Trendy Tuesday

September 4, 2012

Painting with A Twist | Trendy Tuesday


I hope everyone had an excellent holiday weekend!  I know at Culinary Crafts, we were chock full of GORGEOUS events and spending time with our families.  Such an excellent way to spend any weekend!  Today, I'd like to get back with an excellent new idea for any event you may have - Painting With a Twist!  What is that, you might ask?  Well, Painting With a Twist is a company located in Murray that hosts painting parties!  An artist guides everyone in the group through a step by step class learning how to replicate a painting of your choice, and at the end, you get to take home a beautiful piece of fine art that was painted by you.  Awesome, right?  You can join a class to try it out yourself or if you are looking for a bridal shower, holiday party, or birthday party idea - you can rent the whole facility for a private painting party and select a painting from a variety of options!  How fun is that?  Plus, what a wonderful keepsake for you and up to 40 friends to keep to remember the day.  We are excited to let our clients know about this new and different option and hope you find it a great creative way to make your next event AWESOME!  Happy painting everyone! Check out our website at! Photos from Painting With A Twist

August 7, 2012

We Love Ombre! | Trendy Tuesday


We at Culinary Crafts are LOVING ombre and with Mary Crafts-Homer's daughter, Meagan, planning her wedding right now with this trend in mind, we couldn't help but post this GORGEOUS inspiration board with all things ombre!  Check it out! So beautiful, right?  Happy planning and we can't wait for Meagan's wedding (which is coming up fast)!  It's going to be AWESOME!!!! Check out our website at! Photo Credits From Left to Right - Top Row: Pink Ombre Cake from Call Me Cupcake, Chevron Chair Sign from liddabits, Ombre Escort Cards from Elizabeth Anne Designs; Second Row: Bouquet from Grey Likes Weddings, Ombre Snowballs from Exquisite Weddings Magazine, Centerpiece from Ruffled, Invitation from Anthologie Press; Third Row: Ombre Aisle Design via Martha Stewart, Dresses via Inspired By This; Fourth Row: Balloon Backdrop from Weddings Magazine, Ombre Table from Always a Blogsmaid, Ombre Lips from Eyeshadow Lipstick  

July 31, 2012

The Speed Gala | Trendy Tuesday


Recently, the Speed exhibit opened at the Utah Museum of Fine Art and we at Culinary Crafts were honored to cater the opening Gala, which was a DEFINITE highlight for the Salt Lake social scene in 2012!  What is the Speed exhibit, you might ask?  Well, the UMFA describes it this way: "This special exhibition will explore the art of the automobile, featuring antique and vintage racing cars that exemplify the beauty of vehicles designed for speed. Artistry and engineering come together in these functional yet highly crafted works of art."  So lovers of cars and lovers of art unite to enjoy this special showing of some of the most elite and expensive cars around - but the cars almost took second seat to the beautiful gowns, jewels, and finery that came out for it's premier gala.  So, buckle up, hold tight, and take a look at the opening gala for Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile! The event began with a VIP reception complete with Oysters on the Half Shell, Foie Gras, and Caviar!  YUM! The large shrimp & crab bar with a 3D ice sculpture was made in the image of the Duesenberg masterpiece car.  How cool is that? The main event featured festive action stations such as the Smoked Pork Shoulder with Papaya and Tomato Relish station and Basil Chicken with Grilled Rainbow Peppers station. Guests danced the night away to our flaming desserts, macaroons, and be-dazzled bonbons.  What a showstopping night! A gorgeous Art Deco night full of fabulous food, stellar cars, and a breathtaking venue!  And, remember, the Speed exhibit will be at the UMFA until September 16th - and you don't want to miss it!  Happy driving (and dreaming!) everyone! Check out our website at! Photos by Keith Westerberg

