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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!

The Craft(s) Launch Party!

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, The Craft(s), The Tasting Room

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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Instagram of the Week, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Parties, Sharing the Love -Vendor and Client Relationships, Vendor Love!, Wedding Trends


Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Calie Rose, who was the talented florist at this inspiration shoot we did recently!  I love this new trend of brunch at weddings and we here at Culinary Crafts couldn’t be happier to incorporate it into these super fun shoots!  I seriously am in LOVE with these orange juice shooters garnished with a piece of honeydew and mint.  YUM!  And thank you to Calie Rose for sharing!  Remember, add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @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!

Repost from Urban Style Blog: A Bright Vintage Utah Wedding!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides, Trendy Tuesday, Vendor Love!, Venues We Love, Wedding Trends

We were so thrilled to hear that Urban Style Blog featured this FABULOUSLY fun, vintage wedding on their blog!  Brimming with handmade details, beautiful details, and pure L-O-V-E, it is one of our all time favorites!  Plus, it has a great industrial vibe that is looking to be the next big trend for wedding locales!  Check it out!

[Reposted from Urban Style Blog]

Pepper Nix Photography sent us these photos of Mark and Gaea’s fun, funky Salt Lake City wedding! The couple not only planned a lovely vintage-inspired ceremony, but designed their own invitations and made all the wedding favors, including some amazing Scrabble-inspired name plates! Read on for more details about this super cool wedding, from the bride herself.

From the Bride, Gaea:

“Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with vintage style, and inspired by vintage magazines and old movies. So when it came to my wedding, there was no shortage of vintage notions, especially where my bridal attire was concerned. My gown was a stunning silk organza dress with pockets, which turned out to be one of the best accessories I could ask for at my wedding! I had pin curls in my hair and wore simple classic makeup.  My goal was to achieve a vintage feel and keep everything iconic, beautiful and timeless.”

“We held our wedding at Pierpont Place in downtown Salt Lake City. I loved the empty industrial style of this space. It allowed my imagination to run wild! Both of my parents walked me down the aisle, and my dad officiated our ceremony. I loved having them by my side as we walked toward my handsome groom. They are a huge support in life and have taught me so many beautiful lessons about love and marriage (married 46 years in 2014!).  My favorite part of the ceremony was listening to Mark read his vows to me, and watching him as I read my vows to him. It was amazing how everyone else disappeared, and it felt like just the two of us in the room.”

“Most of the wedding details were arranged by me, and I made absolutely as much as possible by hand. Our wedding favors were  handmade vintage game-letter name plates, and Mark’s favorite vintage candy (lemon-flavored Chowards).  We also gave everyone two CDs created by us, one called “Our Wild Side” and one “Our Soft Side”, full of music that matched the mood of each title. The place settings looked gorgeous with our custom name plates, favors, and food menus welcoming guests to their tables! We had stations serving mini versions of comfort foods for dinner, and had a dessert bar filled with yummy treats, including pumpkin pies, milk shakes and doughnut holes. Because we had many so different desserts, our cake was a very simple white round with no frills. (We just wanted something to cut!) As a cake-topper, I hand-stitched paper birds with an E.E.Cummings poem printed on them. Those birds started a collection for us, and little love birds are slowly filling our house now!”

“I wanted our decor to be simple and full of fun! Mark collects concert posters, so I found a designer on Etsy who created a poster-style invitation suite based on a sketch drawn by us. For the reception we had our invitations re-printed as 11×14 concert posters, and placed them on the walls around the dance floor. We also brought several vintage items from our home to use throughout the space for accents, including a huge chandelier I proudly made using a vintage foot-stool frame and 5,000 Christmas lights! I was surprised with a gift from my brother-in-law, who custom rebuilt an arcade, full of vintage 80s video games, for our reception! The arcade and our photo booth quickly became the favorite items of the party! It was a gorgeous fun night full of laughter and love, and it exceeded all of my expectations.”

