Venues We Love

May 22, 2014

Venue Love: Rice Eccles Stadium


Today, I'd like to share a little love for one of Culinary Crafts's FAVORITE venues: Rice Eccles Stadium!  Recently, we had the honor of catering the Jet Blue "Inspiring Humanity" Gala at this stunning locale and we were reminded just how beautiful this space is!  With floor to ceiling windows to the west and a two tiered layout, this place is sure to appeal to anyone.  Check it out! RiceEccles_JetBlue Rice Eccles Stadium is located in the heart of the University of Utah campus and, man, is it a pretty building! RiceEccles_JetBlue2 This is one of the fantastic views out of those floor to ceiling east windows.  Pretty awesome, isn't it? RiceEccles_JetBlue3 On the east side of the space, you get a great view of the actual stadium, which Jet Blue used to showcase their US hub map for the occasion.  The guests LOVED it! RiceEccles_JetBlue4 And, not to be outdone by the west side's views, the east side windows that overlook the stadium still boast some AMAZING views of the mountains and campus too! RiceEccles_JetBlue5 This is the mezzanine level of the space which is PERFECT for cocktail hours before a reception, or in this case, the plated dinner and award ceremony.  Added bonus?  The guests had a great time watching the main floor transform and get the final touches before the main event - which definitely increased the sense of excitement! RiceEccles_JetBlue6 And here is the main space!  Pretty stunning, right?  I LOVE the high ceilings, the cool white walls, and the sense of grandeur that you get when you stand in this space.  Plus, the white walls are just begging to be transformed into your personal vision!  Whether is be a super chic, modern award gala or a vintage, elegant reception - any look is completely at home here. RiceEccles_JetBlue7 RiceEccles_JetBlue8 I love how many long tables we got to use at this event - with plenty of room to spare! RiceEccles_JetBlue9 As the sun began to set, they brought up the shades over the windows and it made for a pretty spectacular backdrop as the awards were handed out! RiceEccles_JetBlue10 We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this event turned out and Rice Eccles was the PERFECT venue!  I'm sure you are all wondering where the details of the event are, but don't worry!  We'll be bringing you more from this AMAZING awards ceremony soon, so you'll get to see all the awesomeness from that night!  Stay tuned, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! First two photos by Pepper Nix Photography and all other photos by Angela Howard Photography, A Pepper Nix Photographer

May 7, 2014

Venue Love: Washington School House Tour


Recently, I was fortunate enough to tour the historic Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Utah - and, boy, was it GORGEOUS!  Lucky for you, I got photos from the tour and I can share the beauty and design amazing-ness that this hotel boasts!  Check it out! angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc Nestled in the heart of downtown Park City, Utah, the Washington School House stands out with its pretty limestone facade and original architectural elements.  SO stunning! angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc2 Although the owners had the property's designers keep the historic feel in mind, they also added a ton of modern and contemporary touches - like this elegant and stiking signage.  It blends perfectly, don't you think? angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc3 angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc4 Off to the side of the entryway is this FABULOUS dining room where they serve gourmet made-to-order breakfasts as well as mouth-watering apres-ski appetizers (included with your accommodations, of course) that are prepared by their private chef, Ernesto Rocha, who also happens to be the head chef at the critically acclaimed Zoom restaurant in Park City.  They also allow outside catering for private events and weddings and we here at Culinary Crafts are SO excited to offer catering for those intimate events!!! angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc5 angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc6 Remember the made-to-order breakfast I mentioned earlier?  Well, we got to taste some of the breakfast offerings they have and it was DELICIOUS!  They also have fantastic pastry chef who made many to-die-for confections, but my favorite was a seriously AMAZING strawberry rhubarb coffee cake.  So yummy. angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc7 Now, onto the rest of t!  This room was my favorite with 16 foot ceilings and so much natural light.  Plus, check out the bathroom and that fantastic claw-footed tub!  Love it! angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc8 One of the other things I love about this hotel is their rooftop pool.  It was gorgeous and well-appointed, plus you can people-watch and feel like you are a part of the city while relaxin' pool-side. angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc9 Lastly, they have this FANTASTIC lounge that would be perfect for private parties and events!  It is cozy and inviting and I LOVED the details!  Exposed beams? Check! White washed brick? Check!  Fabulous, yet comfy, furniture? Check!  A boutique with AWESOME gifties?  Check plus! angela-howard-park-city-hotel-cc10 The Washington School House is such a gem and I LOVED every minute of the tour.  They have taken so much care to curate the art, furniture, and look of the place that you just feel extremely special having a stay there.  Plus, it would be AMAZING for a small wedding, private party, corporate event, and so much more!  They offer a 'buy-out' so you can get the hotel all to yourself and your guests - which I love for a wedding weekend or family holiday retreat!  Such a great addition to Park City and we can't wait to see the fabulous events to be had there!  Happy dreaming, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photos by Angela Howard Photography

March 19, 2014

Gorgeous Cocoa Canyon Ranch Wedding!


