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New Downtown Salt Lake City Venue: Church & State

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As I’m sure you know, Culinary Crafts is always on the lookout for new, interesting, and gorgeous venues.  When we found out about Church & State in downtown Salt Lake City, well, I can say we were thrilled!  Originally constructed in 1893 (which means it dates back to even before Utah was granted its statehood), this venue was recently renovated from a church to a breathtaking 3,500 sqft space that is perfect for any event!  It boasts traditional styling with touches of modern, industrial design elements and an AMAZING floor to ceiling Mondrian-style stained glass window.  Such a unique and versatile space, we couldn’t wait to host Brianna & Dylan’s wedding here!  Thanks to Kelli Bramble for the beautiful photos!  Check it out!

The couple was looking for a venue that could transition from their wedding ceremony to their reception in the same space. With a guest list of about 100, they needed a larger venue with multiple spaces for each part of their day.  Well, Church & State was just the ticket and it had just the right mix of natural and industrial elements to fit the couple’s style!  Isn’t it stunning?

Their ceremony took place upstairs and then transitioned into the cocktail hour with lounge furniture and cocktail tables so the guests could mix and mingle with each other.  We love how light and bright this space was!

Of course, we served delicious bites during cocktail hour.  The guests were served butler-passed hors d’oeuvres of Carolina Style BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders and Mozzarella Salata Skewers with Kalamata Olives, Tomato, Basil, and Balsamic Drizzle.  So good!

The couple chose a sophisticated color palette of black, white, and gold for their reception dinner which allowed this venue’s unique beauty to shine through!  We love how the palette tied into the space so perfectly.  So pretty!

We love to pre-set elements of the menu on the tables to engage the guests and get them excited for the food to come!  So, for this event, we plated our House-Made Artisan Rolls with Paddle of Sea Salted Butter.  Yummy!

The guests were welcomed to the main level for a fantastic buffet dinner and the sounds of Pixie & the Partygrass Boys provided the perfect background music!

The buffet was a collection of some of our signature favorites!  Like our Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette and our Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sage Butter, which is AMAZING!

We loved the multiple levels of serving dishes in the buffet because it added so much visual interest!  Another menu offering?  Our Roasted Fingerling Potatoes!

We rounded out the menu with our Green Beans Almondine and Lemon Herb Chicken!  What an elegant feast!!!

Isn’t Church & State gorgeous?  We love it and hope it inspires all of you planning your own events to check it out (and other new venues) to find a unique space that fits your style perfectly!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Venue Spotlight: Hank’s Place

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Today, I am going to show you a new venue that we are LOVING!  It’s called Hank’s Place and it’s located in the beautiful Provo Canyon and it is simply stunning!  Perfect for an intimate wedding, rustic fête, or even a corporate retreat that is sure to enchant any guest – simply put, this place is AMAZING!  Check it out!

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Isn’t the outdoor fireplace awesome?  We love how great this space is and it truly provides an extra ordinary location that is simply breathtaking!

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We made sure our hors d’oeuvres were elegant, but still had a rustic feel to match the feeling of the space – and they were as tasty as they were pretty!

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How awesome is this lounge?  We love the rentals and the eclectic vibe the furniture created!

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We made sure the guests had refreshing beverages too!  These Utah Lavender Lemonades were not only fabulous, but we made them with local Sugarhouse Distillery Vodka!

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And, of course, to take the event to the level, we roasted a whole pig on the spit – which the guests always get a kick out of!

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Isn’t this space, pretty?  Such a perfectly, magical evening!

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Another, fun station our guests loved was the Fresh Hand-Pulled Mozzarella station, which we then used on our Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad!  Yum!

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So, you might be wondering what we did with the pig we were roasting?  Well, after it was done, we served it with White Cheddar, Cabbage, and Mustard Slaw topped with Blood Orange Barbecue Sauce and Pickled Onions all on a House Made Cornbread Waffle.  So good!  Plus, what’s a barbecue without grilled yummy-ness?  So, we served Shrimp, Onion, and Sweet Pepper Skewers glazed with Sweet Tomato Jam and Utah Corn on the Cob with Smoked Paprika and Lime Butter – and it was SO delicious!

