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Culinary Crafts ‘pops up’ a 10-course restaurant monthly

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The Culinary Crafts staff sets up a monthly 10-course meal in a pop-up tent at various locations in Utah. (Photo courtesy Culinary Crafts)

The Culinary Crafts staff — led by Mary Crafts, center — “pops up” a monthly 10-course meal at various locations in Utah. (Photo courtesy Culinary Crafts)

Utah Valley’s premier caterer has added an entirely new take on their menu this fall. Culinary Crafts is hosting monthly “pop up” restaurants, with 10-course meals served in unique locations.

After their first farm-to-fork pop-up event sold out in August, the Pleasant Grove company is hosting a Chef’s Dinner at their headquarters for the September pop-up event.

“The restaurant pops up for a night and then disappears, offering a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Mary Crafts, owner of Culinary Crafts.

This Saturday’s event features harvest ingredients throughout the three-hour menu, inspired by Crafts and chefs at Culinary Crafts.

“All the action and aromas are right in front of you,” Crafts said.

“The restaurant pops up for a night and then disappears, offering a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.” —Mary Crafts, owner of Culinary Crafts

This event will be hosted in the modern loft-like space next to Culinary Crafts’ production kitchens. The evening will begin with an aperitif and taste-testing in the kitchens hosted by partner and food expert Ryan Crafts.

The seated portion of dinner will include seared tenderloin of elk with a Utah apple, ginger and date chutney and roasted green onion sauce, crab claws in drawn butter, and a sous vide Cornish game hen, surrounded by poached grapes. In addition to other courses, the evening concludes with Culinary Crafts’ house-made gelato – an Italian confection made in the classic Neapolitan style.

“Less than 20 of these true gelato machines exist in the United States, and we have one of these miracles right here in Utah,” Mary Crafts said.

Tickets for the feast are $125 and can be purchased here or by calling (801) 225-6567. Only 64 seats are available. The event is Saturday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Culinary Crafts, 573 W. State Street, Pleasant Grove.

In addition, Culinary Crafts hosts a Farmers Market & Food Fair every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their Pleasant Grove location.

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