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January 11, 2010

French Macaroons

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People often wonder how new trends develop in creative fields like culinary arts.  Culinary artists look to many different places for inspiration, and one sure place to find it is the classics.   A prime example of a classic that has caught on in the United States is the french macaroon. Don't let their unassuming appearance fool you.  These jewel-like cookies are a perfect storm of complex textures, clean flavors, and brilliant colors.  The macaroon has gained favor with food enthusisasts due to the combination of a crisp, smooth - bordering on ceramic - finish on the outside and a chewy, sweet center.   Culinary Crafts is excited to offer this delicate treat in every color and flavor imaginable, adding a subtle delicacy to any event. 

September 20, 2009

Ashley Fillmore Wedding Photos

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September 14, 2009

Vintage wedding details

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March 30, 2009

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img_0845loresPrunus Maximus Prunus are a genus of flowering trees and shrubs that bloom mostly in shades of white to pink. Cherry, Plum, Almond are among this variety and can make a big dramatic statement when included in springtime floral arangements. I love  the organic look of twisted branches of flowering Dogwood in bloom in vivid pinks and white. And keep in mind that many of these delightful species are locally grown and provide a great big punch without knocking out your floral budget. Till next time Best Regards Michael Sanders

March 9, 2009

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Traditionally, the wedding rehearsal dinner is a gathering of the wedding party along with close family and friends after the wedding rehearsal. An occasion that often provides a special time for families and friends to meet and greet (sometimes for the first time) before the wedding.

 

The wedding rehearsal dinner is traditionally semi-formal, and often an opportunity for the bride and groom to present thank-you gifts to wedding party. But if you have family coming in from all over or if sitting down to a more formal meal is not appealing to you (or your budget), you may opt for a fun, casual alternative.

 

One of my favorite ways of planning a hip, casual wedding rehearsal dinner involves a grill, some good old down-home style BBQ and a relaxed atmosphere. If family and friends are coming from a distance to attend your wedding, a nice BBQ wedding rehearsal dinner is a great way to show them you appreciate their attendance without breaking the bank. They will be able to meet, mingle, and chat without the stress of formal wear and fussy etiquette rules. Kick it up a bit with bright colors and a stylish presentation to complement the bold flavors of a great American BBQ meal.

 

So forgo the filet, and make my burger medium rare!

 

Till next time….

Best Regards

Michael Sanders

 

 

 

 

February 27, 2009

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It's all in the Mix! Signature MartinisI must admit, one of my least favorite things to do in this world is wait. As a guest, walking into a reception, there are those first few minutes of thought about how to negotiate the lay of the land, figure out where everything is a located, where do we stand? where do we sit? Oh boy, am I thirsty! One of my favorite things is the feeling of being welcomed and taken care of. Butlering a beverage to arriving guests at a reception provides a great big welcome. It can be a fabulous cocktail or non alcoholic "mocktail", either way cc0495loresit really makes your guests feel pampered. Think about your favorite flavors and colors and really take it up a notch by creating personalized names and themes. Follow through with availability of these beverages on your bars or beverage stations to add additional accessibility. Fun colors, dramatic glassware and creative garnishing touches will make your "Signature" speciality drinks a very memorable personal touch. Well that's all for this week. Check back next week for more wedding tips and ideas. Till then... Best Regards
Michael Sanders
 

February 16, 2009

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We love that so many of our wedding clients are “coming to the table” with such refined palates!

 

Brides (and grooms) who fell in love over a fabulous meal are not willing to settle for ‘just OK.’ The fact is, you can’t throw an amazing party without serving amazing food and gourmet receptions are the Culinary Crafts’ wedding forte!

 

Tempura Vegies in Bamboo Boat
Tempura Vegies in Bamboo Boat

Special themes make for a highly personalized and memorable reception. It's fun to combine various ethnic foods to reflect the bride and groom’s respective backgrounds or pick a menu item from that special restaurant that you spent that romantic first date in. Make sure you consider and talk about both your likes and dislikes when planning your menu options and don't be afraid to mention favorite dishes and the recipes that you love. Inspiration for an unforgettable meal for everyone at your celebration most often begins with your own very personal vision.

 

  There are no second chances to get it right when it comes to your wedding and Culinary Crafts really understands that completely.  We work meticulously on all of all the most important little details, and lovingly prepare outstanding food so that our gourmet Brides and Grooms have the chance to fall in love all over again.  

