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Pure Joy Catering, Inc

Santa Barbara , CA

LOCATION

111 East Haley St
Santa Barbara, CA US 93101 (map)

PHONE

805-963-5766

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Pure Joy offers fabulous full service catering and special event planning in the Santa Barbara area. Our experienced event management team will work within your budget to create the... Read more
Pure Joy offers fabulous full service catering and special event planning in the Santa Barbara area. Our experienced event management team will work within your budget to create the event of your dreams. From delicious handmade fare to friendly and knowledgeable service, Pure Joy is the team to bring your vision to life. (This is our Ahi Grilled Local Vegetable Stack, at a plated outdoor wedding for about 100 guests, very yummy!) Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, Premium Liquor, Rail Liquor, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Yes
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
We are happy to serve the wedding cake at no charge, we also offer fun dessert options like fresh berry topped cupcakes, creme brulee stations, Illuminated Belgian Chocolate River Stations, Chef made Crepes and "pass the sugar" bite sized sweets
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
No, we're happy to help.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
We are licensed and insured to serve your alcohol, we don't sell alcohol, this saves our brides a lot of money.
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
No corkage fee.
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Yes
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes, we have an award winning staff, because catering is our primary business our A team will be available on your wedding day.
What is your maximum catering capacity?
600

REVIEWS

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Claudia
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Best decision we made. Pure Joy was awesome! Our guests at our daughters wedding were going out of their way to tell us how delicious the food was. We chose to serve the shakes and buns ( little burgers with all the trimmings and mini milk shakes ) coconut shrimp, ceviche in a shot glass, and the quesadillas with caramelized onions. Dinner was chicken provencal, tritip with peppercorn sauce, garlic mashed potato, truffled mac&cheese, kale salad, and a watermelon, arugula and goat cheese salad. AMAZING! We were craving more food of it the next day.
In addition, the staff was excellent, accommodating friendly and very professional. They hired the bartender for us as well. He was so fun and made great cocktails the whole night. We will use this catering company again any opportunity we get.
Best decision we made. Pure Joy was awesome! Our guests at our daughters wedding were going out of their way to tell us Read more...
Best decision we made. Pure Joy was awesome! Our guests at our daughters wedding were going out of their way to tell us how delicious the food was. We chose to serve the shakes and buns ( little burgers with all the trimmings and mini milk shakes ) coconut shrimp, ceviche in a shot glass, and the quesadillas with caramelized onions. Dinner was chicken provencal, tritip with peppercorn sauce, garlic mashed potato, truffled mac&cheese, kale salad, and a watermelon, arugula and goat cheese salad. AMAZING! We were craving more food of it the next day.
In addition, the staff was excellent, accommodating friendly and very professional. They hired the bartender for us as well. He was so fun and made great cocktails the whole night. We will use this catering company again any opportunity we get. Read less
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Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Such a fun wedding! Thank you for the kind words, your guests were a pleasure to serve. You know it was an awesome party when the father of the bride salsa dances his way into the kitchen! Congratulations Nicole and Ricardo! xo ~Pure Joy
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Pure Joy Catering, and specifically Dennis. I got married last weekend at an outdoor venue in Carpinteria. I live down in SD so had to take some trips up to make decisions. Dennis was a dream to work with from the start. His enthusiasm for unique and tasty food rubbed off on us instantly. His eye for food and presentation sets him apart from any other caterer. We had mini hamburgers, mini fish tacos and mini patron bottle margaritas at our cocktail hour--- and have not stopped getting comments from our guests about how amazing it all was! We had some passed treats as well. The dinner was beyond amazing. The courses were presented beautifully and didn't have long lulls between them. Pure Joy was just that, pure joy to work with. They worked with our budget really well also. I would recommend them for ANY of your upcoming events!
I can't say enough good things about Pure Joy Catering, and specifically Dennis. I got married last weekend at an outdoor Read more...
I can't say enough good things about Pure Joy Catering, and specifically Dennis. I got married last weekend at an outdoor venue in Carpinteria. I live down in SD so had to take some trips up to make decisions. Dennis was a dream to work with from the start. His enthusiasm for unique and tasty food rubbed off on us instantly. His eye for food and presentation sets him apart from any other caterer. We had mini hamburgers, mini fish tacos and mini patron bottle margaritas at our cocktail hour--- and have not stopped getting comments from our guests about how amazing it all was! We had some passed treats as well. The dinner was beyond amazing. The courses were presented beautifully and didn't have long lulls between them. Pure Joy was just that, pure joy to work with. They worked with our budget really well also. I would recommend them for ANY of your upcoming events! Read less
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Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Such an amazing Couple and Family to work with! We were honored to be a part of your day. Everything looked amazing with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. Congrats to you both!!!

Dennis Barringer
Event Planner
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Skye
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy Catering provided the food, drinks and specialty cocktails for our wedding two weeks ago, and everything was delicious and beautifully presented! Our family and friends have been raving about the tasty food ever since...

Alizabeth was our event planner, and she was patient and communicative over the months preceding the wedding. She initially offered three sample menus based on various budgets, invited us to attend an open house and taste some of Pure Joy's food, and arranged a "back door tasting" at another wedding so we could try the cupcakes we were planning to serve. She also surveyed the cocktail/ceremony and reception sites and gave us helpful advice about arranging everything.

The event set-up went smoothly, despite glitches on the venue side (venue availability time pushed back an hour, wrong table size quoted by venue, no high chairs when four had been promised). But Alizabeth and her colleagues were calm, creative and flexible, and they made it work. They also dealt with multiple dietary needs, and were able to double-check ingredients and offer guests guidance about what was vegetarian, gluten-free and soy-free.

We did end up spending more than we expected on catering, but everyone went above and beyond to make it as seamless a process as possible, and that was really helpful. I highly recommend Pure Joy for your wedding catering needs!
Pure Joy Catering provided the food, drinks and specialty cocktails for our wedding two weeks ago, and everything was Read more...
Pure Joy Catering provided the food, drinks and specialty cocktails for our wedding two weeks ago, and everything was delicious and beautifully presented! Our family and friends have been raving about the tasty food ever since...

Alizabeth was our event planner, and she was patient and communicative over the months preceding the wedding. She initially offered three sample menus based on various budgets, invited us to attend an open house and taste some of Pure Joy's food, and arranged a "back door tasting" at another wedding so we could try the cupcakes we were planning to serve. She also surveyed the cocktail/ceremony and reception sites and gave us helpful advice about arranging everything.

The event set-up went smoothly, despite glitches on the venue side (venue availability time pushed back an hour, wrong table size quoted by venue, no high chairs when four had been promised). But Alizabeth and her colleagues were calm, creative and flexible, and they made it work. They also dealt with multiple dietary needs, and were able to double-check ingredients and offer guests guidance about what was vegetarian, gluten-free and soy-free.

We did end up spending more than we expected on catering, but everyone went above and beyond to make it as seamless a process as possible, and that was really helpful. I highly recommend Pure Joy for your wedding catering needs! Read less
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Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the note Skye! Your wedding was so fun, glad we could help make it even more special. xo ~Pure Joy
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Sharon
Wedding:
5/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Lynette and her team at Pure Joy Patrick, Ellen, Mike and the rest all great people. This place did such an amazing job from the time we started planning our wedding, to the day of our wedding. They accommodated us in every which way we needed it, they were flexible and reasonable with things from our food to our set up, and exactly how we wanted our day. I could not believe how gorgeous everything looked for our reception, the colors were perfect, the extra decorations. Pure Joy I could not have asked for a better day, all our guests talked about and us, was how great the food was and fresh. You guys all worked so hard to make everything so great and awesome for us. Your all so great and I would always go to you if I needed something catered. If you are planning a wedding or anything this is the place to use, they are honest and like a family, they don't try to get you for every penny like most places. They work with you to make your day special, and do a really great job. So if your planning anything or your wedding in Santa Barbara I am sure you have heard great things of this place, and its all true. So use them. Thank you Pure Joy!! Great people :)
Lynette and her team at Pure Joy Patrick, Ellen, Mike and the rest all great people. This place did such an amazing job Read more...
Lynette and her team at Pure Joy Patrick, Ellen, Mike and the rest all great people. This place did such an amazing job from the time we started planning our wedding, to the day of our wedding. They accommodated us in every which way we needed it, they were flexible and reasonable with things from our food to our set up, and exactly how we wanted our day. I could not believe how gorgeous everything looked for our reception, the colors were perfect, the extra decorations. Pure Joy I could not have asked for a better day, all our guests talked about and us, was how great the food was and fresh. You guys all worked so hard to make everything so great and awesome for us. Your all so great and I would always go to you if I needed something catered. If you are planning a wedding or anything this is the place to use, they are honest and like a family, they don't try to get you for every penny like most places. They work with you to make your day special, and do a really great job. So if your planning anything or your wedding in Santa Barbara I am sure you have heard great things of this place, and its all true. So use them. Thank you Pure Joy!! Great people :) Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you for such a rocking review! We love hearing how great we are doing! Thank you soo much!!

