Wednesday Wisdom

January 30, 2013

Culinary Crafts on Culinary Crafts! | Wednesday Wisdom


Thank you to the Issimo team for producing this AMAZING video that gives you an extra special glimpse of Culinary Crafts and why we do what we do! Such a fun look - definitely check it out! Happy watching everyone! Check out more on Salt Lake City, Utah County, and Park City catering at!

January 23, 2013

Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Feature – Wedding In The Woods | Wednesday Wisdom


Still so enchanted with the beauty of the local bridal magazines and blushing from the wedding we were a part of that were published, we have another to share with you today!  This beauty from Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine is just exquisite!  And with vendors like Events by LMG, Layers Cake, and Honey of a Thousand Flowers - we expected nothing short of AMAZING!  Check it out! Here's one of the GORGEOUS layouts from the magazine - with images by Jesse Erasmus Photography. The bridal party went neutral, but far from boring!  We loved the mix of tones, patterns, and style to let each person show of their own style. This fresh and simple cake from Layers Cake was a perfect fit for this elegant reception.  Plus, the invitation suite (designed by the talented bride) featured laser cut detailing - we are in LOVE! Another favorite detail was the woodland creature place settings.  They looked whimsical and beautiful - a perfect match! Check out this STUNNING reception - the Events by LMG crew are just flawless!  We loved the strung lights, vineyard tables, and gorgeous florals from Honey of a Thousand Flowers.  This was truly a unique and beautiful wedding!  A heartfelt thanks to Jessica and Dan for letting us partake in their celebration and we are also so thankful to Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom for featuring this wedding! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Reception Private ranch in Oakley Wedding Planner Mara Harwood, Events by LMG Photography Jesse Erasmus Photography Gown Alterations Jen Jackson, Altered Elegance Hair and Makeup The Beauty Lush Hair and Makeup Artistry by Mary Ann Flowers Honey of a Thousand Flowers Catering Culinary Crafts Cake Layers Cake Entertainment Puddle Mountain Ramblers Rentals and Lighting Alpine Event Rentals

January 16, 2013

Utah Bride & Groom Feature – A Timeless, Romantic Wedding | Wednesday Wisdom


We are excited to share the next jaw-droppingly gorgeous wedding featured in our AMAZING local bridal magazines!  This one, featured in the beautiful Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, is a classic and timeless event full of romantic and beautiful touches.  Held at the High Star Ranch, we loved the way the setting elevated this wedding from beautiful to knockout!  This New York couple wanted to create a relaxed, peaceful, and memorable day for their guests and we think it worked out stunningly!  The barn was a perfect setting for the guests's family style dinner, created and served by yours truly, Culinary Crafts!  We loved this wedding and hope you do too!  Without further ado, check it out! The GORGEOUS layout n Utah Bride & Groom magazine featuring photos from the talented Britt Chudleigh!  We also could resist sharing some of our photos from the day, so here's a bit more of this pretty wedding! We loved the chic lounge furniture admist the mountain background.  This created perfect space for the guests to relax and mingle during the reception! What BEAUTIFUL details, right?  We can't resist the natural beauty of Sarah Winward's Honey of a Thousand Flowers florals (they never cease to amaze!) and the flawless planning by Utah Events by Design. Guests we treated to Utah local cheeses and honey and passed hors d'oeuvres including Basil-Crusted Sea Scallops, Watermelon topped with Soy Glaze and Utah Pistachios, and Ahi Tuna with Sesame Soy Crisps.  They also whetted their guests's whistles with lavender infused lemonade.  Yum! The long vineyard tables, burlap runners, silver candlesticks, tall candles, and soft pink flowers created a feeling of warmth, romance, and classic beauty. Prosciutto Wrapped Lemon Sage Chicken , House Made Fennel Slaw, Ricotta Gnocchi, and Grilled Skirt Steak with Potato Artichoke Hash were the scrumptious offering served family style.  This is DEFINITELY one of our favorite ways to served dinner to guests.  It encourages interaction, conversation, and sharing - all of which is great for the joining of two families! The barn was a STUNNING venue for the vineyard tables and we loved the strung lights that created a soft light that was fun and unique! The couple's favors were S'mores, cutely packaged, naturally!  And this cake, made by Cake Dame was the ultimate in refined simplicity!  Not to mention, we loved that each tier had its own unique flavor - amaretto, lemon poppy, chocolate, and banana nut!  Delish! This wedding was SO pretty and we are so thankful that Utah Bride and Groom chose it for their 2013 edition!  Remember, there's even more beautiful features to come, so stay tuned! Check out more on Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photography in Utah Bride & Groom for Feature: Britt Chudleigh Wedding planner: Utah Events by Design Catering: Culinary Crafts Reception site: High Star Ranch Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers Rentals: Diamond Rental Invitations: Graphic design by Freshly Minted Invitations; Calligraphy by The Love Byrd; Letterpress by Coeur Noir Guest Book: New York, Line by Line: From Broadway to the Battery, by Robinson Gown: Oscar de la Renta Shoes: Christian Louboutin                                    Hairpiece: Jennifer Behr Groom’s suit and Bridal Party Suits (respectively): Zara Men’s Wearhouse Cake: Cake Dame Entertainment: Joe Muscolino Band

