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Stunning Wedding with A Unique Menu!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Food, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends
Today on the blog, we have a STUNNER of a wedding for you!  This event was amazing from the locale to the decor to the food (oh, the food!)  Here’s a bit about this wedding from our very own Mary Crafts-Homer, “This was a destination Jewish wedding from Chicago. We had another Jewish destination wedding from Chicago only a month before and both brides were concerned that they not have the same menu or the same look as some of the guests would be the same…  We did two tastings for this particular bride to make sure that every single detail was just the way they wanted it – Or we can say that it was just the way the mother wanted it. :)”  Check it out!
Isn’t this head table BEAUTIFUL???  The Arena at Blue Sky Ranch was PERFECT and made even more so by Rachel Derman Events‘s design and Decoration Inc.‘s florals!  Plus, we LOVE the custom signage of the couple’s hashtag!  So fun!
This wedding was on a brisk fall day, so of course Culinary Crafts wanted to keep the guests warm!  As guests arrived for the wedding ceremony, we served delicious Hot Spiced Cider – which the guests loved!
How beautiful was this day???  And we totally love that event the space heaters were dressed up with beautiful garland.
For a couple that wants a rusticly GORGEOUS mountain wedding, you can’t beat the backdrop at The Arena!
After the ceremony, we were ready with a variety of butler passed hors d’ouevres to keep guests happy during the cocktail hour until they were invited inside for dinner.  A few of the bites were these 3 – the Heirloom Cherry Tomato and Bococchini Mozzarella Skewer with Fresh Basil and Balsamic Reduction; the Local Artisan Cheese with Harvest Apple Crisp, Honey Drizzle, and Micro Green; and the Bacon Wrapped Date with Cold Smoked Goat Cheese.  Some of our favorite classics!
We also served Ahi Tuna Tartare with Fresh Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Ginger Vinaigrette, in a House-Made Wonton Cone and Petite BLT Sandwiches with Maple Bacon, Butter Lettuce, and Heirloom Tomatoes.  These mini BLTs are a fav of mine!
To round out the offerings, we also served Chipotle Encrusted Shrimp with Lime Crema and Cilantro; Salmon Sashimi, Pickled Jalapeño, Fingerling Lime Caviar on a Potato Crisp; and French Lamb Chop with Coffee Crust and Mint Pesto.  YUM!  Such a great selection to get the guest excited for dinner!
Another overview of this beautiful reception!  We love the floral chandelier installation over the dance floor!  Magical!!!
This color palette was perfect for the fall wedding, plus the touches of natural greenery was GORGEOUS at this venue!
We love a beautifully set table and think that it makes guest even more excited to enjoy their dinner!  Not only was the decor and ambiance of this table beautiful, but we also set out our House-Made breads – our Brioche with Utah Sea Salt Butter and Multi-Grain Muesli Roll with Honey Butter were a perfect addition to the table!
Alongside the other beautiful details at the table, the couple chose to have these pretty candies and nuts at the table too!  Such a fun and delicious touch!
Of course, the couple chose to serve custom cocktails.  We loved the bar signage and loved the use of local spirits in the libations!
One of the unique things about this wedding dinner was the request to serve everything restaurant style which meant that guess didn’t order in advance what entree they would like for dinner.  We asked each guest what they would like at the time of service (like a restaurant) and then the kitchen made it to order. This is always the most challenging type of service – especially when you are catering and serving for 250 guests within a 15 minute window of serving dinner!  It was a challenge, but also such a great way for our team to flex our culinary and service muscles!  What did we serve, you ask?  Well, the guests had a choice of Seared Beef Tenderloin Filet with Wild Mushroom Chasseur Sauce and Smashed Butter-Roasted Red Potato and Brussels Sprouts; Pan-seared Honey Soy Sea Bass Filet with Wilted Spinach, Parsnip Puree, and Fried Parsnip Chip Garnish; and Quinoa-Stuffed Red Pepper with Granny Smith Apple Chutney, Parsnip Puree, and Brussels Sprouts.  DELICIOUS!
A fun capture of the guests enjoying dinner.  Love the vibe of this reception!
After dinner, we served guests Flourless Chocolate Molten Lava Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream, Berries, and Mint.  So decadent and the perfect end to the plated dinner!
I couldn’t help but share this detail!  The couple’s dog was very much a part of the celebration, even though he could join the party.  They used his face on the welcome bags and napkins and had a cake topper made with a nod to their pup!  How cute!
Of course, we weren’t done bringing the eats!!!  Being very loyal to Chicago, the bride and groom wanted to serve some fun specialties of their city during the wedding – and this was best illustrated in their late night snack! They were definitely foodies and knew what they liked so they served Mini Vienna Beef Dogs (Chicago Style, of course); Beef Burger Sliders with Lettuce, Tomato, and a Dill Pickle; and Mini Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup in an Heirloom Cherry Tomato Shooter.  So tasty and perfect dance party fuel!
We also served some sweet treats for the late night snack portion of the evening!  We served our mini Chocolate Chip Cookies atop a Chocolate Milkshake Shooter and Culinary Crafts’s Signature House Made Gelato in Salted Caramel, Chocolate Chip Mint, Mixed Berry, AND Chocolate flavors.  Mmmm…
This wedding was truly the ‘Best Night Ever’ and we were so happy to make this a wedding of the couple’s dreams – and they were over the moon with the food AND service!!!  So fun and we loved being able to create a truly unique menu for this sweet bride and groom!  Congrats again to Madeline and Andrew!
Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!
Photos by Pepper Nix

