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Get Your Seats for Our Harvest Pop Up Restaurant!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, Pop Up Restaurants, Venues We Love

As you might have heard, Culinary Crafts announced that our next harvest Pop Up Restaurant will be held on October 6th at the Big Moose Yacht Club!  Every year, we’ve hosted a ‘harvest’ pop up to honor the end of summer and celebrate the harvest season!  In case you need a little extra nudge to get you seats to this year’s, here is our Pop Up Restaurant from last year.  It was amazing, and I’m sure this year will be even better!

Last year’s dinner was held at the beautiful Snuck Farm.  Isn’t it pretty???

Since this was a harvest celebration, of course our color palette inspiration was full of rich autumn tones!  We LOVED how the florals turned out and fit the feel perfectly!

Our very own Mary Crafts-Homer hosted this AMAZING dinner last year, and will be hosting this year’s as well!  Of course, that means a lot of mixing and mingling will be happening!

Our butler passed hors d’ouevres were a fun nod to local fare of the harvest.  The Beehive Sea Salt and Honey Cheese on a Utah Pear with Slide Ridge Honey and the Sage Honey Apple Crisp with Brown Butter Acorn Squash Mousse garnished with Sea Salt were DELICIOUS!

The plated 7 (yes, 7) course dinner was held in this beautiful space.  Such a great venue for an intimate dinner!

Hey llama!  They were such a fun addition to the surroundings and the guests loved meeting them!  Meanwhile, inside the barn, the gorgeous tablescapes are all ready for dinner guests to be invited inside.  We couldn’t wait!

An up close look at the table – We loved the wooden bread boards mixed with metal tones and the vibrant florals!

Mary loves to come out and welcome our pop up restaurant guests and give them a little background on the menu and what course is up next!  We love this extra touch to these dinners because we feel like our ‘foodies’ love learning about the local foods being used, the “Honey & Salt” menu inspiration, and are excited to get a sneak peek into each dish!   For this dinner, our 1st course was a dual ‘amuse bouche’ of Rosemary Chicken Confit on Crostini with Salted Lime Crema and Pickled Peppers and our Utah Bacon Wrapped Date with Cold Smoked Shepherd’s Farm Goat Cheese and Slide ridge Honey.  YUM!

We love Snuck Farm and I couldn’t help but share how cool this spectacular place is, especially at sunset!

Our staff is AWESOME!  Their attention to detail and incredible hard work always makes our events so perfect.  Here they are finishing up the final touches on the 2nd course of Snuck Farm Butter Lettuce, Parmesan and Black Lava Sea Salt with Citrus Vinaigrette and our House-Made Orange Roll with Salted Honey Butter!

This was our 3rd course, which was a favorite of mine for sure!  Bangerter Farms Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil Chiffonade, and Aged Balsamic with House Rosemary Focaccia with a Parmesan Salt Crust.  Vine-ripened tomatoes are one of my favorite parts of the harvest!

The 4th course?  Sauteed Shrimp, Forest Mushrooms, Creminelli, over Smoky Beehive Cheddar Grits.  So good!

I know you are probably thinking, oh man, we still have 3 courses to go?  No way!  Well, you bet we do, and here is the 5th course – a Mesquite-Grilled Snake River Skirt Steak, Chimichurri Sauce, Parsley Oil, and Yucca Crisps with Roasted Idaho Fingerling Potatoes served with Redmond Sea Salt Blocks tableside – it was a guest favorite, for sure!

Loved the way this venue glows at night!  Such a pretty evening for an AMAZING dinner!

Our 6th and 7th courses were on the sweeter side.  The 6th was a Honey and Salt tasting with Utah Apples.  Simple and so delicious!  And, of course, the 7th course was a decadent dessert.  A Chocolate Pot de Creme with Salted Whipped Cream and Pumpkin Ricotta Pound Cake with Honey and Grand Marnier Dried Fruit and our House Made Honey Caramel Gelato!  Such a tasty end to an perfect meal!

I love this pic!  Mary made sure to take some snaps of the GORGEOUS dessert, because how could you not?!

To all of the staff who helped make this evening so wonderful, we thank you!  And for all of you who want to get your seats for our next Pop Up, make sure you do it quick!  It’s sure to sell out and we want you all to be there to experience an amazing night like this.  Happy harvest time, 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, 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 our friends at Soiree Productions!  We absolutely LOVED this unique and beautiful menu that was custom cut to fit these vintage-style plates!  Such a fun element to any tablescape.  Plus, isn’t that gold flatware gorgeous?!  Thank you for sharing, Soiree!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and then check back to see who’s chosen next time.  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Need an Idea for your Next Event? Chef’s Challenge Experiences are Here!