Love,

The Pure Joy Team!
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Deena
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Best food, service, & attention to detail!!!! Soooo happy we chose Pure Joy....we planned every detail with Alizabeth...and Patrick and Dennis followed through with the final planning stages (Alizabeth had a little girl week before wedding) and execution. The food was to die for! The set up was gorgeous, and every request was fully attended to. We relied heavily on their recommendations and they did not disappoint! What we also highly valued was their working relationships with Firestone, Passion Flowers, and our month-out wedding coordinator Kerry. Like a syncopated swim event...flawless. Bring some tupperware and let them pack you leftovers b/c u won't have a second to really eat at your wedding...but both families enjoyed it all the night after!!
Best food, service, & attention to detail!!!! Soooo happy we chose Pure Joy....we planned every detail with Read more...
Best food, service, & attention to detail!!!! Soooo happy we chose Pure Joy....we planned every detail with Alizabeth...and Patrick and Dennis followed through with the final planning stages (Alizabeth had a little girl week before wedding) and execution. The food was to die for! The set up was gorgeous, and every request was fully attended to. We relied heavily on their recommendations and they did not disappoint! What we also highly valued was their working relationships with Firestone, Passion Flowers, and our month-out wedding coordinator Kerry. Like a syncopated swim event...flawless. Bring some tupperware and let them pack you leftovers b/c u won't have a second to really eat at your wedding...but both families enjoyed it all the night after!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you so very much Deena! We all wish you many sweet memories of that beautiful wedding & a very Happily Ever After to the Bride & Groom! We cant wait to see the pictures!!
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Nicole
Wedding:
8/2/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so happy with our food, center pieces, and professional staff! Everyone told us how delicious our appetizers, taco buffet, and cupcakes were and I agree! Thanks to Pure Joy, Alizabeth, and Patrick for going above and beyond expectations.... Getting married in SB? Choose them and you will have the best wedding... Just like we did! :)
We are so happy with our food, center pieces, and professional staff! Everyone told us how delicious our appetizers, taco Read more...
We are so happy with our food, center pieces, and professional staff! Everyone told us how delicious our appetizers, taco buffet, and cupcakes were and I agree! Thanks to Pure Joy, Alizabeth, and Patrick for going above and beyond expectations.... Getting married in SB? Choose them and you will have the best wedding... Just like we did! :) Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Congratulations Nicole and Iain! We had so much fun planning your wedding with you, thanks for the kind words. Happy ever after to you two!
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Cara
Wedding:
7/26/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the best wedding food. Seriously. Our guests were greeted with Margaritas and Sangria along incredible appetizers. The layout of the reception and cocktail hour was beautiful, our coordinator helped us choose harvest tables and linens that complimented our overall design. Dinner was Santa Rosa tritip and Chicken roulade and our guests raved that it was the best wedding food they have tasted. The Pure Joy team did an excellent job.
We had the best wedding food. Seriously. Our guests were greeted with Margaritas and Sangria along incredible appetizers. Read more...
We had the best wedding food. Seriously. Our guests were greeted with Margaritas and Sangria along incredible appetizers. The layout of the reception and cocktail hour was beautiful, our coordinator helped us choose harvest tables and linens that complimented our overall design. Dinner was Santa Rosa tritip and Chicken roulade and our guests raved that it was the best wedding food they have tasted. The Pure Joy team did an excellent job. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Cara!! We are so pleased you had the best wedding food and enjoyed our service and your wedding so much. The Chicken Roulade is delicious and we have tri-tip down to a science, always tender and cooked perfectly! Yummy :) Our specialty cocktails are fun and creative as well; so happy you chose to have them at your cocktail hour. Cheers, thank you so much and Happy Ever After!!
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Kelsey
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
The food was delicious and the service was great
The food was delicious and the service was great
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Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you sooo much!! Happy Ever After!
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Carre
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy was wonderful and we can’t say enough great things about them. The food and service was wonderful. Patrick and his team did a fabulous job. They were very professional and we highly recommend them. We can’t thank you enough!!
Pure Joy was wonderful and we can’t say enough great things about them. The food and service was wonderful. Patrick and Read more...
Pure Joy was wonderful and we can’t say enough great things about them. The food and service was wonderful. Patrick and his team did a fabulous job. They were very professional and we highly recommend them. We can’t thank you enough!! Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy Catering is outstanding! They really are the best caterers ever!! The food was delicious and all my guests were so impressed. The presentation was so beautiful. The staff is super nice and knowledgable. They exceeded my expections!! Would definitely recommend using them. You will receive 5 star service!
Pure Joy Catering is outstanding! They really are the best caterers ever!! The food was delicious and all my guests were Read more...
Pure Joy Catering is outstanding! They really are the best caterers ever!! The food was delicious and all my guests were so impressed. The presentation was so beautiful. The staff is super nice and knowledgable. They exceeded my expections!! Would definitely recommend using them. You will receive 5 star service! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

THANK YOU HEATHER!!! We wish you many great & delicious memories of your nuptials and a happily ever after!!
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Emily
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy delivered above and beyond our expectations. We had a beautiful reception with great food. Our guests were very happy and I would highly recommend them. Thank you.
Pure Joy delivered above and beyond our expectations. We had a beautiful reception with great food. Our guests were very Read more...
Pure Joy delivered above and beyond our expectations. We had a beautiful reception with great food. Our guests were very happy and I would highly recommend them. Thank you. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you! It was such a pleasure to be a part of your amazing day!
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Mallery
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy is the best catering company in Santa Barbara! The food is top notch, all fresh ingredients made from scratch instead of bought from Costco like most hotels. Everything was as delicious if it would be if you ordered a single plate, which is nearly impossible when serving 150 people! Somehow, Pure Joy pulls it off!

Aside from the incredible food and specialty cocktails they made, the planning process was a breeze thanks to Patrick. No matter how difficult we were, or how many times we changed things, Patrick never complained or showed any sign of annoyance. Not only was he responsive, but he was also extremely helpful in offering advice and answering each of the 1000 questions we asked him for months and months! This alone makes you, as a bride, feel comfortable and safe with your catering company before the food is even involved.

I would recommend Pure Joy to anyone, for any type of event. Their menu is so fun and diverse, plus if you don't see it on the menu, they have no problem creating something specifically for you. Pure Joy makes you feel like your catered event is special, and not just another Saturday wedding where they serve one of three menu variations, as some other venues we looked at do. Overall, I have absolutely no complaints about Pure Joy. Oh- and our guests are still talking about the Paella- delicious!!!
Pure Joy is the best catering company in Santa Barbara! The food is top notch, all fresh ingredients made from scratch Read more...
Pure Joy is the best catering company in Santa Barbara! The food is top notch, all fresh ingredients made from scratch instead of bought from Costco like most hotels. Everything was as delicious if it would be if you ordered a single plate, which is nearly impossible when serving 150 people! Somehow, Pure Joy pulls it off!

Aside from the incredible food and specialty cocktails they made, the planning process was a breeze thanks to Patrick. No matter how difficult we were, or how many times we changed things, Patrick never complained or showed any sign of annoyance. Not only was he responsive, but he was also extremely helpful in offering advice and answering each of the 1000 questions we asked him for months and months! This alone makes you, as a bride, feel comfortable and safe with your catering company before the food is even involved.

I would recommend Pure Joy to anyone, for any type of event. Their menu is so fun and diverse, plus if you don't see it on the menu, they have no problem creating something specifically for you. Pure Joy makes you feel like your catered event is special, and not just another Saturday wedding where they serve one of three menu variations, as some other venues we looked at do. Overall, I have absolutely no complaints about Pure Joy. Oh- and our guests are still talking about the Paella- delicious!!! Read less
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Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

thank you SO MUCH!!! The photos of your wedding are so AWESOME!! You are so kind to take the time to thank us, we wish you a very happy ever after!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Pure joy was amazing! The entire planning process was flawless. Patrick was our personal event planner and he was so on top of it, he responded to all my emails almost immediately, he was detailed and organized and professional. They're food tasting process is so different in a good way, you really get to taste what the food they prepare at an actual wedding is like. The wedding day was flawless, they even take into consideration your decor and wedding "style" to match the decor on the their part. The entire staff was so professional and helpful, to the point that we felt like guests at our own wedding. Every detail was taken care of. Besides all of these amazing details, which many caterers would not even consider as something they would do, the food was incredible! Everyone was raving about the food which was so special to hear. Pure Joy Catering really does do FULL SERVICE events, they go above and beyond preparing food. I would recommend Pure Joy to anyone, even if you have a tight budget, they will do their absolute best to work with you.
Pure joy was amazing! The entire planning process was flawless. Patrick was our personal event planner and he was so on Read more...
Pure joy was amazing! The entire planning process was flawless. Patrick was our personal event planner and he was so on top of it, he responded to all my emails almost immediately, he was detailed and organized and professional. They're food tasting process is so different in a good way, you really get to taste what the food they prepare at an actual wedding is like. The wedding day was flawless, they even take into consideration your decor and wedding "style" to match the decor on the their part. The entire staff was so professional and helpful, to the point that we felt like guests at our own wedding. Every detail was taken care of. Besides all of these amazing details, which many caterers would not even consider as something they would do, the food was incredible! Everyone was raving about the food which was so special to hear. Pure Joy Catering really does do FULL SERVICE events, they go above and beyond preparing food. I would recommend Pure Joy to anyone, even if you have a tight budget, they will do their absolute best to work with you. Read less
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Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

You are amazing! Thank you and we are so happy to have been a part of your magical day! Cheers to you and Happy Ever After :)
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Mirley
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy is seriously the best place for catering. The food is amazing. I have been to plenty of weddings and they all taste dull, old and even stale. Not Pure Joy. Their food is fresh and so yummy. I have gotten so many compliments for the food at my wedding. People seriously ate everything. They are so helpful too and make your wedding stress free. They are worth every penny.
Pure Joy is seriously the best place for catering. The food is amazing. I have been to plenty of weddings and they all Read more...
Pure Joy is seriously the best place for catering. The food is amazing. I have been to plenty of weddings and they all taste dull, old and even stale. Not Pure Joy. Their food is fresh and so yummy. I have gotten so many compliments for the food at my wedding. People seriously ate everything. They are so helpful too and make your wedding stress free. They are worth every penny. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Happily ever after to you two!!!!
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Matthew
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
If you are planning a wedding in Santa Barbara, you need to book Pure Joy. Now. We can't imagine a better catering service. From the very beginning planning stages, they helped us with everything (special thanks to Alizabeth). They knew our venue (HeartStone Ranch) and they had relationships with all of our other vendors. We went to a couple "back door tastings" that were really cool and allowed us to sample all kinds of delicious food. Our wedding was perfect, and they played a big role. Our guests raved about the food and the service. They were able to manage a huge event and still make it feel personal and special for everyone.

Now on to more specific recommendations. Our specialty cocktail was watermelon mojitos. Everyone loved them. Perfect for an outdoor setting. The portobello mushroom raviolis are amazing as a vegetarian option. We set up a ceviche station which was a big hit. We wanted casual apps, so we went with mini burgers and mac and cheese. All amazing. And definitely go with the s'mores station for dessert. Huge hit.
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If you are planning a wedding in Santa Barbara, you need to book Pure Joy. Now. We can't imagine a better catering service. From the very beginning planning stages, they helped us with everything (special thanks to Alizabeth). They knew our venue (HeartStone Ranch) and they had relationships with all of our other vendors. We went to a couple "back door tastings" that were really cool and allowed us to sample all kinds of delicious food. Our wedding was perfect, and they played a big role. Our guests raved about the food and the service. They were able to manage a huge event and still make it feel personal and special for everyone.

