UBB 2013 Winter Editorial {Venue & Culinary}

What day is it? We sadly are watching this week pass by us far too quickly! We are loving every minute that we get to share this amazing shoot with you, it really was epic and more than we typically offer our readers in way of inspiration, once again … all disciplines go above and beyond to bring this eye candy to you! And today is especially delish! We take a closer look at our venue, an absolute key to the mood and style of our shoot and in turn also key to all the culinary factors presented as well! We have everything from custom cocktails, to dinner at it’s finest and most full, as well as a large variety of custom deserts & of course cake! All from very talented and generous contributors and of course orchestrated by Mood Events and photographed by David Newkirk. So lets get to it starting with a look at our venue the BTG Wine Bar and our custom cocktails…..

BTG Wine Bar is located in downtown Salt Lake City at 63 West 100 South, right across the street from City Creek Center and 1/2 block from the Salt Palace Convention Center. We offer a great selection of wines available by the 2 ounce taste, by the glass, or by the bottle. Also available are cocktails, beers, small bites, and the full menu from our big sister, Caffe Molise whom provided all the food for this particular shoot.

The bar offers a relaxed, inviting, upscale ambiance. The beautiful curved glass entry features two elevated booths for watching passersby or looking over the activity in the bar. The banquettes & tables on the main floor can accommodate larger parties or smaller, more intimate gatherings. And of course, you can always belly up to the bar for a taste of barolo. For a cocktail hour event, BTG will accommodate up to 100 people. For a seated dinner the maximum is 60.

Cool, darker tones paired with subdued lighting provide a relaxing & soothing atmosphere to sip a glass of wine or relax with a craft cocktail. Wine-glass chandeliers, Edison-bulb fixtures, and candlelight offer warmth and elegance.

Pictures of wineries and vineyards from the owner’s travels adorn the walls. Reclaimed wood cocktail tables with cast-iron adjustable bases provide a stark contrast to sleek, comfortable bended wood chairs. Sound panels dampen the acoustics of the space, allowing for intimate conversations to be heard above the din of the bar.


Our lovely bride was served a “Cupid’s Arrow” a beautiful mix of grapefruit juice, vodka, St. Germain, and cassis.  And our dapper gent received a “Deconstructed Scotch” that begins with a warm vanilla ice cube, Jameson, crispy prosciutto, and a honey rim. Then they relaxed {literally} in possibly the most cool vibe venue we have ever shot in, these models were wined and dined! Speaking of dined lets move onto Caffe Molise. {be warned the images that will soon grace your eyes will induce salivation and create hunger!}

Caffé Molise is a full service restaurant featuring fresh Italian cuisine inspired by the Molise region of Italy. Enjoy dinner surrounded by local art in our dining room or choose a table on our delightful garden patio. 

Food featured in shoot:

Bruschetta – toasted baguette with assorted seasonal toppings

Artisanal cheese & local salami board

Spinaci – fresh spinach tossed in balsamic vinaigrette with tomatoes, red onion, wild mushrooms, & fresh mozzarella

Sautéed & grilled seasonal vegetables

Gnocchi di Patate – potato and semolina dumplings in a fresh tomato cream sauce with toasted pine nuts and fresh basil

Arista – spice-rubbed roast pork tenderloin with a mission fig compote

Bistecca – beef tenderloin served grilled with mushroom and truffle cream sauce


Mood Events staged some incredible food, both savory and sweet and next we take you to an amazing ensemble of all the sweet things orchestrated by their amazing team:

Snack bars, dessert bars and candy bars continue to be a fun way to keep your guests interested and socializing at your wedding/party.  Not only will the treats on these tables be delicious, but they can be designed and styled to reflect your wedding design and style as a couple.  Set-ups like these can be utilized for weddings/parties in numerous different ways – think appetizer bar during cocktail hour, favor bar throughout the wedding, or even a dessert bar/snack bar during dancing and late night lounging.

Chef and baker, Alexa Norlin, of the Rose Establishment created an array of delectable treats focused on the meaty, savory goodness that is bacon: Macaroons – with 85% chocolate swiss buttercream, rolled in candied bacon, bacon infused caramel popcorn, candied bacon, and doughnuts – Maple glaze and sprinkle with bits of bacon. MOOD took care of the homemade apricot jam, chocolate bark, and old-fashioned root beer.

We styled the packaging for each of these desserts with direct cues from the invitation suite.  Hand-stamped monogrammed paper sacks for the candied bacon, blue-denim cocktail napkins with an embroidered pig for the maple glazed-bacon donuts, custom labels for the old-fashioned root beer, homemade apricot jam and macaroon boxes, and blue-jeans pocket pouches and coordinating tags for the caramel-bacon popcorn.

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As an alternative to a traditional cake stand, we stumbled upon vintage wood and brass lamp bases that fit the hipster/slightly steampunk style perfectly.  We also used another, similar vintage find as candlestick holders.  Paired with an old fashioned library desk lamp, vintage Edison bulb lamp, industrial-geared cocktail and café tables at different heights, a vintage wooden bar-cart, and a red oriental rug to ground the set-up and define the space, this desserts and treats bar was complete.

Alexa Norlin also was the pastry chef behind our chocolate olive oil cake with 85% chocolate swiss buttercream, dusted with 65% cocoa powder and painted in gold. 

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