Tomorrow is a great concert that you are invited to by Michael Lucarelli. Oh, well let me tell you a little about him first...
Michael is a classical guitarist very sought after for weddings and receptions where he blends classical & popular arrangements to make your wedding memorable.
"Every year I am honored to play for weddings. It is truly one of the most memorable and important days of a person's life". The ideal venue for the classical guitar is a wedding or wedding reception. Whether the occasion will be large or small, formal or casual, indoor or outdoor, Michael Lucarelli has the ability to create an atmosphere of romance and love. A typical wedding includes around fifteen to thirty minutes of prelude music while the guests are being seated, processionals for both the bridesmaids and the bride, and a recessional. Often there may be music throughout the service. The bride and groom may also want a song that is special to them to be performed during the wedding ceremony. Michael can play any of the standard repertoire and even provide seasoned advice as to the best way to plan the program for your wedding music.
Michael Lucarelli was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began his music education on the electric guitar after hearing the group Led Zepplin. Later, Michael discovered the classical guitar and began his studies with Peruvian Guitarist Ricardo Linares. Mr. Lucarelli went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and his Master of Music from the University of Arizona in Guitar performance. Aside from being know as a performer his Seven CD's have received enthusiastic reviews worldwide.
Michael performs extensively for weddings, concerts, festivals, and private events throughout Utah and the U.S.
This is a great video so you can see how extremely talented Michael is...
He has received numerous awards and grants including prize winner in the “Norman Sholin” guitar competition, and most recently “Best Sound of Music” from the Salt Lake City Magazine “Best of the Beehive”. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Michael had the honor of performing for the Athletes at the Olympic Village. He has appeared on several radio and television programs including the TV series “Touched by an Angel”. Michael is also a “Youtube phenomenon” receiving over EIGHT MILLION views
Now remember you are invited TOMORROW to the concert at MusicGarage! Here is your invitation-
Another chance you have to check out Michael is at the Utah Arts Festival on June 24th at 7:30 pm at the Earth Garden Stage. If you haven't been to the Art's Festival you are missing out! It is so much fun- make it a great date and see Michael - two great things all in one place!
Don't miss out on Michael Lucarelli! He is a musician to hire that you can be proud of! I couldn't pass up showing you one more video of Michael and why people love him...
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)
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
Yield: 2 9x13 Pans
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
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
Egg whites ½ qt
Cream of tartar ½ pinch
Sugar 1 lbs
Cornstarch 1 oz
Graham cracker crumbs ½ lb
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
Eggs 6 oz
Sugar ¾ cup
Lemon zest 1 Tbsp
Lemon juice 6 Tbsp
Butter, soft 6 Tbsp
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.
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
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.
Today is tax day and I was thinking that l need to get some good, positive energy going. I feel the need for some entertainment! Someone that can get this party going! Guess who I'm thinking of that can do this? Yes - It's Durven from Laughing Gravy Entertainment - one of the most fun, energy filled DJ's in the world! He's one of those guys who has fun no matter what he's doing! I was at a Bridal Show with him a few weeks ago and man, I was so glad he was by our booth- it was the best show ever!! It made the day go so fast and I was certainly never bored. But he doesn't only have fun, he's organized and keeps the party going how you want it to. How did he come up with the name Laughing Gravy?
Durven has such a great background, let me spill a few things about him that he probably wouldn't...
Studied music, dance and Sports Medicine in high school and college.
Started as a DJ in 1983
Started at Studebakers, an enormously successful franchise which highlights DJs specifically as visual performers and Emcees (microphone work) in addition to music selection and mixing.
Spent 3 years in Hawaii and Australia teaching the “Groovifunkilicious” DJ method while taking advantage of the exotic geographical location: surfing, scuba diving, spear fishing, bungee and RAP jumping, was actually bitten by a crocodile, Outback horse safaris, white water rafting, skydiving, etc.
Voted “Best Dance Club DJ in Utah” – Salt Lake City Weekly Reader Write in Poll
Laughing Gravy Entertainment is listed in Modern Bride Magazine’s nationwide list of the “Hottest” bands and DJs for 2006 and 2007. Laughing Gravy Entertainment was the only DJ service listed from Utah.
Durven started Laughing Gravy Entertainment in 1996 to cater to weddings, parties and corporate events. “Laughing Gravy” is the name of Laurel and Hardy’s dog in a 1931 movie short. The dog was featured in episode 105 of “The Little Rascals”.
Durven has 30 years of DJ experience, 16 years of doing weddings and corporate events. The experience provides Laughing Gravy with their unique advantage. Over the years they have developed numerous “tricks, tools and secrets” to maximize participation. Instead of hoping people become involved, they guarantee it. Involvement is the measure of a successful event.
MOST IMPORTANT!!: Durven is the father of a beautiful and a precocious 6 year old… Tori. She is the center of his world.