Trend Report: Fête En Blanc 2018

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

Today on the blog, I’m excited to FINALLY get to share the amazing Fête en Blanc event (hosted by Utah Bride & Groom Magazine) with you all!  This is THE premier event for the Utah Wedding Industry – and we were SO thrilled to work alongside the team of fantastic vendors to make this epic party seriously epic.  Check it out!

The event was hosted at Natural History Museum of Utah and was designed by Mara Marian of Fuse Wedding and Events – who wanted to take the party up a notch.  And, boy did she!  From our very own Mary Crafts-Homer:  “I love the direction that Mara and Fuse Wedding and Events was taking at this year’s UBG White Party [aka Fête en Blanc].  The eclectic color scheme, contemporary venue, the edgy vibe…”

Some of the AWESOME event planning team at Culinary Crafts enjoying the bash.  Such a great group of people!!!

Isn’t this design SOOOO cool???  We loved the variety and style of the rentals from Eclectic Hive.  Such a different look – but one that was perfect at Natural History Museum of Utah!  Plus, such a welcome option for people planning an event with a more unique vibe, don’t you think?

The florals by Kellie Jackstein of Artisan Bloom were jaw-droppingly beautiful (of course!) and we loved the modern, yet organic touch they added to the decor.

Another great element of this event?  All of the eclectic lounge spaces throughout the event.  Each one was unique and beautiful, but they all worked SO well together.  This was such a great way to get people to move through the spaces to see ALL of the details and encourage mixing and mingling – perfect for a networking party!

These fuchsia chairs are my favorite!  Such a fun pop amidst a neutral palette.  And speaking of lounge spaces, another note from Mary Crafts-Homer, “All [the event design] shouted to me for a new approach to the food service at the White Party.  No more food stations with long lines, but create a menu of all passed hors d’oeuevres with the food coming to the guests, not the guests coming to the food.  This night is about networking and from my own past experiences, I knew I hated hunting down the food.  The concept of an all butler-passed menu by waiters in all white uniformsb was a huge success!  I designed a menu of easy to eat, scrumptious, and exciting hors d’oeuvres that were loved by all.”

We served White Sangria (of course) for our signature cocktail/mocktail.  Such a refreshing, and pretty, drink for the party!

There were SO many delicious bites!  First up, Cold Smoked Utah Herb Goat Cheese on a Peeled Cucumber Slice with Micro Greens; Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese, and Honey; and Smoked Salmon and Curried Egg on Rye Crostini.  Yum!!!

