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A Pretty, Pink Baby Shower at the Provo Library!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Food, Parties

As I’m sure all of you know, it’s Mother’s Day this weekend!  All of us here at Culinary Crafts love this holiday, and in honor of this amazing day, we are showing off this gorgeous event which happens to be a beautiful baby shower for a gorgeous mother-to-be (how perfect is that?)  Check it out!

This pretty, pastel color palette was a great choice for this event and this venue – The Provo Library!  (Plus, even the carpet coordinated!)

Isn’t this photo op corner fun?!  We love the vintage chair, ribbon backdrop, and gorgeous florals.  The fun earring favors were a great addition to the event too!

Perfect brunch inspiration right here! The whimsical polka-dotted plate, gold accents, pink linens, and bright florals come together to create a gorgeous, feminine table that any mother (or mother-to-be) would love!

Brunch was made for Baby Showers AND Mother’s Day!  We brought out AAAAALL the brunch favorites for this shower!  So yummy!

Our Local Farm Greens, Feta, Walnuts, and Cranberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is always a guest favorite!

For those who like to add a bit of a sweet to their plate, we served Raspberry Lemon and Mascarpone Crepes as well as Yogurt Parfaits with Fresh Berries!  So good!

We love adding an action station element to our buffets!  So, a carving station with Honey, Cherry, and Balsamic Glazed Ham was a perfect fit for this brunch menu!

What brunch is complete without Hash Browns or our House Made Spinach and Vegetable Quiche?  Yum!

House made pastries?  Yes please!  Bagels, Croissants, and Blueberry Scones gave the guests choices for their perfect plate.

Last but not least, our decadent Southern Biscuits and Sausage Gravy was another great option in this AMAZING brunch buffet!

Of course, a party wouldn’t be a party with out dessert!  This pretty dessert display was so lovely!

Love this signage!  And how pretty is this naked cake!  (Plus, it was DELICIOUS!)

Gold-accented French Macarons, Milk and White Chocolate Mousse Cups, and Tiramisu Shooters were the cute (and scrumptious) dessert offerings!

More pretty details from this beautiful room!  We love the feminine gold signage!

This event was SO much fun!  We hope you loved it and are inspired to create an out-of-this-world brunch for your Mother’s Day celebrations this weekend!  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, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, Instagram of the Week, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Parties, Sharing the Love -Vendor and Client Relationships, Vendor Love!, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends

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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!

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

By | Corporate Events, Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, How To, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, News, Tips
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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Of Possible Interest: Vendor Spotlight: Culinary Crafts

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

A Modern Luau

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Parties

When there’s fire and great food involved, you know it’s going to be a good party! This was a social party and they wanted a more modern twist from the traditional luau. We absolutely love these photos taken by Claire White.

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Of course we wanted to step up the luau vibe, so the client wanted to ‘lei’ each guest as they arrived with a fresh purple orchid lei or a Hawaiian kukui nut lei from Leiaway (who is an AMAZING local vendor if you are looking for fresh leis!) And, Pacific Sound Productions played the sweet sounds of Hawaiian music while the guests mingled and ate – which the guests loved!

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The tropical decor was SO cute! Foxglove Floral did such a good job! We loved the gorgeous anthurium in the middle, is was so cute!

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The drink mixes were so much fun and the guests loved them! The Penguin Brothers brought the energy with their mixing skills. They created some amazing non-alcoholic drinks, including a delicious pina colada.
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Our chefs also created some tasty Hawaiian sweet rolls with coconut and sweetened condensed milk. In addition to the rolls, we also served pineapple chunk orange rolls, that were to die for!
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The assortment of traditional Hawaiian food was exactly what the client was looking for. We especially loved firing up the grill on site for the huli huli teriyaki chicken and honey glazed grilled pineapple. Also served on the buffet was kalua pork and purple potato salad.
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What says tropical more than a delicious salad with mangos and strawberries? So yummy!
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How adorable are these treats? Amy Perkins of The Bakeaholic made them and all we have to say is aloha!
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The guests were able to feast all night long and participate in hula dances along with the performers from Pacific Sound Productions. Check out the fire dancers! Watching them is the perfect way to end the night.
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We love our Culinary Crafts staff! They did such a great job with this event!
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Residence: Private Residence
Event Coordinators/Planners: Rachel Folkman & Claire White
Photography: Claire White
Floral Arrangements: Foxglove Floral
Leis: Leiway

