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Shrimp🍤 & Grits (& Honey 🐝 & Salt)

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Shrimp & Grits & Salt & Honey!
Yummm!

I’m so excited to share this ultimate Shrimp and Grits recipe with you! It’s one of the 7 courses I’ll be serving at our “Honey and Salt” Pop-up Restaurant this month. This recipe calls for mushrooms, which add a delicious richness to the classic southern dish. And, I’ll be topping it off with a dash of Utah Real Salt and a drizzle of local honey, which takes this dish to whole new level of scrumptious! This is just a sample of the incredible food we’ll be serving at the Pop-up. To experience the entire evening, please join us at Snuck Farm, Friday September 30th. Seating is limited, so make your reservations soon.

Enjoy!  Mary

SEPTEMBER RECIPE OF THE MONTH 

Shrimp with Smokey Grits and Mushrooms
Serves 10
Ingredients for the Grits
2 T olive oil
1 onion
3 cups stone ground grits
8 oz. grated smoked gouda
9 cups chicken stock
2 cups heavy cream
Redmond Real salt and pepper to taste
Method

Finely dice onion and saute in olive oil until onion is translucent. Add the grits and stir until they are evenly coated in the oil. Add the water & chicken base and cook the grits simmering until tender and water is almost absorbed. Add the cream and stir. Add the grated cheese and stir until every thing is fully mixed. Serve immediately for best result.

Ingredients for the Shrimp, Sausage, and Bacon
8 oz of Creminelli sausage, finely chopped (or any hard salami of your choice)
8 oz of smoked bacon, chopped
2 lb. of mushrooms, sliced
2 bunches of green onion
2 T garlic, chopped
3 lb. of shrimp, peeled and deveined (20-24 count size)
1 T shrimp or lobster base
2 t. Old Bay seasoning
1 t. paprika
4 cups water
6 oz. butter, cut in pieces
Redmond Real salt and pepper to taste.
Diced red bell pepper and chives to garnish

Method
Saute the sausage, bacon, mushrooms, and garlic until the mushrooms are cooked and bacon is crispy. Add a bit of olive oil, if needed. Add water and spices. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp and green onions. Cook until shrimp are pink and cooked. Slowly add the butter, constantly whisking until it is incorporated.

Spoon the grits into the bottom of a bowl and ladle the shrimp mixture over the top. Drizzle with a touch of honey and Redmond Real Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped chive and red bell pepper.

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the ever-so-talented Calie Rose with this BEAUTIFUL pic of an amazing ranch wedding Culinary Crafts did recently!  (Photo from Kristina Curtis Photography)  We absolutely love this organic, rustic (yet elegant) table set up and can’t wait to share more from this wedding with this stellar team of vendors!  Thank you for sharing, Calie Rose!  And, remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week 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!

Advance Notice of Pop-up Restaurant Ticket Sales!

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Pop-up Restaurant Ticket Sales!

You are among the first to know that
tickets are on sale now for our next
Pop-up Restaurant

Click Here For Details

Who doesn’t love honey?
Who doesn’t love salt?
No one, right?

To delight your senses and satisfy your cravings,
Mary Crafts-Homer has set a 7-course salt and honey themed menu.
If you’re looking for an extra-special salty sweet evening,
get your tickets now!

Click here for details

Here’s a video from our 2015 Harvest Pop-Up at the awesome Snuck Farm, the venue of our next Pop-up!

Venue Spotlight: Hank’s Place

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Today, I am going to show you a new venue that we are LOVING!  It’s called Hank’s Place and it’s located in the beautiful Provo Canyon and it is simply stunning!  Perfect for an intimate wedding, rustic fête, or even a corporate retreat that is sure to enchant any guest – simply put, this place is AMAZING!  Check it out!

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Isn’t the outdoor fireplace awesome?  We love how great this space is and it truly provides an extra ordinary location that is simply breathtaking!

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We made sure our hors d’oeuvres were elegant, but still had a rustic feel to match the feeling of the space – and they were as tasty as they were pretty!

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How awesome is this lounge?  We love the rentals and the eclectic vibe the furniture created!

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We made sure the guests had refreshing beverages too!  These Utah Lavender Lemonades were not only fabulous, but we made them with local Sugarhouse Distillery Vodka!

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And, of course, to take the event to the level, we roasted a whole pig on the spit – which the guests always get a kick out of!

