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Lynette La Mere does it again! Just ranked #3 in Pacific Coast Business Times for top Woman-Owned Businesses! Check out this week's issue and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the other ladies out there who made the list!
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Rain rain, don't go away. PJC can handle you ANY day! Check out the review we got from our Montecito event last weekend! 

        "The best wedding planning decision we made was to hire Pure Joy Catering.  When the unexpected happened (rain in July in Santa Barbara) they reacted with extraordinary skill and grace to rescue our reception.  Somehow, they managed to set up tables and chairs in our very limited space inside, while simultaneously tending bar and passing appetizers.  Maneuvering through a crowd of 80 people, they set up and maintained a buffet that  (judging from the empty plates and many compliments) everyone thoroughly enjoyed.  

We chose Pure Joy not only because of their amazing food but also because we had confidence they would make sure that everything would go smoothly.  They were truly put to the test and in every way exceeded our very high expectations."
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This was a vegan appetizer challenge. I think we won the challenge. Delish!!!
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Hello Lynette, Patrick, Chef Jerry, Chris, Lynee & the Pure Joy team,

We just got home from our wedding weekend & the first thing I wanted to do was write you because Pure Joy made our wedding UNBELIEVABLE!  

The entire process was a joy from the initial meeting to all the tweaking along the way.   We were on a tight budget & didn't know if we could afford it but the food was so amazing we just had to find a way.  Patrick is OUTSTANDING!  He really listened to us.  He helped us splurge where we wanted to and save a little where it wouldn’t be so noticeable.  We are foodies and I sat next to my best friend at our table (who is not a foodie) & she couldn’t stop telling me how delicious the food was as she delightfully cleaned her plate :)  That brought me so much joy to watch her happiness eating.  Many guests came up to tell me how exceptional the food was which just added to the specialness of the evening.  I love good food and I enjoy sharing good food with others.  My sister cannot stop talking about how incredible the food was.  My top two items with the wedding were a gorgeous, outdoor venue (thank you Firestone) and scrumptious food.  Thank you Pure Joy for enabling us to have our dream wedding.  Although you are in trouble now because you may have ruined salmon for me, I don’t think anyone can make it taste as amazing as Chef Jerry's oven roasted salmon with sun dried tomato & pine nut crust with lemon gremolata.  That is an explosion of deliciousness in your mouth. 

On top of the food being amazing, the people were fantastic.  My wedding planner, Janelle, told me the following day that at the wedding she’d say to Patrick we need to do such & such & Patrick would always answer, “Already done.”  A top notch operation.  I had no idea how much prep, organization, & coordination was involved in putting on an event & Pure Joy made it seamless.  I wish I could do it all over again.  May I be so lucky as to be invited to an event that Pure Joy is catering.  Or we just may have to have a 5 year anniversary party with Pure Joy catering it.  

I will be sending a proper card when things settle down but in the meantime, where can I post this?  The world needs to know what a stellar catering company Pure Joy is from start to finish. 


With love & gratitude,
Tracey & David

Wedding June 26, 2015 at Firestone Vineyard
The Firestone Winery is one of the most popular locations for weddings and for many other special events in the Santa Barbara Wine Country. We have done countless weddings at this Winery and they are consistently magical. First, the stunning barrel..
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"Jerry and the Beanstalk" 