Now on to more specific recommendations. Our specialty cocktail was watermelon mojitos. Everyone loved them. Perfect for an outdoor setting. The portobello mushroom raviolis are amazing as a vegetarian option. We set up a ceviche station which was a big hit. We wanted casual apps, so we went with mini burgers and mac and cheese. All amazing. And definitely go with the s'mores station for dessert. Huge hit. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Wow! We are all so happy that you are satisfied to this degree with your wedding. Thats why we named the company Pure Joy - we love it so much! Nothing is more fun than creating a uniquely spectacular event to celebrate a wedding day and making people so happy! Thank you so much for your kind words!!
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Patrick at pure joy catering was wonderful to work with. Pure joy was professional and relaxed on our wedding day. We loved every detail that thu suggested and they made our day beautiful and delicious! I would recommend them to everyone I know!
Patrick at pure joy catering was wonderful to work with. Pure joy was professional and relaxed on our wedding day. We Read more...
Patrick at pure joy catering was wonderful to work with. Pure joy was professional and relaxed on our wedding day. We loved every detail that thu suggested and they made our day beautiful and delicious! I would recommend them to everyone I know! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Nicole! We loved every detail of this review :) Patrick is amazing, does a tremendous job planning and executing events and the brides (and Mothers of the Bride) adore him :) Cheers and Happy Ever After!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We so enjoyed working with Pure Joy. We got to taste everything that we wanted to put on our reception menu, they handled all the rentals, and -- most important as we neared the big day -- answered all of my last minute questions via phone and email right away. I would totally recommend them to anyone getting married in the Santa Barbara area. Also (I can't believe I waited to say this!) the food was DELICIOUS.
We so enjoyed working with Pure Joy. We got to taste everything that we wanted to put on our reception menu, they handled Read more...
We so enjoyed working with Pure Joy. We got to taste everything that we wanted to put on our reception menu, they handled all the rentals, and -- most important as we neared the big day -- answered all of my last minute questions via phone and email right away. I would totally recommend them to anyone getting married in the Santa Barbara area. Also (I can't believe I waited to say this!) the food was DELICIOUS. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

thank you !!!!!!
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Kelly
Wedding:
8/23/2003
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy made my wedding reception perfect. Great team to work with, great food, great value, everything 10 out of 10.
Pure Joy made my wedding reception perfect. Great team to work with, great food, great value, everything 10 out of 10.
Pure Joy made my wedding reception perfect. Great team to work with, great food, great value, everything 10 out of 10. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Donna
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy Catering was wonderful to work with. The staff was friendly, the food was great (make sure to include the Mexican coffee bar for your event), and they were extremely prompt and organized in setting up and breaking down our event. Our wedding was held at the ElCapitan State Park on the beach and Pure Joy was able to coordinate and provide us with every detail needed to make our event beautiful and special for us and our guests. I would highly recommend them for any event!
Pure Joy Catering was wonderful to work with. The staff was friendly, the food was great (make sure to include the Mexican Read more...
Pure Joy Catering was wonderful to work with. The staff was friendly, the food was great (make sure to include the Mexican coffee bar for your event), and they were extremely prompt and organized in setting up and breaking down our event. Our wedding was held at the ElCapitan State Park on the beach and Pure Joy was able to coordinate and provide us with every detail needed to make our event beautiful and special for us and our guests. I would highly recommend them for any event! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Candace
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
The food was one of the most important thing we cared about for the wedding. I am a self-professed foodie and Pure Joy really blew away my expectations. We got 3 passed appetizers (huge fan favorite was the bacon wrapped scallops and shrimp, and the shrimp was big/meaty too). The dishes were impeccably prepared. Another huge hit was the berry shortcake station, it was absolutely delicious and devoured. The staff were all responsive and attentive to the guests as well as to me and my now-husband. They also took a lot of care in the decor, making everything look beautiful.
The food was one of the most important thing we cared about for the wedding. I am a self-professed foodie and Pure Joy Read more...
The food was one of the most important thing we cared about for the wedding. I am a self-professed foodie and Pure Joy really blew away my expectations. We got 3 passed appetizers (huge fan favorite was the bacon wrapped scallops and shrimp, and the shrimp was big/meaty too). The dishes were impeccably prepared. Another huge hit was the berry shortcake station, it was absolutely delicious and devoured. The staff were all responsive and attentive to the guests as well as to me and my now-husband. They also took a lot of care in the decor, making everything look beautiful. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you SO much Candace! We wish you a very happy ever after and pure joy wedding memories for the rest of your life xo!
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Megan
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
We had visited a couple catering companies before Pure Joy, but as soon as we went to their first tasting and got a feel for the company we never looked back! It was Pure Joy or nothing! I would not have had it any other way! From the very beginning Pure Joy was professional, warm, compassionate, understanding and really "got" our vision for the wedding and made our dreams come to life! We had a beachy/rustic wedding and wanted the theme of our dinner to be "comfort food classics". Working with Alizabeth Schotten was such a pleasure! She had great recommendations and suggestions and was very attentive to our needs/wants/vision from the very first meeting. You always picture your dream day in your head but never really know how it will turn out. I must say I was blown away with everything at our reception! Pure Joy went above and beyond any expectations we had! The food was absolutely incredible and guests STILL are raving about how they have never had that good of a meal at a wedding. We had chefs on-site cooking pulled pork, slicing tri-tip, and whipping up fresh batches of french fries, onion rings and ma n' cheese. Incredible! We finished off the night with a coffee and cupcake station....again more fabulousness! Pure Joy made our wedding such a stress-free, enjoyable, perfect day for us and we will never ever forget the memories we made that day! We didn't have to worry about a thing and truly, honestly got to sit back and enjoy every second of our wedding day- what its all about!! ;-)
Anyone who has the privilege of working with Pure Joy will not be disappointed. You will be impressed from the start with the staff, the chefs and most importantly the amazing fresh food!!
We had visited a couple catering companies before Pure Joy, but as soon as we went to their first tasting and got a feel Read more...
We had visited a couple catering companies before Pure Joy, but as soon as we went to their first tasting and got a feel for the company we never looked back! It was Pure Joy or nothing! I would not have had it any other way! From the very beginning Pure Joy was professional, warm, compassionate, understanding and really "got" our vision for the wedding and made our dreams come to life! We had a beachy/rustic wedding and wanted the theme of our dinner to be "comfort food classics". Working with Alizabeth Schotten was such a pleasure! She had great recommendations and suggestions and was very attentive to our needs/wants/vision from the very first meeting. You always picture your dream day in your head but never really know how it will turn out. I must say I was blown away with everything at our reception! Pure Joy went above and beyond any expectations we had! The food was absolutely incredible and guests STILL are raving about how they have never had that good of a meal at a wedding. We had chefs on-site cooking pulled pork, slicing tri-tip, and whipping up fresh batches of french fries, onion rings and ma n' cheese. Incredible! We finished off the night with a coffee and cupcake station....again more fabulousness! Pure Joy made our wedding such a stress-free, enjoyable, perfect day for us and we will never ever forget the memories we made that day! We didn't have to worry about a thing and truly, honestly got to sit back and enjoy every second of our wedding day- what its all about!! ;-)
Anyone who has the privilege of working with Pure Joy will not be disappointed. You will be impressed from the start with the staff, the chefs and most importantly the amazing fresh food!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Megan, thank you so much!! You had a really fun wedding and it was a pleasure to help with all the details and yumminess. We are so grateful for your sweet review and we wish you and Steve a very dreamy Ever After!!
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Susan
Wedding:
7/27/2012
5.0/5.0
The raves from our family and friends just keep coming! The food was great, and Patrick and his team were wonderful...The sea bass and filet on Friday night, along with the salads and side dishes (potato au gratin - wow), was fabulous...and not to be out done, the Santa Barbara style BBQ on Saturday night was brilliant...the watermelon salad gets 5 stars for being both inventive and incredibly refreshing. Our "wedding cocktail" of Blood Orange Margaritas was smashing (no pun intended)...

While we did our own planning, Patrick was there every step of the way to make sure that over the weekend things ran smoothly and that all of our guests's needs were met.

Thank you Pure Joy for making it a most spectacular occasion!
The raves from our family and friends just keep coming! The food was great, and Patrick and his team were wonderful...The Read more...
The raves from our family and friends just keep coming! The food was great, and Patrick and his team were wonderful...The sea bass and filet on Friday night, along with the salads and side dishes (potato au gratin - wow), was fabulous...and not to be out done, the Santa Barbara style BBQ on Saturday night was brilliant...the watermelon salad gets 5 stars for being both inventive and incredibly refreshing. Our "wedding cocktail" of Blood Orange Margaritas was smashing (no pun intended)...

While we did our own planning, Patrick was there every step of the way to make sure that over the weekend things ran smoothly and that all of our guests's needs were met.

Thank you Pure Joy for making it a most spectacular occasion! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Megan
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy did an amazing job at our wedding! I cannot thank them enough. Alizabeth, our event planner, did a wonderful job communicating with us throughout the planning process and on the day of the wedding. We loved working with her. She provided helpful advice for the day to make sure that the event went as smoothly as possible for all of us. I can't think of even one tiny complaint. The staff was friendly, professional, and efficient. The room looked beautiful. Our guests went on and on about how delicious the food was.

Pure Joy takes a detail-oriented approach to planning a big event. Aesthetically speaking, everything was perfect and the deliciousness factor was off the charts.

Thank you, Alizabeth, Lynette, and the rest of the people who made our wedding day amazing. We appreciate you!
Pure Joy did an amazing job at our wedding! I cannot thank them enough. Alizabeth, our event planner, did a wonderful job Read more...
Pure Joy did an amazing job at our wedding! I cannot thank them enough. Alizabeth, our event planner, did a wonderful job communicating with us throughout the planning process and on the day of the wedding. We loved working with her. She provided helpful advice for the day to make sure that the event went as smoothly as possible for all of us. I can't think of even one tiny complaint. The staff was friendly, professional, and efficient. The room looked beautiful. Our guests went on and on about how delicious the food was.

Pure Joy takes a detail-oriented approach to planning a big event. Aesthetically speaking, everything was perfect and the deliciousness factor was off the charts.

