Monday Musings

March 29, 2019

The Top 15 places to eat lunch in Utah County


Culinary Crafts headquarters is located in Pleasant Grove, so we are always looking for great places for lunch in Utah County. We polled Ryan, Kaleb, and our chefs to come up with this list of our 15 favorite lunch spots.
  • Pizzeria 712 - 320 State St #185, Orem, UT - This has been a Crafts family favorite since it opened. 712's approach shares many of our own philosophies and values regarding food - simple yet creative, ingredient driven, and house-made. Always delicious!
  • Asahi - 1470 N State St, Orem, UT - Great sushi at a great price. Conveniently located. We go here a lot!Image result for asahi orem
  • Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi Bar - 1616 W Traverse Parkway, Lehi, UT - Not only is the sushi fabulous, there are lots of delicious options to satisfy even the sushi averse, including an impressive sake list.Image result for tsunami sushi
  • Oteo - 139 S State St, Lindon, UT - Tacos, sopes, and empanadas after our own hearts! Innovative and trendy, yet still simple and without fuss. Don't miss the avocado tacos.
  • Black Sheep Cafe - 19 N University Ave, Provo, UT - Southwestern Native American cooking with full bar selections. Upscale and full service, but still casual. Ryan recommends the hog jowl tacos!Image result for black sheep provo
  • Cravings Bistro - 25 W Center St, Pleasant Grove, UT - A modern take on classic comfort dishes (grilled cheese and soup). It's impossible to pick the wrong sandwich, but if you're undecided opt for the ABC (apples, bacon, and cheddar). And it's just a few blocks away from our own office!Image result for cravings bistro
  • The Foundry Grill - 8841 N Alpine Loop Rd, Sundance, UT - Ryan spends a lot of time skiing the slopes at Sundance, and drops in here often for an elegant dinner of modern American cuisine. The Tree Room, and Owl Bar are excellent too!Image result for foundry grill
  • Peace On Earth - 35 N 300 W #200, Provo, UT - Let's be honest, it's not easy to find a great cup of Joe of Utah County. We're so happy to see more places like this coming to town. Great sandwiches and beautiful digs as well!DSC08314.jpeg
  • Taqueria 27 - 1688 W Traverse Pkwy, Lehi, UT - Great food at great prices. Fun for groups. Also featuring an array of specials updated daily.Image result for taqueria 27
  • 180 Tacos - 3368 N University Ave, Provo, UT - Too many taco places you say? There's no such thing! Great to dine in or take. The daily specials are always fun!Image result for 180 tacos
  • Bam Bams BBQ - 1708 State St, Orem, UT - Delicious Texas-style BBQ. And just like in Texas, the best thing is the brisket! Image result for bam bam's restaurant
  • Yamato - 1074 State St, Orem, UT - As much as we like to see new comers in our local restaurant scene, we're also ecstatic that places like Yamato stand the test of time. Excellent sushi as well as other classic Japanese dishes.Related image
  • CHOM Burger - 45 300 N, Provo, UT - Just because you've ditched fast food for good, doesn't mean you can't find a tasty burger out there. We love CHOM. And the milkshakes are killer too (especially the rotating seasonal selection)!
  • Sidecar Cafe - 1715 W 500 S, Springville, UT - In addition to the great breakfast and lunch menus, you can check out the Legend's Motorcycle Museum while you're there.
  • Straptank - 1750 West 596 South, Springville, UT - Across the parking lot from Sidecar, this brewery (yep, you read that right) features pub grub to satisfy all comers.

May 20, 2013

Tasting Room Video on CEO Access | Monday Musings


Check out this fun video on the Tasting Room that CEO Access & Bride Access created! The Tasting Room is truly a versatile and AMAZING space whether you are planning a wedding or hosting a corporate or social event! Happy watching everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Utah County, and Park City catering on!

May 6, 2013

Some GORGEOUS Party Ideas! | Monday Musings


repost We are so thrilled to have found out that we were mention in the FABULOUS Ann Elizabeth's blog!  This post - all about cakes and parties themed around Ann Elizabeth's gorgeous invitations - was AMAZING.  You can check it out here.  We loved, loved, loved being a part of the events and had a blast coming up with creative ways to carry out the theme!  Thank you so much to Ann Elizabeth and, by the way, we loved the beautiful cakes from Layers that were featured in the post too!  Happy party planning everyone! Check out more on Salt Lake City, Utah County and Park City Catering at!