Next, our Shrimp with Gazpacho and Lemon Zest; Skewered Watermelon, Mint, Feta, Balsamic Reduction, Black Salt, and Lime Zest; and Polenta with Pecans and Macerated Apricots.  Beautiful and delicious…

Some of our signature summer favorites were also served!  Like our Roasted Mushroom Cap with House-Made Kimchi and Utah Apple Slices with Artisan Cheese, drizzled with Honey.

Last but not least, we rounded out the menu with our Sweet Pea Pesto and Roasted Tomato on Bruschetta; Roasted Corn Cake with Spicy Mango Chutney, Cumin Cream, and Cilantro Garnish; and Razored Beef, Caramelized Onion, Golden Raisin Chutney, Gorgonzola Spread Bruchetta.  Mmmm…

Isn’t this a fun element?  Retro Rentals provided this trailer to house one of the treat/bar areas!  So cool and such a versatile way to add something a bit different to an event!

Mary Crafts-Homer thanking the attendees for creating such a fantastic local industry!

Such a great night of celebration and networking!!!  Phenomenal experiences happen when the unleashed minds of vendors like these come together to create an unforgettable night of celebration!

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

VENDORS – Venue: Natural History Museum of Utah // Catering: Culinary Crafts // Planning & design: Fuse Wedding and Events // Floral design: Artisan Bloom // Esprit Raw Flowers // Photography: Pepper Nix // Videographer: Chris McClain // Entertainment: Dave Bowen Orchestra, TapSnap and Couth Booth // Rentals: Eclectic Hive // Treats: Cakes by Socorro and Retro Rentals // Invitations: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio // Jewelry: Diamonds Direct

NEW VENUE REPORT: Sequoias

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Food, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends

Today, I want to share another AMAZING, new venue with you all!  Sequoias is in Utah County and holy smokes – it’s GORGEOUS!!!  We had the pleasure of catering their grand opening so that the Utah wedding industry could come and check it out.  Everyone LOVED the venue and how many gorgeous places there are around the property and we are so excited to share it with you!

Isn’t this place GORGEOUS?!  There are so many options and they can accommodate small parties of 50 to large gatherings of 500 – and everything in between.

Here’s a little peek of what your wedding photos could look like.  The grand lawn also boasts views of Mt Timp – STUNNING!

Isn’t this a perfect spot for a ceremony?  The weeping willow is such a great, natural element and it overlooks the lake – which is a unique element to this venue.

Another amazing view of this venue!  There are so many different beautiful spots and details.  Love the water wheel and stacked stone!

Didn’t I tell you there were SO many amazing spaces?  Here’s another peek at the carriage house and arbor.  SO PRETTY!

The lake house is one of my favorite spots at the venue – and you can really see the beautiful mountain views.  LOVE!

Love the look of the lake house!  So rustic and naturally beautiful.  Plus this view of Sequoias from across the lake really shows you the awesome space you have available to you!

I’m a sucker for secret garden trails – and this one it a true beauty!  Wouldn’t photos be AMAZING here???

Another beautiful space!  These gates and this fountain – BREATHTAKING.

They also have an amazing swimming pool and hot tub!  How great would this place be to hang out with your friends and family?

The inside is just as beautiful as the outside!  I love the elegant, rustic vibe and the high vaulted ceilings.  Wouldn’t this be a gorgeous reception space??

The perfect setting for the grand opening party!  We loved being able to show off this unique venue to the local industry.

Isn’t the spiral staircase fun?  So pretty – especially with the pink silk linens on the high boy tables.

We loved creating a fun menu for the guests, framed by this stunning fireplace.  And don’t our flavored water dispensers look perfect with the decor?

One of my favorite elements was the Pasta Carbonara action station!  Such a fun way to treat our ‘friendors’ to something a little different!

Pulled pork sliders are always a great addition to the buffet – and this one is no different!  Perfect mix and mingle food.

