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A Stunningly Romantic Red Cliff Ranch Wedding!

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This warmer weather has the team here at Culinary Crafts jones-ing for summer!  So, with that vibe in mind, today we have a STUNNING Red Cliff Ranch wedding to share with you.  This romantically rustic wedding was full of beautiful touches – and we aren’t surprised because it was expertly planned and designed by one of our favorite vendor partners, FUSE Weddings & Events!  Add in pretty photos from Alixann Loosle Photography  and you have a winning combo!  Check it out!

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What a pretty bridal party!  Aren’t those bridesmaid dresses gorgeous?!

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And, talk about beauty!  How about this lace detail on the bride’s gown??  Plus, didn’t Artisan Bloom create a picture perfect bouquet?  LOVE!

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One of our favorite parts of Red Cliff Ranch is this meadow with the red cliffs (for which is was named) that tower behind the ceremony site.  Such a breathtaking backdrop!

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Of course, on this warm summer day, we made sure the guests had a great place to hang out during cocktail hour.  We served beverages and hors d’oeuvres that kept the guests mingling and happy until dinner was served.

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Pulled Pork Sliders and  Prociutto Wrapped Utah Peaches were just a couple of the delicious bites our awesome team butler passed to guests!  So yummy!

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We also created this AMAZING cheese board with local honey comb!  Such a hit!

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Isn’t this reception space BEAUTIFUL?!  FUSE Weddings & Events never disappoints!  And those florals by Artisan Bloom?  Gorgeous!

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A simple, yet elegant, place setting was the perfect addition to this romantic table.  Plus, we love the added touch of Karli Noel‘s handdrawn calligraphy that let guests know where their seat was!

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The couple chose to serve the dinner ‘family-style’ which, as you know, Culinary Crafts loves!  We started with Artisan Breads like Black Peppercorn Cheddar, Beer Bread, and Corn Muffins with Utah Sea Salt Crusted Creamery Butters.  We also served Roasted Beet Salad with Snuck Farms Fresh Greens, Goat Cheese, Utah Pistachios & Citrus Honey Vinaigrette; Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Olive Oil, Cracked Pepper, and Sea Salt; Mesquite-Grilled Utah Red Trout with Tomato, Basil and Ricotta Risotto; Chicken Paillard with Napa Salad, Daikon, Mango and Mint; and finally Grilled Skirt Steak Cumin-Coriander Mushrooms, and Parsley Sauce.  SOOO good!

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To follow up that AMAZING dinner, of course we had to create a decadent dessert bar – just like this one!

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Chocolate Pot de Creme with Vanilla Whipped Cream and Mason Jar Berry Cobblers with Fresh Whipped Cream?  Yes, please!

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Plus, House Made Gelato?  You bet!

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We also made some ‘late-night’ snacks like these Mini Grilled Cheese Bites!  The guests LOVED them!

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And, you can’t have a ranch wedding without an AMAZING s’mores bar, just like this one!  The guests always have so much fun making these treats by the fire!

This was SUCH a fun wedding and we are so grateful to all of the amazing vendors who made this day such a gorgeous one!  I hope this inspires you to plan some dreamy ranch weddings, everyone!  Happy planning!

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

VENDORS

Catering: Culinary Crafts // Planning & Design: FUSE Weddings & Events // Photography: Alixann Loosle Photography // Florals: Artisan Bloom // Calligraphy: Karli Noel Calligraphy // Rentals: Diamond Rentals & Alpine Event Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Venue: Red Cliff Ranch

Beauty and Her Feast Inspiration Shoot Video!

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For all of you who caught our super pretty Instagram of the Week pick last week, you’ll know that Culinary Crafts LOVED our ‘Beauty and Her Feast’ shoot.  It was so much fun and turned out better than we could have ever imagined!  And this video, created by the ever-so-talented Kale Fitch Films, captured it perfectly!  I think you’ll fall in love with this beauty (and her feast), so check it out!  We invite you to be our guest!  (Sorry, I just had to…)  Happy watching, everyone!

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

VENDORS:

Photographer Heather Nan Photography
Videographer Kale Fitch Films
Catering Culinary Crafts
Wedding Dress Harlow Brides

Friday Instagram of the Week: Beauty and Her Feast Shoot!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Harlow Brides who posted this GORGEOUS capture from the ‘Beauty and her Feast’ Inspiration Shoot Culinary Crafts did last fall!  Such a stunning shoot and we can’t wait to share some more from it next week.  Seriously.  We love how it all turned out!  Heather Nan and Kale Fitch captured it all perfectly!  Again, thank you to Harlow Brides for sharing this awesome picture and thank you to the vendor team we worked with to make this all possible!  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 week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

VENDORS:

Photographer Heather Nan Photography
Videographer Kale Fitch Films
Catering Culinary Crafts
Wedding Dress Harlow Brides

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at Tag Ranch, and fun side note, this GORGEOUS wedding also happens to grace the glossy pages of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine!  We LOVED this wedding and are so happy to see it being featured.  This venue is amazing and the beautiful pictures from Kristina Curtis Photography seriously took this wedding to the next level.  Love it!  Thank you so much again to Tag Ranch 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 next week to see who’s next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

REPOST: A Bar Inspired Sophisticated Wedding Reception

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REPOST FROM UTAH BRIDE AND GROOM BLOG:

Culinary Crafts is so excited to be guest posting today! Utah Bride & Groom Magazine is one of our favorite magazines for wedding trends and inspiration – and we are so honored to be able to add our voice to their stellar blog! Today, we’d love to showcase a beautiful wedding that we did recently that was chock full of divine eats and breathtaking elegance, all in the heart of Salt Lake City.

