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A Pretty, Fall Dinner at the Wells Fargo Building!

By | Corporate Events, Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Food, Holiday Parties, Parties, Venues We Love

Today on the blog, I thought I’d show you one of our FABULOUS corporate events.  Now, I know that we showcase a LOT of weddings (because, I mean, they are GORGEOUS!) but we are also so lucky to get to be a part of some pretty AMAZING corporate events too!  Since we are heading out of wedding season and straight into holiday party time, we here at Culinary Crafts figured it was an excellent time to start getting your inspiration wheels turning!  Check it out!

Don’t you just love it when you are greeted to your table with a beautiful salad and decadent dessert?  I know it makes me excited for the meal to come!

The Wells Fargo Building has SUCH amazing views!  I mean, check out this view of the Salt Lake Valley.  Gorgeous!

Okay, back to the food! Our first course was a salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula, Pine Nuts, and Balsamic Reduction.  Isn’t it pretty?  Of course, the desserts were beautiful too.  Our Fresh Fruit Tarts with House Made Custard and our Black Satin Fudge Cake with Creme Anglaise and Fresh Mango were both so delicious.  I don’t know how you would choose!

We loved the simple, yet striking floral arrangements!  They fit the tables perfectly and gave a nod to the fall season, which was so great!

Naturally, we have to bring even more yummy food to an event, so we made sure we had a variety of amazing butler passed hors d’ouevres!  Bacon Wrapped Figs, Goat Cheese & Artichoke Crostini, Seared Bistecca with Chimichurri on Polenta, and Duck Wonton Crisps were just some of the offerings!  YUM!

Last but not least, these mini BLTs!  How cute are they?  I loved this appetizer!

We served a show-stopping dual entree for the main course of Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Hazelnut Caper Butter over Roasted Asparagus Spears and Grass-Fed Utah Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom, and Red Wine Reduction over Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  So good!

The guests enjoyed a gorgeous sunset during dinner, which we thought topped of this event wonderfully!  Such a pretty night!

I hope this gave you some inspiration for your upcoming parties!  We absolutely LOVED how this event turned out and are so happy we got to be a part of it!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | A Kitchen Like No Other, Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Instagram of the Week, New at Culinary Crafts, News

Today’s Instagram pick is from our friends at Old Town Cellars – who, if you didn’t already know, helped us create our own private label line of wines for our clients!  We are so excited to offer these 4 amazing selections and think our clients will be pretty excited too!  We actually debuted them at our Harvest Pop-Up.  🙂  Thank you for sharing, Old Town Cellars, and thank you for helping us create these beautiful wines!  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

Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Instagram of the Week, Sharing the Love -Vendor and Client Relationships, Vendor Love!, Venues We Love

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at In The Event who we had the pleasure of working with on Utah Opera‘s 40th Anniversary Gala.  This event was AMAZING!  Case in point?  Trees were brought in to create this tent’s dramatic entrance!  Plus, the color palette was gorgeous – we absolutely loved it!  Thank you for sharing, In The Event!  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 chosen next!  Happy weekend!

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

Step-by-Step with Ryan Crafts: The Best Homemade Artisan Bread

By | Culinary Crafts Events

Have you ever wondered how professional bakers get a thick, crunchy crust on their artisan bread while still maintaining a soft, chewy inside? Or, have you pondered on the depth of flavor coming from other people’s bread and asked yourself, “Why can’t I do that?” There are two significant factors that contribute to great bread that many home bakers are missing: fresh flour and steam. 

First, let’s talk about steam. Those ovens you see behind the counter at your favorite bakery aren’t like your conventional one at home, they’re steam injection ovens. The steam is responsible for that crunchy crust you find on Artisan breads in places like Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, or local bakeries we love like Harmons or Eva’s Bakery. However, conventional ovens are designed to evacuate moisture making it very difficult to produce the amount of steam necessary for such a result.

Second, fresh flour. Did you know that flour comes from things called wheat berries? There are different types of wheat berries for different purposes and you can mix and match them to get different flavors in your bread. The mass-produced flour you find at your grocery store will never produce the same taste as the flour you grind at home or buy from a local mill.

So, is it possible to get that same professional bread at home? We asked our favorite food expert, Ryan Crafts, and he not only told us it’s possible, he showed us how. On a beautiful summer day last month Ryan packed up his bread making supplies and headed to the home of our design team and long time friends, Keith and Kami, for a day of bread making and music from the album The Best of Bread. Ryan made sure to dress the part of master baker:

The coolest thing about Ryan’s bread technique is that it is SO SIMPLE. Besides everything you normally use to make bread, the only extra thing you need is a dutch oven and fresh flour. That’s it. When the loaf is baked inside an enclosed dutch oven, the natural steam from the bread is trapped inside creating that wonderful artisan crust we’re looking for, and the fresh flour will speak for itself. Here’s the step-by-step:

We recommend using a sourdough bread dough for this. If you want to use the recipe Ryan used (instructions with the dutch oven included), click here.

