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A Pretty, Fall Dinner at the Wells Fargo Building!

By | Corporate Events, Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Food, Holiday Parties, Parties, Venues We Love

Today on the blog, I thought I’d show you one of our FABULOUS corporate events.  Now, I know that we showcase a LOT of weddings (because, I mean, they are GORGEOUS!) but we are also so lucky to get to be a part of some pretty AMAZING corporate events too!  Since we are heading out of wedding season and straight into holiday party time, we here at Culinary Crafts figured it was an excellent time to start getting your inspiration wheels turning!  Check it out!

Don’t you just love it when you are greeted to your table with a beautiful salad and decadent dessert?  I know it makes me excited for the meal to come!

The Wells Fargo Building has SUCH amazing views!  I mean, check out this view of the Salt Lake Valley.  Gorgeous!

Okay, back to the food! Our first course was a salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Pine Nuts, and Balsamic Reduction.  Isn’t it pretty?  Of course, the desserts were beautiful too.  Our Fresh Fruit Tarts with House Made Custard and our Black Satin Fudge Cake with Creme Anglaise and Fresh Mango were both so delicious.  I don’t know how you would choose!

We loved the simple, yet striking floral arrangements!  They fit the tables perfectly and gave a nod to the fall season, which was so great!

Naturally, we have to bring even more yummy food to an event, so we made sure we had a variety of amazing butler passed hors d’ouevres!  Bacon Wrapped Figs, Goat Cheese & Artichoke Crostini, Seared Bistecca with Chimichurri on Polenta, and Duck Wonton Crisps were just some of the offerings!  YUM!

Last but not least, these mini BLTs!  How cute are they?  I loved this appetizer!

We served a show-stopping dual entree for the main course of Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Hazelnut Caper Butter over Roasted Asparagus Spears and Grass-Fed Utah Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom, and Red Wine Reduction over Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  So good!

The guests enjoyed a gorgeous sunset during dinner, which we thought topped of this event wonderfully!  Such a pretty night!

I hope this gave you some inspiration for your upcoming parties!  We absolutely LOVED how this event turned out and are so happy we got to be a part of it!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Food, Instagram of the Week, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Wedding Trends

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fabulous Amber Shaw Photography who took this pic of a DELCIOUS vegan buffet we created for a recent wedding at Louland Falls!  We love this pic because not only is it mouth-wateringly yummy food (Buffalo Cauliflower?  Yes, please!), but it also showcases that Culinary Crafts can do any specialty menu you could think of and still make it AMAZING!  Thank you for sharing, Amber!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and check back to see who gets chosen next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

A Elegant, Glam Wedding at the Rice Eccles Tower!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Food, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Parties, Rice Eccles Stadium & Tower, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends

QUICK NOTE BEFORE WE GET TO TODAY’S BLOG: Thank you to everyone who joined us at the ‘Showdown for Support’ yesterday! It was such a great evening and we loved having you all there to support such a great cause!

As we plunge into cooler temperatures (and then back out, because Utah likes to keep us on our toes), our thoughts turn toward fall and winter weddings and their GORGEOUS color palettes that we love so much.  Today, we have a Culinary Crafts wedding that just screams ‘winter beauty’ with its rich blues and accents of silver.  Pair that with elegant white and blue florals?  Well, I think you’ll see why we love this event so much!  Check it out!

Isn’t this GORGEOUS???  We absolutely LOVED the sequined runners and the navy linens.  So pretty!

Every Blooming Thing‘s elegant florals were so perfect for this wedding!  Plus, isn’t the cake from Carrie’s Cakes AMAZING?

Another gorgeous floral arrangement!  We loved the use of different heights and types of arrangement to create a more visually interesting space.

This couple was so fun!  They gave each table an ‘assignment’ to encourage guests to mingle and share stories about the couple.  Such a fun idea!

How cool is this head table?  The use of the aspens trunks really added some drama to the table design!

Another cool element on these tables were these super chic table numbers!

Now, onto the food – which we thought was pretty amazing, if we do say so ourselves!  Guests were greeted with butler-passed hors d’oeuvres like these Pomme Frites with Aioli Dipping Sauce in bamboo cones.  Yum!

Another shot of these delicious fries, because why not?

Another butler-passed hors d’oeuvres was our Argentinian-Style Chicken Empanadas with Chimichurri Sauce – so good!