When we initially met with Lacey and Steven, the bride told us that she envisioned an incredibly elegant wedding at the McCune Mansion (with a GORGEOUS designer dress from Modern Trousseau) and AMAZING, romantic florals. But, she had a twist in store for us!  This bride wanted an sophisticated wedding reception BUT she wanted all of the food and beverages to be bar inspired!  How fun is that? She told us that she wanted to create an intimate atmosphere of total comfort and warmth for her guests – and, boy, was it fun for us to create a menu with such a contrast! I love the juxtaposition between the two styles.  Thank you also to Melissa Kelsey Photography for the fantastic photos!  Check it out!

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This was such a fun couple and the stunning bride was about as bubbly as could be! Plus that gown!!! LOVE! Not to be out dressed, the groom, who’s a proud Scotsman, naturally wore full Scottish wedding attire which included a dashing kilt!  Such a stylish couple.

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For this event, we really wanted to mix the feeling of high style elegance and romance with our re-envisioned takes on bar bites and libations for that added twist of fun.  So, of course we made sure that the drinks had that bar classics vibe, but with a feeling of refinement.  So, we concocted standby favorites and gave them a twist (literally and figuratively) and came up with fun, customized names that fit the couple to a ’T’!  Plus, the added touch of the hand drawn calligraphy from Karli Noel was such a pretty presentation!

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A party is no fun unless the food and drink is plentiful and delectable! We love to greet the guests with hors d’oeuvres during a cocktail hour that allows guests to mingle and chat before dinner and for this very special menu of ‘bar bites elevated’, we dreamed up some really amazing eats!  We served the guests Mini Chicken & Waffles drizzled with Maple Syrup and Mary’s Signature Danger Tots with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, and Jalapeño.  Seriously yummy – and FUN!

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Isn’t this reception space gorgeous?  We loved the polished look of the golden charges which tied in the golden accents throughout the McCune Mansion.  Plus, the chic palette of white, blush, and pink florals from Native Flower Company really brought in the couple’s desire for a romantic atmosphere. We loved setting the scene for the fabulous meal to come!

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Of course, a gorgeously elegant wedding day deserves a fabulously upscale, plated dinner for all the guests – but, of course, we gave that a twist for an extra element of unique-ness.  So, we served a starter of a summer favorite, Watermelon with Arugula, Goat Cheese, Fresh Mint, and Balsamic Reduction and then an entree of our AMAZING “Hello, Gorgeous!” Burgers which featured our House-made Grilled Brioche Bun and Culinary Craft’s Secret Sauce with a side of Hand-Cut Truffle Parmesan Fries with Smoked Aioli.

This wedding was SO fun to put together. The Culinary Crafts team are suckers for a gorgeous, elegant event, but raise the bar and ask us to get creative with a menu of classic, bar food to fit the upscale theme of the event? Yes, please!  Such a great day – and, just in time for all of you starting to plan for Valentine’s Day, we wanted to invite you all to an elegant and romantic event of your own!

Culinary Crafts will be hosting a Romantic Pop Up Restaurant dinner on February 14th at our own downtown venue, The Tasting Room. Please join us for a lavish and decadent 6-course dinner that is sure to dazzle your senses!  Find more details here.  We can’t wait to show you and your special someone what an amazing dining experience we offer to every one of our guests!  See you soon and happy dreaming, everyone!

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

VENDORS // Catering: Culinary Crafts // Venue:   McCune Mansion  // Photography: Melissa Kelsey Photography // Florals: Native Flower Company // Calligraphy:  Karli Noel // Gown: Modern Trousseau // Bridal Shop: Alta Moda Bridal

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!

REPOST: A Modern Asian-Themed Wedding at The Leonardo Museum

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REPOST FROM SALT LAKE PARK CITY BRIDE AND GROOM BLOG:

We revisit this colorful and contemporary celebration featured in the pages of our magazine.

In celebration of Chinese New Year this weekend, we’re #FBF-ing to Candice Yee & Eric Bender’s Real Utah Wedding featured in our Summer/Fall 2013 issue.

The “Modern Shanghai” and “Upscale Chinatown” themed wedding at The Leonardo Museum in downtown Salt Lake City—planned and designed by FUSE Weddings & Events—was inspired by the couple’s love of travel and Asian street food. Culinary Crafts recreated some of the duo’s favorite eats for the cocktail hour, including skewered shrimp satay, pork pot stickers, and Thai-style fish cakes served with chopsticks in take-out containers lined with Chinese newspaper. The morning of the big day the couple held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, a nod to the bride’s family’s heritage. During the reception, Yee swapped her Vera Wang gown for a traditional red Chinese dress. The couple later departed among a sea of sparklers and glowing Chinese Kongming paper lanterns.

