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REPOST: Gateway Bridal’s Grand Re-Opening Party!

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REPOST FROM GATEWAY BRIDAL BLOG:

We are SO excited to finally share the pictures from our Grand-Reopening! We moved our wedding dress shop from the Gateway a few blocks east to 360 W. Broadway and our new showroom is absolutely GORGEOUS! We combined our grand re-opening party with our 15 year anniversary and celebrated with our family, friends, neighbors, and other amazing Utah wedding vendors.Wedding dress shop Gateway Bridal & Prom in Salt Lake City Utah

The party was everything we could have dreamed of and more. We were able to showcase some of our brand new wedding dress and formalwear styles for this year as well as show off our beautiful new space. But the best part? Getting to reap the benefits of so much hard work over the past few months as we moved to our new address. If we are totally honest, there were moments where we wondered if it was all going to be worth it. But now we know. It was worth every late night, every box packed, every leaking roof emergency. If you haven’t been in yet to check it out, we would love to show you around! We are pretty darn proud.Inside Utah wedding dress shop Gateway Bridal & Prom

We had some pretty amazing vendors come help us make our party spectacular, so we wanted to make sure to give them a shout out!

First, Utah Bride & Groom Magazine. They pulled the whole thing together, provided our swag, promotions, and overall support for the entire affair. We couldn’t have done it without them!

Right along with Utah Bride & Groom is Fuse Weddings & Events. WOW, what an amazing group of women. If you are considering hiring a wedding planner to make your day go smoothly, Fuse is guaranteed to do a fantastic job for you!

Friends inside Gateway Bridal & Prom, a Salt Lake City Utah wedding dress shop

And our beautiful photography you are looking at right now? None other than Abbey Kyhl, one of Utah’s most sought-after wedding photographers. I’m sure you can see why.

Nicole Thomas, owner of Utah wedding dress shop Gateway Bridal & Prom

Hair and makeup for our gorgeous models walking around showing off our new bridal and formalwear styles? You can’t go wrong with the team at Home Blown.

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Who likes amazing food that looks as good as it tastes? Utah wedding caterer Culinary Crafts delivers. Every. Time.

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The folks at Cactus & Tropicals kept things fresh and bright with flora & fauna in the showroom.

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Keeping our guests from getting too thirsty was the fantastic & classy Perfect Pour.

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And of course, our AMAZING staff who makes Gateway Bridal what it is. These girls are everything.

The staff of Utah wedding dress shop Gateway Bridal & Prom in Salt Lake City

And we can’t let you go without a HUGE shoutout to Rob at Sugar Rush Photo + Video who created this amazing video highlighting the whole party!

Sugar Rush Video ||Gateway Bridal Grand Opening from Robert Benson on Vimeo.

Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who made the Grand Reopening of our wedding dress shop, Gateway Bridal & Prom, a huge success! We love you all!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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For today’s Instagram of the Week, we have picked an AWESOME capture from one of our GORGEOUS (and amazing!) brides, @fearnofight!  We love it when our couples post fun things like this from their wedding day and it makes everyone at Culinary Crafts feel so happy to have added a special memory like this for our clients – So fun!  Thank you so much for sharing!  And, remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, remember to 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!

A Delicious Winter Salad (and Our Valentine’s Day Pop-Up!)

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The new year is such an exciting time! We’re looking forward to creating our February Valentine’s Pop-up Restaurant, and launching our new YouTube Channel, TheCraft(s), but first, I’ll tell you about a favorite winter salad. We get so many requests for this salad this time of year we wanted to send out the recipe. It’s a light and refreshing winter salad with an incredibly delicious vinaigrette…and it features pistachio’s! Did you know that pistachio’s are grown in Southern Utah? You’ll be able to find Utah pistachio’s at almost any local grocery store. You’ll love serving it as a starter for dinner or pairing it with soup for lunch. Garnishing this salad with sliced apples or pears is a healthy way to take it up a notch.