Of course, there were desserts!  Raspberry Crumble Bars, Lemon Blueberry Old Fashioned Donuts, and Chocolate Pots du Creme.  YUM!

Another amazing amenity?  The have 9 guest rooms that allow you to spend the weekend with your family or wedding party!  Great for both destination and local brides!

Isn’t this venue AMAZING?!?!  With endless event sites on the property to choose from, you can have a unique event tailored to your dreams!  We are so excited for all of the events being held there and can’t wait to be a part of them!  If you love this venue for your wedding or events, make sure you contact them soon!  Dates are filling up fast.  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

NEW VENUE ALERT: River Bottoms Ranch

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

We are spoiled here in Utah because we are literally surrounded by natural beauty!  With that, we also have some of THE BEST venues nestled right there admist all of that gorgeous natural landscape.  Well, today I have news for you!  There is a BRAND NEW venue that you are DEFINITELY going to want to check out!  River Bottoms Ranch is currently being built in the stunning Heber Valley and is opening in fall of this year – AND they are currently booking starting September 2018 for this year and for all of 2019!  So start thinking about your holiday parties for this year and if you have any Sundance events for 2019, this is the place!!!  Stay tuned, you are going to want to see this. 🙂

Isn’t this setting just a dream?  We LOVE it and River Bottoms Ranch fits in just perfectly.

Not only are the surroundings breathtaking, but the inspiration for the interior design is AMAZING.  I mean, just look at this design board.  I would like to take 2 of each of all of that please.  😉

I couldn’t help but share this cute pic of the owners on the venue, Jared and Janica!  They are two of the nicest people and make it their priority to make sure that your event is unforgettable (in the best way!)

What a greeting!  This is the view as you pull into the venue and we are sure your guests are going to be pleasantly surprised!

Another pic of the beautiful surroundings at the venue!  It was a bit cloudy the day we visited, but you can just make out a perfect vantage of Mt. Timp!

Imagine how lush and green this will be for summer/fall ceremonies!  This meadow is one of the outdoor options for hosting an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour.  SOOOO pretty!

Now to the fun stuff!  Although they still ‘under construction’ I thought it would be fun to put a side by side of the rendering of the finished product with the progress photos!  First up, this is the driveway that pulls up right to the beautiful front door of the venue and right above is the fantastic Juliet balcony in the bride’s room!  You should see the view from there!!!

Next up, the main room which will boast amazing chandeliers, whitewashed wood, gorgeous sconces, and sliding barn doors to open up to the mountain views outside!

And, lastly, this view of River Bottoms Ranch which shows ALLLLL of the windows that are going to let in so much beautiful natural light!  Plus, doesn’t it just look like the perfect venue for any event! We think so!

We are so excited to see the finishing touches being put on to River Bottoms Ranch and can’t wait to check it out when it officially opens this fall.  We are also so excited to be a part of the amazing events we are sure will be hosted there!  (Special note, our very own Ryan Crafts help them design the kitchen in this stunning place, so you know we are SO ready to get to creating some delicious bites there!!!)  But, remember, if you think this is PERFECT for your wedding, holiday party, Sundance fête, or any other event, they are booking now from September 2018 on for this year and for all of 2019 and dates are filling up fast!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

‘In Progress’ photos of River Bottoms Ranch by Angela Howard Photography

Trend Report: Extend Your Cocktail Hour!

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

Today on the blog, we have a GORGEOUS wedding we had the pleasure of being a part of recently that was held at one of our favorite venues, the Natural History Museum of Utah!  Generally speaking, this venue doesn’t need much decor to make an impact because it’s designed so beautifully inside, so it’s perfect for couples looking for a modern, clean design – and even more perfect for those who want to treat their guests to gorgeous views while enjoying delicious food!  Speaking of which, one of the trends we are seeing a lot of lately is the idea of hosting an extended cocktail hour for guests to mix and mingle at and offering an elaborate variety of hors d’ouevres to keep them happy too!  Without further ado, let’s see this stunning fȇte!

