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Friday Instagram of the Week!

By | Cooking Classes, Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, Instagram of the Week, News


Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our very own Mary Crafts-Homer who posted this AWESOME pic of her and Culinary Crafts’s pastry chef, Jocelyn Gillies, after their AMAZING demo at the 2016 Catersource Event Solutions Conference this week!  We have so much fun every year and can’t wait for the next one!  Thanks for the post, Mary!  Also, remember to tag @CulinaryCrafts in your posts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Culinary Crafts Takes the CATIE for Best Barbecue or Picnic Menu!

By | A Kitchen Like No Other, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, News


We are so proud to announce that Culinary Crafts has won the 2016 CATIE for the Best Barbecue!  We are so thrilled and have had SO much fun at the Catersource Event Solutions Conference in Las Vegas and can’t wait to share all the cool things we’ve seen and done – although if you are following us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter you may have been following the action live.  🙂  We are full of new ideas and inspiration and can’t wait to put it to use in our upcoming events this year.  Happy inspiration, everyone!

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

Culinary Crafts Does Catersource 2015!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts


Every year, we gear up to attend one of our FAVORITE events of the year – Catersouce in Las Vegas!  This conference, which focuses on innovations, excellence, and inspiration in the catering and events industry, is an invaluable experience for us!  Not only do we get inspired by our peers, but we are honored to host demonstrations for our fellows and for the past 3 years we have awarded a scholarship for catering education to lucky attendees!  We will have more on all of the wonderful things we learned and saw during the conference (after all, we are only half way through) but I couldn’t help but share some of the fabulous things we’ve seen and done so far!  (Seriously, it’s AMAZING!)  You can also follow us and our team on Instagram at @culinarycrafts, @marycrafts, @meagancraftsprice, and @claytonbprice for up to the minute goings-on at Catersource!  Happy learning, everyone!

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

La Cave Retaurant Review

By | Restaurant Reviews

Recently, our very own Holly Fowler took a vacation to Las Vegas and stopped in to try on of the Wynn’s premier restaurants, La Cave.  It sounded SO delicious, I asked Holly to write up a small review for our readers!  Take it away, Holly!


“On a recent getaway to Las Vegas, we were on the hunt for a new restaurant and we found a GREAT one that I wanted to share with you!

La Cave at the Wynn is a tapas (pronounced TAH-pahs) style restaurant. So, what is tapas?  Well, these ‘small bites’ are popular throughout Spain in bars and restaurants and are appetizers that usually accompany Sherry or other cocktails. They can form an entire meal and can range from simple items, such as olives or cubes of ham and cheese, to more elaborate preparations like cold omelets, snails in a spicy sauce, stuffed peppers and miniature sandwiches.

While at La Cave we salivated on ‘Bacon Wrapped Dates with Bleu Cheese Fondue’, ‘Chorizo, Italian, and Andouille Sausage Flatbread’, ‘Thai Snapper Ceviche with Asian Pear and Habanero’, and ‘Beignets with Raspberry Jam and Crème Anglaise’ (one order of these isn’t enough) to name a few. They serve your food immediately once it is prepared, so you have a continuous stream of fresh/warm food being brought to your table. I would highly recommend La Cave on your next trip to Las Vegas!”

YUM!  Doesn’t that just look like a GORGEOUS restaurant and the dishes sound TO DIE FOR!  Holly is ALWAYS on the look out for new ideas for Culinary Crafts’s brides and I’m sure we’ll see some of her R & D on menus very soon!!!  On a side note, stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks for a post on our Executive Chef’s recent wedding where the couple served their guests the most amazing tapas style 9 course luncheon at The Tasting Room!  Happy tapas, everyone!