Fresh flour bought from a local mill will definitely improve the taste of your bread. However, to make your bread even better you can do as the Crafts do and grind your own wheat (pictured above). Grinding your own wheat vs. store bought flour is like going to the farmers market for tomatoes instead of Wal-mart. It’s just better. Plus, you can experiment with different wheat and find unique combinations you love! Ryan used mostly hard red wheat berries for his bread, here’s a great post from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe about the different wheat types if you don’t know what that means.

Fancy wheat grinders can be a little expensive, but hand-crank varieties are actually quite affordable (like this one). You can even make flour in many food processors and blenders these days. Grinding your own wheat may also save you money in the long run as whole wheat berries are cheaper than flour.

Don’t have a wheat grinder and/or not inclined to buy one any time soon? That’s fine, proceed as follows:

*HINT* “A nice linen lined proofing basket makes the home baker’s job a lot easier.” -Ryan Crafts

Next, to create that precious steam Ryan used three different types of dutch ovens. The first is a classic dutch oven, the same kind you can take camping! The really cool thing about Ryan’s is that the top is flat (it doubles as a skillet, check it out here). A flat top matters because about half-way through the baking process we remove the top of the dutch oven to complete the browning process, and if you can put your dutch oven in upside down and remove the larger part half-way through, as opposed to just the lid, it makes for a better tasting/looking crust. If your dutch oven has a handle on top, you can still use it. Just put it in right-side up like normal.

We also used this ceramic bread cloche, (find it here).

Ryan’s ceramic loaf baker, (here), also worked great. This one has holes in the top for ventilation. By allowing some steam to escape you end up with a softer crust, which is great if you’re making bread for sandwiches.

While your bread is rising, preheat your oven to 450 F. An important step when baking bread like this, is to pre-heat your dutch oven or cloche with your oven. Heating slowly prevents damage and cracking.

After your oven is preheated and your dough has risen, it’s time to put the two together! Remove your dutch oven/cloche from the oven. Coat the bread to avoid stickage, Ryan used cornmeal but you could also use some extra flour. Coat the top of your dough and your dutch oven and carefully place the loaf on your dutch oven. It’s important to do this gently so you don’t let air escape the dough!

It’s also important to score your bread. Ryan used a bread lame (pronounced: lahm) but you could use a razor blade or other sharp knife. Scoring is done so that the bread has somewhere to expand. Basically, your bread is going to expand out of its loaf shape whether you want it to or not, scoring it just gives you a chance to choose its direction of expansion.

Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Repeat this process for any additional loaves you have.

After 20-25 minutes is up, remove the tops from the dutch ovens. Place back in the oven to bake for 20-25 more minutes.

Once your loaves are golden brown and GORGEOUS and your house smells like happiness, take those puppies out of the oven.

Have you ever heard of the “Song of Bread?” It’s the crackling sound coming from a loaf of bread right after its been removed from the oven. Be sure to listen to their chorus!

When your bread is cool enough to enjoy, simply indulge yourself! Make sure you use LOADS of butter.

Ryan was pretty happy about how things turned out! As you can see below, we got that perfect thick crust while also maintaining a soft and moist inside.

Keith also keeps bees so we enjoyed some fantastic very local honey with our bread.

When your counter tops look like this, you know its been a good day. Good luck on all your bread making endeavors and feel free to reach out to us on Facebook if you have any questions or to share your bread creations!

 

Check out more fun stuff from the Crafts at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Photos by Kayla Canaan.

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fabulous Amber Shaw Photography who took this pic of a DELCIOUS vegan buffet we created for a recent wedding at Louland Falls!  We love this pic because not only is it mouth-wateringly yummy food (Buffalo Cauliflower?  Yes, please!), but it also showcases that Culinary Crafts can do any specialty menu you could think of and still make it AMAZING!  Thank you for sharing, Amber!  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 chosen next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Simply Gorgeous Fall Red Cliff Ranch Wedding!

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

Everyone here at Culinary Crafts is getting excited for fall!  I mean, how could you not?  Believe me, we love summer, but there’s always a welcome feeling for the change of season and we are loving it!  This gorgeous wedding is a perfect fall showstopper at one of our favorite venues, Red Cliff Ranch – and it happens to be the couple’s wedding anniversary this weekend too!  Pretty perfect, right?  We also love this wedding because this bride was on a pretty tight budget, but it was still a STUNNING wedding with delicious Culinary Crafts food!  Now, check out this beautiful fall Red Cliff Ranch wedding!