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Isn’t this space, pretty?  Such a perfectly, magical evening!

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Another, fun station our guests loved was the Fresh Hand-Pulled Mozzarella station, which we then used on our Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad!  Yum!

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So, you might be wondering what we did with the pig we were roasting?  Well, after it was done, we served it with White Cheddar, Cabbage, and Mustard Slaw topped with Blood Orange Barbecue Sauce and Pickled Onions all on a House Made Cornbread Waffle.  So good!  Plus, what’s a barbecue without grilled yummy-ness?  So, we served Shrimp, Onion, and Sweet Pepper Skewers glazed with Sweet Tomato Jam and Utah Corn on the Cob with Smoked Paprika and Lime Butter – and it was SO delicious!

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Our Mustard Slaw was so good!  Plus, aren’t these individual mason jars of Mary’s Gnocchi fun?  We love this dish!

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Lastly, of course we had to served some super, fun desserts!  Our Southern Style Shortcake Bar served up Buttermilk Shortcake with Fresh Peaches, Chocolate Shortcakes with Strawberries, and Lemon Shortcake with Berries (and of course all of them had a generous helping of House-Made Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream!)  Plus, we just had to have a S’mores bar too!

We love this venue and had so much fun creating such a fun menu for this event!  If you are looking for an exceptional venue for a unique wedding or event, this is the place!  We loved Hank’s Place and can’t wait to do more magical events here!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the awesome Hoopes Events who made wedding magic at our event at Red Cliff Ranch last week!  We love these peeks and the use of citrus in the florals was so fun!!!  Thank you for sharing, Hoopes Events!  And, remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and check back to see who we pick next week!  Happy weekend everyone!  Enjoy your Labor Day holiday!

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

Grilled peaches With Honey Mascarpone

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Grilled peaches are the epitome of August. They’re perfectly ripe and delicious. What is better than a grilled peach with honey mascarpone on top?

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Here is everything you’ll need to make this treat!

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Ingredients

  • 6 peaches
  • 2 cups mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 raspberries
  • 6 heads of mint

First, get out your peaches and cut them in half. Brush the peaches with olive oil on both sides. This will help the browning process when you put it on the grill. Then put in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt and mix together.

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Now take your peaches to the grill. You’ll want the grill to be around 450 degrees. Using tongs, place the peaches on the grill. Let sit about 2 minutes and flip over to the other side. Let cook for 2 more minutes then take off the grill.

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Put the peaches on a baking sheet and sprinkle honey over the peaches. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Take 2 cups of mascarpone and put it in the mixer. Then drizzle in 1/2 cup of honey. Mix only until incorporated.

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Put the honey mascarpone mixture into a piping bag. Pipe onto a peach half.

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Sprinkle almonds on top and add a mint leaf.

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Add a raspberry on top and you’re done! Enjoy your delicious grilled peaches with honey mascarpone.

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our venue, The Tasting Room, in Downtown Salt Lake City!  We were so excited to host the NYC Go event at our space!  Culinary Crafts loves being able to welcome people from all over the world, whether they be near or far, and showing them a FANTASTICALLY wonderful time – and this was no exception!  Thank you to The Tasting Room for sharing this pic from one of our fun events!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts – and check back next week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Super HEALthy Broccoli Soup

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This month I’m sharing a delicious and super-healthy soup recipe from a dear friend and chef, Ian. He was inspired to create this soup when his wife was diagnosed with cancer, and they both needed the restorative benefits of extremely healthy meals. Almost everyone on the planet will, at some point in their lives, be a caregiver for a seriously ill friend or family member, or will face a challenging diagnosis themselves. Having simple and healthy recipes like this one on hand will enhance your nutrition and offer a delicious respite from busy and stressful days. And, even if you aren’t facing a medical challenge, this is a delicious soup that will delight the whole family!

Wishing you wonderful moments during the summer harvest season,

Love, Mary

AUGUST RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Ian’s Mushroom Broccoli Faux Cream Soup
Serves 6
Ingredients
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 large clove of garlic (more if you like garlic)
1/3 onion diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp organic Italian seasoning
2 heads organic broccoli
4-6 sliced cremini mushrooms

Method
Grind cashews into powder. (I use a Mr Coffee grinder) This will grind down into 1/4 cup cashew flour

In a medium sauce pan, heat the oil, and add the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning. Cook for a few minutes. Add the cashew powder. Heat the roux carefully so as not to burn the nut powder. Add 3 cups water and stir until mixed well. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.

