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September 7, 2017

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

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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!  

July 28, 2017

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today's Instagram of the Week comes from our Mary Crafts-Homer who is in the midst of all of the AWESOME Outdoor Retailers events we have going on right now!  While this is a bittersweet year marking the end of this amazing event happening in our fair city, we are so happy to have been able to be a part of this epic convention and truly grateful for our ability to have done so many fun and over-the-top events in conjunction with the retailers who attend!  Thank you for posting, Mary!  And, remember, for your chance to be next week's pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post and check back to see who's chosen next!  Happy weekend and Happy Outdoor Retailers too! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

June 30, 2017

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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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!

June 29, 2017

A Wedding With A Patriotic Twist!

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You know, all of us here at Culinary Crafts think we get to host some of the most AMAZING weddings!  We especially love events that have a twist on a theme and this one is a favorite for sure.  Plus, it is perfect inspiration for any of the 4th of July events you might be hosting this upcoming weekend.  So, without further ado, let's get to showcasing this stunning wedding - with a twist of festive, patriotic flair! CC_LizLee Aspen Meadows is breathtaking, don't you think?  It was such a lovely place to host this breathtaking wedding! CC_LizLee2 We love the subtle hints of Americana and love the couple's choice to bring a bit of romance and balance to the red, white, and blue palette with pops of pink instead of bright reds.  Such a pretty decor! CC_LizLee3 Next, we created drink to fit with the patriotic theme like the Strawberry and Blueberry Mojitos!  We loved that the fruit added a delicious touch - but was a super fun "patriotic" detail as well! CC_LizLee4 Isn't this a pretty site for a cocktail hour?  We love that the tables weren't competing with the surrounding natural beauty.  Also, using the taller tables encourages people to mix and mingle - which is great idea for any event! CC_LizLee5 While the interior had hints of the patriotic palette - and definitely a gorgeously, romantic vibe - the outside was a place that we took the theme over-the-top!  From this fun red, white, and blue teepee (which the kids LOVED) to the patriotic pillows on the luxe white lounge furniture.  It was the perfect way to amp up the theme! CC_LizLee6 Of course, we made sure to serve some truly delicious eats.  The couple wanted to keep with a more casual menu with an elegant, upscale feel!  The hors d'oeuvres were definitely a reflection of that.  Yum!!! CC_LizLee7 Such a pretty day for a wedding!  We loved putting the dinner buffet just outside the dining area - another great way to tie in the beautiful surroundings! CC_LizLee8 We kept the romantic, yet casual, vibe going through dinner - and it was scrumptious! CC_LizLee9 To kick off the buffet, we served some gorgeous sides like the Mixed Baby Greens Salad with Feta, Berries, Toasted Almonds, & Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette; Roasted Potatoes with Herb Salsa; and Fresh Mozzarella, Basil & Grape Tomatoes Salad.  Light and fresh - perfect for a summer party! CC_LizLee10 Next, we get to the main courses!  House Made Corn Bread with a Sprinkle of Paprika, served with Honey Butter; Grilled Chicken with Herb & Chili Rub; and finally our AMAZING Barbecued Short Ribs.  Seriously delicious! CC_LizLee11 Another festive touch for this party?  Fire pits which just beckoned the guests to get outside and hang out.  LOVE! CC_LizLee12 Of course, since we have fire pits (and it's a summer party), we just had to have our S'mores Bar complete with Hershey's Chocolate, Graham Crackers, and Culinary Crafts Signature House Made Marshmallows!  The guests LOVED this fun station! CC_LizLee13 And, lastly, the bride and groom chose to have this AMAZING American flag 'cake pop' cake for dessert which had to be my FAVORITE detail of the whole day!  It was so fun and so festive - a perfect touch for this patriotic wedding! We loved this wedding so much and think it has so much to inspire you in planning your parties and BBQs for this holiday weekend (and all of summer parties, really)!  Happy planning, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

June 14, 2017

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

May 26, 2017

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today's Instagram of the Week comes from The SLC Veggie!  We love this pic from the Gospel Brunch at The Gateway where Culinary Crafts is a proud purveyor of brunch bites!  Those pop tarts?   Ya, we made those.  ;)  YUM!  You won't want to miss the next one (tickets & info are here), and thank you to The SLC Veggie for the awesome picture!  Remember, for your chance to be next week's pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post and check back to see who gets chosen!  Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

May 24, 2017

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!

May 19, 2017

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today's Instagram of the Week is from our friend, Angela Howard Photography, who shot this fun pic of our Beatles themed event last night at the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City!  This event was SO fun, and we LOVE all of the fun bites we offered to the guests.  We even served 'Yellow Submarine' Eclairs!  YUM!  Thank you so much to Angela Howard for sharing 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 next week to see who gets picked!  Happy weekend, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com

May 9, 2017

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!

April 10, 2017

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.

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