Chef Jerry Wilson is a maniac in the kitchen AND his own garden. Chef's gotta taste his own food right? 
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Look!! It's Jerry! He not only helps prepare and cook ALL food for events but he also GROWS IT! How Awesome is he?! We love him!
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WHERE TO GET THE BEST FISH IN SANTA BARBARA?Catch it yourself! Ok! I know, not a new thought - for some - but for me it was a revelation. I am not a “hey lets go fish!” kinda gal. But last Saturday...
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EASY JAMMIN’PURE JOY LOCAL ORGANIC STRAWBERRY JAMMakes 2.5 quarts jam½ flat local organic strawberries, washed hulled and halved 6 cups sugar (trust me) 1/3 cup lemon juice Candy thermometer & jars...
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Now THAT is a great spread of Cheese!!!
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Capturing the LOCAL Cherry Season the "Old Fashioned" Way...
Full Service Events Catering in Santa Barbara - from Malibu to Santa Ynez. Today, Pure Joy Catering...
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Eric & Skip!! What a great Wedding for a sweet couple. #WedWeCan  
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We'll, we are just tickled pink...or tickled citrus. Thanks Style Me Pretty for the Awesome article! We loved this wedding and the location. What a fab day it was! 
Citrus is one of those themes I don’t think I’ll ever tire of; it’s always refreshing and the colors guaranteed vibrant and fun. With that as their inspiration, Mark Padgett Wedding Design went to work on this southern California celebration and the results, via Jake and Necia Photography’s pics, are absolutely fantastic… and sure to […]
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(805) 963-5766purejoycatering.com
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"As a special event DJ I work with a lot of amazing catering companies."
"Their food is delicious!"
"We started planning our wedding more than a year in advance."
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Ellen Reid
9 months ago
After working with so many top rated professionals in the event industry I have to say that Pure Joy Catering is by far the absolute best. Not only do they consistently create amazing food for large scale events, they have proven time and time again to be the most organized, detail oriented, professional, efficient and truly caring catering company I have had the pleasure of working with.
A Google User
5 years ago
You won't believe you aren't in a 5 star restaurant. These guys are real pros, they send out a hot awesome dinner for 200 all set in less than 15 minutes from a brought in grill and a tent kitchen, it's absolutely magic! Wedding food never tastes like this, really fresh and delicious, great seafood!
A Google User
6 years ago
Pure Joy is a company full of creative and talented employees. They have seemingly limiteless menu choices and create the most beautiful buffets layered with gorgeously presented food surrounded by flowers and themed decorations. I can always count on them to throw a fabulous and organized party!
A Google User
5 years ago
Pure Joy catered my wedding and went above and beyond in every way possible. They were amazing to work with and made all my culinary dreams come true! As a wedding coordinator, I could not be more thrilled with Pure Joy. They go above and beyond for every client, every time. Their service in impeccable and their food is superb. Their staff is professional and friendly - both Kristin and Lynette are absolute gems! In your search for a caterer, I highly recommend Pure Joy!
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Scott Topper
3 years ago
As a special event DJ I work with a lot of amazing catering companies. Lynette and her team are passionate, friendly, and caring. Their food is delicious! From Weddings to Mitzvahs to Corporate Events, their event planning team knows how to produce an amazing party!
A Google User
5 years ago
A sweet bride just wrote me to say: "Kristin & PJC did an unbelievable job with my wedding. It was certainly the best day of our lives and that was due in part to Pure Joy Catering. The food was incredible - I wish I had eaten more!!! and everything was seamless. So THANK YOU very much for everything - we couldn't have asked for more. Best, Eileen"
A Google User
5 years ago
I am a Los Angeles- based wedding professional who plans events for celebrity clientelle in Santa Barbara and cannot compromise the quality or attention to detail when it comes to events and my clients. One of the reasons I choose Pure Joy is because of their uncompromising attention to detail in quality of food and production - but above all, their concern for the level of service they provide clients. In the 10+ years of working with them, I have never, ever had one complaint. There are, time to time, extremely rare circumstances where a client sabotages their own event by sadly trying to micro-manage a vendor and in not allowing a top notch professional to do their job, damages the very goal the client and caterer were trying to accomplish together. There are still more rare circumstances where the client has personal issues that are not related to their "complaint" or the issue at hand at all (including but not limited to substance abuse challenges, etc) and this alters their perception of how things really went on a very dramatic scale. Look at the overall pattern of fabulous reviews from others and make your decision based on this. Pure Joy is the leading caterer in Santa Barbara County for a reason. They have a stellar product, yes, but above all, they - every single member of their staff- has an incredible heart and if something is not right, they make it right. They are about the "people" business and serving with 100% satisfaction.
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A Google User
6 years ago
What can I say I have worked for these guys last summer and tried again this summer in attempts that managment at least would get better. But the employees run the events better then the managment. There has been stolen alcohol from the weddings, kids working for them getting drunk to the point where they black out at the wedding and the deadlines are never met like the guests are expecting. So please if you have a wedding in Santa Barbara do not use them. That's coming from someone that's been at more then three dozen of their events before I found somewhere that met mine and many others catering expectations.
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Response from the owner - 3 years ago
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