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

Photo credits: La Cave interior via The Wynn; La Cave Signage via Dine Delish; Bacon Wrapped Dates via Vegas Tripping; 3 Sausage Flatbread via Vegas Tripping; Thai Snapper Ceviche via Food Spotting; and Beignets via About.com

Tea Trolley Love | Food Theory Thursday

By | Food Theory Thursday

Recently, we here at Culinary Crafts attended the 2012 Catersource conference in Las Vegas and it was AMAZING!  And, as usual, there was SO much beauty and inspiration about, we were thrilled to be a part of it all!  As an added bonus, we were able to sample some of the fantastic restaurants that find a home in Las Vegas.  For example, Culinary Crafts’s wedding planner extraodinairé, Holly Fowler, dined at the world famous Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand.  Not only was the food amazing, they had a show stopping Tea Trolley. (Yes, I said Tea Trolley!)  This cart, named Le Thé, boasts all the normal accoutrements you would expect for your tea, with a twist.  Among the honey, sugar, and cream, are fresh, living, potted herbs from which you can create your own custom tea blend that is the freshest brewed this side of the Mississippi!  Thyme, peppermint, lemongrass, spearmint, and more, the combinations are virtually endless.  Once you select your herbs, they are hand cut, washed, and steeped.  How fabulous and refreshing does that sound?  Sign me up!  I really love the constant creativity and experimentation we find all over in the culinary world and how much we here at Culinary Crafts love to try new things and break out of the box.  There is always something new to try and something more to ‘wow’ our clients!  And, who knows?  Maybe you’ll see a Tea Trolley of our own at a breakfast buffet or brunch coming soon!  🙂  Happy Thursday everyone!

Check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Photo credits: Top 2 images via Darin Dines and last image via Ulterior Epicure

Guy Savoy Bread Pairing | Food Theory Thursday

By | Food Theory Thursday

Today, I’d like to share with you one of the most decadent (and possibly expensive) restaurants in Las Vegas.  Guy Savoy, headed by the much lauded chef of the same name, is French dining at its pinnacle with the finest in quality and in presentation.  Not only can you count on 10 courses of fabulous food, but each of these courses is paired with a gourmet artisan bread, hand sliced table side for your perfectly paired flavor enjoyment!  Mary recently dined at this restaurant and HAD to try this bread pairing to see if it was really all the rage, and let me tell you, it WAS.  Its not just any old wheat bread they are serving up either.  It is artfully crafted breads that are created to blend delightfully with each of the courses specifically.  Crispy Sea Bass with Delicate Spices paired with a Lemon Bread?  Delicately complex and perfect.  Artichoke and Black Truffle soup paired with Mushroom  Brioche?  Divine.  Marinated Lobster with Seaweed Ciabatta Bread?  Unexpected and wonderful.  Attention to detail is definitely a must here!  They even had an artist create specialty serving accoutrement for each course, so even the china is GORGEOUS!  This meal was definitely a one of a kind event (and at about $290 a person for the prestige menu, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea), but we see that all elements of a menu should be taken into consideration to create a symphony of delciousness.  We here at Culinary Crafts definitely take this to heart and have been offering “bread pairings” with our stations before it was so in vogue.  Our passion for detail and perfect orchestration is as apparent in every one of our events just as each course of Guy Savoy’s prestige menu is.  We hope this inspires you to thoughtfully and artfully prepare your next meal – it is SO worth it!  Happy eating everyone!

Check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Photos via KevinEats, Crazy White Girl With a Kitchen, and Midwestern Masticatory Musings

Ryan’s Buffet Building Demo at Catersource – Part 1

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides

Remember the Catersource buffet building demo I mentioned last week?  Well Ryan gave us some pictures to share with you all!  It looks like it was an astounding presentation and we are so proud of Ryan!  Now, on to the pictures!

Looks amazing, and I bet it will be even better completed!  Stay tuned to see pictures of the full demo coming soon… Congrats to Ryan and I hope to share more awesome ideas, trends, and tips from Catersource soon!

Check out more ideas at our website, www.culinarycrafts.com!


By | Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts

I’d like to give a little “shout out” to our staff who are currently attending Catersource 2011 in Las Vegas this week!  What is Catersource, you may ask?  Well its most recognizably a magazine most of the time, but once a year they host a truly fantastic conference and tradeshow!  They are all about educating caterers around the nation and sharing the newest trends, tips, and ideas to keep us all on the cutting edge and inspiring us to set new trends in our industry!  So, you can see why we are totally thrilled to participate every year.  This year – today actually – our very own Ryan Crafts will be doing a presentation about buffet building on the trade show floor in front of 5000 people!  Let’s wish him good luck (we know he’ll do amazingly!) and I personally can’t wait to find out all the new things our staff has learned!  Have fun guys!

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