Add two heads of segmented organic broccoli. (Chop it like you mean it, into smallish pieces.) Do not be afraid to use the stems, by peeling and then slicing them thin. Add fresh sliced mushrooms.

Let simmer until broccoli is tender. Salt and pepper to taste and serve. Enjoy!

Friday Instagram of the Week

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine!  I don’t know if you saw the s’mores madness this week on social media in honor of National S’mores Day, but it was AMAZING!  And we LOVE this pic of one of Culinary Crafts‘s AWESOME s’mores bars that they posted on that very day!  This is such a great way to treat your guests to a fun and delicious dessert at the end of the wedding day!  Thank you again to SLPC Bride & Groom Magazine for sharing – and remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts and check back to see who gets picked next!  Happy weekend, everyone!  (Hope you can enjoy a s’more – or 2! – this weekend!)

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

Repost from All Seated: Top 5 Ways To Simplify Your Event

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Check out this AWESOME post from All Seated with tips from our very own Kaleb Crafts!

Kaleb Craft, Chief Sales Officer at Culinary Crafts is here today as a contributor to the AllSeated blog to share the top 5 ways to simplify planning your event. Thanks Kaleb!

Planning a large event can be one of the more stressful experiences of your life! But, it can also be quite enjoyable if you do it the right way. Planning doesn’t depend on your personality as much as it depends on your approach to event planning. Event industry professionals aren’t always passionate about events to begin with.

Often times they begin with a passion for organization and organizational systems, which in turns leads them into the event industry where they get a chance to use those skills to pull off incredible things they get to experience and share with others on a daily basis.

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Here are 5 quick tips the sales team here at Culinary Crafts use to make the process a bit smoother.

Nail down your vision before you jump in.

Contractors won’t start digging a hole, setting footings and pouring foundations the first day a client comes in a says “I want to build a home.” They have blue prints complete, engineered plans finished, building permits in place, and a plan in place to execute from start to finish before they turn the first shovel full of dirt. Stress free event planning starts the same way, you should have a general vision, budget, and concept in place before jumping in. This will prevent doubling back tasks multiple times.

Ask yourself questions like, “What is my overall goal?” or “What feelings do I want my guests to have while at the event?” and “What is the single most important thing to me about the event?”

Make a chronological checklist and itemizing the tasks to be done and prioritize by what makes the most sense to you.

This usually helps paint a road map of what to do. We like to do things in this order, 1) pick a date 2) pick a venue and 3) pick a caterer. Complete your list with as many details as you can think of. Work through your list step-by-step.

Research vendors that fit your style and budget.

Often, people suppose that all event companies are created equal. That is not so. Each company has a niche type of event and demographic they work best with. Most can do many things, but that still doesn’t mean one company is going to be the perfect fit for every situation. I wouldn’t walk into a Ferrari dealership looking for the most fuel-efficient car on the planet.

Similarly, if luxury is the single most important thing to me when it comes to buying a new car, I wouldn’t go to the Hyundai dealership. Consider styles, budgets, and overall healthy working relationships. Do some online research and narrow your vendors choices down to 2 or 3 for each category. Have a short 5-10 minute conversation with each one and see who you feel most comfortable with.

Use your contracted vendors to your advantage.

By now you have picked your first couple of vendors and you feel really good about them. They know their stuff, they are clear experts in their field, and they have oodles of experience creating exactly what you are looking for. Well, use that knowledge and expertise.

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Ask your caterer for recommendations on good florists, bands, and entertainment companies. Ask your AV company what additional services they offer. Often times, these vendors can help ease the stress of all those additional details. In fact, many times, they may be able to be your one stop shop for all things event. They can coordinate your ice sculpture, transportation, linens and everything else.

Bring in additional help.

Some events really are just more than one person can handle. If your event has the high level of detail that is just too overwhelming no matter how you organize, checklist and structure, then find a good event planner or coordinator. Let them know up front how much help you need. Determine if you need someone you can trust with everything and hand over the reins, or if you just need help with a few key tasks.

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Our bonus tip is to remember Rome wasn’t built in a day… don’t try to plan the event of the century in a day. Give yourself plenty of time. Enjoy the process and the smaller details. The best events are about creating memorable experiences and using all 5 senses to do that. Happy Planning!

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