The couple chose to serve an amazing buffet which included our Miso-glazed Salmon and, of course, our House Made Breads with Sea Salted Butter!

Along with the Miso-glazed Salmon, we also served Teriyaki Grilled Chicken, Sautéed Zucchini, and Asparagus Risotto with Mascarpone Cream.  Such a decadently delicious winter menu!

Another fun element?  The bride and her mom created this candy table for guests to fill a box to take home as their wedding favor!  We love how pretty it turned out!

We absolutely loved this glam wedding and think the Rice Eccles Tower was the perfect venue!  We hope this inspires all of you with winter events to maybe add a little sparkle to your event!  You won’t be disappointed!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Vendors: Venue – Rice Eccles Tower // Catering and Tablescapes – Culinary Crafts // Lighting and Decor – Scenemakers // Cake – Carrie’s Cakes // Florals – Every Blooming Thing // Linens – Creative Coverings // Rentals – Diamond Rentals // Photos by Kelli Bramble

A Simply Stunning NHMU Wedding from the Pages of SLPC Magazine!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Food, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Sharing the Love -Vendor and Client Relationships, Vendor Love!, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends

Today, I am going to share a GORGEOUS Culinary Crafts wedding that is brimming with natural beauty that you might recognize from the pages of Salt Lake / Park City Bride and Groom Magazine!  Plus, it’s perfect inspiration for the upcoming fall season because the menu took queue from some of the bounty of local fall produce.   We absolutely LOVED this couple, the venue (The Natural History Museum of Utah ) is gorgeous, and the beautiful, yet low key, organic vibe was so perfect.  Plus, our friends at Fuse Weddings & Events did the event design and planning, so it was flawless, of course!  Thank you for sharing these stunning images, Elisha Braithwaite Photography – now, check out this amazing wedding!

How pretty is this Minted invitation suite?!  Even the stamps are perfectly picked to match the style of the wedding!  LOVE!

The Natural History Museum of Utah is such a GORGEOUS backdrop for photos!  We love the architectural design of the space and the mix of materials makes it so full of texture and visual interest!

Isn’t this couple stunning?  Love them!

Another great feature of this venue?  The natural light!!!  Not only do you get amazing views of the Salt Lake Valley, but it makes this reception area so bright, open, and airy!  Also, we loved that the dinner menus were custom designed to match the invitation suite!  Such a great touch.

A simple, organic table scape is anything but boring!  We loved the pop of gold with the natural and white linens, the texture of the glass, concrete, and wooden flower vessels, and the soft pinks, whites, and green colors of the florals that Orchid Dynasty put together.  Add a sprig of lavender with a simple tie of gold raw silk in the napkins, and you are set!

Another simple, yet gorgeous, piece of this wedding was this escort card table!  We love the use of succulents and the white rocks with the modern design of the cards!  Such a clean, polished look!

Of course, we put together one of our signature charcuterie boards!  Full of local cheeses and meats, local honey, and dried fruit this is a perfect nosh for guests before dinner!

This couple chose a ‘family-style’ dinner – which is one of our favorites!  This setup encourages guests to interact and mingle while sharing plates of delicious food, like our house made breads and gourmet butters.  We loved the Heirloom Carrot Sourdough with Black Lava Salted Butter and the Rustic Ciabatta with Pesto Butter!

The salad course was our Snuck Farm Salad with Spinach, Romaine, Utah Pears, Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Gorgonzola, and Balsamic Vinaigrette.  So yummy!

For the entree course, we served a bunch of different options so guests had a ton of variety to choose from!  This is our Rocky Mountain Red Trout with Granny Smith Apple Chutney.  Such a great fall menu choice!

Next, our Roasted Vegetable Napoleon with a Rosemary Skewer, Olive Oil Drizzle, Garnished with Sea Salt.  Aren’t these so pretty?  They are pretty tasty too!

Another fantastic fall menu option?  Our Brown Butter Sage Gnocchi with Chantrelle Mushrooms and Sweet Corn.  This is always a guest favorite!

Last, but certainly not least, our Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs.  SO.  GOOD.

Isn’t the view AMAZING?  Imagine dining with this incredible backdrop, some fun conversation, and fabulous food!  Pretty perfect, I’d say.