July 17, 2012

Natural & Elegant Wedding | Trendy Tuesday


Happy Monday everyone!!!  To celebrate the wedding season, I wanted to share a wedding with you that is simply AMAZING.  Elegant, gorgeous, stylish, and of course, full of delicious food from yours truly!  Mara Marian-Harwood of Events by LMG designed this stunning wedding which was held at the Salt Lake Hardware building in the heart of downtown. She really utilized the space's inherent beauty to create a contemporary event full of natural touches and chic finishes - and it was all flawless, as usual!  Take a look! Vineyard tables and bench seating create a cozy, family-style feel to the event while chic lounge seating allow guests to mingle and relax while having a fabulous evening.  The simple and gorgeous centerpieces give a sense of elegance, yet stay low so people can see each other and talk without obtrusive arrangements.  I love the use of varying linens to give it a cohesive yet eclectic feel! The romantic vibe was carried through by the use of lots of candles, soft strung lights, and pretty crystal votives hung from the ceiling.  The overall feeling was warm and inviting, even in such a large space. Butler passed hors d'oeuvres were an upscale touch to keep the guests mingling and their hunger satisfied! The bride a groom created custom action stations with their favorite foods to share with guests - SO CUTE!  Plus the custom signage was beautiful and let the guests know the menu choices!   I love the milk and cookie shooters!  Such a fun twist on a comfort classic. This wedding was a show-stopper for sure, which goes to prove that simple and elegant don't always have to be boring or something you've seen before.  Sometimes sticking with natural, yet beautiful touches can go a long way to creating an event that your guests won't soon forget!  And, as always, having a wedding planner extraordinaire like Mara doesn't hurt either!!! We'd also like to mention that we so EXCITED to see this wedding featured in the newest issue of Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom - which is out on newsstands now!  Such a gorgeous wedding and it fits in perfectly with the other AMAZING weddings and features we have come to expect from the SLPC Bride and Groom team and we are so thrilled to have been a part of it!  Go pick up a copy of Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom and as always, happy planning everyone! Check out our website at! Event design and planning: Events by LMG Photos by Logan Walker of Pepper Nix Photography

July 10, 2012

You Scream, We Scream, All Scream For Ice Cream! | Trendy Tuesday


As the days soar into higher and higher temperatures, we at Culinary Crafts welcome this ever growing trend of everything ice cream!  For summer events, we have long seen people thinking of this sweet treat to help their guests cool down a bit, but recently we have really loved seeing this trend explode and bring in some truly fun and creative innovations and new pairings!  We love serving our house made gelato in our mobile cold case and providing a toppings bar or serving cones in our ice cream tutu!  Even beyond that though, we love that people are requesting over the top, old fashioned ice cream sodas, brownie souffles à la mode, the ring of fire donut à la mode action station, and, YES, our new found favorite - PRETZEL CONES.  Oh my goodness!  Pair that with our DIVINE caramel gelato and I am in heaven!!!  Happy weekend everyone! Check out our website at! Brownie image via Naminha Panela, Pretzel Cone image via Edible Crafts, all other images from Keith Westerberg, Logan Walker of Pepper Nix Photography, and Pepper Nix of Pepper Nix Photography

July 3, 2012

McCune Mansion | Trendy Tuesday


Today, I want to share one of Culinary Crafts's FAVORITE downtown venues, the McCune Mansion!  This gorgeous gem is in the heart of Salt Lake City and is a favorite for someone seeking the epitome of elegance, beauty, and grandeur for their event.  We are lucky enough to have done many show stopping events there throughout the years and are always amazed at the stunning architecture and gorgeously appointed rooms that the McCune Mansion boasts.  Whether you are hoping to hold a beautiful ceremony, drop-dead gorgeous reception, or one of a kind corporate event, the McCune Mansion is the perfect place for you!!!  Take a look! What an AMAZING place, right?  We love the McCune Mansion and are simply thrilled to be able to offer such a space to our clients!  Happy planning everyone! Check out our website at! Photos courtesy of Pepper Nix Photography and Logan Walker of Pepper Nix Photography

June 26, 2012

More Love For The Tasting Room! | Trendy Tuesday


Well, we are at Culinary Crafts are blushing with all of the love we've received for the Grand Opening of our new space,The Tasting Room, in downtown Salt Lake City!  We are so thrilled to share that Utah Bride Blog just did a venue spotlight on their blog and we are so happy!  Check it out here!  Thank you again to all of our friends who are sending out the word and love for The Tasting Room!  You are AMAZING! Check out our website at!

