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The Craft(s) Launch Party!

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Today, I have a really special blog that is close to the Culinary Crafts team’s hearts – our launch party for the new series, The Craft(s)!  It debuted recently (hopefully, you all saw it!) and, in true Culinary Crafts fashion, we had a FANTASTIC launch party to get y’all excited for this amazing series!  For all of those who couldn’t join us, we are sad you couldn’t party with us, and for those who were able to join us, thank you and we hope this reminds you of this fun night!  Check it out!

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Of course, we hosted the event at our downtown venue, The Tasting Room!  Such a perfect fit and we loved the decor!  We decided to go with a modern, industrial feel – and aren’t these tables cool?  Love it!

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We decided to create action stations that represented each episode in the series.  For each station, we created a dish as well as a cocktail that perfectly represented the theme and this station “Smoke” was so much fun!  The Smoked Maple Bourbon Sour Cocktail was AMAZING!  The creation of the drink was a pretty awesome show too!

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We got to really pull out the creative guns on this one.  The Smoked Short Rib with a Smoked Demi Glace was put in a smoking chamber to infuse the meat with even more smoky goodness.  After it was properly infused, we placed it atop our Purple Potato Puree to finish the dish!  YUM!

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Next up?  Our “Fire” station!  Of course, we brought some flame to this station!  Our Fireside Signature Cocktail was set aflame and our guests loved it!

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Next we served Flambed Ramen with our Killer Broth with Chef-Torched Beef, Fire Grilled Peppers, and a Sesame Chili Sauce.  Perfect!

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This is our Flaming Pumpkin Meringue Pie – which was SO delicious.  And our “Fashion” station served Housemade Ricotta and Squash Ravioli.  Such a decadently elegant dish!

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Of course, while you are perusing the stations (because there are more to come – you better believe it), we had butler passed hors-d’oeuvres!  These Mini Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Pomegranate Arils and the Crostini with Goat Cheese and Poached Pear Compote were so good!

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Of course, we had to pay our homage to apples!  Utah boasts some of the best local apples ANYWHERE and we try to use them anyway we can!  The “Apple” station included Crispy Pork Belly with Whipped Cider Ricotta and Sous-Vide Cooked Apple Relish PLUS an apple dessert trio!  The Apple Pie on a Stick, Poached Apples with Mascarpone, and Apple Sorbet with a Dried Apple Chip were all divine!

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BUTTER, need I say more?  This station included Butter Poached Scallops with a Brussel Sprout Slaw and Citrus Beurre Blanc as well as a bread station (mmm, carbs) with an assortment of house-made breads and house made compound butters and garnishes.  I’ll admit, I tried EVERY SINGLE OPTION.  No regrets.

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Last, but certainly not least, we include a station that gave a nod to one of our signature offerings, our House Made gelato!  The “Gelato” station included an Olive Oil Gelato with Balsamic Poached Pears Garnished with Sea Salt, Red Wine Gelato with Chocolate Shortbread, and Salted Caramel Gelato which we used in either a Porter Float OR a Root Beer Float!  Plus, to balance all of the sweetness this station has to offer, we brought in our Coffee Nerd Coffee Bar with cold brew and french press coffees!  Such a delicious treat and our guests LOVED the interesting flavors!

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We are SO excited for our new series – and if you haven’t watched the first episode, we hope you check it out!  (You can see it here.)  We are so thankful to each and every one of you who has helped us get to this AMAZING place in our business!  We are so happy to be able to bring you this new venture and also keep creating new and inventive culinary trends!  Happy viewing, everyone!

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

We catered a Surprise Pop-up wedding at The Tasting Room!

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The bride and groom, Angie and Scott, wanted to create a spontaneous and carefree wedding experience for themselves and their friends and family. Boy, did they succeed!

They told their guests they were invited to a dinner to share great food and great times with friends and family. When the guests arrived, to their astonishment, they found out it was actually a wedding…Angie and Scott were to married then and there! We give special thanks to their wedding photographer, Steve Speckman, for sharing his beautiful photos with us.

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To create a calm and natural ambiance the chairs were decorated with sage branches and soft white ribbon.

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Having pulled off their first “caper” as husband and wife, the bride and groom shared a congratulatory kiss in the gallery.

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After the ceremony guests were seated at tables adorned with succulents in rustic wood boxes and gold mercury glass votives echoing the natural ambiance of the patio.

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Guests were delighted with their 4-course Pop-up wedding dinner!

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Mary Crafts-Homer introduced each course, explaining the nuances of the ingredients and preparations.

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At Pop-up Dinners, guests can watch our chef’s cook and plate everything!

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Angie and Scott were able to make their rounds to talk to their wedding guests during the first course.

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

After enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres, guests were served a fresh green salad with Parmesan, lemon vinaigrette, and lemon zest.

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For the second course, we served the ultimate comfort food: Mary’s homemade meatballs and spaghetti with shaved Parmesan!

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How incredible does this grilled prime filet look?! It’s topped with melon salsa and served over balsamic potatoes, leeks, and asparagus.

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For their fourth course, everyone enjoyed a tasting of Utah cheeses, honey comb, and apple as well as a wine and cheese napoleon on a brioche crostini.

 

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

For dessert guests enjoyed petite chocolate fudge wedding cakes with raspberry coulis and edible gold dust sprinkles, served with home made caramel gelato on the side.