© Heather Nan Photography

Firstly, one of the more unique parts of this wedding was that the couple chose to host their wedding ceremony at Red Butte Garden’s Rose House, which is actually next door to the Natural History Museum of Utah.  We LOVED this idea to host the celebration at 2 different venues!  Also, we hosted a little pre-ceremony cocktail hour (even on top of the extended cocktail hour during the reception) and of course, we had beautiful signature cocktails for the guests.  LOVE!

What an entrance!  The guests were treated to the gorgeous natural surrounds as they made their way to the wedding reception.  Simply gorgeous!

Simple, clean, modern design was in full force here – and what a gorgeous impact it made!  FUSE Weddings and Events and Orchid Dynasty put together an AMAZING design that really fit in perfectly with the existing space.  And how cool are those branches as centerpieces?  They complimented the green glass accents beautifully!

Another look at this beautiful table, because, why not?!  Simply perfect.

We love putting a simple, beautiful menu on each plate.  Not only is it informative, but it gets the guests excited for what’s to come!  And, boy, were they in for a treat!

As I mentioned before, we are seeing longer, more elaborate cocktail hours more and more often.  This wedding was a perfect example of this trend!  Kendall (the bride) wanted a longer cocktail hour as this was her favorite part of every wedding she has ever attended, so, we planned a lot of wonderful passed hors d’oeuvres to keep everyone happy!  These Petite Quesadillas with Avocado, Brie, Kalamata, & Roasted Red Pepper and Lamb Lollipops with Mint Pesto were only the tip of the menu ‘iceberg’!

We also served Watermelon Cube Skewers with Balsamic Reduction & Mint Chiffonade and Sweet Pea Mash with Roasted Tomato & Focaccia Crisp.  Yum!  And doesn’t our amazing staff look awesome passing these delicious bites to the guests?  We think so!

Last, but certainly not least, we rounded out this fantastic offering of hors d’ouevres with Smoked Salmon, Capers, Olive Oil on Frozen Slice of Lemon; Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Cold-Smoked Goat Cheese; and Lump Crab with Key Lime Juice, Jalapeno, Sea Salt on House Potato Crisps.  Seriously delectable!

What a view!  The guests not only were treated to amazing eats, but these stunning views and a bluebird sky!  This is certainly one of the most unique elements that NHMU boasts.

When the guests were welcomed inside for dinner, they still were treated to those signature views while they dined!  The floor to ceiling windows are STUNNING!

Another view of the guests getting ready to enjoy a fantastic plated dinner!  Plus, doesn’t NHMU just look AMAZING?!

First up, the guests were served Snuck Farms Baby Butter Lettuce Head with Parmesan and Lemon Zest, with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette, and finished with Sea Salt.  We also pre-set a Mini Herb Sourdough Bagette with Compound Herb Butter Paddle at each guests seat, which looked amazing!  A perfect summer menu first course!

Even with the variety of hors d’ouevres, the guests still happily dug into this first course.  The guests LOVED it!

We also served a selection of 3 entrees so guests could choose what they’d like!  (Always such a nice touch to make your guests feel special.)  They had the choice of Mesquite-Grilled Trout Filet with Sweet Tomato Jam, Hand Torched Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Chauseur Sauce, or Vegetable Napoleon with Sweet Tomato Jam.  Each entree was served with Marscapone & Asiago Grilled Polenta Cake with Micro Greens and a Fresh Green Bean Bundle Tied with Chive.  So good!

© Heather Nan Photography

Such a BEAUTIFUL wedding for Kendall! After the guests ate their fill, they danced the night away…  All while enjoying watching the city lights appear which provided the perfect finishing touch to a romantic day.  So amazing!  And, if you are the kind of couple who wants to really offer a lot of mingling with your guests, we’d definitely suggest an extended cocktail hour as an option!  Such a great idea and lets you really get to visit with all of your special people.  Happy planning, everyone!

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

An Elegant, Unique Utah Valley Wedding

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

 

Today on the blog, have I got an AMAZING wedding for you!  It is full of personal touches, gorgeous florals, and FABULOUS food (of course)!  We were honored to be a part of Beth and Jeff’s stunning, and totally unique, wedding day!  This post is a long one, but I promise, you won’t be disappointed!  Check it out!