Enjoy! Mary
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Garnish this salad with apples or pears for extra deliciousness

Our next pop-up will be a night to remember

JANUARY RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Winter Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

with Roasted Pistachios, Gorgonzola & Dried Figs
Serves 10
Salad Ingredients
1 pound mix greens (farm greens)
1 cup of roasted pistachios (toasted)
1 cup of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (4 ounces Gorgonzola, crumbled)
1 cup of dried figs (cut in quarters) We love using fresh figs when they are in season!
1 cup of poppy seed vinaigrette

Ingredients for the Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
1.5 Tbsp of mayonnaise
2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp of honey
1/4 cup of vegetable oil or olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp of poppy seeds

Method
Combine mayo, vinegar and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. With blender running slowly add the oil until emulsified. Remove from blender. Whisk in the poppy seeds. Adjust seasonings. (You can use an immersion blender when making a smaller amount)

Toss together the salad ingredients and drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

A Rustic, Romantic Wedding: The Food!

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As promised, today, we are bringing you the food from this AMAZING wedding we showed you last week!  Check it out, and again, thank you for the amazing photos Logan Walker Photography!

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I couldn’t resist starting off this post with another photo of this GORGEOUS tablescape!  Love the rentals from Diamond Rentals, florals from Decoration Inc, and planning from Soiree Productions!  Plus, our delicious house-made breads and artisan butters were a welcome addition to the tables, don’t you think?

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To start things off, of course we had passed hors d’oeuvres!  We greeted guests with this Balsamic Glazed Elk Carpaccio that was paired with a mini taste of local Wasatch Brewery‘s Polygamy Porter that complimented the bite perfectly.  We love it when we can do fun pairings like this!

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We didn’t stop there!  We also served BLT Stuffed Heirloom Grape Tomatoes, Butternut Squash Lollipops garnished with Pistachios, Lemon Avocado Shrimp Crostini, and Roasted Pheasant with Plum Jam on top of a Granny Smith Apple.  YUM!  Plus, we served amazing slow drip coffee to the guests, which they loved, because they got to see the process of getting the perfect cup!

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Of course, the bar was decked out beautifully too!  Not only did we have fun creating the perfect food menu, but we made sure the signature cocktails were up to par too!

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Local distillery High West was the choice of spirits to inspire our Signature Cocktail menu!  The couple really wanted to focus on the local Utah food and beverage and we are so lucky to have such a great selection of local vendors.  High West cocktails are always top notch!

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The couple chose to serve a plated 4 course menu to their guests that featured local ingredients and sustainable foods.  We were happy to oblige!  First, we served a Locally Grown Spinach and Romaine Salad garnished with Local Pears, Gorgonzola, Candied Almonds, and Dried Cranberries with a Caramelized Onion Balsamic.  Pretty and delicious!

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Next, we served Mesquite-Grilled Rocky Mountain Red Trout with Granny Smith Apple Chutney on a bed of Seared Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Tomato Lentils, with Parsley Oil and Micro Greens.  We had to show this dish 2 ways so you could see all of the amazing-ness happening on this plate!

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Next, we served an entree of Grass Fed, Locally Raised Beef Tenderloin, Locally Grown Corn Cilantro Risotto, Julienne Vegetables, garnished with Yucca Chips.  And, last but not least, guests were treated to a dessert of Poached Local Pears, Toasted Masala Almond Streusel, and Amaretto Zabaglione.  Such a wonderful meal!!!

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As if that meal wouldn’t leave you happy and satiated, we also created a fun dessert display for the guests as they danced the night away.  LOVE!

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How cute are these Mini German Chocolate Cakes and Mini Pies Garnished with Edible Flowers?!

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French Macarons and Chocolate Pot du Creme rounded out the deliciousness on the dessert display.  We LOVED bringing in the natural vibe with edible flowers on the Macarons too!

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Another shot of this fun dessert display!  And how pretty are these linens mixed with our pretty wooden serving boards?  And the mercury glass lanterns were AMAZING!

rossiconeweddingfood14Last, but not least, the couple hosted an “after party” for the guests who wanted to keep the party going – and you need fuel to keep dancing the night away, right?  So the couple gave out favors of our House Made Bacon Bourbon Popcorn, as well as an Late Night Bites Bar with Mini Pepperoni Pizzas, Sliders & Fries, and S’mores Cones!  YUM!

