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A Modern, Stylish Tasting Room Wedding: The Food!

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Today, we have the food from Chris and Jacoby’s wedding and it was just as AMAZING as the decor – if not more so, in our opinion!  (If you didn’t check out the decor post, make sure to check it out too – there was so much pretty going on at this event!)  Thank you again to Logan Walker Photography for the beautiful photos.  Now, on to the food!

The gorgeous florals from Artisan Bloom were a great pair to the industrial touches and the vintage bar sign was such a fun detail!

Custom “His & His” cocktails and Mini Tacos with tiny Patron bottle shots were the perfect welcome to this stylish reception!  How fun is this hors d’ouevre presentation?!

Of course, what’s a dinner without bread?  Our house made Black Pepper Brioche Rolls with Utah Sea Salt Butter paddles were so yummy!

One of the many food stations – The delicious Mezzaluna Salad station!

Our two salad offerings were so delicious (as well as beautiful!)  Our Farro Salad with Harvest Tomatoes, Roasted Beets, Herbs, Sweet Onion, Arugula, and Balsamic Vineagar and out Farm Greens, with Mango, Kiwi, Wonton Crisps, and Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette, topped with Toasted Coconut.  YUM!

A menu after my own heart!  The couple chose to serve a selection of artisan cheese boards – how cute!

Our cheese boards featured Tea Hive Cheddar, “What’s Her Name?” Basque Style Sheep Milk Cheese, Deer Valley Triple Cream with Truffle, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, and Parmigiano Reggianno accompanied with Red Grapes, Honey Crisp Apple, Honey Comb, Bada Bing Cherries, and Salted Marcona Almonds.  So good!

We also hosted action stations with different entrees including our Pan-Seared Black Cod with Honey Soy Glaze, Wilted Spinach, Parsnip Puree, Garnished with Edible Micro Flowers.

Next up, our Smoked Short Rib Adobo with Mushroom Escabeche with Purple Potato Mash and Honey Barbecue Sauce!  Wait until you see the preparation of this dish…

Each Short Rib entree was individually smoked under glass dome for the guests at the action station.  Such a fantastic presentation!

The couple also chose to have a sushi bar complete with customized chopsticks that their guests could take home as favors!

Plus, of course there were desserts!  Firstly, our House Made Gelato Station featured Vanilla and Passion Fruit flavors – both with options to ‘spike’ them!  Vanilla pairings were Espresso, Bailey’s Irish Cream, or Kahlua and the Passion Fruit pairing was Limoncello.  Delicious!  And how fun were these sugar skulls?

Cronuts, anyone?  We served these decadent beauties in cute little kraft bags so the guests could grab one as they left or take it with them while they mingled!

Another fun addition?  Giant Cotton Candy Mountains!  So much fun!  We also served Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and Affagatos!  SO DELCIOUS!

Lastly, this cake from Carrie’s Cakes was stunning!  And remember those custom cheese boards?  Well, guests were give these custom laser etched “Praise Cheeses” wooden cheese boards as well as a Jack-O-Latern to take home as favors (did I mention their wedding was a couple days before Halloween?!)

We loved ALL of the amazing details, love, and thought that Chris and Jacoby brought to their AMAZING wedding day and we’re so thankful for being able to showcase some truly creative eats for one of our favorite ‘freind-ors’ big day!  I hope this inspires all of you to create an amazing day that is uniquely you as well.  Happy planning!

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

A Modern, Stylish Tasting Room Wedding: The Decor!

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Today, we have an all-time FAVORITE wedding of Culinary Crafts’s!  One of our friends and vendor partners, Chris Lavoie of Silver Summit Events, got married last year and we KNEW his wedding was going to be AMAZING, plus he chose to host it at our downtown venue space, The Tasting Room, and, I tell you, it did not disappoint!  Now, this wedding was chock full of so much pretty, we had to split the post into 2 parts – first up, the decor!  We will post the delicious food next week, so make sure to check back.  Thank you to Logan Walker Photography for the beautiful photos.  Check it out!

Chris and his husband, Jacoby, were such a perfect pair!  We loved the cohesive look they brought to their wedding clothes while still choosing things that were uniquely each of their own styles!

We love the tongue in cheek wording on their programs and the kind reminder signage to the guests to let the professional photographer take the photos so they could be present in the moment is a favorite for sure.

How pretty is this ceremony setup?  The florist, Artisan Bloom, hit it out of the park!  LOVE!

More gorgeous florals from Artisan Bloom!  Chris and Jacoby chose to host an intimate reception with their closest friends and family and they put a lot of thought of how to really show their guests something meaningful, thoughtful, and BEAUTIFUL!  Well done, we say.

