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Wedding Catering With A Creative Touch

I have been fortunate enough to be invited to a few events where Culinary Crafts catered the celebration. I have to be honest and tell you that I didn't want to eat the food- because it looked SO DANG BEAUTIFUL! How can you eat a piece of art?! Well after seeing how everyone was going crazy over how it tasted, I decided I would break down and eat it. Then eat some more, and some more. And yes, I promise it tasted better than it looked. I don't know how they do it, but Culinary Crafts is not only into fine cuisine, but the presentation is an art. Culinary Crafts is catering with a creative touch! 

As Utah's Best of State Caterer they create events and customize venues to fit just about every need imaginable. Whether you need catering for a corporate convention for thousands, a wedding or holiday party for a few hundred, or a social occasion for your family and friends, Culinary Crafts has the resources and expertise to provide flawless service and restaurant quality food. Known throughout Utah as the preferred caterer for many venues in Park City, Salt Lake City, Orem and Provo, Culinary Crafts can help you locate the perfect place for your event. Serving all of Utah, Culinary Crafts is the caterer that has creative ideas backed by award-winning service and cuisine.

Now here's the proof! (And a fabulous video and recipe below)

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Thank you Pepper Nix, Zuma Photo, Heidi Ann and Keith Westerberg for the great photos! 

Mary Craft who owns Culinary Crafts was on KUTV last week on Channel 2, Fresh From the Kitchen and shared this video with me and the amazing recipe of Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert. I love Mary's spunk and how real she is- it's so refreshing! She told me that I could share it with you, so here you go! 

Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert 

 
As aired on April 13, 2012
Recipe courtesy of Culinary Crafts                                          


New York Cheesecake Bites with Lemon Cream,
Blueberry Compote and Meringue Chard in Martini Glass
 
Cheesecake Ingredients:
Yield: 2 9x13 Pans
Ingredient Amount 
Cream cheese 5 lbs 
Sugar 2 lb 4 oz 
Cake Flour 2 ¾ oz 
Eggs 15 ea 
Sour cream 1 lb 4 oz 
Vanilla ½ oz 

Directions:
1. Mix cream cheese in mixing bowl on speed one for 5 minutes to soften.
2. Scrape bowl and add half of the sugar.
3. Scrape bowl and add the rest of the sugar.
4. Add eggs in small additions and scrape after each one.
5. Sift flour and add to mix.
6. Add sour cream and vanilla.
7. Pour evenly into 2" hotel pans lined with parchment.
8. Bake at 350 degrees in a water bath for 1 hour or until set. Freeze.
9. When frozen cut cheese cake into 1" squares.  Freeze until needed

Graham Meringue Ingredients:
Yield: 1 Sheet Pan
Ingredient Amount 
Egg whites ½ qt 
Cream of tartar ½ pinch 
Sugar 1 lbs 
Cornstarch 1 oz 
Graham cracker crumbs ½ lb 

Directions:
1. Whip egg whites until foamed all the way through.  Add cream of tartar.  Gradually add sugar, whipping on moderate speed until firm peaks.  Increase speed to high and whip until very stiff.
2. Carefully fold in graham crackers and cornstarch.
3. Spread meringue into sheet pans in a thin layer and bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours until crisp.  Reserve in oven with pilot light until the next day.  
4. Break meringue into shards.

Lemon Curd Ingredients:
Yield: 2 cups
1x 
Eggs 6 oz 
Sugar ¾ cup 
Lemon zest 1 Tbsp 
Lemon juice 6 Tbsp 
Butter, soft 6 Tbsp 

Directions:
1. Bring sugar, lemon zest and juice to a boil.
2. Temper in eggs.
3. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until thick
4. Remove from heat and allow to cool to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
5. Stir in butter and mix until fully incorporated.  Whisking too much will cause the final product to be too runny.
Additional Notes:
For Lime curd, replace zest and juice with lime juice.  Add a green food coloring to achieve proper color.

Blueberry Compote Ingredients:
Fresh Blueberries 3 Cups 
Sugar 1 Cup 
Vanilla 1 teaspoon 
Cornstarch 1 Tablespoons 

Directions:
1. Cook Blueberries and Sugar over Medium Heat until sugar is dissolved.
2. Mix Cornstarch with a small amount of water and stir until incorporated; this is called a slurry.
3. Add the slurry to the blueberries and add sugar to the mixture.
4. Bring to a slight boil and immediately remove from the heat. 
5. Add Vanilla.
6. Chill and let thicken until ready to serve.
 

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Utah Barn Wedding

I have been to some really wonderful weddings this year, but this one has to be my favorite!! What a beautiful and unique wedding! Ok, I'm biased- this is my daughter's wedding! We had the greatest wedding professionals to help us pull this off! I could write a whole blog on each of these great companies - well as a matter of fact I think I will... soon! I learned a ton going through this process as the mother of the bride. So I'll tell you all the inside scoop from a mothers point of view!  I need to say that Natalie is a peacemaker, so there wasn't too much drama. Dang! But since I am in the industry I had some great ideas, I thought... but ultimately I let Natalie make the final decisions as to what she wanted for HER wedding. I was not going to be accused of being a Momzilla!

I have to explain, my love struck daughter decided to have a 9 week engagement! What were they thinking?! I won't get into that...  Natalie had been dating Trent for 20 months (yes she was counting). She was ecstatic to have found "The man of her dreams!"