We simply LOVED this wedding and had so much fun coming up with this creative and delicious menu!  I hope this inspires you all to get creative with you wedding food too!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

SOURCES:  Photographer Logan Walker Photography | Culinary Crafts| Planning & Event Design Soiree Productions | | Diamond Rental| Invitation & Paper Goods Ann Elizabeth | Cake Carrie’s Cakes | The Private Residences at Wolf Creek

We catered a Surprise Pop-up wedding at The Tasting Room!

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The bride and groom, Angie and Scott, wanted to create a spontaneous and carefree wedding experience for themselves and their friends and family. Boy, did they succeed!

They told their guests they were invited to a dinner to share great food and great times with friends and family. When the guests arrived, to their astonishment, they found out it was actually a wedding…Angie and Scott were to married then and there! We give special thanks to their wedding photographer, Steve Speckman, for sharing his beautiful photos with us.

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

To create a calm and natural ambiance the chairs were decorated with sage branches and soft white ribbon.

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Having pulled off their first “caper” as husband and wife, the bride and groom shared a congratulatory kiss in the gallery.

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After the ceremony guests were seated at tables adorned with succulents in rustic wood boxes and gold mercury glass votives echoing the natural ambiance of the patio.

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

Guests were delighted with their 4-course Pop-up wedding dinner!

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

Mary Crafts-Homer introduced each course, explaining the nuances of the ingredients and preparations.

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

At Pop-up Dinners, guests can watch our chef’s cook and plate everything!

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

Angie and Scott were able to make their rounds to talk to their wedding guests during the first course.

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

After enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres, guests were served a fresh green salad with Parmesan, lemon vinaigrette, and lemon zest.

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

For the second course, we served the ultimate comfort food: Mary’s homemade meatballs and spaghetti with shaved Parmesan!

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

How incredible does this grilled prime filet look?! It’s topped with melon salsa and served over balsamic potatoes, leeks, and asparagus.

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

For their fourth course, everyone enjoyed a tasting of Utah cheeses, honey comb, and apple as well as a wine and cheese napoleon on a brioche crostini.

 

Angie and Scott's surprise wedding at the Tasting Room in Salt Lake City

For dessert guests enjoyed petite chocolate fudge wedding cakes with raspberry coulis and edible gold dust sprinkles, served with home made caramel gelato on the side.

All in all – this was a Pop-up Wedding success!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fantastic Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine which shows off this AMAZINGLY gorgeous Culinary Crafts wedding that was at Tag Ranch this past year.  We LOVED this event and we are always so excited to see one of the many beautiful weddings we’ve done in print!  Thank you to SLPC Bride & Groom and the fantastic team of vendors who made this wedding print worthy!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, just tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and check back to see who we pick next!  If you haven’t picked up your copy of SLPC Bride & Groom, you should get it right away!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

A Rustic, Romantic Wedding: The Details

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Today I have a STUNNING wedding to show you that was over the top beautiful, full of AMAZING food, and the cutest couple ever!  Check it out – and thank you to Logan Walker Photography for the awesome photos!

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How pretty is this gown?  And the ceremony florals by Decoration Inc – seriously AMAZING!

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To keep with the rustic romantic vibe, these long dark wood tables covered with white lace overlays were a perfect choice.  Paired with the mixed metal flatware, it definitely added a special pop of visual interest to the table settings.  The planning team at Soiree Productions ALWAYS creates the most beautiful events.  And the cake by Carrie’s Cakes was gorgeous!  Love the simple elegance of the organic grapevine accent and cut wood cake base was so PERFECT!

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I couldn’t resist sharing this photo!  🙂  Making sure your guests have bathroom options at some of our more rustic ranch venues is a MUST, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look so much prettier than a boring white box that you try to hide.  We LOVE the wooden star decorations and Decoration Inc was so smart to dress up the commode with simple boughs of greenery.  Love it!

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Doesn’t this wedding party look just stunning?!

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The private residences at Wolf Creek are full of such great venue options!  This particular residence was awesome and was a great escape away from the city for the wedding guests that was simply chock full of natural beauty!

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This space was amazing!  We loved the mixture of Diamond Rentals‘s chairs and tables to create an eclectic and inviting space.  And, as usual, Decoration Inc hit it out of the ballpark with the florals and Soiree Productions‘s planning and design was stellar!  Such a stunning set up!