 

Well that's all for this week. Check back next week for some fresh wedding buzz LIVE from Las Vegas, where Culinary Crafts will be catering a "little" wedding reception for about 1500 guests! Till then.....

 

Best regards-

Michael Sanders

 

February 9, 2009

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GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK! We adore that interest in “Green Weddings” has gone off the charts!  Culinary Crafts has been at the forefront of this movement in catering with our bio-diesel trucks delivering fresh handmade, locally produced food and culinary products to our ever-growing environmentally conscientious clientele on a daily basis. Well, now that you’ve chosen the scrumptious and inventive, locally inspired Culinary Crafts menu it’s time to think “Eco Chic” for the rest of the details. There are growing options in the bridal collections of several designers houses, such as Chris Cole’s “The Cotton Bride.” It features fabulously stylish, sustainable alternatives in cotton satins, chiffon and even cotton tulle!  ice-plantFor Spring and Summer garden receptions, cool and crisp Cotton Linens with arrangements of native and regional grown floral and greenery.  And if you want to recycle the flowers, move the arrangements from the ceremony to the reception and then arrange for them to be to be dropped off at a local hospital or nursing home.    img_6403lores2 For favors, how about some locally made jam or pots of Utah honey. Or perhaps in lieu of favors, donate to a Green Organization in honor of your guests. bambooplateslores-reduxForgo using disposable products as much as possible, and choose eco-friendly bio-degradable items and sustainable materials such as Bamboo and Corn Starch based plastic alternatives.  Making your wedding “Green” is not that difficult. Even small efforts made will make an impact. Even if you are only able to incorporate a couple of Green ideas into your wedding, you’ve lessened the negative impact on the environment and are helping pave the way to a better world for your new family! 
 
Best regards- Michael Sanders

February 2, 2009

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Whenever I first encounter a bride to be, the first thing I ask is if they've chosen the date and selected the location for the wedding and reception. Most respond that they haven't really nailed down either of those tiny details but they have almost always decided on the most important detail..........the color scheme!

 

Well for the moment, let’s let our parents worry about those “silly” other things, such as planning the scrumptious Culinary Crafts menu, we want to talk about colors.

 

I’m seeing a return to glamour in 2009 with fashion forward looks using Black and White as an elegant base with a pop of bright color such as Lemon Yellow, Lime Green or Fire Engine Red.

 

Black and White with a mix of metallic colors, Silver, Copper, Bronze and Gold provide a sophisticated  formal evening look.

 

High Contrast Damask and Retro Marimekko inspired prints are very hip and a lot of fun.

 

Analogous color schemes that use colors tones that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel for a chic modern feel.

 

Sleek modern containers of monochromatic bright floral provide a great color pop. Topiary floral “Snowballs” or tall clear cylinders of submerged exotic Green Calla Lilies give a sophisticated modern edge to a tuxedo dressed Black and White table.

 

Bridesmaids dressed in flattering “little black dresses” that they actually adore.

 

And Mom…..well let Mom do as she pleases!  She should wear a color and style that will become and enhance her features and make her feel beautiful, even if it deviates a little (or a lot) from your color scheme.

 

Well these are just some of the myriad of choices that you’ll have to ponder. But ultimately the color scheme will be comprised of your own personal favorite colors and therefore there are no truly incorrect color choices.

After all it is your day.

 

Best Regards-

Michael Sanders

January 26, 2009

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Hi, and welcome to the new Culinary Crafts blog!

 Michael Sanders

I'm Michael Sanders, an event planner and wedding specialist.  I’ve recently relocated to Utah from the East Coast. I’ve spent many years planning smashingly stylish weddings and other special events in New York City and Philadelphia.  I’ve organized soirees featured on national television such as The Ace Of Cakes and national magazines such as The Knot. I’ve gotten my brides stylishly down the aisle everywhere from industrial lofts to the beach, from cathedrals to backyard canopies. I look forward to sharing some ideas and tips that I’ve gathered up along the way along with some fresh new thoughts each week that I hope you’ll find interesting, amusing and helpful.

 

 

And of course, if you have any questions or suggestions I'd love to hear them - just leave a comment.

 

I hope you enjoy the blog.

 

Best regards

Michael

20x winner Utah’s Best of State

16x Best of State Caterer

3x Best of the Best / Hospitality

1x Entrepreneur of the Year