 

From our very own Jocelyn Gillies: “The location of the wedding is what meant the very most for the couple. The private residence (where the dinner was held) is the home they were living in when they got engaged. They then began building their home together on the property next door which is where the wedding ceremony took place, in the framed structure of their new home.”  Isn’t that so beautiful?  I love that they incorporated so much of their story into their wedding!

This wedding’s palette was clean and crisp, and all shades of white.  The feel was a Bohemian respite nestled in the mountains – and boy did these florals and the design deliver!  So pretty!

If you are looking for another fun element to add to your cocktail hour, We smoked oranges as part of our cocktail hour offerings.You eat them rind and all.  So delicious and a total crowd-pleaser.

Talk about delicious!  The couple, who both work in the health food industry and also own a health food company, were very particular about the menu – as were many of their guests!  This just goes to show that healthy does not have to be boring.

Most of this deliciously health-conscious menu was paleo centered, including these bites.  House-Made Duck Ham in a Basil Boat, Roasted Bone Marrow with Baked Root Vegetables and Thinly Sliced Sourdough, and Roasted Jersey Pepper and Strawberry Shooters topped with a Sweet Pepper Sliver and Sous Vide Strawberries. This Jersey pepper was a nod to the Groom’s East Coast roots.

Culinary Crafts loves custom charcuterie and getting to feature our local artisan vendors!  We served assorted smoke, salt, and air cured Creminelli salumi and proscuitto, all hand carved at the station.

The most unique part of this event was the seating. Guests were seated at one long table. So this simple and impactful chart as guests entered helped everyone find their seats without hassle.

There was SOOOO much more food.  A couple of the butler-passed hors d’oeuvres to start the evening, Lamb Shoulder in a Belgian Enive Leaf with Mint Chiffonade, Smoked Rocky Mountain Trout on a Watermelon Radish with Salacia Micro Greens, and Salmon Sashimi with Fingerling Lime ‘Caviar’ on a Utah Sea Salted Kettle Chip.

This Bison Carpaccio with Citrus Glaze and Brined Caperberry was so pretty and unique  Also, inside scoop, it was pretty darn tasty.

The last of the amazing cocktail hour nuggets- Compressed Local Watermelon with Arugula and Balsamic and Crispy Pork Belly with Garlic Greens and Balsamic Sultanas on Crostini.  What a way to round out the start of this fantastic menu, wouldn’t you say?

We LOVED the textural diversity that the table length floral runner added to the design!  I know many people think that an all-white palette can get monotonous, but add texture and different floral variations and you got something engagingly enticing.  This is one of those trends that I think we will be seeing for a long time.

This day was HOT.  Really, really hot.  The way only a Utah day in July can be and so we were constantly spraying down the florals to keep them pretty AND offering all of the guests ice cold drink offerings to keep them cool.  One way Culinary Crafts loves to do this is by offering infused waters like Citrus Mint and Orange Strawberry – and for those guests who wanted something a little sassier than water, we offered His and Hers cocktails! His Rocky Mountain Manhattan and Her Hummingbird.

Another trend we loved from this tablescape, the mixed metals with the simple menus.  Rose gold flat ware, mercury glass votives, and the all white palette.   Heavenly.

To welcome the guests to dinner, our house made ciabatta loaves were was pre-set along the tables and were served along with Pink Himalayan Salt compound butters.

And, let me just go back to this table, because, man it is gorgeous!  Creating this stunning and intimate experience for the bride, groom, and their guests was definitely the highlight of the evening.