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How about this for cocktail hour entertainment?  This jet’s high flying skills definitely kicked off this celebration right!

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A simple addition of a billy button flower with these soft grey napkins were a great pairing with these gorgeous, and fun, menus from Ann Elizabeth!

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More pretty spaces from the reception space!  We loved the little lounge spaces that were created throughout the space so that guests could mingle through the night.

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I just had to to show you another close up of the flower and tablescape for you, because, I mean, why not?!  It’s so pretty!

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The clear tent from Diamond Rental was a perfect choice for this reception!  The guests still felt like they were in the beautiful surroundings and at night, you could see the stars.  Such a great idea for outdoor weddings!

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The guests partied away the night and danced under the stars, such a perfect end to this great night!  We loved this wedding, it was such a beautiful event and the vendor team was AH-MAZING!  Stay tuned for Part 2 of this event, though, where we show you all of the delicious FOOD!  You’re going to want to check back, I promise.  Happy planning, everyone!

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

SOURCES:  Photographer Logan Walker Photography | Culinary Crafts| Planning & Event Design Soiree Productions | | Diamond Rental| Invitation & Paper Goods Ann Elizabeth | Cake Carrie’s Cakes | The Private Residences at Wolf Creek

REPOST from Rocky Mountain Bride: Blue Sky Ranch Wedding // Lindsey & Danny

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REPOSTED FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN BRIDE [See the original post here]:

Lindsay and Danny’s beautiful June Utah wedding at Blue Sky Utah was lovingly captured by the talented Erin Kate. Highlights from their charming wedding included the bride’s stunning Leanne Marshall gown, the vintage cake topper, all of the stump/wood details made but he bride’s grandfather that perfectly added that right touch to the wildflower theme and all the fun with their bridal party both playing cowboy and cowgirl while testing their lasso skills and their afternoon visit to Blue Sky Ranch’s Tavern! The couple had the perfect day, sunny skies and the love of all of their family and friends.

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A Little bit of Q&A with the bride, Lindsay:

What your desired feel was for your wedding and why did you select your venue? Blue Sky is an incredible venue – it’s intimate, authentic and naturally stunning.

What was your favorite Mr. & Mrs. moment day of? Probably the first look. It was so special to have that moment of seeing each other for the first time, with just us two in a meadow.

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Dancing the night away!

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SOURCES

Erin Kate Photography|Orchid Dynasty|Culinary Crafts|Diamond Rental|Hugo Boss|Leanne Marshall|Blue Sky Utah|Beauty Zone|Alta Moda Bridal Boutique|DJ Dolph|Derek Call – Family Friend

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 amazing Erin Kate Photography, who we had the pleasure of working with at this gorgeous wedding at Blue Sky Ranch and was just featured on Rocky Mountain Bride (which we will be sharing next week!)  We loved creating this fun cake with a nostalgic feel and it fit in perfectly with this gorgeous wedding!  LOVE!  Thank you again to Erin for sharing!  And, remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week just tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post 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!

Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Pecan Glaze Moat

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This feature was originally posted in Utah Valley Magazine Holiday Edition! Pick up a copy for more delicious recipes!

 

Shown here with a dried fruit confit and creme anglaise; the pecan glaze is equally delicious!

 

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Ingredients for the cake 
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup melted butter
1 TBS vanilla
1/2 cup whiskey or apple juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
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2 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sweet potato puree
METHOD FOR THE CAKEPreheat oven to 350 degrees, grease bundt pan with butter and lightly dust with with flour

1. Combine wet ingredients in a mixing bowl
2. Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl
3. Combine mixtures into one bowl
4. Add sweet potato puree, mix until incorporated
5. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan
6. Bake on center rack for 22 to 30 minutes, let cool and invert onto platter

FOR THE GLAZE

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup bourbon (optional) or 2 TBS vanilla

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to boil over medium heat. When it has reached a boil lower heat to keep warm. This glaze keeps for at least a week refrigerated, re-heat it before serving.

TO SERVE
Ladle glaze onto serving plate and place slice of pumpkin cake on top, garnish with whipped cream, gelato, or ice-cream.

 

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