Staying true to the simple, yet gorgeous, feel of the event, the couple asked us to create a simply gold accented Almond Cake which we garnished with blueberries and simple greens.  I absolutely adore this cake, so pretty!

Another fun element that the couple chose that we loved?  Local chocolate and tawny port tastings!  You know how we LOVE our local chocolatiers, so this was a favorite part of this wedding for sure!

Of course, there were sweets too!  These Lavender Shortbread cookies tied in the sprigs found in the guests napkins and also were a great little treat to grab before going back onto the dance floor!

For autumnal weddings, we love serving a dessert that perfectly pulls from the fall harvest!  So, we served Sweet Potato and Pecan Cakes with a Salted Caramel Moat.  And let me tell you, this dessert was made of the stuff of my dreams, people.  A knock-out way to end this couple’s amazing menu!

Wasn’t this wedding so dreamy?!  Thank you so much, Salt Lake / Park City Bride and Groom Magazine for featuring this gem in your glossy pages!  We hope this inspires all of you to have fun with your menu and go for simple, yet striking details that will amp up your wedding day!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Get Your Seats for Our Harvest Pop Up Restaurant!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, Pop Up Restaurants, Venues We Love

As you might have heard, Culinary Crafts announced that our next harvest Pop Up Restaurant will be held on October 6th at the Big Moose Yacht Club!  Every year, we’ve hosted a ‘harvest’ pop up to honor the end of summer and celebrate the harvest season!  In case you need a little extra nudge to get you seats to this year’s, here is our Pop Up Restaurant from last year.  It was amazing, and I’m sure this year will be even better!

Last year’s dinner was held at the beautiful Snuck Farm.  Isn’t it pretty???

Since this was a harvest celebration, of course our color palette inspiration was full of rich autumn tones!  We LOVED how the florals turned out and fit the feel perfectly!

Our very own Mary Crafts-Homer hosted this AMAZING dinner last year, and will be hosting this year’s as well!  Of course, that means a lot of mixing and mingling will be happening!

Our butler passed hors d’ouevres were a fun nod to local fare of the harvest.  The Beehive Sea Salt and Honey Cheese on a Utah Pear with Slide Ridge Honey and the Sage Honey Apple Crisp with Brown Butter Acorn Squash Mousse garnished with Sea Salt were DELICIOUS!

The plated 7 (yes, 7) course dinner was held in this beautiful space.  Such a great venue for an intimate dinner!

Hey llama!  They were such a fun addition to the surroundings and the guests loved meeting them!  Meanwhile, inside the barn, the gorgeous tablescapes are all ready for dinner guests to be invited inside.  We couldn’t wait!

An up close look at the table – We loved the wooden bread boards mixed with metal tones and the vibrant florals!

Mary loves to come out and welcome our pop up restaurant guests and give them a little background on the menu and what course is up next!  We love this extra touch to these dinners because we feel like our ‘foodies’ love learning about the local foods being used, the “Honey & Salt” menu inspiration, and are excited to get a sneak peek into each dish!   For this dinner, our 1st course was a dual ‘amuse bouche’ of Rosemary Chicken Confit on Crostini with Salted Lime Crema and Pickled Peppers and our Utah Bacon Wrapped Date with Cold Smoked Shepherd’s Farm Goat Cheese and Slide ridge Honey.  YUM!

We love Snuck Farm and I couldn’t help but share how cool this spectacular place is, especially at sunset!

Our staff is AWESOME!  Their attention to detail and incredible hard work always makes our events so perfect.  Here they are finishing up the final touches on the 2nd course of Snuck Farm Butter Lettuce, Parmesan and Black Lava Sea Salt with Citrus Vinaigrette and our House-Made Orange Roll with Salted Honey Butter!

This was our 3rd course, which was a favorite of mine for sure!  Bangerter Farms Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil Chiffonade, and Aged Balsamic with House Rosemary Focaccia with a Parmesan Salt Crust.  Vine-ripened tomatoes are one of my favorite parts of the harvest!

The 4th course?  Sauteed Shrimp, Forest Mushrooms, Creminelli, over Smoky Beehive Cheddar Grits.  So good!

I know you are probably thinking, oh man, we still have 3 courses to go?  No way!  Well, you bet we do, and here is the 5th course – a Mesquite-Grilled Snake River Skirt Steak, Chimichurri Sauce, Parsley Oil, and Yucca Crisps with Roasted Idaho Fingerling Potatoes served with Redmond Sea Salt Blocks tableside – it was a guest favorite, for sure!