Thank you, Alizabeth, Lynette, and the rest of the people who made our wedding day amazing. We appreciate you! Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thanks Megan! It was such a fun wedding to be a part of, congratulations! xoxo
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I was incredibly impressed by Pure Joy from start to finish. They were very accommodating in terms of my specific food requests. Not only was the food amazing, but they also did a great job coordinating with the other venders.I have no complaints.
I was incredibly impressed by Pure Joy from start to finish. They were very accommodating in terms of my specific food Read more...
I was incredibly impressed by Pure Joy from start to finish. They were very accommodating in terms of my specific food requests. Not only was the food amazing, but they also did a great job coordinating with the other venders.I have no complaints. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you kindly!! We are thrilled you were impressed, happy and full of delicious food that truly brings out the joy in what we do! Happy Ever After :)
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Debbie
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
We first contacted Pure Joy last Sept for our daughter's June wedding. From the very first visit they have not only guided us through the entire wedding process, but assisted in personalizing a menu. Our planner Alizabeth was very responsive to every question we had through the months. We always got an immediate response. She was an invaluable resource in assisting us with connecting us with other vendors. Every one of her suggestions was a huge!!! success.
The food was fabulous! Fresh, delicious, and gorgeous. During cocktail hour I overheard guests raving about the spread everywhere I turned. We heard from everyone that attended that this was the best wedding they had ever attended. The wait staff was very professional, discrete and fast. There was no waiting around for food. It was always present. All of our guests felt like kings.
Pure Joy catering took care of every detail. All we did was select food from their very large menu and they made all of our daughter's dreams come true.
Our hats are off to this tremendous team!!! Jesus and Debbie Cruz
We first contacted Pure Joy last Sept for our daughter's June wedding. From the very first visit they have not only guided Read more...
We first contacted Pure Joy last Sept for our daughter's June wedding. From the very first visit they have not only guided us through the entire wedding process, but assisted in personalizing a menu. Our planner Alizabeth was very responsive to every question we had through the months. We always got an immediate response. She was an invaluable resource in assisting us with connecting us with other vendors. Every one of her suggestions was a huge!!! success.
The food was fabulous! Fresh, delicious, and gorgeous. During cocktail hour I overheard guests raving about the spread everywhere I turned. We heard from everyone that attended that this was the best wedding they had ever attended. The wait staff was very professional, discrete and fast. There was no waiting around for food. It was always present. All of our guests felt like kings.
Pure Joy catering took care of every detail. All we did was select food from their very large menu and they made all of our daughter's dreams come true.
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Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

THANK YOU!!! It was a pure honor to be involved with your event - it was amazing!
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Anne
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
I would HIGHLY recommend Pure Joy for any event. The entire staff is incredibly helpful and willing to support you in any way needed. They listen to all ideas and then help to enhance them to bring your vision to reality. Our wedding was absolutely stunning and the food was delicious. It was more than I could have every dreamed of and Pure Joy had a great hand in that. Without hesitation, I would recommend Pure Joy to everyone.
I would HIGHLY recommend Pure Joy for any event. The entire staff is incredibly helpful and willing to support you in any Read more...
I would HIGHLY recommend Pure Joy for any event. The entire staff is incredibly helpful and willing to support you in any way needed. They listen to all ideas and then help to enhance them to bring your vision to reality. Our wedding was absolutely stunning and the food was delicious. It was more than I could have every dreamed of and Pure Joy had a great hand in that. Without hesitation, I would recommend Pure Joy to everyone. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

awwwww! THANK YOU and a very happily ever after to a beautiful bride & a lucky groom!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy has so many fantastic reviews that I almost feel silly reiterating what has already been said, but I want to put my two cents in. I cannot imagine my wedding without Pure Joy. Right from the beginning when we were picking a caterer Pure Joy won us over with their amazing food and attentive service. We tried two caterers in the same weekend and I can not believe the difference. Pure Joy changed our minds as to which venue we wanted because the other venue required us use a certain caterer, but after trying Pure Joy we switched venues. Through the whole process they were amazing. I was a bit of a slacker in finalizing the catering details and they made it now problem. I worked with Patrick who is amazing and was constantly reassuring me about the weather and watching it for me. It turned out to be a great day and all our guests raved about the food. After working with Pure Joy I completely understand why they are so loved in this town as the best wedding caterer and I really recommend their services to other brides.
Pure Joy has so many fantastic reviews that I almost feel silly reiterating what has already been said, but I want to put Read more...
Pure Joy has so many fantastic reviews that I almost feel silly reiterating what has already been said, but I want to put my two cents in. I cannot imagine my wedding without Pure Joy. Right from the beginning when we were picking a caterer Pure Joy won us over with their amazing food and attentive service. We tried two caterers in the same weekend and I can not believe the difference. Pure Joy changed our minds as to which venue we wanted because the other venue required us use a certain caterer, but after trying Pure Joy we switched venues. Through the whole process they were amazing. I was a bit of a slacker in finalizing the catering details and they made it now problem. I worked with Patrick who is amazing and was constantly reassuring me about the weather and watching it for me. It turned out to be a great day and all our guests raved about the food. After working with Pure Joy I completely understand why they are so loved in this town as the best wedding caterer and I really recommend their services to other brides. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

you were such a lovely, creative joyful bride. We all wish you both a very happily ever after & thank you.
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LucindaEen
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
From the very first meeting to the cleanup at the end, everyone we worked with at Pure Joy Catering was friendly, helpful, and expert! Our guests, many sophisticated "foodies" raved about the appetizers and the buffet! The food was magnificent, but the service was just unbelievable! Thank you, Pure Joy, going with the Best served us extremely well!
From the very first meeting to the cleanup at the end, everyone we worked with at Pure Joy Catering was friendly, helpful, Read more...
From the very first meeting to the cleanup at the end, everyone we worked with at Pure Joy Catering was friendly, helpful, and expert! Our guests, many sophisticated "foodies" raved about the appetizers and the buffet! The food was magnificent, but the service was just unbelievable! Thank you, Pure Joy, going with the Best served us extremely well! Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

thank you, we're so grateful to have been a part of such a celebration of love & life, wishing you both a very happily ever after!!!!
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Tanya Slater
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
I got married October 2011 and was fortunate enough to have Pure Joy cater our event. I can not say enough good things about our entire experience with Patrick and the rest of the Pure Joy team! From the many conversations working on a proposed menu to our tasting at Firestone Vineyard to the actual big day we experienced nothing but complete professionalism and beyond delicious food!

It has been almost five months since our wedding and I still have countless guests comment on our food. There seriously can not be a conversation about our wedding day without a mention of the mac and cheese apps and boneless short ribs at dinner! I was very specific with the type of food I wanted to serve at a family style sit down dinner and Patrick saw that all of my needs were met.

If you are throwing an event in the Santa Barbara area you will not be disappointed if you go with Pure Joy... you and your guests will be more than satisfied with the food and level of service!
I got married October 2011 and was fortunate enough to have Pure Joy cater our event. I can not say enough good things Read more...
I got married October 2011 and was fortunate enough to have Pure Joy cater our event. I can not say enough good things about our entire experience with Patrick and the rest of the Pure Joy team! From the many conversations working on a proposed menu to our tasting at Firestone Vineyard to the actual big day we experienced nothing but complete professionalism and beyond delicious food!

It has been almost five months since our wedding and I still have countless guests comment on our food. There seriously can not be a conversation about our wedding day without a mention of the mac and cheese apps and boneless short ribs at dinner! I was very specific with the type of food I wanted to serve at a family style sit down dinner and Patrick saw that all of my needs were met.

If you are throwing an event in the Santa Barbara area you will not be disappointed if you go with Pure Joy... you and your guests will be more than satisfied with the food and level of service! Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you!!! Wishing you a happily ever after and sweet memories!!! Xo
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ElyseL
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
We used Pure Joy for our July 30th, 2011 wedding for catering and bar. Food was one of my biggest priorities in planning my wedding, and when I saw all the awards Pure Joy had received over the years and tasted their food, we decided to go with them.

Wow did they deliver! I have to admit I had incredibly high expectations going in to the event after all the planning we did, and the amount of money going into everything. Patrick was a joy to work with, and I always felt like they had everything completely under control. Whenever I left a meeting with him I felt like everything would be great because Pure Joy would allow nothing less!

After many intense planning sessions and a number of backdoor tastings we got the menu set perfectly, rentals and linens all squared away etc. I was really looking forward to the menu and was incredibly excited for the wedding.

I can't speak much for the cocktail hour as I was doing pictures, but I heard all the appetizers were great. I did get a lot of ceviche and coconut shrimp, which were to die for. I didn't get to try any of the pear and gorgonzola filo pockets though, which I was looking forward to. I would recommend setting someone on food saving duty for the cocktail hour if you want to try all your apps. But I think the guests must have enjoyed them because they gobbled them all up!!

We were going for central coast, CA cuisine, with a few personalized touches, and they pulled it off perfectly. It was delicious, satisfying, fresh and light. I could eat that meal every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. And the creme brulee station for desert was a huge hit! My french grandmother complimented the creme brulee.

The actual wedding day was just incredible. The food was amazing!! People went back for seconds and thirds, and just raved about everything on the menu. The service was also impeccable, with servers coming to all the tables frequently to refresh wine and drinks. And the setup looked fantastic! The brightly colored linens on the tables and the buffet layout was perfect.

I can't thank Pure Joy enough for making our wedding day amazing! Thank you!
We used Pure Joy for our July 30th, 2011 wedding for catering and bar. Food was one of my biggest priorities in planning Read more...
We used Pure Joy for our July 30th, 2011 wedding for catering and bar. Food was one of my biggest priorities in planning my wedding, and when I saw all the awards Pure Joy had received over the years and tasted their food, we decided to go with them.

Wow did they deliver! I have to admit I had incredibly high expectations going in to the event after all the planning we did, and the amount of money going into everything. Patrick was a joy to work with, and I always felt like they had everything completely under control. Whenever I left a meeting with him I felt like everything would be great because Pure Joy would allow nothing less!

After many intense planning sessions and a number of backdoor tastings we got the menu set perfectly, rentals and linens all squared away etc. I was really looking forward to the menu and was incredibly excited for the wedding.

I can't speak much for the cocktail hour as I was doing pictures, but I heard all the appetizers were great. I did get a lot of ceviche and coconut shrimp, which were to die for. I didn't get to try any of the pear and gorgonzola filo pockets though, which I was looking forward to. I would recommend setting someone on food saving duty for the cocktail hour if you want to try all your apps. But I think the guests must have enjoyed them because they gobbled them all up!!

We were going for central coast, CA cuisine, with a few personalized touches, and they pulled it off perfectly. It was delicious, satisfying, fresh and light. I could eat that meal every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. And the creme brulee station for desert was a huge hit! My french grandmother complimented the creme brulee.

The actual wedding day was just incredible. The food was amazing!! People went back for seconds and thirds, and just raved about everything on the menu. The service was also impeccable, with servers coming to all the tables frequently to refresh wine and drinks. And the setup looked fantastic! The brightly colored linens on the tables and the buffet layout was perfect.