I am SO excited to show you this NEW and EXCLUSIVE venue that we here at Culinary Crafts are just in love with!  If you are looking for a one of a kind, rustic ranch retreat, well then Cocoa Canyon Ranch in Wallsburg, Utah is definitely the place!  Brimming with natural elegance and beautifully appointed, the ranch has enough space for a ceremony, reception, cocktail hour, and everything in between.  It's just so pretty, and luckily, we just did a wedding there a couple of weeks ago - and I can't wait to share it with you!  Check it out! CocoaCanyon How pretty is this entry?  I love the natural wood accents! CocoaCanyon2 This couple went sophisticated and chic, which just goes to show you how versatile Cocoa Canyon Ranch is!  The rustic venue balances out the super chic fur chair covers and bejeweled floral arrangements and adds a warm, inviting feel - which was expertly designed by Melissa Hagen of Soiree Productions. CocoaCanyon3 Love the stone fireplace, which was perfect for this cold and stormy day! CocoaCanyon4   CocoaCanyon5 So many delicious appetizers were had by the honored wedding guests!  No one was left hungry while waiting for the DELICIOUS dinner offerings to come! CocoaCanyon6 How GORGEOUS did the reception look?  I love the soft candle light and the all white palette.  So romantic and perfect in this venue! CocoaCanyon7 Our very own Mary Crafts-Homer donned a Culinary Crafts chef's coat and served the guests appetizers - which I love.  Even though she's the head honcho 'round here, she still makes sure to give 100% in ALL areas of Culinary Crafts.  Plus, take a look at these AMAZING eats!  Served buffet style, we  had 3 stations chock full of choices - like the Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Stacks and the French Onion Soup Sips with Torched Swiss Cheese.  Yum! CocoaCanyon8 Even more mouth-watering bites.  House Made Seeded Flat Bread, Ice Berg Wedge Salads, Tomato Bisque with Basil Chiffonade, Beef Sliders with Angry Onions & Arugula, Pulled Pork Sliders with BBQ Sauce & Pickled Red Onions, plus 2 dipping sauces!  Garlic Aioli and Utah Fry Sauce! CocoaCanyon9 We also served Regular AND Sweet Potato Fries, Blackened Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw & Creamy Lime Drizzle, Margherita Pizzas, and Pepperoni Pizzas.  So much AWESOME food! CocoaCanyon10 And, of course, we had sweet treats too!  Mini Creme Brulees, S'mores Shooters, and a Hot Cocoa Bar!  Love it!  Perfect selections for a winter wedding! What an AMAZING wedding and such a STUNNING venue!  If you are looking for a venue that is something different and breathtaking, definitely check out Cocoa Canyon Ranch!  Happy planning, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

January 22, 2014

Culinary Crafts & Utah Bride and Groom Giveaway!


Giveaway We are so stoked to let you all know that we have partnered with Utah Bride & Groom to bring you an AWESOME giveaway at our venue, The Tasting Room!  This giveaway includes use of The Tasting Room for a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, wedding luncheon, bridal shower, or bachelor party for up to 100 guests, as well as tables, chairs, linen rentals, and even catering up to $3000 with a personal consultation for your event with our very own Mary Crafts-Homer!!!  Amazing, right?!  All you have to do to enter is vist UBG's giveaway page here and read the rules and enter to win!  The entry period ends on February 28, 2014 - so get a move on and enter right away!  Good luck everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at!  

November 22, 2013

The Tasting Room is In Visit Salt Lake’s November Newsletter!


CC_TastingRoom3 Visit Salt Lake is definitely the premier visitor and meeting guide for all things that are AWESOME in Salt Lake!  Looking for amazing restaurants, fabulous places to stay, or astounding things to do (plus everything in between?) - well, Visit Salt Lake has got you covered!  They also host a wealth of knowledge on this city that many of us call home.  So, knowing all the greatness that is VSL, we at Culinary Crafts were so honored to see that our venue, The Tasting Room, in downtown Salt Lake City was included in their November newsletter!  You can see the blurb here.  Cool, huh?  Plus, I have to say it was perfect timing because The Tasting Room is a truly one-of-a-kind venue for holiday parties and events - so any of you who are looking for a great space to host your shindig, check it out!  Thank you again to Visit Salt Lake and happy planning everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photo by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

October 11, 2013

High Style Wedding At Salt Lake Hardware


HeatherNan Before we head off into this cold and rainy weekend - which I actually am loving - I want to share this GORGEOUS and stylish wedding that Heather Nan featured on her blog this week.  We loved this wedding and creating the menu was so much fun, not to mention it was just STUNNINGLY designed by Events by LMG, of course!  Check out the post here.  I hope your weekend is full of cozy activities, beautiful fall leaves, and crisp fall air!  Happy weekend everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Catering: Culinary Crafts Photos: Heather Nan Photography Event Design: Events by LMG Paper Goods: Pink Piggy Design Flowers: Studio Stems Venue: Salt Lake Hardware Building