Oh, Red Cliff Ranch, even your entrance is beautiful.  And isn’t that fall color amazing?!

I love all of the horses on the property and they are so friendly!  It’s such a great part of getting married at Red Cliff Ranch!

How pretty is this bouquet?  Great inspiration for a beautiful bouquet that is perfect for a fall wedding without getting too crazy.  Simple and gorgeous!

The beautiful bride and groom.  We love the bride’s fun cowboy boots and the groom’s snazzy vest was perfect for this fall fete!

This meadow at Red Cliff Ranch is easily one of our FAVORITE ceremony spots.  The couple kept their casual, rustic vibe by having guests sit on hay bales and the addition of a simple wooden ceremony arch decorated with more pretty sunflowers was so beautiful!

Who says simple can’t be stunning?  The tablescape was so pretty, but kept the decor minimal.  We absolutely LOVED how it turned out!

For cocktail hour we offered these beautiful Artisan Cheese Platters with local cheese and honey and a variety of fruits and crackers.  Such an easy way to add a special touch to cocktail hour!

The guests loved this light snack that allowed them to mix and mingle.  Plus, how cute are those little Bamboo bowls!

We made sure the guests had something fabulous to drink and we loved offering our infused waters in these rustic water vessels.  So fun!

To keep with the rustic, laid back vibe of this wedding, we served a delicious buffet with all the fixin’s to make yummy Pulled Pork Sandwiches!  Easily, one of my favorite low-key offerings!

Of course, we made sure to add amazing sides to the buffet like our Roasted Vegetable Salad and our Coleslaw!  So good!

The couple gave their guests these cute favors with a sweet treat and we loved how fun these little boxes were.

Another gorgeous pic of this couple!  Love!

For the reception party, we loved this lounge area and it was perfect for the style of the day!

How fun are these Polaroids?  A perfect way to end this post for this amazing wedding day.  And happy anniversary to Ari and Derek!  We loved this wedding day and love how it can inspire any couple on any budget to make their wedding day amazingly gorgeous!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Photos by Trevor Hooper Photography

A Elegant, Glam Wedding at the Rice Eccles Tower!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Food, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Parties, Rice Eccles Stadium & Tower, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends

QUICK NOTE BEFORE WE GET TO TODAY’S BLOG: Thank you to everyone who joined us at the ‘Showdown for Support’ yesterday! It was such a great evening and we loved having you all there to support such a great cause!

As we plunge into cooler temperatures (and then back out, because Utah likes to keep us on our toes), our thoughts turn toward fall and winter weddings and their GORGEOUS color palettes that we love so much.  Today, we have a Culinary Crafts wedding that just screams ‘winter beauty’ with its rich blues and accents of silver.  Pair that with elegant white and blue florals?  Well, I think you’ll see why we love this event so much!  Check it out!

Isn’t this GORGEOUS???  We absolutely LOVED the sequined runners and the navy linens.  So pretty!

Every Blooming Thing‘s elegant florals were so perfect for this wedding!  Plus, isn’t the cake from Carrie’s Cakes AMAZING?

Another gorgeous floral arrangement!  We loved the use of different heights and types of arrangement to create a more visually interesting space.

This couple was so fun!  They gave each table an ‘assignment’ to encourage guests to mingle and share stories about the couple.  Such a fun idea!

How cool is this head table?  The use of the aspens trunks really added some drama to the table design!

Another cool element on these tables were these super chic table numbers!

Now, onto the food – which we thought was pretty amazing, if we do say so ourselves!  Guests were greeted with butler-passed hors d’oeuvres like these Pomme Frites with Aioli Dipping Sauce in bamboo cones.  Yum!

Another shot of these delicious fries, because why not?

Another butler-passed hors d’oeuvres was our Argentinian-Style Chicken Empanadas with Chimichurri Sauce – so good!

The couple chose to serve an amazing buffet which included our Miso-glazed Salmon and, of course, our House Made Breads with Sea Salted Butter!

Along with the Miso-glazed Salmon, we also served Teriyaki Grilled Chicken, Sautéed Zucchini, and Asparagus Risotto with Mascarpone Cream.  Such a decadently delicious winter menu!

Another fun element?  The bride and her mom created this candy table for guests to fill a box to take home as their wedding favor!  We love how pretty it turned out!

We absolutely loved this glam wedding and think the Rice Eccles Tower was the perfect venue!  We hope this inspires all of you with winter events to maybe add a little sparkle to your event!  You won’t be disappointed!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Vendors: Venue – Rice Eccles Tower // Catering and Tablescapes – Culinary Crafts // Lighting and Decor – Scenemakers // Cake – Carrie’s Cakes // Florals – Every Blooming Thing // Linens – Creative Coverings // Rentals – Diamond Rentals // Photos by Kelli Bramble

Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Culinary Crafts Gives Back, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Instagram of the Week

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friend, Angela Howard Photography. Not only do we LOVE this photo she took of Mary, Kaleb, and Ryan, but we are so thankful to her for helping us spread the word about our ‘Showdown for Support’ to help the victims of the recent hurricanes!  And there’s still time for you to join us at the AMAZING event!  Get your tickets here.  Thank you again to Angela Howard 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 is chosen next!  Happy weekend, everyone, and we hope to see you Monday!