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Our Mustard Slaw was so good!  Plus, aren’t these individual mason jars of Mary’s Gnocchi fun?  We love this dish!

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Lastly, of course we had to served some super, fun desserts!  Our Southern Style Shortcake Bar served up Buttermilk Shortcake with Fresh Peaches, Chocolate Shortcakes with Strawberries, and Lemon Shortcake with Berries (and of course all of them had a generous helping of House-Made Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream!)  Plus, we just had to have a S’mores bar too!

We love this venue and had so much fun creating such a fun menu for this event!  If you are looking for an exceptional venue for a unique wedding or event, this is the place!  We loved Hank’s Place and can’t wait to do more magical events here!  Happy planning, 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!

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

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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!

Learn more about Culinary Crafts by visiting their website and following along on social media:

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The Dunn Estate

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We are excited to announce a new venue that just came on the market called the Dunn Estate and it’s located in beautiful Oakley, Utah. The rustic log cabin is available for the wedding party to dress on site as well as enjoy the property for the day. There is an acre of mowed grass that looks up into the Uinta mountain. There is plenty of room for buses and to shuttle guests as well as parking for individual cars. Culinary Crafts is the exclusive venue manager and exclusive caterer for this venue.

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It is located at the top of Weber canyon right in the turn at Smith Warehouse area. There are discounted dates available for 2016 and full-priced dates for 2017.

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The secluded nature of the property and the beautiful mountain vistas are easy to love.

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Not many mountain estates have a full acre of flat mowed grass to design a gorgeous setting for ceremony, cocktails, dinner, and dancing.

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This is the the beautiful Dunn Estate in Fall!

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For more information or to schedule a site visit, please contact Mary at marycrafts@culinarycrafts.com.

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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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Culinary Crafts is SO excited to share this Instagram of the Week from our friends at TAG Ranch!  Not only is it a great shot by Pepper Nix Photography, who we love, or that it’s an awesome whiskey barrel bar, which we LOVE to do, but it also shares a little bit of news we are happy to share!  Culinary Crafts is now one of TAG Ranch‘s preferred vendors and we are so excited!  Thank you for the share, TAG Ranch!  And remember, use the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy Earth Day, everyone!

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New Venue Spotlight: The Falls

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Culinary Crafts is always on the lookout for new and AMAZING venues.  Well, Salt Lake City, get ready because The Falls Event Center is opening at Trolley Square in December 2015! Culinary Crafts is beyond excited to be one of its EXCLUSIVE caterers as The Falls promises to be an elegant and unique venue with loads of options for weddings, corporate, and social events.  Another fantastic feature?  This urban chic venue boasts an adjoining courtyard for outdoor cocktail hours, ceremonies, etc.  So stylish and versatile!

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This is the perfect space for any event, whether it be intimate or large.  The north building can host parties of up to 360 for seated events or up to 700 for reception-style events.  Capacity increases even more with the use of both the north and south building, plus you can entertain in style because they have high tech video and sound equipment on-site.  We are so excited to welcome this venue space and we can’t wait to be a part of the events that will be held there soon!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Partner Spotlight: Snuck Farm

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We here at Culinary Crafts couldn’t help but share this lovely article from The Daily Herald featuring the fabulous Snuck Farm.  See it here. You may remember that they hosted our very first, awesomely delicious, Pop Up Restaurant!  Not only did they provide their lovely produce for the event, but we really just love everything about this place! Check them out and also you can purchase their amazingly fresh produce at our Farmer’s Market this Saturday at our Pleasant Grove location, 9 am-1pm.  They’ll also be providing freshly picked greens again for our next Pop Up Restaurant at our Pleasant Grove facility on September 19th.  (Purchase tickets here!) Happy reading, everyone!

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from one of our talented wedding planners, Anne Danner!  We love that we are on the brink of the start of wedding season and Anne has been visiting all sorts of venues, including the beautiful Cactus & Tropicals!  Thanks for sharing some behind the scenes beauty, Anne!  And remember to add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts or tag us at @culinarycrafts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy Friday, everyone!

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