September 3, 2013

Charming, Whimsical Wedding at The Tasting Room


Today, I'm so excited to share this lovely wedding that was held recently at our downtown Salt Lake City venue, The Tasting Room and catered by Culinary Crafts!  Bursting with whimsical details, pretty touches, and fab food,  this wedding was so much fun!  Check it out! TastingRoom We loved that the guests were greeted with the photo guest book table!  Not only a fun way for your guests to drop you a line, but a great way to make sure you get a picture of all of the fabulous friends and family that celebrated the day with you! TastingRoom2 The oversized "LOVE" signage topped of with colorful balloons was another fun touch!  We love the pairing of these details with the neutral burlap linens.  It really adds a sense of balance and warmth to the event. TastingRoom3 The ceremony set up was so pretty with the lovely handmade bunting and those beautiful fruitwood chivari chairs! Another great mix of elements that created a great overall feel. TastingRoom4 Check out these AWESOME cakes!  I love that the wedding cake topper was a zombie-fied version of the bride and groom - And how cool is the vintage VW bug groom's cake?  Such great attention to detail (the license plate says JSTMRD) and those cans are just so cute! TastingRoom5 This wedding was chock full of delicious eats - starting with the appetizers!  The guests were treated to an assortment of Lemon Marinated Tortellini and Sun-dried Tomato Skewers, Bruschetta with Roasted Artichoke and Gorgonzola, and Ahi Tuna Tartare in Won Ton Cone.  YUM! TastingRoom6 So many fun details!  From the cute, pink dachshund escort cards, the tiny Maker's Mark favors, to the shimmery gold table numbers - this wedding had so many things that showed off this couple's personality!  Love it! TastingRoom7 This is one of my favorite Culinary Crafts's summer salads - which you can find a recipe for here.  We plated this beautiful Balsamic Marinated Watermelon Salad with Crushed Pistachios and pre-set it for the guests so when they were invited to sit down for dinner, they were welcomed with this pretty and refreshing salad! TastingRoom8 TastingRoom9 Love this buffet!  It was full of seasonal favorites like Fresh Fruit & Berries, Fresh Green Beans with Lemon and Toasted Almonds, and Pommes Anna! TastingRoom10 They couple also chose to served Grilled Hawaiian Butter Fish with Rhubarb Compote and Balsamic Strawberries, Carved Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Cilantro Lime Aioli and Charred Tomato Salsa, Crispy Onion Straws, and Filly Frisee Watercress and Baby Lettuce Salad with Beets, Goat Cheese and Walnuts with Lemon Walnut Vinaigrette.  Seriously, so DELICIOUS! We loved this wedding and loved all of the personal touches that the couple added.  Not to mention, The Tasting Room was the perfect venue!  Thank you so much to Jessica & Solomon for letting us help them with this AMAZING day! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photos by Angela Howard, A Pepper Nix Photographer    

August 8, 2013

Venue Love: Rose House at Red Butte Gardens


Today, I'd like to showcase another FANTASTIC space that Red Butte Garden has to offer - The Rose House!  This new and contemporary space boasts the ability to host an indoor/outdoor event for more intimate gatherings with gorgeous architecture in a breathtaking setting.  It can host 80 guests seated (or 100 theater style) and is simply stunning with floor to ceiling windows that offer unobstructed views of the surrounding grounds.  Seriously, this space is a perfect for any event!  Speaking of which, Culinary Crafts had the honor of catering a wedding reception that was held there recently and we were floored!  Check it out! RoseHousePost Isn't Red Butte Garden just STUNNING!  And for the couple wanting some truly extraordinary photo ops, this is the place! RoseHousePost2 I love this bouquet!  The poppy yet natural color palette is just perfect and balanced beautifully with the soft whites and vibrant greens. RoseHousePost3 We love this family!  The bride is actually one of three sisters, all of whom we have had the pleasure of helping with their weddings!  And, interestingly, they all have selected Red Butte Garden for their wedding reception.  The other 2 sisters held their receptions in the AMAZING Orangerie, but Lauren took the opportunity to use the new Rose House!  Quite a tradition for this wonderful family and we just love them! RoseHousePost4 Mmm.  This cake was dreamy and I love the use of fresh fruit for decoration - not to mention the use of the striped linens to set the cake table apart!  And don't you just love the simple yet bold linens and centerpieces on the other tables!? RoseHousePost5 This event was all about casual ease, so we served grab and go items like these Mini Pulled Pork Sliders, which everyone loved, and allowed them to mingle all night! RoseHousePost6 We, of course, created a selection of sweet treats as well!  The simple, yet delicious, cake pops and the fresh and delectable berry parfaits were welcome morsels!  Yum! RoseHousePost7 RoseHousePost8 Isn't this space just GORGEOUS!  I love the seamless flow it creates from the indoor area to the outdoor patio.  Functional and beautiful - that why we love it! RoseHousePost9 I love the use of the modern sun shades on the outdoor patio!  Such a fun detail that keeps your guests out of the heat and creates some really wonderful visual interest! RoseHousePost10 We have always loved Red Butte Garden and the spaces that they have offered and new Rose House did not disappoint!  This space is a perfect addition and we are so excited to do more events there this year!  Happy planning everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photos by Pepper Nix Photography

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