Congratulations to Gaea and Mark on their wedded bliss, and thank you to Pepper for sharing their fun vintage wedding with us!
Photos: Pepper Nix Photography | Venue: Pierpont Place | Accommodations: Hotel Monaco | Paper Goods: the Bride & Dapper Paper, Etsy | Florist: Sax Romney & Sean Oviatt Designs | Dress & Accessories: Alta Moda Bridal | Dress Designer: Anne Barge Inc | Shoes: J.Crew | Ring: vintage, from Antoinette’s Jewelry | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic |  Catering: Culinary Crafts | Desserts: Tulie Bakery
What an AWESOME wedding and thank you to Urban Style Blog for sharing it!  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, Instagram of the Week


Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Events By LMG who teased this GORGEOUS tablescape from a fabulous collaboration we did at The Tasting Room this week for Southern Utah Bride magazine.  SO much talent involved!!!  Mikki Platt Photography, Nathan Pickett Films, Creative Coverings, Studio Stems, Pink Piggy Design, Koo De Ker, Karli Noel Calligraphy, and, of course, Events by LMG and Culinary Crafts!!!  We can’t wait to show you how it all turned out, but until then, I hope this gem is enough!  Thank you Events by LMG and please follow their pretty feed at @eventsbylmg on Instagram.  Also, remember to tag @culinarycrafts or add #culinarycrafts to your posts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy posting, everyone!

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

Food Truck Love!

By | Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts

We here at Culinary Crafts have watched the rise of the food truck from the gems of delicious taco trucks in downtown SLC to the all out gourmet battle for foodie followers that you see today! From sweet to savory and classic to fusion cusine, there is a little bit of everything out there nowadays, and it’s not just in downtown SLC anymore either!  These food truck titans hail from Davis County and all the way to Utah County, and everywhere in between, and they travel far and wide, changing their locale from day to day.  How great is that?  Check out some of our favorites!


Row 1: Bento Truck (Japanese), Cupbop (Korean BBQ), and Fiore Pizza (Italian); Row 2: Art City Donuts (Dessert), Better Burger Truck (American); Row 3: Waffle Love (Breakfast/Dessert), Chow Truck (Asian Fusion); and Row 4: HeidiCakes (Dessert), Surefire Pizza (Italian), Off The Grid (American Fusion)

This selection of food trucks is merely the tip of the iceberg too!  There are so many more favorites and new ones popping up all the time!  Keep your eye out for food truck rallies in your area so you can try a bunch of these fine purveyors in one go, or if you are in Salt Lake, Food Truck Thursday is held at the Gallivan Plaza weekly.  And, just to peak your interest, don’t be surprised if you see Culinary Crafts making their way onto the Food Truck playing field in the future as well!!!  Happy eating, everyone!

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

Popcorn Trend Forecast!

By | Wedding Trends

PopcornTrendAs many of you may know, we here at Culinary Crafts have been predicting that popcorn would be new trendy snack food – and guess what?  Martha Stewart magazine just confirmed our long standing suspicious with this blurb about “Pipcorn” gourmet popcorn knocking out cupcakes as the ‘it’ take home treat!  You can see some of our popcorn creations and trend predictions for the tasty snack here and here.  Our trend setting is definitely not a new thing, either.  Here are some little know facts about Culinary Crafts’s trend setting ways!

  • Culinary Crafts was the first company to bring the chocolate fountain to the United States.  It originated in Toronto and Mary Crafts-Homer was looking for a unique presentation for the 2002 Olympics – and it definitely fit the bill!
  • Culinary Crafts created the Flaming Donut Station that is now the rage across the country
  • Culinary Crafts took the buffet vertical AND mobile with our unique buffet designs and our buffet tutus!
  • Culinary Crafts started the Mash Potato Bar because we wanted to re-invent the over-done Baked Potato Bar
  • Culinary Crafts started the Grand Dessert Buffet as a main event because Mary Crafts-Homer wanted to offer something a little different than just a cream puff and eclair buffet – and it is STILL a hit to this day!
  • Culinary Crafts was the first catering company in Utah to go green and local
  • Culinary Crafts was the first catering company in Utah to jump on the social media wagon and used it as their main marketing vehicle.

Mary says, “I don’t worry about posting all ideas on blogs and websites as there is no end to creativity.  When someone copies me,
I just create something new!”  Ain’t that the truth!  Happy popping, everyone!

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


Trend Alert: Late Night Snacks

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Event Tips and Planning, Modern Wedding Style, Hot Tips for Cool Brides

One of the new catering trends, which we here at Culinary Crafts love, is the late night snack!  It’s such a great way to treat your guests as they dance and mingle into the wee hours, plus it makes for some really fun food options!  Plus, everyone loves an occasional late night snack.  Take a look!


We love gourmet popcorn as a snack because it’s fun and has ENDLESS flavor possibilities!  Plus who doesn’t love popcorn?


Nachos, chips n’ salsa, and potato chips – a perfectly topped late night snack.  We especially love the chocolate dipped potato chips.  A delicious duo of salty and sweet!


Another great option is the comfort foods!  From our chicken and waffles to mini grilled cheese, people will love these miniature versions of classics.  You can even pair the grilled cheese with tomato soup to add more delciousness!