All in all – this was a Pop-up Wedding success!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our venue, The Tasting Room, in Downtown Salt Lake City!  We were so excited to host the NYC Go event at our space!  Culinary Crafts loves being able to welcome people from all over the world, whether they be near or far, and showing them a FANTASTICALLY wonderful time – and this was no exception!  Thank you to The Tasting Room for sharing this pic from one of our fun events!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts – and check back next week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Culinary Crafts’s venue The Tasting Room!  This cute pic of one of our beautiful brides is so fun – I mean, look at her shoes, LOVE!  Thank you to The Tasting Room for sharing and for all of those brides out there looking for a fun, urban, downtown SLC venue you should definitely check out our AWESOME space!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and keep checking back to see who gets selected next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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This week’s Instagram of the Week comes from our very own Mary Crafts-Homer!  This pic is one of the AH-MAZING offerings at our NYE Pop Up Restaurant – and can you believe New Year’s Eve was a whole week ago?!?  I couldn’t wait to share this one with you all because it makes me SUPER excited to remind you that our next Pop Up Restaurant is exactly 1 week from today.  It is going to be out of this world!  Mary is taking us on a Culinary Tour of Italy, so, seriously, don’t miss this one.  (Get your tickets here.)  Thank you so much to Mary for this beautiful bite and remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and check back to see who we pick!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week is a very special one!  This post from @lmwilkes who proposed to his beautiful fiancée yesterday at The Tasting Room – complete with a 5 course meal from Culinary Crafts!  Such a perfectly romantic night, in our opinion.  🙂  Thank you so much to Logan and his wife-to-be, Ashley, for letting us be a part of this unforgettable night!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the week, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and you may be picked next.  Congrats again to this beautiful couple!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Pop Up Restaurant Surprise Giveaway!

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We here at Culinary Crafts absolutely LOVE our Pop Up Restaurant series.  It is such a wonderful event which allows us to create truly one-of-a-kind dining experiences, which we love.  For our most recent dinner at The Tasting Room in Salt Lake City , our very own Mary Crafts-Homer sought to give away a pair of tickets to an unsuspecting couple – and we got it all on video!  Check it out!

It was so much fun to capture their reaction and also re-live this amazing menu again!  I’m sure we will be announcing more Pop Up Restaurant dates soon, so stay tuned!  Happy dining, everyone!

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

October’s Salt Lake City Pop Up Restaurant!

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For all of those still considering buying tickets to Culinary Crafts’s next Pop Up Restaurant at The Tasting Room in Salt Lake on October 23rd, you better hurry! Spots are filling up quick and it’s such a great fundraiser for the wonderful organization, The Green Urban Lunch Box – so it’s a win win! Plus, if that weren’t enough incentive, check out this AMAZING video of our last Pop Up at our Pleasant Grove facilty. It’s just stunning!

You won’t want to miss our upcoming dinner!!! For tickets and information, check out our EventBrite page here. We’ll see you soon! Happy dining, everyone!

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

Modern, Geometric Shoot at The Tasting Room

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Today, we have a fun and flirty inspiration shoot for you all!  This oldie but a goodie is a Culinary Crafts favorite and the team at Scenemakers did an AMAZING job of designing this shoot that was fun, but still sophisticated too!  Couple that with photography by Jessica Peterson Photography and the venue, which was Culinary Crafts’s Tasting Room in downtown Salt Lake City, and you have a recipe for GORGEOUS! Check it out!

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Love the geometric hearts!  And the glitter!!!  So fun!

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How pretty is this tablescape?  I love the modern feel and how it blends with the brick walls of the Tasting Room!  Just the best setting for this afternoon luncheon.

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These menus and escort cards were PERFECT!  Saucy & Kitsch is simply the best!  Plus, aren’t the card holder’s AWESOME?!

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More glitter!  I just can’t resist a sequined table runner.  JUST. CAN’T.

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Love, love, love the florals that Scenemakers did!  And our first course, was awesome too – if you ask me, anyway! 🙂 We served a Spring Sweet Pea and Pesto Risotto topped with Tiny Asparagus Spears, a Fried Quail Egg, and Shaved Parmesan with Black Pepper Brioche.  Uh, yum!

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Another fabulous snippet of these STUNNING florals.  Just beautiful!

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We also served a signature beverage (of course!)  This Thyme Raspberry Cream Soda garnished with Raspberries and a Sprig of Thyme was the perfect playful drink for this shoot!  And the golden striped paper straws with the bride & groom’s names on the decorative flag was a stroke of genius!  It’s all about the details!

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And of course we had a GORGEOUS dessert to round out this pretty day!  Our Mini Pear-Vanilla Bundt Cakes topped with Meyer Lemon Whipped Curd with a slice of Preserved Pear and Candied Lemon Zest was also coupled with petite cups of coffee, perfect for this early afternoon luncheon!

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We here at Culinary Crafts LOVED this shoot – such a lovely stylized shoot with a team of fabulous professionals!  We also really love the trend of brunches and afternoon lunches for all of the light options and menu creativity that we get to explore.  Such a great day!  Happy inspiration, everyone!

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

Caterer: Culinary Crafts / Design, Decor, and Florals: Scenemakers / Photographer: Jessica Peterson Photography / Invitation Suite and Paper Goods: Saucy & Kitsch for The Write Image / Dress and Jewelry: Alta Moda Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Soula Hair and Makeup / China, Place Settings, and Glassware: Diamond Rental / Venue: The Tasting Room / Model: Michelle Christensen