January 9, 2013

Hot Chocolate Bar | Wednesday Wisdom


One of our favorite winter wedding trends is DEFINITELY the Hot Chocolate Bar.  This beautifully chic station we set up for Taylor and James's December nuptials was a smashing (and GORGEOUS) success! Here are a few words about it from the BEAUTIFUL bride: "Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks and I can honestly say the hot chocolate at my wedding is the best I have ever had. presented it beautifully with flakes of milk and white chocolate to accent the drink and they even provided whipped cream and cinnamon to top it off. Many of my guests commented on how fantastic the chocolate-y drink was and my husband and I agreed." How fun and DELICIOUS!  We also loved that Taylor and James used their hot chocolate offerings as the toasting beverage for their winter wedding - so fun and unique!  There is also no end to the creative add-ins and toppings you can have as well!  Peppermint candies, caramels, homemade flavored marshmallows, coconut, toffee, sea salt, candied ginger, cinnamon, whipped cream - seriously - there are SO many ideas you could come up with!  Happy planning everyone!  And congrats to Taylor and James!  We loved being a part of your perfect day!!!  Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at!

December 26, 2012

A Gorgeous Winter Wedding | Wednesday Wisdom


Hello, dear readers! To welcome you back after the Christmas bustle, I thought this event was a perfect fit. Today we have an intimate and BEAUTIFUL wedding of the ever so talented woman behind Taylor Made Weddings held at the 15th Street Gallery! It's full of holiday sparkle and gorgeous simplicity - and we just love that Taylor and James asked Culinary Crafts to help add to the couple's special day! Our favorite part was the guests's reaction to the Ring of Fire action station with our signature Flaming Doughnuts! So fun! Take a look! Taylor & James from Malcolm Judd on Vimeo. And extra special thanks to MJ Films for sharing this video with us! And congrats to Taylor and James - you are such a wonderful couple! To see more on Salt Lake City, Utah County, and Park City catering go to!

December 19, 2012

Using Social Media At Your Wedding! | Wednesday Wisdom


With the popularity of social media, people are being even more connected and even more, well, social with each other.  Gone are the days when you had to wait until you saw your friends to tell them how awesome you thought that new movie was or how AMAZING that new restaurant was - now you can tell them, and any one else, immediately afterwards or even during your experience.  And it doesn't stop there!  Culinary Crafts is LOVING the way these modern couples are incorporating their guests experiences of your wedding day through the use of social media.  Check out this beautiful Rockabilly wedding held at the Victory Ranch, where they definitely used social media to capture memories of the day! Love the special touch of incorporating the Johnson name with the florals "Johnson Gasolene" vintage style tin cans! One of my favorite new trends is the lit-up sign!  This "LOVE" sign is a show-stopping element that set the outdoor ceremony off! Love the bling!  So fun!!! This wedding's look and over-the-top details were all designed by the talented bride - Lyndsay Marie, Bound by Marketing - how AWESOME is that? I'm sure the guests couldn't resist sharing photos of this DELICIOUS family-style dinner that Culinary Crafts created for this over-the-top wedding!  Don't you LOVE the cute flags in the sliders too?  So many yummy choices! We love our clients and love that Holly is having a blast with the bride, Lyndsay! What a stunning wedding and the Victory Ranch was an exquisite and picturesque setting, for sure!  Whether you check-in to the event on Facebook and everyone shares their own stories and photos and messages, or everyone attaches a #mywedding to their Twitter feed to engage in an ever evolving conversation and photo sharing thread, or they create an online and immediate digital photo album with everyone on your own Instagram channel - social media is making memories to be shared by you and your honey (and everyone who was present).  This is a completely different way to document and invite your guests to be a part of your day - and we love it!  Definitely think of the ways you can incorporate this to your big day - it'll create some fantastic memories and even more photos to share you wouldn't have had otherwise!  Happy planning everyone! Check out more on Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering on our website at Photo by Keith Westerberg