April 22, 2013

La Nay Ferme Partnership | Monday Musings


First off, Happy Earth Day! We love the Earth in all its beauty, and I have to say, it's a perfect day to post about our newest vendor partner! We here at Culinary Crafts have often made mention of our LOVE of using local, fresh, high quality products that enhance our food, better our community, and grow our local economy.  Today, I am proud to share with you our newest partnership that Culinary Crafts's has found, La Nay FermeLa Nay Ferme is a farm located in Provo, Utah that is completely focused on cultivating naturally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as creating a return to locally sourced produce in their community - which we are super excited about!  We know our food will be much better off because of the good work of La Nay Ferme, but you can have that goodness at your home too!  La Nay Ferme allows you to join their CSA (community supported agriculture) that gives you a share of their seasonal produce for 1 week, 4 weeks, or 12 weeks - which you can set up on their website - or they also have a market option where you can buy as you need and pick it up at the farm.  How awesome is that?!  We are so thrilled to have them as a new partner and are excited to see what they accomplish!  You can also check out a little more on La Nay Ferme and what their vision in this video.  Happy eating everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at!

March 4, 2013

Wedding Chicks Feature | Monday Musings


We are so pleased that this wedding (one of our favorites of 2012) was featured on Wedding Chicks today!  You may remember this wedding from our 3 part series on the venue, decor and food - because this wedding was JUST THAT AWESOME!  Check out the food segment here.  Thank you so much to Wedding Chicks for the post and congrats to Nikki & Mike, again!  It truly was spectacular! Check out more Salt Lake City, Utah County, and Park City catering at! Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

December 3, 2012

Just In Case You Missed It – BIG NEWS! | Monday Musings


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!  Remember - Its never to be early to think about finding the perfect dress - or about booking your wedding catering!  The task is easier than you may think with the top wedding vendors in the city : Culinary Crafts and Alta Moda.  Don't miss the Alta Moda sample sale for some once in a life time dresses at unbelievable pricing!  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!

November 26, 2012

Traverse Mountain Outlets Grand Opening! | Monday Musings


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with their families!  As we say farewell to turkey and stuffing, we now turn our attention to the next holiday season - which means many of us are thinking about gift giving!  Just in time for the holiday rush, we at Culinary Crafts are happy to announce The Outlets at Traverse Mountain are open and they are AMAZING!  Shops like Coach,  J Crew, Nike, Oakley, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Izod, Banana Republic - and many more - are all heavy hitters at this new shopping mecca!   This is such a wonderful addition to Utah County and we couldn't have been more excited to be a part of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and inaugural Tree Lighting. Check it out! The food was a clear highlight of the evening - and we pulled out all the stops!  Local pulled pork with pickled red onions, braised short rib stuffed mushrooms, and chipotle shrimp with lime and cilantro cream were just a few of the decadent morsels for the VIP guests!  YUM! Culinary Crafts brought in both our vertical buffets and floating buffets to give the food displays a very unique look - not to mention a stylish one!  Perfect for the high end beauty of The Outlets at Traverse Mountain! The Outlets at Traverse Mountain are stunning and we were honored to be chosen as their caterer of choice for their event - which took place in the GORGEOUS Customer Service Lounge.  Adding even more beauty to the evening were our friends at Scenemakers who created this AMAZING decor! Such a FABULOUS event and a BEAUTIFUL location!  Definitely a perfect place to do any holiday shopping you might have!  Happy gifting everyone! Check out more Utah County, Salt Lake City, and Park City catering on our website at! Decor by Scenemakers Photos by Keith Westerberg

October 22, 2012

Flaming Creations & The Tasting Room | Monday Musings


My, oh my, Culinary Crafts's cheeks are 'burning' with the thrill of this FANTASTIC feature on Utah Bride & Groom's blog today!  You can see it here.  We were so excited when they asked us to share Salt Lake City's catering trends and we couldn't help but showing off our fantastic downtown space, The Tasting Room too!  Thank you so much Utah Bride & Groom, we love you! For more Salt Lake City catering trends, check out! Photos by Logan Walker

October 8, 2012

Beautiful Ranch Wedding | Monday Musings


We are SO excited to share this GORGEOUS video that Kale Fitch sent over from a wedding we did this summer for Devan & Rodrigo. This beautiful event was held at the Red Cliff Ranch and is bursting with so much love, prettiness, and, of course, delicious food! Enjoy! rodrigo + devan | highlights from Kale Fitch on Vimeo. I hope you loved it as much as we did! Thank you Kale! And congrats to Devan & Rodrigo! Happy planning everyone! Check out our website at!

September 10, 2012

Good News! | Monday Musings


We are so thrilled to announce that one of Culinary Crafts's dessert creations was featured as the cover image on Catersource Magazine!!!!  This dessert, which we made for The Art of Catering Food Conference this past summer, was a GORGEOUS marjolaine that we can't wait to incorporate into our upcoming holiday and wedding menus!  The recipe is even featured on Catersource's website this month!  How cool is that?  Check out the other places I spied Culinary Crafts throughout the magazine! We are beyond honored to be a part of such an esteemed publication!  Thank you, Catersource!  Happy cooking everyone! Check out our website at!

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