Loved the way this venue glows at night!  Such a pretty evening for an AMAZING dinner!

Our 6th and 7th courses were on the sweeter side.  The 6th was a Honey and Salt tasting with Utah Apples.  Simple and so delicious!  And, of course, the 7th course was a decadent dessert.  A Chocolate Pot de Creme with Salted Whipped Cream and Pumpkin Ricotta Pound Cake with Honey and Grand Marnier Dried Fruit and our House Made Honey Caramel Gelato!  Such a tasty end to an perfect meal!

I love this pic!  Mary made sure to take some snaps of the GORGEOUS dessert, because how could you not?!

To all of the staff who helped make this evening so wonderful, we thank you!  And for all of you who want to get your seats for our next Pop Up, make sure you do it quick!  It’s sure to sell out and we want you all to be there to experience an amazing night like this.  Happy harvest time, everyone!

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

 

Need an Idea for your Next Event? Chef’s Challenge Experiences are Here!

By | Corporate Events, Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Parties, Venues We Love

I think you all know this by now, but the people here at Culinary Crafts love food.  I mean, really, truly LOVE food.  And you know what?  We believe that a lot of you out there share this love of good food.  So, when we are asked to innovate some new experiences for events, of course we wanted to elevate our shared love of food into something even more amazing.  Enter Chef Experiences!  Basically, these are ‘Chopped’ style competitions to build teams, learn new skills, and have a great time!  We recently hosted one of these events at the GORGEOUS Big Moose Yacht Club – and I can’t wait to show you the pics!  Side note, if you want to check out this venue in real life, we are hosting our Harvest Pop Up Restaurant here on October 6th.  You can get your tickets here.  Now, check out this awesome event!

Isn’t the Big Moose Yacht Club beautiful?  We absolutely love this venue and we so excited to host this novel experience in such a great space!

As you can see, we set up each team’s station with their ingredient kit, a stock set of kitchen tools, and dishes to plate the final creation.  We were so excited to get started on this fun evening!

The ingredient kit!  We really wanted to focus on local foods so we used local Beehive Cheeses, local heirloom tomatoes and corn, plus other farm fresh produce and some sauces to mix it up!  Looks like the start of something yummy, I tell you!

Some items in our specialty tool kit, because you never know when you’ll need to julienne something!  🙂

Of course, we had a fully stocked ‘pantry’ where teams could come to get items to round out their dishes.  Of course, we stocked more local favorites like Amano Chocolate and Slide Ridge Honey Wine Vinegar!

Another surprise?  Lavender Brittle as a basket item – totally different and unexpected!

Our pantry was also fully stocked with herbs, spices, and grains!

How pretty  is this live wood edged table?  Loved it for the teams to settle in after the competition to eat the final menu!

Of course, our staff was on hand to inspire and help (or maybe scheme?!) with the teams if they needed!

Lastly, I love this picture of our very own Kaleb Crafts, who was the emcee for the evening!  We absolutely loved this event and the energy and excitement from the guests was infectious!  I definitely think this is a great idea for any one looking for a unique and memorable event activity – whether it be for a family party, corporate event, or even an intimate rehearsal dinner!

We hope this inspires you to think outside of the box and shake up your events with an activity that is totally new!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

 

Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, Instagram of the Week, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Wedding Trends

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from one of our sweet brides, Rennie Stewart!  Mary absolutely loved working with this couple and we LOVED this gorgeous wedding day and all of the FUN food we served, including these colorfully adorned smoothies!  How cute!  Thank you for sharing, Rennie!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and check back to see who gets chosen next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

COMING SOON! Artisan Breads Cooking Class Pt. 2

By | Cooking Classes, Food

Jocelyn Gilles (one of our talented planners and an expert baker) and Michael Barrett (our head pastry chef) are teaming up to teach you more about breads you can make right from your own kitchen that will knock the socks off your family and friends! No need to be an expert join us to learn the best new breads to start you holiday’s off with a bang. This may be a Part 2 class, but whether you attended the first half or not, all are welcome and encouraged to come. We will be expanding more on the difficult breads, like cooking ciabatta in a dutch oven, how to make our musli rolls, and brioche. These breads sound intimidating but are actually simple. Students will get recipes and have all of the bread to sample with compound butters. They will also get a loaf of bread to take home! If you like bread, this is sure to be a good time!

