Crafting a Meaningful Life – Mary Crafts-Homer

Melanie Johnson and Jenn Foster interview Mary Crafts-Homer on their Podcast Elite Expert Insiders. When Mary started Culinary Crafts in 1984 her sights were set on always being her very best. Now, she’s catering events for Oprah Winfrey during the Sundance Film Festival, her company is the largest off-premise caterer in Utah, and she is known as Utah’s Martha Stewart!
Mary’s 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, where Mary’s popular cooking show “Culinary Creations” is still being aired.

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Learn more about Mary Crafts-Homer at CulinaryCrafts.com

The success of Culinary Crafts has lead to local and national recognition for Mary both as a businesswoman and a caterer. Her awards include:

  • – “The Kirk Englehardt Ethics Award” from Utah Valley University
  • – “One of the 10 Coolest Entreprenuers in Utah”, Utah Business Magazine
  • – “A Woman of Excellence” award from the Barbara Barrington Jones Foundation
  • – “Excellence in Leadership” award from the Woodbury School of Business
  • – Honored as”One of Utah’s 100 Women” by Utah Valley University Women’s Success Center
  • – Named one of Utah’s “30 Women to Watch” by Utah Business Magazine
  • – Twice named “Outstanding Business Woman of the Year”

Mary’s 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, where 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 President Elect of the Salt Lake Visitors and Convention Bureau Board, President of the International Caterers Association Education Foundation, she is a board member of Utah Valley University Foundation, the UVU School of Business National Advisory Council and the Intermountain Healthcare Board of Trustees.

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 also volunteers for 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.

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