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fabulous Jack Rose Caravan who we had the pleasure of collaborating with on Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine‘s newest issue’s editorial shoot!  Such a great team including lovely photos by Chudleigh Weddings, styling by Saucy and Kitsch, drinks by Jack Rose Caravan, bites by Culinary Crafts, and of course the fabulous Tessa Woolf, editor of SLPC Bride and Groom!  Such a fun shoot and we LOVED how pretty it turned out!!!  For your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, remember to add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and check back next week to see who’s picked!  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 | Ask Mary, Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Food, Holiday Parties, How To, Instagram of the Week, News, Parties, Recipes, Tips

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at Studio 5 where our very own Mary Crafts-Homer showed the viewers some FANTASTIC 4th of July party ideas!  (I mean, sparklers in a patriotic cake?!  Yes please!)  We love celebrating the 4th of July and love to come up with such fun and creative eats!  Thank you to Brooke and Studio 5 for sharing this pic and also letting us share our ideas with your viewers!  We had so much fun!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and check back to see who next week’s pick is!  Happy 4th of July, everyone!

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

A Culinary Crafts’s Pop Up Dinner with a BBQ Flare!

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Culinary Crafts Pop Up Restaurants are one of our favorite things to plan for because we get to be so creative and over the top and really go wild with food.  (Speaking of which, you still can get tickets for our next Pop Up Restaurant on June 18th – but you should hurry!  Click here for tickets.)  Even on the wildest of menus, we still love to break out our BBQ and grill up some dishes for our guests!  Continuing on our theme of barbecues, we are going to show you that even a elevated dining experience can have BBQ inspiration.  Check it out!

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We love Snuck Farm so much!  Not only do they have top notch quality produce, but it’s a lovely venue too!  Perfect for this Farm-to-Table Culinary Crafts Pop Up Restaurant.

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For this dinner tablescape, we wanted to keep the palette natural and tie in rustic elements that marry the tables with the beautiful space we were in.  It turned out perfectly, don’t you think?!

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For our Pop Ups, we go ALL OUT and this was no exception.  Our Hors D’oeuvres were a casual favorite you might serve at a barbecue that we brought to the next level – Gourmet Deviled Eggs (which were sourced from 3 Chicks Eggs) with a selection of toppings including Wasabi, Caviar, and Sundried Tomatoes.  Yum!  We also took one of the iconic barbecue staples, beautiful tomatoes from Snuck Farm, and we served a Tomato Quartet showcasing their tomatoes 4 ways!  Firstly, Roasted Heirloom Roma Tomatoes with Martino’s Roma and Russian Big Red Roma tomatoes.  Next, a Tomato Aspic with Sweet Cherry Tomatoes.  Third, a Tomato Confit with a Rosemary & Sundried Tomato Cracker.  And last, but not least, Fresh Slices of Heirloom Tomato with a simple garnish of Sea Salt.  So delicious!

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Of course, one of the main attractions of these dinners is watching the Culinary Crafts team prep the meal in front of your eyes!  So, with this in mind, we served house made Flat Breads that we fired in the on-site Wood Burning Oven and served them with Utah Sea Salt Butter and Snuck Farm Sugar Pumpkin Spread.  We love showcasing the freshness and skill we bring to every element of our menus!

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The Snuck Farm Baby Butterheads Salad was a symphony of garden varietals.  Butter Lettuce topped with Sliced Yellow Beets, Dragon Tongue Purple Beans from One Seed Garden AND Basil Wrapped Nori Sushi with Cucumber, Carrot, and Wasabi with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette.  So yummy!  The soup was another creative tour de force!  Chilled Snuck Farm Cucumber Pea Soup with Basil Creme Fraiche, Snow Pea, and Snuck Farm Beet Mousse.  Such a colorful and delicious pair!

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Isn’t the venue SOOOO pretty?  Our guests LOVED the setting and the food (of course)!

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Now, with Culinary Crafts hosting this Pop Up Restaurant, you might expect 1 show stopping entree, but you’d be wrong.  We had 2 AMAZING entrees!  Number 1, our Sous Vide Pinwheel Chicken Roulade with Peach Cashew Butter Filling, Whipped Cashew Creme, and Couscous with Lavender.  A light and earthy plate!

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Like I said, even in our highest end menus, we love offering a barbecued element.  So, our 2nd entree was Grilled Angus Strip Steak with Cremini Mushroom Bearnaise, Snuck Farm Kale Sauteed with Shallots, and Reduced Carrot Juice.  Gorgeous!

