Fine Linens came together just perfectly!

How amazing is this cake and macaron display from the talented Flour and Flourish?  LOVE IT!  And the crowns were a favorite detail, for sure!

This wedding was SOOOOO pretty and we are so thrilled to see it shared in so many awesome publications!  I hope it inspires you to create a magical event of your own!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

VENDORS: Photography, Ashley Sawtelle | Location, Stone Hill Lodge Estate | Catering, Culinary Crafts | Flowers, L’Arrangement Floral | Videography, Paris Tews | Stationery, Alex Fairchild | Calligraphy, Kelle McCarter | Cake, Flour and Flourish | Music, Joshua Scott | Rentals, Diamond Rental; La Tavola Fine Linens | Bride’s gown, Blush by Hayley Paige | Bride’s accessories Malls Henderson (veil and headpiece); Made by Mary (jewelry); Steve Madden (shoes)  | Hair and Makeup, Vivian Johnson | Flower Girl dresses, Old Navy | Groom’s suit and menswear, ASOS | Bride and bridesmaids’ bracelets, The Shine Project

How Much Alcohol Should You Plan For Your Event?

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By Ashley Veenendaal

One of the most common questions we get in the event planning industry is “How much alcohol should I plan for my event?” Running out of alcohol before guests have had a reasonable and fun number of drinks is definitely a joy kill at the party. If you are not using a bar service who specialize in estimating the amount of alcohol needed, then there are a few rules of thumb that will keep the party going.

How long will your party be going on?

Most often guests will imbibe 2 drinks in the first hour and one per hour thereafter. So if you are planning on a 4-hour party you will want to be prepared for guests to drink 4-5 drinks during that time. Of course there will be guests who drink more and those who drink less. This more often than not will even things out.

That being said you will also want to consider who your guests are. This may be a generous amount for a group of light drinkers (always better to have some left over for next time). Or it may be lacking for a group of hard drinkers (consider how drunk you want to see your guests and what the transportation plan is afterward before upping the amount of alcohol.)

How much do you get from a bottle?

There are hundreds of alcohol math calculators online but some standard measurements, (depending on how heavy handed you are with the pour), look like this:

Wine: 5-6 glasses per bottle

Champagne:6-7 glasses per bottle

Beer: You will have to decide if your guests love their beer or prefer something else. This will determine whether you plan on 2 bottles/cans or 5. Keep in mind local & craft breweries also have a higher alcohol content. Here in Utah we don’t have kegs, so for those of you who are having an event were they are legal, ask the purveyor.

Spirits: Vodka, Rum, Whiskey, Gin & Tequila. These are the basics that guests will ask for. 15-20 pours per bottle depending on the cocktail. You will want to look at the amount of each liquor & mixers going into a drink to determine more accurately how many bottles you will need.

What are you serving?

If you are only serving beer and wine generally guests will drink more red wine (unless it’s summer & it’s hot) then consider adding some rose to the mix. Otherwise plan on buying more red than white. This is where you have to gauge whether your guests are bigger wine or beer drinkers.

For a full bar we would suggest 50% wine, 30% beer & 20% spirits, again it’s going to really help if you know your crowd. Another fun suggestion is to serve beer, wine & one or two signature cocktails. It makes the bar memorable if guests are offered a delicious new cocktail as well as minimizing the variety of alcohol you will need to purchase. Often signature cocktails can also be designed to work without alcohol for your non-drinking guests and it’s important not to neglect them. Have fun, be safe & DON’T RUN OUT OF BOOZE.

New Downtown Salt Lake City Venue: Church & State

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As I’m sure you know, Culinary Crafts is always on the lookout for new, interesting, and gorgeous venues.  When we found out about Church & State in downtown Salt Lake City, well, I can say we were thrilled!  Originally constructed in 1893 (which means it dates back to even before Utah was granted its statehood), this venue was recently renovated from a church to a breathtaking 3,500 sqft space that is perfect for any event!  It boasts traditional styling with touches of modern, industrial design elements and an AMAZING floor to ceiling Mondrian-style stained glass window.  Such a unique and versatile space, we couldn’t wait to host Brianna & Dylan’s wedding here!  Thanks to Kelli Bramble for the beautiful photos!  Check it out!

The couple was looking for a venue that could transition from their wedding ceremony to their reception in the same space. With a guest list of about 100, they needed a larger venue with multiple spaces for each part of their day.  Well, Church & State was just the ticket and it had just the right mix of natural and industrial elements to fit the couple’s style!  Isn’t it stunning?

Their ceremony took place upstairs and then transitioned into the cocktail hour with lounge furniture and cocktail tables so the guests could mix and mingle with each other.  We love how light and bright this space was!

Of course, we served delicious bites during cocktail hour.  The guests were served butler-passed hors d’oeuvres of Carolina Style BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders and Mozzarella Salata Skewers with Kalamata Olives, Tomato, Basil, and Balsamic Drizzle.  So good!

The couple chose a sophisticated color palette of black, white, and gold for their reception dinner which allowed this venue’s unique beauty to shine through!  We love how the palette tied into the space so perfectly.  So pretty!

We love to pre-set elements of the menu on the tables to engage the guests and get them excited for the food to come!  So, for this event, we plated our House-Made Artisan Rolls with Paddle of Sea Salted Butter.  Yummy!

The guests were welcomed to the main level for a fantastic buffet dinner and the sounds of Pixie & the Partygrass Boys provided the perfect background music!

The buffet was a collection of some of our signature favorites!  Like our Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette and our Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sage Butter, which is AMAZING!

We loved the multiple levels of serving dishes in the buffet because it added so much visual interest!  Another menu offering?  Our Roasted Fingerling Potatoes!

We rounded out the menu with our Green Beans Almondine and Lemon Herb Chicken!  What an elegant feast!!!

Isn’t Church & State gorgeous?  We love it and hope it inspires all of you planning your own events to check it out (and other new venues) to find a unique space that fits your style perfectly!  Happy planning, everyone!

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