Favorite Find Friday

December 7, 2012

Family Style Dinner | Favorite Finds Friday


We here at Culinary Crafts LOVE family style dining and we believe that whether you are planning a wedding or a corporate affair, no other serving style inspires getting conversation going and really interacting with the people around you.  The act of sharing food with your table is the type of thing that instantly brings people together.  With this in mind, we were thrilled to create a beautiful and delicious family style lunch service for the recent Women In Weddings Luncheon at the Red Cliff RanchUtah Bride Blog were thrilled with this trend too and even posted a blog about it today - with some input from yours truly.  Check it out here. That you so much to Utah Bride Blog for sharing this catering trend!  If you are looking for an intimate and fun way to engage your guests, this is definitely the way to go!  Happy eating! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering on! Photos by David Newkirk

November 30, 2012

BIG NEWS! Alta Moda Sample Sale | Favorite Finds Friday


Oh my goodness we are SOOOOO excited!   Alta Moda bridal boutique will host their annual Sample Sale on Saturday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m - and if you are looking for a dress, you CANNOT miss this event!  Its seriously the best, best, best sale to get a GORGEOUS designer gown of your dreams - at seriously discounted prices.  It's so AWESOME and I can't believe it's already here!  Here are the deets from Alta Moda: Brides-to-be are invited to line up early for a selection of more than 50 couture wedding dresses marked down 50 to 85 percent. Gowns start as low as $500, with many under $1000. There will be dresses from all of your favorite designers; Jorge Manuel, Anne Barge, Augusta Jones, Modern Trousseau, Vera Wang, and more. Things you’ll want to know:     •    Sale hours are 10am – 2pm, December 15th only     •    No appointments: First come, First served (wait list)     •    Gowns are sold as is, alterations not included     •    Only sample sale gowns will be on display     •    No holds and all sales final – come ready to buy     •    Most gowns are suited for street sizes 4-12     •    We only do this once a year, so now is the time     •    Space is limited; only one or two key decision makers/guests per bride We love our gowns and treat them with the best of care, so you can be assured you are getting your dream dress at a coveted price. This really is the sale to end all sales. At last year’s sample sale, the Alta Moda staff arrived an hour early to find there were already more than a dozen brides and their moms lined-up outside the doors. Brides show up early, and know exactly what they are going to find: a gorgeous dress at a steal of a price. Come early, wear a warm coat, and bring hot cocoa or coffee to keep warm. Doors will open at exactly 10 a.m., and you’ll be welcomed into the shop to stay warm and cozy as you wait for your consultation. Once inside, your name will be put on a list in order of the line/arrival so you can find a seat and wait for your name to be called-- no fuss, and no need to hold your place! Consultations will be limited to 40 minutes. We’ll be running many more fitting rooms than usual to help get you in your dream dress as quickly as we can. And just because it’s a sample sale, it doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Each bride will get an experienced consultant from start to finish. Our consultants know all the gowns (by name, and inside and out), all the tricks, and how to make sure you are beyond thrilled. Only four gowns can be initially selected, but your consultant will guide you and make sure you try on the perfect styles until you find the one. Come ready to buy the dress of your dreams! Good luck and happy shopping, ladies! Check out more on Salt Lake City, Utah County, and Park City catering on!

October 19, 2012

A Perfect Fall Recipe! | Favorite Finds Friday


We at Culinary Crafts LOVED that we were asked to represent as the Salt Lake/Park Ciy caterer in the recent Utah Bride Blog fall editorial!  We had so much fun creating the wonderful menu and working with a team of such talented vendors, all of whom we just love to pieces.  In honor of our fabulous shoot, we've decided to share our recipe for the simply divine Butternut Squash soup - which is a perfect fall addition to any menu!  Enjoy! To find more recipes and more on Utah catering, check out our website at! Photo courtesy of Pepper Nix Photography

October 5, 2012

DIY Project: Wine Bottle Glasses! | Favorite Finds Friday


Today, I'd like to share a nifty little DIY project that we at Culinary Crafts recently put into good use at one of our weddings (which was GORGEOUS - by the way) and couldn't resist sharing it with you!  These upcycled wine bottle glasses are really very easy and a BEAUTIFUL addition to any event or party you might be having!  Take a look! All you need to do to make these little beauties is a wine bottle, string, lighter fluid, a lighter, and some sand paper.  Firstly, dip your string in the lighter fluid then tie it around the wine bottle.  Make sure the string is fairly straight so your glass has a nice edge.  Next, use the lighter to light the string on fire.  Let it burn for a couple seconds and then blow it out.  Remove the string and tape the line where the string burned lightly until the top of the wine bottle separates from the bottle.  Then take the sand paper and sand down the cut top of the glass to eliminate sharp or dangerous edges.  That's it!  You now have a wonderful, upcycled glass that is pretty and made of reclaimed materials!  Pretty awesome, if you ask me!  Happy weekend everyone! Check out our website at! Photos by Keith Westerberg