I can't thank Pure Joy enough for making our wedding day amazing! Thank you! Read less
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dlessard24
Wedding:
5/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy was amazing! The food and rentals that Pure Joy provided were amzing! I feel like we had the best food ever at our wedding! Everytime we had a question for Pure joy they were very good at replying to our emails. They were very understanding when we had some last minute changes to our drink list. The whole staff at Pure Joy was very professional and a joy to work with. We would recommend Pure Joy to anyone looking for a caterer for any type of event!
Pure Joy was amazing! The food and rentals that Pure Joy provided were amzing! I feel like we had the best food ever at Read more...
Pure Joy was amazing! The food and rentals that Pure Joy provided were amzing! I feel like we had the best food ever at our wedding! Everytime we had a question for Pure joy they were very good at replying to our emails. They were very understanding when we had some last minute changes to our drink list. The whole staff at Pure Joy was very professional and a joy to work with. We would recommend Pure Joy to anyone looking for a caterer for any type of event! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy far exceeded my expectations! I would hire them again in an instant. They made the entire wedding come together so beautifully. They had such an attention to detail and made the entire event look good. The service was excellent, the food was phenomenal. I found them through several of my co-workers who hired them for their weddings, and decided to hire them based on their excellent experiences and I was so happy with the decision.
Pure Joy far exceeded my expectations! I would hire them again in an instant. They made the entire wedding come together Read more...
Pure Joy far exceeded my expectations! I would hire them again in an instant. They made the entire wedding come together so beautifully. They had such an attention to detail and made the entire event look good. The service was excellent, the food was phenomenal. I found them through several of my co-workers who hired them for their weddings, and decided to hire them based on their excellent experiences and I was so happy with the decision. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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AAZ
Wedding:
10/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy Catering provided amazing food, amazing service and an amazing staff!!! I would recommend them to anyone who is needing a catering company in the Santa Barbara area!!
Pure Joy Catering provided amazing food, amazing service and an amazing staff!!! I would recommend them to anyone who is Read more...
Pure Joy Catering provided amazing food, amazing service and an amazing staff!!! I would recommend them to anyone who is needing a catering company in the Santa Barbara area!! Read less
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jeffchamby
Wedding:
5/16/2010
5.0/5.0
We loved Pure Joy Catering from the get go! We found them at a local bridal fair and decided to give them a shot and we're so glad we did. We didn't have a wedding planner, we just did it ourselves and Pure Joy was such a huge part of our day being a success! Every facet of the catering sevice was top notch in our opinion. We did catering and most of our rentals (linens, tables, chairs, etc.) through them. I've broken out the subtopics below:

Planning
We worked with our event coordinator, Patrick, for the main part of the planning process. My wife and I were a little anxious at first since I lived out of town. But Pure Joy accomodated our schedules and always worked around our needs. Patrick was availble to meet with us whenever we had questions or just wanted to meet with him to make sure we're all on the same page. The great thing about our event coordinator was that he a) was very knowledgeable about the overall wedding process b) had great customer sevice, and c) was able to refer us to other vendors when needed (florist, equipment rentals, etc.). Some days it was almost like wedding therapy to meet with them! We'd be all frazzled because we haven't figured out things but when we met with our coordinator he just walked us through step by step and helped us figure things out. That's a huge plus for any wedding couple who is planning a wedding by themselves. Pure Joy always responded to our emails and calls promptly (within 48 hours, usually same day), which many of the other caterers we initially reached out to didn't respond for weeks. Pure Joy made the planning process feel easy and doable.

Service
When you look for a catering company, sure the food is important but what may often be overlooked is the sevice. Pure Joy's service is what truly put this catering company a notch above the rest. Everyone that we worked with at Pure Joy, from the receptionist, event coordinator, the servers, and even the guy behind the grill were always professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and had a smile on their face. If they didn't happen to know the answer to a question they would get back to us quickly with an answer. Bottom line is that any area of the wedding they were involved with felt seamless and effortless from our perspective.

Food
It was good to have lots of opportunities for food tastings. They held two food tasting events where we tasted a wide variety of foods and drinks. Initially at the tastings we thought the food was 'ok' (some great dishes and some that weren't quite our style) but the service, their professionalism, and their willingness to attend to everything made us feel confident that we made the right choice. They responded to constructive feedback well and made changes to suit our tastes. At the day of the wedding the food was simply phenominal, better than the tastings. Many of our guests were blown away by the quality, variety, and presentation of food. (FYI the grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup appetizers were excellent!)

Presentation
We let Pure Joy know that we were having a garden wedding and they coordinated the decorations perfectly. They paid attention to detail on each table by adding some decorative element, whether it be fruits and veggies decorating the tables or bird cages, herbs, etc. Many of our guests commented on how nice our wedding was, noting the food and the presentation and the decor of the location, etc. and Pure Joy had a large part in making it all come together. On the day of the wedding we were confident that everything would come together because of their professionalism and the time they took to meet with us.

In summary, we highly recommend Pure Joy Catering. We truly appreciated all they did for us.
We loved Pure Joy Catering from the get go! We found them at a local bridal fair and decided to give them a shot and we're Read more...
We loved Pure Joy Catering from the get go! We found them at a local bridal fair and decided to give them a shot and we're so glad we did. We didn't have a wedding planner, we just did it ourselves and Pure Joy was such a huge part of our day being a success! Every facet of the catering sevice was top notch in our opinion. We did catering and most of our rentals (linens, tables, chairs, etc.) through them. I've broken out the subtopics below:

Planning
We worked with our event coordinator, Patrick, for the main part of the planning process. My wife and I were a little anxious at first since I lived out of town. But Pure Joy accomodated our schedules and always worked around our needs. Patrick was availble to meet with us whenever we had questions or just wanted to meet with him to make sure we're all on the same page. The great thing about our event coordinator was that he a) was very knowledgeable about the overall wedding process b) had great customer sevice, and c) was able to refer us to other vendors when needed (florist, equipment rentals, etc.). Some days it was almost like wedding therapy to meet with them! We'd be all frazzled because we haven't figured out things but when we met with our coordinator he just walked us through step by step and helped us figure things out. That's a huge plus for any wedding couple who is planning a wedding by themselves. Pure Joy always responded to our emails and calls promptly (within 48 hours, usually same day), which many of the other caterers we initially reached out to didn't respond for weeks. Pure Joy made the planning process feel easy and doable.

Service
When you look for a catering company, sure the food is important but what may often be overlooked is the sevice. Pure Joy's service is what truly put this catering company a notch above the rest. Everyone that we worked with at Pure Joy, from the receptionist, event coordinator, the servers, and even the guy behind the grill were always professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and had a smile on their face. If they didn't happen to know the answer to a question they would get back to us quickly with an answer. Bottom line is that any area of the wedding they were involved with felt seamless and effortless from our perspective.

Food
It was good to have lots of opportunities for food tastings. They held two food tasting events where we tasted a wide variety of foods and drinks. Initially at the tastings we thought the food was 'ok' (some great dishes and some that weren't quite our style) but the service, their professionalism, and their willingness to attend to everything made us feel confident that we made the right choice. They responded to constructive feedback well and made changes to suit our tastes. At the day of the wedding the food was simply phenominal, better than the tastings. Many of our guests were blown away by the quality, variety, and presentation of food. (FYI the grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup appetizers were excellent!)

Presentation
We let Pure Joy know that we were having a garden wedding and they coordinated the decorations perfectly. They paid attention to detail on each table by adding some decorative element, whether it be fruits and veggies decorating the tables or bird cages, herbs, etc. Many of our guests commented on how nice our wedding was, noting the food and the presentation and the decor of the location, etc. and Pure Joy had a large part in making it all come together. On the day of the wedding we were confident that everything would come together because of their professionalism and the time they took to meet with us.

In summary, we highly recommend Pure Joy Catering. We truly appreciated all they did for us. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Traci Lupo
Wedding:
3/27/2010
5.0/5.0
We loved Pure Joy! Their food was even MORE delicious than at our tastings (we went to two of their open houses), the decor was impeccably executed, the staff was so professional, everything was truly perfect. They were a joy to work with - even creating a new menu item for us - the chimichuri sauce for our sirloin. Everyone remarked on the food and service. It was quite a feat for them to create such elegant service in such a rustic environment - but they pulled everything off perfectly. It can't recommend them strongly enough. All of our guests also loved the late night treats - sliders and mac 'n' cheese - a fun surprise. Best of luck to all the brides who are reading this for happy planning and happily ever after!
We loved Pure Joy! Their food was even MORE delicious than at our tastings (we went to two of their open houses), the Read more...
We loved Pure Joy! Their food was even MORE delicious than at our tastings (we went to two of their open houses), the decor was impeccably executed, the staff was so professional, everything was truly perfect. They were a joy to work with - even creating a new menu item for us - the chimichuri sauce for our sirloin. Everyone remarked on the food and service. It was quite a feat for them to create such elegant service in such a rustic environment - but they pulled everything off perfectly. It can't recommend them strongly enough. All of our guests also loved the late night treats - sliders and mac 'n' cheese - a fun surprise. Best of luck to all the brides who are reading this for happy planning and happily ever after! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Marlee
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy Catering was an amazing vendor to work with and helped to make my wedding day exactly what I had dreamed it to be. The staff during the whole experience was absolutely wonderful to work with. They were extremely responsive and very flexible. All our guests raved about the food and the Smores Station was an absolute hit!! Thank you to everyone at Pure Joy for making my dream wedding a reality!!
Pure Joy Catering was an amazing vendor to work with and helped to make my wedding day exactly what I had dreamed it to Read more...
Pure Joy Catering was an amazing vendor to work with and helped to make my wedding day exactly what I had dreamed it to be. The staff during the whole experience was absolutely wonderful to work with. They were extremely responsive and very flexible. All our guests raved about the food and the Smores Station was an absolute hit!! Thank you to everyone at Pure Joy for making my dream wedding a reality!! Read less
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LeahB29
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy Catering was great for us. We worked with Kristin who was very knowledgeable not only about catering but also had great recommendations for other vendors (ie for lighting they recommended LBPS http://www.lbpsevents.com/ and they were awesome!). She was always super friendly and willing to help whenever I called. They helped me feel really at ease and pretty much handled everything on the catering end and we only had to make the drive to SB (we're from LA) to meet with them once or twice. The food was great and they decorated the buffet beautifully in the theme of our wedding. They were willing and able to work within our budget also! On the day of our wedding, everything ran really smoothly and we got many compliments on the food (they also have really yummy cupcakes!)
Pure Joy Catering was great for us. We worked with Kristin who was very knowledgeable not only about catering but also had Read more...
Pure Joy Catering was great for us. We worked with Kristin who was very knowledgeable not only about catering but also had great recommendations for other vendors (ie for lighting they recommended LBPS http://www.lbpsevents.com/ and they were awesome!). She was always super friendly and willing to help whenever I called. They helped me feel really at ease and pretty much handled everything on the catering end and we only had to make the drive to SB (we're from LA) to meet with them once or twice. The food was great and they decorated the buffet beautifully in the theme of our wedding. They were willing and able to work within our budget also! On the day of our wedding, everything ran really smoothly and we got many compliments on the food (they also have really yummy cupcakes!) Read less
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08/02/09
Wedding:
8/2/2009
5.0/5.0
Outstanding service and award winning Santa Barbara cuisine, which also included every detail from our succulent centerpieces, lavender filled escort trays, rental choices and everything in between.