Step-by-Step with Mary Crafts: Mom’s Perfect Pie Crust

By | Ask Mary, Food, How To, Recipes, Tips

Pie is the truly iconic American dessert, but very few people know how to do it well. The novice baker may spend most of their time perfecting the pie filling and spend little time and attention on the crust. However, a true pie maker and connoisseur knows the greatest pie joys lie within a well-made crust. Remember, there is no such thing as a good frozen pie crust from the grocers freezer. But, practice makes perfect and soon you can become an excellent pie maker!

For a single pie crust (for 8 or 9 inch pie) you will need the following:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp lard* (room temperature)
2 tbsp butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup ice water (approximately)

Click here for a printable version.

*IN PRAISE OF LARD: No other fat can compare to real lard in a pie crust. If you need to substitute Crisco for the lard, don’t add the butter, just use straight Crisco. The crust will still be flaky but without the buttery flavor.

If you plan on making a two crust pie (crust on top and on bottom) simply double the above recipe. Or, if you’d prefer, my mother always made a “French Apple” pie which replaces the top crust with a crumb mixture of 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup butter mixed until crumbly. Increase baking time 10 minutes.

Okay, let’s get started!

Blend the lard and butter together to create the perfect fat. Chill until cold (you’ll want to chill your butter and lard mixture between every step. Your flaky and delicious crust depends on your fats staying cold.)

Cut the lard/butter mixture into small pieces. In mixing bowl, combine flour and salt.

Using your fingers, pastry blender, or two knives, work quickly to cut the butter into the flour until it resembles small grains of rice. You can use a food processor but you have to be super careful to not over mix. Chill until cold.

Once your mixture is cold, sprinkle the cold (ice cold) water over the flour mixture, one tablespoon at at time, and lightly toss with a fork after each addition. The dough should come together as dough but it should NOT be wet. Just make sure there isn’t any loose flour at the bottom of your bowl. Do not over mix.

Form the dough into a flat disc (if you’ve doubled the recipe for a two crust pie, split the dough in half and make two flat discs). Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove the dough from the refrigerator 30 minutes before rolling.

Flour your surface. I like to use a pastry cloth for my floured surfaces, this decreases the amount of flour needed to ensure my dough doesn’t stick. Roll dough into a circle approximately 2 inches larger than your pie plate. Crust should be approximately 1/8 inch thick.


Place the upside down pie pan in the center of the dough. Cut out the circle with a knife or pizza wheel to be an inch larger around the pan. (If you’ve made a second crust, repeat this process and set your rolled and sized dough aside.)

Fold circle into fourths and place in pie pan, unfold to cover pan.  Lightly press crust into pan. Fold excess dough under on the rim of the pie plate. Crimp edges with fork or pinch between thumb and forefinger to form an edge that is higher then the plate to catch any juices that begin to bubble. Chill until cold.

Your crust is now ready for filling and either a double crust or crumb topping. Fill your cold crust with you filling and top with your choice topping.

If you chose the crumb topping, skip the next two steps. For the double crust pie, you will want to tuck the top crust between the bottom crust and your pie dish. Place some pressure on the two crusts to secure.

After your crust is tucked and secured, pinch or crimp the edges of your crust to seal completely. With a pastry or pairing knife cut a large “S” in the middle of the pie along with a few other slits around the top for steam to escape. Sprinkle generously with sugar.

 

Place pie on the lowest rack and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and continue baking 35 more minutes or until juice is bubbling out of the center vent which indicates the juice has thickened. Five minutes before it is finished baking, brush the top crust with cream and sprinkle with sugar. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Tip for a crisp bottom crust: bake on a pie stone and always cool on a rack and not the counter.

Serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, or cheese! For printable instructions, click here. I’ve included the filling recipe for my mom’s prize-winning apple pie!

Love, Mary.

Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Food, Holiday Parties, Instagram of the Week, Parties

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Carla Boecklin who shot this AMAZING feature for Park City Mag!  We love this post because it is simply perfect inspiration for the holiday weekend!  Thank you for sharing, Carla!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts in your post and check back to see who gets chosen next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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