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

I think you all know this by now, but the people here at Culinary Crafts love food.  I mean, really, truly LOVE food.  And you know what?  We believe that a lot of you out there share this love of good food.  So, when we are asked to innovate some new experiences for events, of course we wanted to elevate our shared love of food into something even more amazing.  Enter Chef Experiences!  Basically, these are ‘Chopped’ style competitions to build teams, learn new skills, and have a great time!  We recently hosted one of these events at the GORGEOUS Big Moose Yacht Club – and I can’t wait to show you the pics!  Side note, if you want to check out this venue in real life, we are hosting our Harvest Pop Up Restaurant here on October 6th.  You can get your tickets here.  Now, check out this awesome event!

Isn’t the Big Moose Yacht Club beautiful?  We absolutely love this venue and we so excited to host this novel experience in such a great space!

As you can see, we set up each team’s station with their ingredient kit, a stock set of kitchen tools, and dishes to plate the final creation.  We were so excited to get started on this fun evening!

The ingredient kit!  We really wanted to focus on local foods so we used local Beehive Cheeses, local heirloom tomatoes and corn, plus other farm fresh produce and some sauces to mix it up!  Looks like the start of something yummy, I tell you!

Some items in our specialty tool kit, because you never know when you’ll need to julienne something!  🙂

Of course, we had a fully stocked ‘pantry’ where teams could come to get items to round out their dishes.  Of course, we stocked more local favorites like Amano Chocolate and Slide Ridge Honey Wine Vinegar!

Another surprise?  Lavender Brittle as a basket item – totally different and unexpected!

Our pantry was also fully stocked with herbs, spices, and grains!

How pretty  is this live wood edged table?  Loved it for the teams to settle in after the competition to eat the final menu!

Of course, our staff was on hand to inspire and help (or maybe scheme?!) with the teams if they needed!

Lastly, I love this picture of our very own Kaleb Crafts, who was the emcee for the evening!  We absolutely loved this event and the energy and excitement from the guests was infectious!  I definitely think this is a great idea for any one looking for a unique and memorable event activity – whether it be for a family party, corporate event, or even an intimate rehearsal dinner!

We hope this inspires you to think outside of the box and shake up your events with an activity that is totally new!  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 | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, Instagram of the Week, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Wedding Trends

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from one of our sweet brides, Rennie Stewart!  Mary absolutely loved working with this couple and we LOVED this gorgeous wedding day and all of the FUN food we served, including these colorfully adorned smoothies!  How cute!  Thank you for sharing, Rennie!  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 chosen next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

COMING SOON! Artisan Breads Cooking Class Pt. 2

By | Cooking Classes, Food

Jocelyn Gilles (one of our talented planners and an expert baker) and Michael Barrett (our head pastry chef) are teaming up to teach you more about breads you can make right from your own kitchen that will knock the socks off your family and friends! No need to be an expert join us to learn the best new breads to start you holiday’s off with a bang. This may be a Part 2 class, but whether you attended the first half or not, all are welcome and encouraged to come. We will be expanding more on the difficult breads, like cooking ciabatta in a dutch oven, how to make our musli rolls, and brioche. These breads sound intimidating but are actually simple. Students will get recipes and have all of the bread to sample with compound butters. They will also get a loaf of bread to take home! If you like bread, this is sure to be a good time!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Instagram of the Week

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at Salt Lake Magazine!  We love this capture from the set of Fox 13’s The Place where Culinary Crafts’s own Ryan and Kaleb Crafts made gourmet s’mores 3 ways!  You can find the video here.  We had so much fun with this feature (and loved that the Crafts brothers got some time in the spotlight).  Thank you for sharing this AWESOME BTS photo, Salt Lake Magazine!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post, then 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!

An Aspen Meadows EXCLUSIVE!

By | Sharing the Love -Vendor and Client Relationships, Vendor Love!, Vendor Spotlight, Venues We Love

Have you heard the news? Culinary Crafts is honored to now be the EXCLUSIVE caterer at Aspen Meadows, a beautiful venue in the mountains of Utah that is perfect for the destination bride.

To celebrate we thought we would give you a taste of a wedding we had at Aspen Meadows a little over a year ago that also happens to be of one of our favorite couples, Charly and Carley!

Photos by Carla Boecklin Photography.

P.S. Charly recently wrote a book! It’s an entertaining conversation activity book for couples, which is now available on Kickstarter for only the next two weeks! The book, called Very Engaging, makes for a perfect engagement, wedding, or anniversary gift, or just a fabulous date night with your partner! You can pre-order a copy today by simply clicking here. Congrats to this wonderful couple!

Friday Instagram of the Week

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Instagram of the Week, Sharing the Love -Vendor and Client Relationships, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends

Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Sage and Thistle Rentals who we worked with on this AMAZING inspiration shoot we did with Utah Valley Bride magazine!  This Cheese Wheel cake is still one of our favorite alternative cakes, hands down!  Thanks for sharing, Sage and Thistle Rentals – and remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts, then 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!