Another gorgeous overview of the space.  I mean, how could I not?

Their wedding was held in fall and we loved the elements of the harvest that were added as well as masculine touches of navy in to keep the feel beautiful as well as not overly feminine.  The result?  A rich palette of so much delicious, visually interesting decor!

I can’t forget the breathtaking hanging floral chandeliers!  These were such a pretty and striking addition to the room!

The lovely ladies of Artisan Bloom killed it!  We love this picture of Chris, Kellie, and Dayna – such cuties!  Plus, isn’t this lounge space and the floral adorned frame great?  Perfect for photos!

Speaking of which, we love this ‘family portrait’ of the couple and their cute Great Dane pups.

Another fun sign for the guests at the bar.  We love it!

To encourage people to mingle, the couple opted to add high boy seating around the space so people could move about after dinner while they partied into the night.  We love the gold accents and the charcoal linens!  Such a polished and chic look.

Chris and Jacoby wanted to make sure that their guests had SO much fun!  They added tons of games, including shuffleboard, and a fun sketch “photo booth” with hand drawn versions of the vintage style photo strips!  (How cool is that?!)

They even brought in a pool table, which we loved!

And, because no detail was overlooked, they had their initials custom printed onto the pool table balls!

How pretty was this wedding?  LOVE IT!  Plus, remember to stay tuned for the food post where we focus on the AMAZING menu the couple chose to serve at their wedding!  We had such a great time collaborating with them.  Stay tuned and happy planning, everyone!

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

The Craft(s) Launch Party!

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Today, I have a really special blog that is close to the Culinary Crafts team’s hearts – our launch party for the new series, The Craft(s)!  It debuted recently (hopefully, you all saw it!) and, in true Culinary Crafts fashion, we had a FANTASTIC launch party to get y’all excited for this amazing series!  For all of those who couldn’t join us, we are sad you couldn’t party with us, and for those who were able to join us, thank you and we hope this reminds you of this fun night!  Check it out!

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Of course, we hosted the event at our downtown venue, The Tasting Room!  Such a perfect fit and we loved the decor!  We decided to go with a modern, industrial feel – and aren’t these tables cool?  Love it!

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We decided to create action stations that represented each episode in the series.  For each station, we created a dish as well as a cocktail that perfectly represented the theme and this station “Smoke” was so much fun!  The Smoked Maple Bourbon Sour Cocktail was AMAZING!  The creation of the drink was a pretty awesome show too!

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We got to really pull out the creative guns on this one.  The Smoked Short Rib with a Smoked Demi Glace was put in a smoking chamber to infuse the meat with even more smoky goodness.  After it was properly infused, we placed it atop our Purple Potato Puree to finish the dish!  YUM!

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Next up?  Our “Fire” station!  Of course, we brought some flame to this station!  Our Fireside Signature Cocktail was set aflame and our guests loved it!

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Next we served Flambed Ramen with our Killer Broth with Chef-Torched Beef, Fire Grilled Peppers, and a Sesame Chili Sauce.  Perfect!

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This is our Flaming Pumpkin Meringue Pie – which was SO delicious.  And our “Fashion” station served Housemade Ricotta and Squash Ravioli.  Such a decadently elegant dish!

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Of course, while you are perusing the stations (because there are more to come – you better believe it), we had butler passed hors-d’oeuvres!  These Mini Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Pomegranate Arils and the Crostini with Goat Cheese and Poached Pear Compote were so good!

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Of course, we had to pay our homage to apples!  Utah boasts some of the best local apples ANYWHERE and we try to use them anyway we can!  The “Apple” station included Crispy Pork Belly with Whipped Cider Ricotta and Sous-Vide Cooked Apple Relish PLUS an apple dessert trio!  The Apple Pie on a Stick, Poached Apples with Mascarpone, and Apple Sorbet with a Dried Apple Chip were all divine!

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BUTTER, need I say more?  This station included Butter Poached Scallops with a Brussel Sprout Slaw and Citrus Beurre Blanc as well as a bread station (mmm, carbs) with an assortment of house-made breads and house made compound butters and garnishes.  I’ll admit, I tried EVERY SINGLE OPTION.  No regrets.

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Last, but certainly not least, we include a station that gave a nod to one of our signature offerings, our House Made gelato!  The “Gelato” station included an Olive Oil Gelato with Balsamic Poached Pears Garnished with Sea Salt, Red Wine Gelato with Chocolate Shortbread, and Salted Caramel Gelato which we used in either a Porter Float OR a Root Beer Float!  Plus, to balance all of the sweetness this station has to offer, we brought in our Coffee Nerd Coffee Bar with cold brew and french press coffees!  Such a delicious treat and our guests LOVED the interesting flavors!