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Lastly, we rounded out the decadent dinner with a lovely, local cheese course and then a fresh and decadent dessert – that was grilled too!  The cheese flight was a trio of Beehive Cheese‘s Promontory, Deer Valley‘s Triple Creme Umbrian Truffle, and Gold Creek‘s Smoked Parmesan paired with Rosemary Crostini and Black Pepper Lavoche garnished with Fresh Cherries.  After that yummy plate, we finished with Grilled Utah County Peaches and Chocolate Chip Shortcake with Rosehill Dairy Chocolate Whipped Cream.  SO beyond delicious!

We hope this inspires you to get creative and barbecue some delicious eats of your own!  Also, if you were left wishing you’d attended this Pop Up Restaurant, never fear!  You can still get tickets for our next one this weekend on the 18th!  (Click here for tickets.)  Plus, we will be releasing even more dates for upcoming Pop Up Restaurants and you don’t want to miss out!  Happy barbecuing, 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 Culinary Crafts’s venue The Tasting Room!  This cute pic of one of our beautiful brides is so fun – I mean, look at her shoes, LOVE!  Thank you to The Tasting Room for sharing and for all of those brides out there looking for a fun, urban, downtown SLC venue you should definitely check out our AWESOME space!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and keep checking back to see who gets selected next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Mint Infused Lemonade & 3 Events To Attend

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Food, News, Pop Up Restaurants, Recipe of the Month, Recipes

If you haven’t indulged your tastebuds in Culinary Crafts’ cooking lately, you are in luck! We have 3 delicious public events coming up in June!

June 2nd and 3rd – Culinary Crafts will have a booth at the “Tastemakers Event” in Salt Lake City at the Gallivan Center from 5:00 to 10 PM. We’ll be serving some of our authentic Italian zabaglione gelato with orange supremes in a vanilla mint marjoram light treacle.

June 4th  –  Our “The Scenic Route” Pop-up Restaurant at Snuck Farms in Pleasant Groves. This promises to be the ultimate epicurean backyard barbecue with the feel of slow and easy scenic drive. The 6-course menu, set by Ryan Crafts, features what we like to call, “The Scenic Route Burger” – a burger that took no shortcuts on its way to your plate.

June 18th – We are partnering with PureFourHundred and Old Town Cellars to create a Modernist Mountain West dinner with wine pairings. The menu, set by our Executive Chef Greg Reith will tantalize you with delicacies such as Butter Poached Hokkaido Scallops, Corn Smoked Scottish Sea Trout with Sorrel Cream, accompanied with Charred Fruit, Grilled Radicchio and Napa Slaw. Need we say more? This exquisite experience will take place in the comfort of Old Town Cellars on Main Street in Park City.

TICKETS: To attend any of the three events, you will need to purchase tickets!
For Tastemakers tickets and more information click here.

 

For tickets and more information for either of our Pop-up Restaurants go here.

Here’s a taste of the beautiful Snuck Farms, the venue for our June 4th Pop-Up.

MAY RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Mint Infused Lemonade
Mint infused Lemonade, is THE perfect thirst quencher to launch summer festivities. Using all fresh ingredients makes all the difference, and yes!, squeezing your own lemons is worth the trouble. To serve, we recommend using ice cubes, rather than crushed ice, as cubes melt slower than crushed ice. Or, you can make ice cubes out of your lemonade, and it’s even better! Have a wonderful kick-off to your summer, and we hope to see you at one of our June events!
Hugs, Mary
Serves 6
Ingredients
5 cups cold water
3 lemons juiced and zested
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups fresh mint leaves

Muddle mint leaves with lemon juice, zest and sugar in a glass pitcher.
Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Refrigerate overnight.
When ready to serve, strain the lemonade to remove the mint.
Garnish with fresh mint.

The Art of Styling Desserts with Mary Crafts-Homer!

By | A Kitchen Like No Other, Ask Mary, Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Food, How To, Instagram of the Week, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Parties, Tips, Wedding Trends

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our very own Mary Crafts-Homer and is a BTS capture from her spot on Studio 5 last week with Brooke Walker!  We loved Mary’s tips on creating the perfect desserts for any event and think it will definitely inspire the viewers who want to take their own parties up a notch.   If you missed the spot, never fear – it’s right here for you!  Take a look!

Thank you to Mary for such a fun pic and tons of gratitude to the amazing Studio 5 team for letting Culinary Crafts be a part of your show!  We love sharing tips and tricks to create amazing parties and events!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts or tag us at @culinarycrafts 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!