December 12, 2012

Gorgeous Party at the Hope Gallery | Wednesday Wisdom


Today, I'd like to share with you an intimate and GORGEOUS party Culinary Crafts catered recently at the Hope Gallery.  Not only is the Hope Gallery one of our favorite venues anywhere, it is one of the best places for an intimate gathering where you really want to WOW your guests by the surrounding beauty!  This venue is not only stunningly appointed, but is curated to hold only the most breathtaking of art work - which is great fodder for conversation starters, I must say.  With the onset of holiday parties in our midst, we wanted to showcase some really gorgeous, yet festive linens - not to mention DELICIOUS food that will show your guests that you are really very blessed to have them at your party!  Take a look! Such a warm and pretty place to host an event!  We LOVE the Hope Gallery and all of the beauty it holds!!! I love the different, yet beautiful, use of succulents for the center pieces - not to mention the chair linens!  This is certainly a fun winter palette, or jazz it up even more with splashes of red if you'd like to have a traditional Christmas-y palette.  Thrown in more blue and silver-y tones and succulents to just call on the snow and winter-y colors for a more encompassing holiday palette. Yum!  A sit down, plated dinner is always a show-stopping way to wow every guest.  Add some truly decadent dishes and your party will be the talk of the town!  At this event, guests were served a showcase dinner featuring Utah foods and our very own Mary Crafts-Homer was on site to speak with guests and regale them with her culinary knowledge and expertise in the event world! We loved the beauty and warmth of this event and hope it inspires you to kick your own holiday parties up a notch with delicious food, gorgeous settings, and great people!  Happy planning, everyone! Check out more Salt Lake, Park City, and Utah County catering at!

December 5, 2012

A Gorgeous, Elegant Wedding | Wednesday Wisdom


When a bride wants a truly elegant wedding, there is no place like the McCune Mansion.  Lina and Gideon's stunning wedding was a dream and a perfect fit for the elegance and beauty of the McCune.  The bright palette of turquoise, pink, and orange with beautiful burnished gold accents was simply AMAZING and we could resist showing you some photos of the event!  Check it out! I love, love, LOVE the gorgeous table linens, rosette chair ties, gold chairs, gold flatware, gold-rimmed goblets...  Did I mention the GOLD?! Lina and Gideon's wedding was amazing and really showcased how the McCune Mansion was able to accommodate a large guest count for dinner by setting up buffets and seating both inside and outside.  I loved the multiple buffets and how gorgeous their entire look was whether it was outside in the Mansion's immaculate garden or inside with the amazingly appointed rooms! Don't let the word "buffet" fool you - this dinner was TO DIE FOR and elegantly arranged for Lina and Gideon's guests.  Offerings included Herb-Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sauce, Teriyaki Hawaiian Butter Fish,  Crispy Fresh Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad, Seared Asparagus with Lemon Butter and Parmesan Curls, Asiago Polenta, and our signature House Made Breads.  SO YUMMY! Guests finished the eventing with our new Flaming Krispy Kreme Donut Station, which were served with our House-Made Vanilla Gelato and Traditional Churros served with House-Made Chocolate Gelato.  True delicious decandance! Gorgeous!  We really love the way people are using gold to accent so many different styles.  Gone are the days when gold signified stuffy and traditional and we welcome the new varying gold shades in everything from rustic chic to this poppy, colorful affair!  Remember, gold is a wonderful way to add a sense of elegance and refinement to your wedding, but it doesn't mean you can't have fun with it too!  Happy planning everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photos by OpieFoto

November 28, 2012

Gorgeous Ranch Wedding | Wednesday Wisdom


Well, color us excited!  We at Culinary Crafts are so happy to share this BEAUTIFUL wedding that was at one of our favorite venues, The Red Cliff Ranch, but are even more overjoyed that it was posted on Style Me Pretty today too!!!  You can see their post here.  And also check out some of our favorite shots from this stunning wedding! GORGEOUS, right?  Thank you so much to Kate Osbourne, who's work captured the elegant beauty of the day, and thank you to Style Me Pretty for sharing it with their readers!  Happy planning everyone! Check out more Salt Lake, Park City, and Utah County catering on our website at! Photos by Kate Osbourne Photography

November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Tidings! | Wednesday Wisdom


We at Culinary Crafts would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We are so blessed to have such wonderful clients, vendor partners, employees, and families in our lives and we wish each and every one of you a holiday of love, family, happiness, and, of course, FOOD!  We'll see you next week!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! Photo via Martha Stewart  

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