The personal and professional attention we received from the entire PJ Team is unheard of in today�s catering world. After an incredible tasting we changed our menu, adjusted our welcome drinks and even added a coffee bar. Flexibility was never an issue; they just made it happen.

At our outdoor venue, PJ directed and produced a flawless event, and most of all assuaged any fears the mother-of-the-bride may have had. Thanks to Pure Joy the parents of the bride ate every delicious bite and enjoyed every minute of our wedding.

Pure Joy is much more than great food; Pure Joy is the epitome of event planning and sincere, professional, personal service.
Outstanding service and award winning Santa Barbara cuisine, which also included every detail from our succulent Read more...
Outstanding service and award winning Santa Barbara cuisine, which also included every detail from our succulent centerpieces, lavender filled escort trays, rental choices and everything in between.

The personal and professional attention we received from the entire PJ Team is unheard of in today�s catering world. After an incredible tasting we changed our menu, adjusted our welcome drinks and even added a coffee bar. Flexibility was never an issue; they just made it happen.

At our outdoor venue, PJ directed and produced a flawless event, and most of all assuaged any fears the mother-of-the-bride may have had. Thanks to Pure Joy the parents of the bride ate every delicious bite and enjoyed every minute of our wedding.

Pure Joy is much more than great food; Pure Joy is the epitome of event planning and sincere, professional, personal service. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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denise
Wedding:
5/16/2009
5.0/5.0
The Pure joy staff was a God sent!! From the very begining to the last detail they were so easy to work with and so fun to have with us on our wedding day. We're just now coming down from the dreamy wedding we had and really appriciating the amount of work they did and the incredible quality of profesionalism we were so lucky to have on our wedding day. It was a perfect dream in every way!! When I watch the video now I really see all they did to make it perfect, on your wedding day you just can't notice all the details and care they provide. The guests are still talking about our dinner four months later!! They even gave me one of the recipes so we can use that forever as a memory of our special celebration! It's like they are these happy little friends that are with you and make sure you dont have to touch the ground.
The Pure joy staff was a God sent!! From the very begining to the last detail they were so easy to work with and so fun to Read more...
The Pure joy staff was a God sent!! From the very begining to the last detail they were so easy to work with and so fun to have with us on our wedding day. We're just now coming down from the dreamy wedding we had and really appriciating the amount of work they did and the incredible quality of profesionalism we were so lucky to have on our wedding day. It was a perfect dream in every way!! When I watch the video now I really see all they did to make it perfect, on your wedding day you just can't notice all the details and care they provide. The guests are still talking about our dinner four months later!! They even gave me one of the recipes so we can use that forever as a memory of our special celebration! It's like they are these happy little friends that are with you and make sure you dont have to touch the ground. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Elle
Wedding:
6/7/2008
5.0/5.0
We loved the professionalism and quick response of the vendor. The food was organic and amazing!!!
We loved the professionalism and quick response of the vendor. The food was organic and amazing!!!
We loved the professionalism and quick response of the vendor. The food was organic and amazing!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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ladybugaloo
Wedding:
11/3/2007
5.0/5.0
Food indescribably good, attitudes of each and every member of the catering were so fantastic they were just delightful on top of being so efficient and helpful with every single detail. Everyone is raving about them!!! Thanks!
Food indescribably good, attitudes of each and every member of the catering were so fantastic they were just delightful on Read more...
Food indescribably good, attitudes of each and every member of the catering were so fantastic they were just delightful on top of being so efficient and helpful with every single detail. Everyone is raving about them!!! Thanks! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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teezav
Wedding:
6/2/2007
5.0/5.0
Pure Joy reps were very helpful and responded to my questions via email or telephone in a prompt manner. I live 3 hours from my wedding location so it was important that the company was professional and helpful. I never had to worry. We attended a tasting event which helped us decide what to serve. We were happy with all the food and appetizers. A bit pricey in comparison to others in the area but worth it in the end.
Pure Joy reps were very helpful and responded to my questions via email or telephone in a prompt manner. I live 3 hours Read more...
Pure Joy reps were very helpful and responded to my questions via email or telephone in a prompt manner. I live 3 hours from my wedding location so it was important that the company was professional and helpful. I never had to worry. We attended a tasting event which helped us decide what to serve. We were happy with all the food and appetizers. A bit pricey in comparison to others in the area but worth it in the end. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Beckie
Wedding:
9/23/2006
5.0/5.0
Our review/ thank you to them!!!!

Dear Chad & Kristin and all the staff at Pure Joy,

Brian and I can't begin to thank you enough for making our Wedding Day perfect! You all did an amazing job and really made our wedding stress free! You all really outdid yourselves, the food displays were the most magnificent we've ever seen & the food was SO good. Everything was above and beyond what we expected! We couldn't imagine our wedding without you. We'd recommend you to anyone!

Many, many thanks


One year later and people still talk about and remember the food at our wedding!
Our review/ thank you to them!!!!

Dear Chad & Kristin and all the staff at Pure Joy,

Brian and I can't Read more...
Our review/ thank you to them!!!!

Dear Chad & Kristin and all the staff at Pure Joy,

Brian and I can't begin to thank you enough for making our Wedding Day perfect! You all did an amazing job and really made our wedding stress free! You all really outdid yourselves, the food displays were the most magnificent we've ever seen & the food was SO good. Everything was above and beyond what we expected! We couldn't imagine our wedding without you. We'd recommend you to anyone!

Many, many thanks


One year later and people still talk about and remember the food at our wedding! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers
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Patti
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Pure Joy Catering was out of this world! Our event supervisor, Alizabeth, was a joy to work with as she was incredibly helpful in planning our menu (passed appetizers and appetizer stations). She made wonderful food suggestions which were highlights of the occasion. (Ask about their “Sweet and Cheesy Kiss Goodbye” - blueberry cheesecake served in a cute Mason jar!) Our guests are still complimenting us on the exquisite food and excellent service provided by Pure Joy. Alizabeth and I communicated through email and she always responded promptly with an answer or solution. Alizabeth (and her crew) showed up early on the event day and turned our home into a showplace to delight our guests and us. We almost want to get married again just so we can re-live the Pure Joy experience!
Our experience with Pure Joy Catering was out of this world! Our event supervisor, Alizabeth, was a joy to work with as Read more...
Our experience with Pure Joy Catering was out of this world! Our event supervisor, Alizabeth, was a joy to work with as she was incredibly helpful in planning our menu (passed appetizers and appetizer stations). She made wonderful food suggestions which were highlights of the occasion. (Ask about their “Sweet and Cheesy Kiss Goodbye” - blueberry cheesecake served in a cute Mason jar!) Our guests are still complimenting us on the exquisite food and excellent service provided by Pure Joy. Alizabeth and I communicated through email and she always responded promptly with an answer or solution. Alizabeth (and her crew) showed up early on the event day and turned our home into a showplace to delight our guests and us. We almost want to get married again just so we can re-live the Pure Joy experience! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Patti! Thank you so much!!! We wish you and Vesselin a very happily ever after...
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Jennifer
Wedding:
3/29/2014
4.9/5.0
When we decided to move our wedding from Southern California/ LA area up to the Santa Ynez Valley, we were overwhelmed with different options for caterers and locations. One name I continued to see was Pure Joy. After speaking with Patrick on the phone and getting a thorough, fair and professional bid from them, I knew they could execute my vision not just aesthetically but professionally and deliciously! From our tasting to the actual wedding, we were constantly amazed and wow'd by their attention to detail and how everything always tasted like it had been individually prepared with precision. Nothing about their food or service feels "bulk" or "manufactured." Our guests couldn't stop raving about the food (we actually sat and ate ourselves!) We also loved their knowledge of the area and willingness to come meet us at our venue when they didn't have to prior to the event. It says a lot about a company when you mention to other vendors that you're working with Pure Joy and they say "Oh, you will be in great hands!" For all brides and grooms, if you're looking to serve food family style (think- high end barbecue) Pure Joy is the way to go. Elegant, tasty, and plentiful, we were very pleased. OH! And be sure to get their fresh, hot, donut station. OMG, the best ever. (think- bride in a white dress scarfing down hot donuts. Hello!) I can't say enough great things about them. You get what you pay for and I think that's the biggest thing to consider with a caterer. Small or large budget-- value is everything.
When we decided to move our wedding from Southern California/ LA area up to the Santa Ynez Valley, we were overwhelmed Read more...
When we decided to move our wedding from Southern California/ LA area up to the Santa Ynez Valley, we were overwhelmed with different options for caterers and locations. One name I continued to see was Pure Joy. After speaking with Patrick on the phone and getting a thorough, fair and professional bid from them, I knew they could execute my vision not just aesthetically but professionally and deliciously! From our tasting to the actual wedding, we were constantly amazed and wow'd by their attention to detail and how everything always tasted like it had been individually prepared with precision. Nothing about their food or service feels "bulk" or "manufactured." Our guests couldn't stop raving about the food (we actually sat and ate ourselves!) We also loved their knowledge of the area and willingness to come meet us at our venue when they didn't have to prior to the event. It says a lot about a company when you mention to other vendors that you're working with Pure Joy and they say "Oh, you will be in great hands!" For all brides and grooms, if you're looking to serve food family style (think- high end barbecue) Pure Joy is the way to go. Elegant, tasty, and plentiful, we were very pleased. OH! And be sure to get their fresh, hot, donut station. OMG, the best ever. (think- bride in a white dress scarfing down hot donuts. Hello!) I can't say enough great things about them. You get what you pay for and I think that's the biggest thing to consider with a caterer. Small or large budget-- value is everything. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/27/2012
4.9/5.0
Choosing Pure Joy Catering was one of the best decisions that we made while planning our wedding. Patrick was amazing to work with! He helped us from start to finish and ensured that our wedding was beautiful and that everything ran smoothly. It was quite a task considering that our wedding was 6 hours from where we lived, which limited how frequently we could meet in person, and was planned only 4 months in advance. Patrick scheduled a tasting while we were in town, and it was amazing. This sealed the deal immediately, and then we handled everything else via email and telephone. Patrick was professional and personable and brought staff to the wedding who were up for the challenge.

Of special note was that the wait staff noticed the wedding party off taking pictures during the cocktail hour and made a special trip to bring us appetizers during our photo shoot! That was very much needed and appreciated! Patrick made sure to handle all of the details behind the scene to ensure that the guests had a good time and that my husband and I could enjoy the wedding with them without us spending time directing the evening. We didn't have a wedding planner but Patrick filled in where necessary to gently remind us when it was the right time to cut the cake and other similar details.