To kick off this incredible culinary journey, we served Snuck Farm Rainbow Chard, Whipped Ricotta, Barbequed Beets, Finely Chopped Granola, Toasted Quinoa, and Slide Ridge Honey Vinaigrette.  Not to be outdone, the second course was an equally amazing plate of Pan Seared and Butter Poached Sea Scallops with Micro Amaranth, Hand-Cut Zoodles with Cashew Avocado Cream, and Shaved Parmesan.  Mmmm…

 

Let’s take a minute and recognize the incredible Culinary Crafts staff who always keeps it classy, even in the most unique of serving situations and extreme temperatures. They are truly an amazing group. Since this event was in the middle of a field, our kitchen options were limited. So Culinary Crafts did what we do best. Created our own kitchen. The team brought in grills, ovens, burners, tables and more to create this lovely meal.

To round out the dinner we served Summer Vegetable Terrine and Lemon Caper Rubbed Red Bird Chicken and Snuck Farm Sorrel Picatta with waiter poured velouté.  Added a elegant ending to this family style meal.

It isn’t quite sunset yet, but you can see the light starting to fade and I have to say,​ the most dramatic note of the evening came by way of the candlelit dining table running through the open mountain escape.  Truly breathtaking in every way.

After dinner the guests were invited to enjoy coffee and a selection of scrumptious desserts.  Our ‘Coffee Nerd’ coffee bar is one of our favorite action stations – and the guests are always big fans!

On to the desserts (my favorite!) The Bride and Groom both hail from the east coast and when Jocelyn met them for the first time she let them know that our assistant pastry chef (who happens to be Sicilian) made the BEST cannolis Jocelyn had ever had! To say they were hesitant was an understatement, but once they had one for themselves, the totally agreed and added it to their menu!   Love all of the special details that made this a unique, tailored experience for the couple and their guests!

We didn’t stop there! Homemade Mountainland Apple Pie with Culinary Crafts’ house made Caramel Gelato topped with Warm Whiskey Raisin Caramel Sauce as well as Zabaglione Shooters topped with Fresh Berries, Micro Basil, and Candied Pistachio Biscotti.  I’ll take one of each, please!

Last, but certainly not least, we served Grilled Stone Fruit over Culinary Crafts’ Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Gelato.  So simple and so delicious!

The couple planned for the party to go into the wee hours, and of course, they made sure that their guests were well fed the entire time!  They asked us to serve a selection of late-night noshes, including a Pho After Dark Bar!  We loved this idea!!! Truly catering for those who give a Pho.

Thank you to Beth and Jeff for letting Culinary Crafts be a part of your epic wedding day!  We absolutely loved every minute of this event and hope you did too!  Happy planning all!

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

Photos by Angela Howard Photography

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from @nannetteyorkfloral who posted a peek of this STUNNING Sleepy Ridge wedding that we had the pleasure of being a part of!  One of my favorite parts of this spectacular day?  The Culinary Crafts signature Flaming Doughnuts station (seen here)!  Always a crowd favorite and SO delicious!

Thank you for sharing, Nannette, and remember, for your chance to be picked next, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post and check back to see who’s pic we choose!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Event Tips and Planning, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Instagram of the Week, The Tasting Room, Vendor Love!, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fantastic Love Wins Utah with this pic from one of our FAVORITE weddings ever.  (You can see more from this AMAZING celebration on SLPC Bride & Groom’s blog here.)  Plus, how cute are their pups?!  LOVE IT.  Thank you for sharing Love Wins Utah!  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 picked next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from M + B Events, who posted this BEAUTIFUL detail shot of an inspiration shoot we were a part of this year!  We LOVE this photo and think its perfect for the season, plus, pomegranates and gold leafed pears as table decor?  Yes, please!  Thank you so much, M + B Events for sharing!  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 gets picked next!  Happy Monday, everyone!

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Food, Instagram of the Week, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Sharing the Love -Vendor and Client Relationships, Vendor Love!, Wedding Trends

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fantastic M + B Events who we had the pleasure of working with on this stunning inspiration shoot that happens to be featured on Utah Valley Bride here!  We absolutely LOVE this shoot and it’s such perfect inspiration for fall weddings and events!  Plus, who can resist a custom menu design and gorgeous florals?  I know I can’t!  Thank you for sharing, M + B Events!  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 selected next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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