Read the couple’s love story + wedding details here, and see more photos of their festivities here!

 

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Delectable Food Photography Tips for Mouth-Watering Images

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to gain more followers on Instagram or another social platform, upgrade your cooking website by refreshing it with new images, or perhaps publish a cookbook – whatever your reasons are, photos sell your product!

You need to learn how to take photos visitors on your website or your followers and friends online will cry over. It’s not as difficult as it sounds and you’ll need to stick to a couple of rules.

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Use Natural Lighting

If you want to get the right color and make it clear to everyone looking at the photo that you were in the presence of a culinary master-piece, my suggestion is to use natural lighting and take your photos in daylight. The flash of your camera, along with other forms of artificial lights will change the natural shade of the meal in front of you, and you want everything to look natural and tasty.

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Choose Your Pieces with Care

Before you take a photo, it’s important that you select only the most representable pieces of food you want to capture on camera. So, you need to spend some time making that selection in order to end up with a photo that’s absolutely perfect.

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Find Just the Right Angle

This one will take time and you must endure in your persistence – probably the most difficult thing about catching the yumminess of a certain meal and transferring it into a photo is finding the right angle. You’ll need to move around and experiment.

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Have a Tripod with You

Photo shoots require precision and you don’t want something like your hands shaking due to tiredness to stand in the way of you making the perfect photo. You can easily solve this problem if you carry your tripod with you, so make it an essential piece of your equipment.

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Experiment with Your Composition

Photographing food is a time-sensitive process – either it will get cold or it will melt before your eyes. So, if you don’t see things working out in the very beginning, change the table right away and move that composition in front of you around until you make it look as delicious as it tastes. Naturally, you’ll need a good photo editing job done afterwards so you can accent those crumbling layers and emphasize colors.

If you plan on doing this in the future, my suggestion is to learn about setting the table and decorating it with the use of various ornaments. This can come in handy when you’re on the set and trying to get the perfect photo, because you will be able to spot if anything is wrong with the composition in front of you, so you can fix it right away and prevent the food from getting ruined right before your eyes. There’s a lot to be learned here and you can only become better with practice, so make sure to get lots of it.

Guest post: written by Isabella Foreman

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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To celebrate the Chinese New Year this past weekend (Year of the Rooster!), our friends at Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom magazine posted this GORGEOUS wedding from their Summer/Fall 2013 issue.  With a “Modern Shanghai”/”Upscale Chinatown” theme, this wedding was so much fun and we loved incorporating the couple’s love of travel and the bride’s heritage into the food!  I mean, check out the chinese newspaper liners in this dish, such a fun detail!  Thank you so much to SLPC Bride & Groom Magazine for sharing this awesome wedding and helping us celebrate the Chinese New Year with the memories of this wedding.  And, shoutout to our friends at FUSE Weddings & Events who brilliantly planned and designed this epic wedding.  Also, 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 next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Our “Alt” Cake for Utah Valley Bride!

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So, working at Culinary Crafts is pretty awesome.  Not only do you get to work with some of the best people around (our in house staff as well as the local vendors), but we get to be a part of some pretty creative and amazing things.  Case in point:  The “Alt Cakes” feature in the newly debuted Utah Valley Bride magazine!  Check it out!

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This feature was SO fun because they showcased 5 different alternative cakes by 5 different culinary artisans, but it didn’t just end there!  They used each spectacular cake to inspire a theme for it’s own vignette – all photographed beautifully by Elisha Braithwaite Photography!

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Our Cheese Wheel cake was pretty AMAZING (if we do say so ourselves) and the ‘Modern Italian’ theme was certainly right up our alley!  With a fantastic vendor team to put the visions together, well, we were just blown away!

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Between the coordination skills of Utah Valley Bride, the design & styling talent of Sage and Thistle Events and the amazing florist, The Potted Pansy, didn’t this turn out just BEAUTIFULLY?!  Our cake fit perfectly, don’t you think?

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Not only did the vignette include a gorgeous tablescape, but there was a perfectly matched paper suite too!  This modern and elegant design by Robert and Stella was so pretty!  Love it!

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We LOVED being a part of this shoot!  It was so much fun and we are all for dreaming up creative new trends for our brides!  If you haven’t already, pick up your copy of Utah Valley Bride, on newsstands now!  Happy dreaming, everyone!
VENDORS Coordination: Utah Valley Bride  // Design & Styling: Sage and Thistle Events // Venue: Brick Room Provo // Photographer: Elisha Braithwaite Photography // Florist: The Potted Pansy // Videographer: Luke Porter Films // Rentals: Diamond Rental // Cheese Wheel Cake: Culinary Crafts // Gown: Chantel Lauren Designs // Jewelry:  Goldsmith Utah // Model: Blissfully Heidi // Hair: Hair by Sarah Schorr // Makeup: Katie Livingston // Paper Suite: Robert and Stella