Just as important, all of our guests raved about the food, which Pure Joy customized to our tastes. We are vegetarian, but many of our guests are not, and Patrick helped us to select the perfect menu to make sure everybody was well-fed. Not only did Pure Joy handle all of the food, but they also gave us plenty of tips on how to save money along they way, which was very helpful. He also found the perfect linens to match the mood and decor of our venue. In addition, they took the headache out of the rental process by handling all the rental details on our behalf. They were fabulous to work with and made our event a huge success. Patrick made all of the planning a breeze and we cannot express our appreciation enough. I highly recommend Pure Joy Catering and wouldn't consider using anyone else for future events on the central coast. Thank you for everything!
Choosing Pure Joy Catering was one of the best decisions that we made while planning our wedding. Patrick was amazing to Read more...
Choosing Pure Joy Catering was one of the best decisions that we made while planning our wedding. Patrick was amazing to work with! He helped us from start to finish and ensured that our wedding was beautiful and that everything ran smoothly. It was quite a task considering that our wedding was 6 hours from where we lived, which limited how frequently we could meet in person, and was planned only 4 months in advance. Patrick scheduled a tasting while we were in town, and it was amazing. This sealed the deal immediately, and then we handled everything else via email and telephone. Patrick was professional and personable and brought staff to the wedding who were up for the challenge.

Of special note was that the wait staff noticed the wedding party off taking pictures during the cocktail hour and made a special trip to bring us appetizers during our photo shoot! That was very much needed and appreciated! Patrick made sure to handle all of the details behind the scene to ensure that the guests had a good time and that my husband and I could enjoy the wedding with them without us spending time directing the evening. We didn't have a wedding planner but Patrick filled in where necessary to gently remind us when it was the right time to cut the cake and other similar details.

Just as important, all of our guests raved about the food, which Pure Joy customized to our tastes. We are vegetarian, but many of our guests are not, and Patrick helped us to select the perfect menu to make sure everybody was well-fed. Not only did Pure Joy handle all of the food, but they also gave us plenty of tips on how to save money along they way, which was very helpful. He also found the perfect linens to match the mood and decor of our venue. In addition, they took the headache out of the rental process by handling all the rental details on our behalf. They were fabulous to work with and made our event a huge success. Patrick made all of the planning a breeze and we cannot express our appreciation enough. I highly recommend Pure Joy Catering and wouldn't consider using anyone else for future events on the central coast. Thank you for everything! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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clarissa
Wedding:
12/4/2010
4.9/5.0
Pure Joy was exceptional and really delivered for us on the day of. We had many setbacks leading up to the wedding, and they were extremely flexible and helpful during that time. The food was terrific, and our guests were extremely pleased. The set up and tear down were seemless (from my perspective) and the staff extremely professional/skilled. The only reason I can't give 5 stars is due to a few episodes of unresponsiveness (i.e. long delays) to emails regarding the budget while we were tweaking things around a few months prior. That was a little frustrating, but I understand that everyone is busy! My other complaint is that PJ does not offer traditional tastings of your selected menu. Since I live 250 miles from Santa Barbara, I was not able to make the "backdoor" tastings that they offer and really think they should reconsider their tasting policies. I went on faith from a friend's recommendation that the food would be good, and happily, it WAS and thensome.
Pure Joy was exceptional and really delivered for us on the day of. We had many setbacks leading up to the wedding, and Read more...
Pure Joy was exceptional and really delivered for us on the day of. We had many setbacks leading up to the wedding, and they were extremely flexible and helpful during that time. The food was terrific, and our guests were extremely pleased. The set up and tear down were seemless (from my perspective) and the staff extremely professional/skilled. The only reason I can't give 5 stars is due to a few episodes of unresponsiveness (i.e. long delays) to emails regarding the budget while we were tweaking things around a few months prior. That was a little frustrating, but I understand that everyone is busy! My other complaint is that PJ does not offer traditional tastings of your selected menu. Since I live 250 miles from Santa Barbara, I was not able to make the "backdoor" tastings that they offer and really think they should reconsider their tasting policies. I went on faith from a friend's recommendation that the food would be good, and happily, it WAS and thensome. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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MEH
Wedding:
4/9/2010
4.9/5.0
We used Pure Joy to put on a corporate dinner event for a small very posh group of international businessmen and lawyers. The service and food were excellent and our hard-to-impress attendees raved about the whole evening.
Well done Pure Joy.
We used Pure Joy to put on a corporate dinner event for a small very posh group of international businessmen and lawyers. Read more...
We used Pure Joy to put on a corporate dinner event for a small very posh group of international businessmen and lawyers. The service and food were excellent and our hard-to-impress attendees raved about the whole evening.
Well done Pure Joy. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers, Rentals & Photobooths
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D'Lynn
Wedding:
9/18/2009
4.9/5.0
I was sooo impressed and happy with Pure Joy the whole way. They were accomodating to everything I tried to do and when I wasn't sure what to do, they had great recommendations. So they were incredibly easy to work with, responsive and fun. Also, I had sooo many comments from my guests that the dinner, apps, and cupcakes were "really really good" and that all the staff were really polite and fun. I would recommend them in a heart beat. They trully helped to make my wedding so magical :) 9-18-09
I was sooo impressed and happy with Pure Joy the whole way. They were accomodating to everything I tried to do and when I Read more...
I was sooo impressed and happy with Pure Joy the whole way. They were accomodating to everything I tried to do and when I wasn't sure what to do, they had great recommendations. So they were incredibly easy to work with, responsive and fun. Also, I had sooo many comments from my guests that the dinner, apps, and cupcakes were "really really good" and that all the staff were really polite and fun. I would recommend them in a heart beat. They trully helped to make my wedding so magical :) 9-18-09 Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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kelthekoolness
Wedding:
6/20/2009
4.9/5.0
Pure Joy was absolutely amazing. Everyone commented on how amazing the food was and how beatiful the presentation was. I couldn't have been more happy with what I got.
Pure Joy was absolutely amazing. Everyone commented on how amazing the food was and how beatiful the presentation was. I Read more...
Pure Joy was absolutely amazing. Everyone commented on how amazing the food was and how beatiful the presentation was. I couldn't have been more happy with what I got. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
We used Pure Joy for our daughter's ranch wedding outside of Ojai, California. Pure Joy was wonderful to work with. They helped us from the very outset of our planning not only with the menu but with the logistics of conducting a wedding on a ranch. They gave us ideas, recommended vendors for tables and lighting, and came out to the ranch site several times. They were very responsive to our needs and flexible with the menu up to the very last week. The food was wonderful. Our guests raved about the tri-tip, the watermelon and goat cheese salad, the mushroom ravioli, the quesadillas and mini-hamburger appetizers. The staff was professional and efficient. Pure Joy truly was a big part of making the wedding a pure joy.
We used Pure Joy for our daughter's ranch wedding outside of Ojai, California. Pure Joy was wonderful to work with. They Read more...
We used Pure Joy for our daughter's ranch wedding outside of Ojai, California. Pure Joy was wonderful to work with. They helped us from the very outset of our planning not only with the menu but with the logistics of conducting a wedding on a ranch. They gave us ideas, recommended vendors for tables and lighting, and came out to the ranch site several times. They were very responsive to our needs and flexible with the menu up to the very last week. The food was wonderful. Our guests raved about the tri-tip, the watermelon and goat cheese salad, the mushroom ravioli, the quesadillas and mini-hamburger appetizers. The staff was professional and efficient. Pure Joy truly was a big part of making the wedding a pure joy. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the joyful review! We are so thrilled you enjoyed our food and full service event planning and management. We are all about the details to ensure success and a perfect day for your wedding! We had a lovely time working with you as well and wish you a very Happy Ever After!
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drlz
Wedding:
6/6/2009
4.8/5.0
Pure Joy is AMAZING, their food is incredible, everyone loved it. They especially are good at not just providing food, but the way they actually decorate their food stations/grill area/tables is top notch. They also handle all of the event rentals for you and include it in their bill. The only downside is that they are pricey, especially service wise because they staff heavily, but it is 100% worth it. For Santa Barbara area caterers, their price is pretty fair.
Pure Joy is AMAZING, their food is incredible, everyone loved it. They especially are good at not just providing food, but Read more...
Pure Joy is AMAZING, their food is incredible, everyone loved it. They especially are good at not just providing food, but the way they actually decorate their food stations/grill area/tables is top notch. They also handle all of the event rentals for you and include it in their bill. The only downside is that they are pricey, especially service wise because they staff heavily, but it is 100% worth it. For Santa Barbara area caterers, their price is pretty fair. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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tamara511
Wedding:
6/14/2008
4.8/5.0
Pure Joy was a dream to work with. They took care of food and all of our rentals. My guests raved about the food and the service, and during the wedding the Pure Joy event manager (Kristen) made sure that both my husband and I were well-cared for. They even packed my husband a midnight snack to-go bag and helped us load all the presents into the car after the event. I could not have asked for a better caterer.
Pure Joy was a dream to work with. They took care of food and all of our rentals. My guests raved about the food and the Read more...
Pure Joy was a dream to work with. They took care of food and all of our rentals. My guests raved about the food and the service, and during the wedding the Pure Joy event manager (Kristen) made sure that both my husband and I were well-cared for. They even packed my husband a midnight snack to-go bag and helped us load all the presents into the car after the event. I could not have asked for a better caterer. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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jenniferkoukla
Wedding:
8/20/2007
4.8/5.0
Pure Joy was pure joy to work with! It started out with a super friendly planner named Kristen. She understood our wants and wishes and helped give advice and ideas when they were needed. She helped construct our wedding dreams into reality. Pure Joy also does all the rentals for you, so you dont have to go around dealing with 50 different companies. We started doing that, to shop around, and realized it would take up way too much of our time plus give us added stress the day of the wedding. We felt totally comfortable letting Pure Joy handle the appetizers, the bar, the setup, the design, all the rentals and the food. The only thing you need to buy is the alcohol. They know how to design an event very artistically and our wedding looked amazing! People keep telling us our wedding was the best they have ever been to. Pure joy does everything so you are not stressed the day of. The food was amazing too, very high quality and a huge portion! I cant speak highly enough of our experience with them. If you want to just sit back and enjoy your wedding day, get Pure Joy to cater and organize it for you! You will not be disappointed!!
Pure Joy was pure joy to work with! It started out with a super friendly planner named Kristen. She understood our wants Read more...
Pure Joy was pure joy to work with! It started out with a super friendly planner named Kristen. She understood our wants and wishes and helped give advice and ideas when they were needed. She helped construct our wedding dreams into reality. Pure Joy also does all the rentals for you, so you dont have to go around dealing with 50 different companies. We started doing that, to shop around, and realized it would take up way too much of our time plus give us added stress the day of the wedding. We felt totally comfortable letting Pure Joy handle the appetizers, the bar, the setup, the design, all the rentals and the food. The only thing you need to buy is the alcohol. They know how to design an event very artistically and our wedding looked amazing! People keep telling us our wedding was the best they have ever been to. Pure joy does everything so you are not stressed the day of. The food was amazing too, very high quality and a huge portion! I cant speak highly enough of our experience with them. If you want to just sit back and enjoy your wedding day, get Pure Joy to cater and organize it for you! You will not be disappointed!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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Alyssa
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.7/5.0
I put all my trust into Pure Joy Catering for my wedding and they did not fail me! From the start they were very professional and could tell that they knew what they were doing. I worked with Patrick and he did everything that he could to accommodate what my husband and I's vision was for the wedding.

