March 1, 2011

Spotlight: Mary Crafts


Today I'd like to share with you a little biography about President and CEO, Mary Crafts!

Mary Crafts started her catering company in 1984 and it has been growing ever since. Mary’s exceptional eye for design, her ever evolving sense of taste—always ahead of the curve—and her personal commitment to quality and integrity provide Culinary Crafts with the leadership and inspiration a company needs to be a leader in its industry. Culinary Crafts is now Utah’s largest off-premises caterer, they have won numerous awards including “Best of State” for hospitality 7 times, and they continue to produce hundreds of unique and brilliant events every year. The success of Culinary Crafts has lead to local and national recognition of Mary both as a businesswoman and a caterer. Mary received the Excellence in Leadership award from the Woodbury School of Business, she’s been named one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch, and was twice named “Outstanding Business Woman of the Year”. Her events and catering tips are regularly featured in national media such as Martha Stewart’s Wedding website, “The Knot” wedding blog, Colin Cowie’s television show “Get Married”, and Catering Magazine. Locally Mary has become a familiar face on “Good Things Utah”, “Good Morning Utah” and on KBYU public television, Mary’s popular cooking show “Culinary Creations” is still being aired. Mary writes a monthly restaurant review for Utah Valley Magazine and her wedding and catering tips are often featured in Utah Bride and Groom, Utah Valley Bride and Latter Day Bride magazines. Mary is honored to serve on the Salt Lake Visitors and Convention Bureau Board of Trustees, The Board of Directors of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce and as an Honorary Director of the International Caterers Association.

Mary’s gift for sharing has also put her in the spotlight as a keynote speaker and presenter. She frequently presents educational seminars for the International Caterers Association, and is asked by dozens of business and educational organizations every year to be a keynote speaker for classes, meetings and conferences. Mary is also a champion for Utah. She never misses an opportunity to promote local food purveyors and to highlight Utah as a destination for national and international conventions. Mary is also active in several non-profit service organizations. She's a passionate supporter of the United Way, and was featured on their national television and radio commercials, and served as the President of Women In Philanthropy for two years. Mary is also a volunteer for the Welcome Baby Program, and is a mentor for business students at the Utah Valley University. Mary gives thanks every day for the blessings of her family and friends and for the opportunity to share with others her hard won life lessons and success.

Mary is also a mother to three wonderful children Kaleb, Ryan, and Meagan; has two beautiful daughters-in- law, Sariah and Jen; and four gorgeous grandchildren, Kason, Brina, Cayelle, and Cassius.  I don't know how she does all that she does, but she is wonderful and we are beyond lucky to have her and work for her!  Thank you Mary, you are simply fabulous!

Check out more about Culinary Crafts on our website,!

27x winner Utah’s Best of State

24x Best of State Caterer

3x Best of the Best / Hospitality

1x Entrepreneur of the Year