There was so much to do and keep track of. I needed budgets, checklists and timelines and I had a hard time keeping all of this straight. I'm the type of person who likes to write everything down to help me remember. The sticky notes were starting to drive me crazy, so I created my own system. This organizer is now available to you as the Pink Wedding Planner

In the process of planning the wedding, the first thing I asked Natalie was to make a list of her top three priorities. Her number one priority without even thinking was her dress, second priority--her dress, third--her dress. Obviously she wanted the perfect dress, so we went to The Perfect Dress. Everyone at the store was awesome to work with and the final outcome was Natalie had the dress of her dreams! It was a Maggie Sottero Wedding dress that she chose- the Ambrosia. 

Like most girls Natalie had spent years planning her wedding long before she was engaged. She wanted a BARN WEDDING at her grandma's barn- as you can see this is no ordinary barn. She had the theme of limes and lemons which went along with the color scheme- yellow and green. Now we had the dress, the venue, the theme-- this was all starting to come together nicely. Time to get the invitations ordered! Mike Bailey helped Natalie design a fun invitation...

Natalie decided to have the family dinner and the reception the day before the wedding. This made it so fun to divide it up into two days! We looked at BrideAccess.com weather to see what the temperature was going to be on the April 21 and 22. It turned out to be cool, but beautiful. For the family dinner we had Goodwood BBQ- Natalie's favorite. She wanted cake and ice cream to feed her guests so we called Leatherby's and ordered 6 ice cream flavors and they do all the rest! Natalie chose Wedding Cakes by Dawna to make her wedding cake. I absolutely loved Natalie's Wedding cake! Diamond Rental brought everything from tables, chairs and linens to the barn and picked it all up the next day. Easy! Busath Photography was amazing with Miyo Strong behind the camera. I wasn't going to let Natalie make the same mistake I did and not hire a videographer. We let her choose the videographer and she loved Chris McClain's style- fun! My other strong suggestion was to have an old fashioned car. Of course we called Sam at Something Vintage Something Blue and he brought Dazee to the barn and Princess to the ceremony- everyone loved it!  The entertainment was the photobooth from All Occasions Photobooth. That was so fun! It was a beautiful Utah Wedding in Pleasant Grove and downtown Salt Lake City.

Here are the pics of how it turned out...

                        

I learned a lot helping coordinate my own daugthers wedding. It ended up being Natalie's wedding she wanted and it was perfectly wonderful! 

Bridal Attire: The Perfect Dress  Cake: Wedding Cakes by Dawna   Catering: Leatherby's   Decorations & Rentals: Diamond Rental   Invitations: Mike Bailey Printing   Photography: Busath Photographers    Transportation: Something Vintage Something Blue   Videography: Chris McClain Production                        

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Have You Seen This Human Slingshot Wedding?

Natasha Jones and Jake Johnson  wanted to do something a little different for their wedding.  They thought they should have a Slingshot Wedding - the bride could throw the bouquet while being a human slingshot! Then the groom would have to follow by tossing the garter. I think it sounds like a fantastic idea! Have you seen this human slingshot wedding? Watch for the video below.

Savory Catering  helped Natasha with the food for her slingshot wedding and were the ones to let us know about this exciting wedding. McKell from Savory gave me the details...

 

Savory Catering, Slingshot wedding | BrideAccess

 

The wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Hobble Creek Lodge up in Hobble Creek Canyon. The lodge is a beautiful building with very impressive grounds- a perfect retreat away from the city. It was a gorgeous day and only with one very small rain shower.

 

The reception was held under a big white tent and a beautiful big lawn. Just outside of the tent were tables and chairs for people to mingle. The chairs were actually hay bale benches with covers and pillows. The tables were big used cable spools, adorned with votives, flowers, and photos of the bride and groom.

Savory Catering, Slingshot wedding | BrideAccess

 

All throughout the night guests picked from a variety of drinks at the open bar, and even some non-alcoholic drinks displayed in a wheelbarrow for the taking.

 

Savory Catering, Slingshot wedding | BrideAccess

 

As the caterers, we continued the rustic/cowboy theme into our buffet design. We incorporated burlap, bark-covered vases, mason jar votives, wood trays and much more.  For the cocktail hour we served our signature Pork Crostini and Chips and Mango Salsa. For dinner we served handmade rolls, fresh green salad, parmesan chicken, broccolini and scalloped potatoes. 

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During the bouquet and garter toss, all the party goers congregated around the human slingshot. Once the bride was strapped in, Jake (the groom) put the pedal to the medal and prepared to launch his new bride.  Natasha was so scared that she didn’t let go of the bouquet! Eventually she did let go and some young girl picked it up. Jake did the same thing with the garter toss. All in all that was the most inventive (and entertaining) part of the night!

 

Savory Catering, Slingshot wedding | BrideAccess

Natasha Jones and Jake Johnson     July 13th, 2013  Natasha Jones and Jake Johnson     July 13th, 2013

 

This is a video captured by Savory Catering of the slingshot bride and groom...

                        

WOW! That was awesome! 

 

After the teal ruffle cake was cut, we served dessert: mini key lie pie tarts, blood orange watermelon sorbet with a “sherriff’s badge” garnish, and a chocolate fountain. Guests entertained themselves munching on dessert and dancing the night away.

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Savory Catering, Slingshot wedding | BrideAccess  

 

Best wishes to Natasha and Jake! 

 

Savory Catering 

 

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