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We are SO excited for our new series – and if you haven’t watched the first episode, we hope you check it out!  (You can see it here.)  We are so thankful to each and every one of you who has helped us get to this AMAZING place in our business!  We are so happy to be able to bring you this new venture and also keep creating new and inventive culinary trends!  Happy viewing, 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 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!

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!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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This week’s Instagram of the Week comes from our very own Mary Crafts-Homer!  This pic is one of the AH-MAZING offerings at our NYE Pop Up Restaurant – and can you believe New Year’s Eve was a whole week ago?!?  I couldn’t wait to share this one with you all because it makes me SUPER excited to remind you that our next Pop Up Restaurant is exactly 1 week from today.  It is going to be out of this world!  Mary is taking us on a Culinary Tour of Italy, so, seriously, don’t miss this one.  (Get your tickets here.)  Thank you so much to Mary for this beautiful bite and remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and check back to see who we pick!  Happy weekend, 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 is a very special one!  This post from @lmwilkes who proposed to his beautiful fiancée yesterday at The Tasting Room – complete with a 5 course meal from Culinary Crafts!  Such a perfectly romantic night, in our opinion.  🙂  Thank you so much to Logan and his wife-to-be, Ashley, for letting us be a part of this unforgettable night!  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 you may be picked next.  Congrats again to this beautiful couple!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Pop Up Restaurant Surprise Giveaway!

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We here at Culinary Crafts absolutely LOVE our Pop Up Restaurant series.  It is such a wonderful event which allows us to create truly one-of-a-kind dining experiences, which we love.  For our most recent dinner at The Tasting Room in Salt Lake City , our very own Mary Crafts-Homer sought to give away a pair of tickets to an unsuspecting couple – and we got it all on video!  Check it out!

It was so much fun to capture their reaction and also re-live this amazing menu again!  I’m sure we will be announcing more Pop Up Restaurant dates soon, so stay tuned!  Happy dining, everyone!

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

Repost from SLPC Bride – Date Night: Culinary Crafts October Pop-Up Restaurant

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REMINDER: Culinary Crafts Pop Up Restaurant is the Friday, October 23rd!  This is not only an amazing 10 course meal, but a fundraiser for The Green Urban Lunch Box – and you better get your tickets fast.  We only have 6 left!!!  As if that’s not awesome enough, we couldn’t help but share this fabulous article Salt Lake/Park City Bride featured on their blog too.  Check it out!

REPOSTED FROM http://www.saltlakebrideandgroom.com

Reserve your seats for this 10-course harvest feast at The Tasting Room this Friday night.

BROWN BUTTER ACORN SQUASH MOUSSE ON DRIED APPLE AND SAGE CRISP

WHAT: This summer we told you about Culinary Crafts newest venture: a series of one-of-a-kind, one-night-only, pop-up restaurants. Following the success of their sold-out August and September pop-ups, founder Mary Crafts-Homer, Chef David James Robinson, and their team of food + drink aficionados are back this month hosting a bountiful 10-course autumn feast. The evening is a date-night must for foodie couples or couples still in search of their wedding caterer (taste it to believe it!).

The exclusive dining experience will be held at The Tasting Room, Culinary Crafts loft-like event space featuring exposed brick walls and large glass windows, in downtown Salt Lake City. If you’re looking for an urban wedding venue in the heart of SLC, with top-notch catering facilities to boot, look no further.

The October pop-up restaurant is co-hosted by The Green Urban Lunch Box. A portion of all ticket sales will go to support the local nonprofit group’s programs, including urban agriculture and providing hunger relief.

Created by Crafts-Homer herself, this month’s menu showcases the best of Utah’s fall harvest and will include fruit and veggies from The Green Urban Lunch Box gardens. Menu highlights include Mesquite-Grilled Rocky Mountain Red Trout with The Green Urban Lunch Box Apple Chutney, Sous Vide Citrus-Marinated Snake River Tenderloin of Beef, Utah Amano Chocolate Espresso Pot de Crème with Utah Pistachio Biscotti,  and so much more.

Crafts-Homer will play hostess for the evening, and will guide guests through the culinary, multi-course journey. Chef Robinson will also be present to share his knowledge, as well as Shawn Peterson, executive director for The Green Urban Lunch Box.

Eating well and doing good for our community? Now that’s something we can get behind.

WHERE: The Tasting Room, 357 West 200 South, Suite 100, Salt Lake City

WHEN: Friday, October 23, 7-10 p.m.

HOW: Space is limited, and only a few tickets are left! Purchase tickets online or call 801-225-6575. Tickets are $150 per person or $200 per person with wine pairings.

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