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

A Simply Stunning NHMU Wedding from the Pages of SLPC Magazine!

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

Today, I am going to share a GORGEOUS Culinary Crafts wedding that is brimming with natural beauty that you might recognize from the pages of Salt Lake / Park City Bride and Groom Magazine!  Plus, it’s perfect inspiration for the upcoming fall season because the menu took queue from some of the bounty of local fall produce.   We absolutely LOVED this couple, the venue (The Natural History Museum of Utah ) is gorgeous, and the beautiful, yet low key, organic vibe was so perfect.  Plus, our friends at Fuse Weddings & Events did the event design and planning, so it was flawless, of course!  Thank you for sharing these stunning images, Elisha Braithwaite Photography – now, check out this amazing wedding!

How pretty is this Minted invitation suite?!  Even the stamps are perfectly picked to match the style of the wedding!  LOVE!

The Natural History Museum of Utah is such a GORGEOUS backdrop for photos!  We love the architectural design of the space and the mix of materials makes it so full of texture and visual interest!

Isn’t this couple stunning?  Love them!

Another great feature of this venue?  The natural light!!!  Not only do you get amazing views of the Salt Lake Valley, but it makes this reception area so bright, open, and airy!  Also, we loved that the dinner menus were custom designed to match the invitation suite!  Such a great touch.

A simple, organic table scape is anything but boring!  We loved the pop of gold with the natural and white linens, the texture of the glass, concrete, and wooden flower vessels, and the soft pinks, whites, and green colors of the florals that Orchid Dynasty put together.  Add a sprig of lavender with a simple tie of gold raw silk in the napkins, and you are set!

Another simple, yet gorgeous, piece of this wedding was this escort card table!  We love the use of succulents and the white rocks with the modern design of the cards!  Such a clean, polished look!

Of course, we put together one of our signature charcuterie boards!  Full of local cheeses and meats, local honey, and dried fruit this is a perfect nosh for guests before dinner!

This couple chose a ‘family-style’ dinner – which is one of our favorites!  This setup encourages guests to interact and mingle while sharing plates of delicious food, like our house made breads and gourmet butters.  We loved the Heirloom Carrot Sourdough with Black Lava Salted Butter and the Rustic Ciabatta with Pesto Butter!

The salad course was our Snuck Farm Salad with Spinach, Romaine, Utah Pears, Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Gorgonzola, and Balsamic Vinaigrette.  So yummy!

For the entree course, we served a bunch of different options so guests had a ton of variety to choose from!  This is our Rocky Mountain Red Trout with Granny Smith Apple Chutney.  Such a great fall menu choice!

Next, our Roasted Vegetable Napoleon with a Rosemary Skewer, Olive Oil Drizzle, Garnished with Sea Salt.  Aren’t these so pretty?  They are pretty tasty too!

Another fantastic fall menu option?  Our Brown Butter Sage Gnocchi with Chantrelle Mushrooms and Sweet Corn.  This is always a guest favorite!

Last, but certainly not least, our Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs.  SO.  GOOD.

Isn’t the view AMAZING?  Imagine dining with this incredible backdrop, some fun conversation, and fabulous food!  Pretty perfect, I’d say.

Staying true to the simple, yet gorgeous, feel of the event, the couple asked us to create a simply gold accented Almond Cake which we garnished with blueberries and simple greens.  I absolutely adore this cake, so pretty!

Another fun element that the couple chose that we loved?  Local chocolate and tawny port tastings!  You know how we LOVE our local chocolatiers, so this was a favorite part of this wedding for sure!

Of course, there were sweets too!  These Lavender Shortbread cookies tied in the sprigs found in the guests napkins and also were a great little treat to grab before going back onto the dance floor!

For autumnal weddings, we love serving a dessert that perfectly pulls from the fall harvest!  So, we served Sweet Potato and Pecan Cakes with a Salted Caramel Moat.  And let me tell you, this dessert was made of the stuff of my dreams, people.  A knock-out way to end this couple’s amazing menu!

Wasn’t this wedding so dreamy?!  Thank you so much, Salt Lake / Park City Bride and Groom Magazine for featuring this gem in your glossy pages!  We hope this inspires all of you to have fun with your menu and go for simple, yet striking details that will amp up your wedding day!  Happy planning, everyone!

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