I love these mini hot dogs, kettle chips, french fries, and burger sliders.  People want to be able to grab their snack and keep on dancing, so these are perfect!  Plus, who hasn’t craved a tasty burger and fries after some late night fun?


Mini gourmet pizzas and tiny tacos are another great option for a grab and go snack!  Plus, think of the options!  Pizza toppings are limitless and the same for tacos – you can come up with some really great signature flavors to reflect the style of your event!  Yum!


Don’t forget the sweet snacks!  S’mores, chocolate dipped marshmallows, our house made donuts with house made gelato, milk and cookies, mini churros with dulce de leche…  Need I say more?


I also love these festive milkshakes!  The really add to the party vibe and people will love have a cool treat – especially on those hot summer nights!

As you can see, late night snacks are AWESOME!  And your guests will really appreciate the food pick-me-up as the night wears on.  We love these special bites for any event and love to see the creative and fun foods that are served!  Happy late night snacking, everyone!

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

Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer, Kelli Bramble Photography, and Angela Howard, A Pepper Nix Photographer

Culinary Crafts was Featured!

By | Featured: Culinary Crafts in the Press

Well, if you didn’t know already, the 2014 editions of the top three Utah Bride Magazines are out and we are honored to let you know that…


Thank you to Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom, Utah Valley Bride, and Utah Bride and Groom for selecting us to be a part of your beautiful magazines!  From real weddings, to inspiration shoots, to love stories, and even fashion forward food styling – we are so pleased to share our fabulous inspiration, events, and trend predictions with you!  Definitely pick up each one of these awesome publications, plus –  stay tuned because we are going to show you all of the fabulous articles we had a hand in and its going to be AMAZING!  Happy reading everyone!

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


Utah Bride Blog Inspiration Shoot

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Wedding Trends

Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite images from the GORGEOUS inspiration shoot that Utah Bride Blog featured recently.  It was truly and AMAZING shoot and styled so beautifully (by the wonderful Mara at Events by LMG), we just couldn’t resist sharing it again!  Check it out!


I love these invitations!  Pink Piggy Designs always amazes me with their creativity and stunning designs, and this one was definitely a fav!


Check out these gorgeous florals from Studio Stems!  I love the textural quality of the boutonniere – so even though its all shades of green, it still is visually impacting – and the bouquet!  Love it and the feathers are a wonderful touch!


Another fabulous creation from Pink Piggy Designs!  I love, love, love this color palette and these escort cards incorporate it beautifully!


How STUNNING is this tablescape?  Events by LMG definitely created a design that is over the top gorgeous!  Plus the sequined chair covers from La Tavola are so amazing!


One of my favorite ways to create visual interest at a table is by using different vessels for the flowers.  I love the use of the bigger central centerpiece and the smaller pieces moving out from the center to create a feeling of abundance and fullness.  LOVE!


How cool are Culinary Crafts‘s recycled wine bottle glasses?  We love using them at our events and they worked perfectly with the beautiful linens, stunning flowers, and sequined pops of gold!


We had so much fun creating this menu!  With inspiration from Miraval Spa in Arizona, we made a wonderful menu with elegant, yet earthy flavors and a southwestern feel – PERFECT for this inspiration shoot!  Yum!


I loved this signature cocktail!  The Desert Margarita was a twist on the traditional margarita, garnished with Prickly Pear Cactus – and for a sweeter, yet spicy, taste, Mexican Hot Chocolate garnished with a Cinnamon Stick!


Mmm… The plated 1st course was a Cilantro-crusted Scallop on Petite Black Bean Cake with Roasted Corn Salsa.  DELISH!


Dessert Trios are a favorite of mine, not only because they look beautiful, but they create different, distinct tastes for your guests!  They can try a little bit of each, without feeling overfull – not to mention they are a great way to end a perfect meal.  For this menu, we served Mini Tres Leche Cake with Strawberry Duxelle, Mexican Wedding Cookies drizzled with Diablo Chocolate Sauce, and sweet Corn Ice Cream with Prickly Pear Salsa.  Seconds, anyone?


How beautiful is the venue?  This is the Place Heritage Park was a perfect locale, full of hidden gems are breathtaking landscapes.  Not a bad place to spend the day!


What a GORGEOUS day full of simply stunning creativity and design.  Thank you so much to Utah Bride Blog for letting us help create this beautiful shoot and thank you to Alixann Loosle for sharing these STUNNING photos!  To see the original feature, check it out on Utah Bride Blog here.  Happy dreaming, everyone!

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

Photos by Alixann Loosle Photography