September 7, 2012

A Perfect Engagement | Favorite Finds Friday


Today, I'd like to showcase Mary Crafts's daughter Meagan and her BEAUTIFUL engagements, captured by the ever so talented Jacque Lynn of Jacque Lynn Photography!  I love these engagements even more because they tell Meagan and Clayton's story.  Meagan and Clayton started their engagements where they started their courtship, on stage!  (They met each other at Tuachan.)  Next, they revisited their first date which was a picnic - how cute!  I love the trend of people letting their engagements tell people more about the couple's personality, rather than a stiff posed portrait.  These are so gorgeous and I love the way Meagan and Clayton are so naturally at ease with each other - and it helps to have an amazing photographer like Jacque Lynn too!  We are so excited for Meagan and Clayton's upcoming wedding (the countdown is starting!) and I couldn't resist sharing these with all of you!  Take a look! Thank you to Jacque for sharing these photos with us and CONGRATS to Meagan and Clayton!  You two are perfect for each other!  Happy weekend! Check out our website at! Photos by Jacque Lynn Photography

August 17, 2012

The Best Accessories Are At Lily & Iris | Favorite Finds Friday


Are you a bride or bridesmaid who would love to add a little bling to your wedding day dress?  Or just a lady with a love of fabulous accessories?  Well, let me tell you the BEST place in Salt Lake to find all the most beautiful baubles - Lily & Iris!  They seriously have the most beautiful and high-end accessories EVER.  From stoles, hair combs, facinators, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, clutches, purses, brooches, rings and more, you'll find a plethora of perfect pieces for any taste and look!  Even better, sometimes Lily & Iris has sales on these gorgeous trinkets - which make the joy of owning one of these spectacular accessories even better!!!  Our very own Mary Crafts-Homer recently attended one of the sales and went toe to toe with our dear Mara Marian-Harwood of Events by LMG.  The item?  A drop dead stunning necklace!  Unfortunately, Mary lost the prize, but the up side is that we love Mara and love the necklace on her too!  :)  In either case, you know the pieces are good when two style mavens are fighting for them!  Check out Lily & Iris (and keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming sale!), you will thank me later!  Happy weekend everyone! Check out our website at! Photos from Lily & Iris's blog  

August 3, 2012

Vendor Spotlight: In The Event | Favorite Finds Friday


Today, I'd like to share one of Culinary Crafts's newest favorite vendors, In the EventIn The Event is a super high end, technologically wow-ing event rental company with custom rentals for the most over the top dreamer!  Ali Dempsy from In The Event says this about the company, "In The Event is a full service event design company providing the ultimate in products and services to our clients throughout the U.S.  We are the only wireless LED decor house in the Utah area, specializing in modular LED furniture, modular tables, bars, cubes, walls, towers, and dance floors.  We pride ourselves on bringing innovative event design and decor to the Utah area.  With an emphasis in corporate events, we manufacture many items in house to offer our clients custom products and design that will keep company events exciting and new each year."  That doesn't mean that weddings can't use them for an over the top club feel, or a super AMAZING LED dance floor, or even a snazzy lounge area with your custom monogram to toast the newlyweds!  Here are just a few of the AWESOME events to showcase the great stuff the do. ' The also have a guarantee that every event is 100% unique, meaning that they never duplicated and get creative with their offerings to make sure your event is 100 % yours and totally tailored to you!  PLUS, they are GREEN!  We love our partners in enviromental stewardship, as if we did think they were the bee's knees anyhow!  This company is definitely a must for the event that needs something a little bit over the top and out of this world, plus they are super nice!  If you are planning an event, definitely check them out!  Happy planning everyone! Check out our website at! Images provided by In The Event

July 27, 2012

We Were Featured on UBB! | Favorite Finds Friday


We are SO pleased to see that this beautiful and romantic wedding with a chic Bohemian vibe was featured on Utah Bride Blog!  Rylee and Vaughn were such a fun and gorgeous couple and we LOVED working with them!  Check it out here.  Happy weekend everyone! Check out our website at! Photograph by Alixann Loosle Photography

June 22, 2012

Utah Pistachios | Favorite Finds Friday


Did you know Utah is home to many OUTSTANDING foods?  If you know anything about Culinary Crafts, you know our love of using the freshest local products !  Our very own Mary Crafts-Homer thought she knew all of the local foods that Utah had to offer, but was pleasantly surprised to find another fantastic local product we can use in our menus!  Did you know we have a pistachio orchard right here in Utah?  That's right!  Red Rock Ranch Pistachio Orchards are located in southern Utah and are the cultivators and growers of some truly delectable pistachios!  We are so excited to have found them and I know Mary is looking forward to creating many new and delicious menu items with these pistachios!  You can pick some up on their website here or at your local Harmon's.  Enjoy! Check out our website at! Photos via Red Rock Ranch Pistachio Orchards

June 8, 2012

It’s Almost Here! | Favorite Finds Friday


I am so sorry for the lack of posts, dear readers, but believe me it is for a good reason!!!  We are so excited that our space is just about to open and we are putting in all of our time (and blood, sweat, and tears!) to make sure everything is perfect - and believe me, it'll be worth the wait!  Stay tuned for news and updates coming soon!  Happy weekend everyone! Check out our website at!  

27x winner Utah’s Best of State

24x Best of State Caterer

3x Best of the Best / Hospitality

1x Entrepreneur of the Year