June 19, 2012

The Tasting Room Featured Today! | Trendy Tuesday


Hi all!  As I'm sure you know, Culinary Crafts had the great pleasure of hosting our Grand Opening for our new venue, The Tasting Room, in downtown Salt Lake City last week!  It was an amazing night and we are so thankful to everyone who made it a success!  Miss Tessa Woolf of Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom Magazine let us know she featured her take on the opening on her blog today.  You can see it here.  We are so thankful to you, Tessa, for sharing our new and exciting venture!  We here at Culinary Crafts are so excited to see what happens next!!!  Happy Tuesday everyone! Check out our website for more at! Photograph by Logan Walker of Pepper Nix Photography

June 5, 2012

It’s All In The Details! | Trendy Tuesday


I know you've all heard me talk about my love of details.  I love the personal touches that make an event unique and one of a kind.  After all, those are always the most memorable events, right?  Well, today I had our very own wedding planning extraordinaire, Holly Fowler, give us her take on personalizing your big day and tips on small things that will make a big impression!  Take it away Holly! Every bride wants her wedding to be perfect, but brides today also want their special day to reflect their personal style. There are endless personal touches you can add to make your wedding uniquely yours.  Over the years, Mary and I have been to so many different types of weddings – intimate gatherings, grand affairs, and everything in between. To us, the most memorable events are always the most personal ones, and that’s a quality that has nothing to do with size, style, or budget.  Celebrations stand out in our mind when the couple includes the people, places, and things that are significant too them. Sound intimidating?  It shouldn’t.  After all, you’re the expert on the little things that mean a lot to you. Start getting creative to put your stamp on your big event.  Here are some very easy, but very impactful, ways to personalize your event! Cake Toppers - Think of it this way, your wedding cake will probably by the most dreamed about dessert of your lifetime.  Finish it off with a detail that’s as memorable as you both and your guests won't soon forget how beautiful it was and so very YOU! Drink Flags, Signage, Escort Cards - Paper elements are a great way to incorporate a design you've created for the invitations that can be carried throughout all the little elements of your wedding day.  Using your color palette, style, and any graphic elements, your signage is a fun detail that also lets your guests know what is going on, being served, or where their seat is! Banners - Fun signs that are in the style of your overall event create eye catching details that your guests will love!  Want something romantic?  Go with a lovely banner that encapsulates your romantic vibe.  Want something fun?  Do a fun and casual sign that tells your guests to boogie! Custom Back Drops - This trend is so in right now and we've loved seeing really creative and stylish brides creating custom backdrops for their weddings!  Whether you are just trying to make a focal point for the ceremony location, a fun wall to frame the head table, or something to set the cake table apart, the options are endless!  A perfect way to personalize your event and to have fun doing it! Monogramming - Incorporating a monogram is one of the most straight forward ways to personalize your event and it definitely adds an air of elegance!  Monograms are a definite show-stopper and a perfect way to show of your new unity and shared name (if you choose to take his!). Favors – Use a family favorite cookie recipe to send off with your guests, sea salt from the ocean you took your first trip together, a CD of your favorite music, or a duo of treats that are handpicked by you and your groom! Happy planning everyone! Check out our website at! Photos by Pepper Nix Photography and Logan Walker of Pepper Nix Photography

May 29, 2012

Grillin’ Time! | Trendy Tuesday


Today, in honor of Memorial Day this past weekend (and that summer and grilling season have really begun!), I've asked Ryan to share one of our brand new menus that he personally developed with Utah products and grilling in mind!  It is truly delectable!!!  And, if that wasn't good enough, Ryan has also shared one of his new barbeque sauce recipes as well - and it just may work its way into your family's traditions for summer!  (Seriously, you need to try this sauce.)  Enjoy! Happy grilling everyone! Check out our website at!

20x winner Utah’s Best of State

16x Best of State Caterer

3x Best of the Best / Hospitality

1x Entrepreneur of the Year