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New! Culinary Crafts’ The Tasting Room in Downtown SLC

Take a peek inside this fresh Salt Lake City wedding and event venue.

One week ago today, I was stuffing my face with popcorn. To my credit, it wasn’t any old Jiffy Pop–it was Bacon Bourbon Popcorn. (I have no shame when it comes to bacon or popcorn–combine the two and, well, game over). Scooped out of aged whiskey barrels and served in cute paper cones, the caramely popcorn studded with bits of fresh bacon was salty and sweet, crunchy and gooey. Where did I indulge in this delectable treat? At the grand opening of Culinary Crafts‘ new downtown Salt Lake City venue The Tasting Room.

Located at 357 West 200 South (just a hop, skip, and a jump from The Gateway), The Tasting Room is a contemporary, inviting, and versatile event space. (It’s also the home of Culinary Crafts’ Salt Lake offices.) Large glass windows and doors unveil a big, open room that can accommodate 100 guests for a seated dinner or 200 for a flowing reception. The space would be great for rehearsal dinners, brunches, and luncheons, too. The open room leads to a smaller, more private area that would be perfect for a bridal shower or bachelor/bachelorette party. And in back, an outdoor patio is ideal for intimate events.

Culinary Crafts’ CEO and President Mary Crafts said the following about the new venue:

After 27 years in the wedding industry, it is exciting to start a new chapter for Culinary Crafts!  The Tasting Room was designed to meet a need we have seen in the downtown area for an intimate, urban-chic setting that has a lot of versatility. I think it’s perfect for the modern bride looking for a trendy urban wedding venue for her rehearsal dinner, wedding luncheon, or evening celebration. The neutral old brick palette lends itself to dozens of styles and colors. You just have to stop by for a look!

So stop by I did. At last Tuesday’s busy grand opening, myself and dozens of other guests explored the new space while enjoying inventive eats and drinks. Bacon Bourbon Popcorn wasn’t the only thing on the menu (though it was definitely a top contender for Best Eats of the Night). The Culinary Crafts crew pulled out all the stops, whipping up an array of tasty new delights including basil-crusted scallops, Parmesan and basil marshmallows, “Snake River” pulled pork with apple mousse and crispy pork belly, Bloody Mary-poached shrimp (plucked from a custom ice sculpture), an Indian curry bar, three yummy salads served in Culinary Crafts’ salad orbs (such a chic and easy way to fork down salad while mingling with other guests), and chef-torched bistecca grilled on-site on the outdoor patio.

For dessert, we indulged with mini brandy doughnuts drizzled with apple and cinnamon caramel, peanut butter and chocolate mousse, chocolate raspberry cake, and caramelized bananas with vanilla-bean cookies. And to wash it all down, bartenders served up cocktails and mocktails, plus local Wasatch microbews, Meridian vino, old-fashioned bottled sodas, and Diet Coke (natch).

Needless to say, we all left the grand opening with happy hearts and bellies. The Tasting Room not only satisfied my sweet tooth, but also my craving for a cool new downtown venue. I can’t wait to return–I’m already hungry for more!

Brides and grooms, if you’re looking for an event space to hold an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, wedding luncheon or brunch, or an evening reception, be sure to schedule a time to visit The Tasting Room and get a tour of the new digs–you’ll be glad you did. Contact Culinary Crafts at 801-355-6575 or visit culinarycrafts.com.

Congratulations Mary and the Culinary Crafts team, as well as Mara Marian-Harwood and Pepper Nix, on your beautiful new home!

{Images by Logan Walker of Pepper Nix Photography}