The day of the wedding, I was greatly impressed by their presentation of food and how friendly the servers were. I received many compliments about how good the food tasted and by the end of the night there was nothing left! I have to mention again that the servers were very nice and attentive to the needs of the guests, especially the bride and groom. When my husband and I arrived, they left some appetizers for us and personally served us. We also had a ceviche station where a chef had hand-made, fresh ceviche to the individual tastes and food preferences of the guests. Not only to the specialize in food and service, they also include decorations customized to your wedding style. My husband and I were more than happy with their service.

The only cons I can think of are that they are extremely busy during the wedding season and that they only do back door food tasting. Because they are so busy, it may be difficult to speak with your event coordinator and get you wants through. I would suggest being on top of everything (e.g. going over the contract and your numbers) and finalize as soon as possible. We found ourselves scrambling to fix a few details a day before the due date and that was stressful especially because I was at work. As for the back door food tasting, that was a bit of a hassle because I had make sure my schedule was free during weddings that were serving foods that I might have wanted. By the time I had received it, it was cold and definitely did not taste as awesome as it did at our wedding. Don't count on trying everything on your menu beforehand, but I can guarantee you that it will taste amazing! It was all about the trust!
I put all my trust into Pure Joy Catering for my wedding and they did not fail me! From the start they were very Read more...
I put all my trust into Pure Joy Catering for my wedding and they did not fail me! From the start they were very professional and could tell that they knew what they were doing. I worked with Patrick and he did everything that he could to accommodate what my husband and I's vision was for the wedding.

The day of the wedding, I was greatly impressed by their presentation of food and how friendly the servers were. I received many compliments about how good the food tasted and by the end of the night there was nothing left! I have to mention again that the servers were very nice and attentive to the needs of the guests, especially the bride and groom. When my husband and I arrived, they left some appetizers for us and personally served us. We also had a ceviche station where a chef had hand-made, fresh ceviche to the individual tastes and food preferences of the guests. Not only to the specialize in food and service, they also include decorations customized to your wedding style. My husband and I were more than happy with their service.

The only cons I can think of are that they are extremely busy during the wedding season and that they only do back door food tasting. Because they are so busy, it may be difficult to speak with your event coordinator and get you wants through. I would suggest being on top of everything (e.g. going over the contract and your numbers) and finalize as soon as possible. We found ourselves scrambling to fix a few details a day before the due date and that was stressful especially because I was at work. As for the back door food tasting, that was a bit of a hassle because I had make sure my schedule was free during weddings that were serving foods that I might have wanted. By the time I had received it, it was cold and definitely did not taste as awesome as it did at our wedding. Don't count on trying everything on your menu beforehand, but I can guarantee you that it will taste amazing! It was all about the trust! Read less
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Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the lovely review, Alyssa! We are so happy to hear we exceeded your expectations and that the wedding setup, service and food were impressive. Yes, during wedding season, we are very busy but we are a full-service team and most of us are able to answer questions, assist with your needs, etc. We have increased this staff for the next season as well to be able to better serve our clients this coming season. During wedding season, we also do mostly back door tastings because our chefs are working events... the food is usually fresh when handed to you and still warm, so sorry yours wasn't but happy your food at your wedding was just as it should be, delicious fresh and warm :) Thank you, again and we wish you a very Happy Ever After! Cheers :)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
Fantastic event! Thank you so much for all of your help!
Fantastic event! Thank you so much for all of your help!
Fantastic event! Thank you so much for all of your help! Read less
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emgray08
Wedding:
8/28/2010
4.6/5.0
Pure joy was the best caterer to work with. I made multiple changes, they were cost effective, and very personal service. If I EVER had to redo my wedding/plan another event I would choose them again in a heartbeat.
Pure joy was the best caterer to work with. I made multiple changes, they were cost effective, and very personal service. Read more...
Pure joy was the best caterer to work with. I made multiple changes, they were cost effective, and very personal service. If I EVER had to redo my wedding/plan another event I would choose them again in a heartbeat. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/10/2011
4.5/5.0
Pure Joy did a great job making sure all of our wedding guests were taken care of the day of our wedding. The hors d'oeuvres were delicious and their service was really good.

They're a bit pricey, but the food & service was really good.
Pure Joy did a great job making sure all of our wedding guests were taken care of the day of our wedding. The hors Read more...
Pure Joy did a great job making sure all of our wedding guests were taken care of the day of our wedding. The hors d'oeuvres were delicious and their service was really good.

They're a bit pricey, but the food & service was really good. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Katherine
Wedding:
8/1/2009
4.5/5.0
Pure Joy was so much fun to work with! They really listened to all of the details I had in mind and jumped right in with ideas and made it happen. I changed my mind on the menu so many times and they patiently worked with me and we ended up with a beautiful, yummy event!
Pure Joy was so much fun to work with! They really listened to all of the details I had in mind and jumped right in with Read more...
Pure Joy was so much fun to work with! They really listened to all of the details I had in mind and jumped right in with ideas and made it happen. I changed my mind on the menu so many times and they patiently worked with me and we ended up with a beautiful, yummy event! Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
9/7/2013
4.4/5.0
BEWARE of the initial quote given. They estimate based on a 3 hour wedding. My wedding was 5 hours (from ceremony to end of reception) so I was not prepared for the service price to go up by $600 when we did the 30 day revision. Plus keep in mind that each additional person doesn't just raise the food price... it raises the rentals as well. So for the initial quote I would tell them to estimate based on more people than less. Just go through the initial estimate with a fine tooth comb so there are no surprises down the line. They did help me cut things to bring the rental price down which was good.
Pure Joy's food was great though. There was one appetizer that I wasn't blow away by which was the mini mac and cheese. Everyone loves mac and cheese and they told me it was amazing so I added it to my menu and then I thought it was pretty bland. The caprese skewers and the upright antipasto were both very good though. We had the tri tip carving station and everyone was raving about it. It was very good. The grilled vegetables were also very good. The pasta station was so so in my opinion. Again a bit bland but I only tried one of the options.
BEWARE of the initial quote given. They estimate based on a 3 hour wedding. My wedding was 5 hours (from ceremony to end Read more...
BEWARE of the initial quote given. They estimate based on a 3 hour wedding. My wedding was 5 hours (from ceremony to end of reception) so I was not prepared for the service price to go up by $600 when we did the 30 day revision. Plus keep in mind that each additional person doesn't just raise the food price... it raises the rentals as well. So for the initial quote I would tell them to estimate based on more people than less. Just go through the initial estimate with a fine tooth comb so there are no surprises down the line. They did help me cut things to bring the rental price down which was good.
Pure Joy's food was great though. There was one appetizer that I wasn't blow away by which was the mini mac and cheese. Everyone loves mac and cheese and they told me it was amazing so I added it to my menu and then I thought it was pretty bland. The caprese skewers and the upright antipasto were both very good though. We had the tri tip carving station and everyone was raving about it. It was very good. The grilled vegetables were also very good. The pasta station was so so in my opinion. Again a bit bland but I only tried one of the options. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for the 4.4 star review and good feedback! We are thrilled you enjoyed the food overall. We have made note of the mac and cheese so we can check our recipe and ensure its accuracy, those are usually a hit...

We are sorry you felt our timeline was not clear. We always start each proposal with a 5 hour reception timeline with an 8 hour total to include setup and breakdown. Any changes made to the hours are done so to provide the best service and staff for your event to be successful and to fit your vision as it gains clarity.

We do go through each item line by line during your 30 day mark and are always willing to help in any way we can to keep your needs met.

Thank you, again, for the great review and we are so happy you had a fabulous, joyous wedding!

Happy Ever After!!!
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Brooks
Wedding:
5/12/2012
4.4/5.0
Pure Joy was an awesome caterer to work with. We shopped around and checked out a bunch of other caterers in the Santa Barbara area and they seemed to be the best by far. It was a little more expensive then most of the competition, but they seemed to have the most flexible options and highest quality food. They worked with us to create the perfect menu, and day of it went off without a hitch. There were a few mix ups with the quotes and ordered items when trying to get things finalized in the weeks leading up to the wedding, but we ended up getting it all sorted out. We did a live Taco Station and they brought in a lady that made the tortillas right there which added a cool touch. Food quality was great, staff was excellent and professional and everything was timed and cooked perfect. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Pure Joy was an awesome caterer to work with. We shopped around and checked out a bunch of other caterers in the Santa Read more...
Pure Joy was an awesome caterer to work with. We shopped around and checked out a bunch of other caterers in the Santa Barbara area and they seemed to be the best by far. It was a little more expensive then most of the competition, but they seemed to have the most flexible options and highest quality food. They worked with us to create the perfect menu, and day of it went off without a hitch. There were a few mix ups with the quotes and ordered items when trying to get things finalized in the weeks leading up to the wedding, but we ended up getting it all sorted out. We did a live Taco Station and they brought in a lady that made the tortillas right there which added a cool touch. Food quality was great, staff was excellent and professional and everything was timed and cooked perfect. I would highly recommend to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

Your wedding was wonderful and we are so grateful we were a part of it! Wishing you and Rob much joy and an adventurous life together
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Toine and Kandie
Wedding:
9/18/2010
4.3/5.0
The guests at our wedding had a wonderful experience. The entire Pure Joy team was professional, the food was absolutely phenomenal, and the presentation was beautiful.
The guests at our wedding had a wonderful experience. The entire Pure Joy team was professional, the food was absolutely Read more...
The guests at our wedding had a wonderful experience. The entire Pure Joy team was professional, the food was absolutely phenomenal, and the presentation was beautiful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
Pure Joy was great to work with! I got a little nervous early on in the planning stages, because they were not very responsive, but as soon as the busy summer wedding season was over, they were quick to respond to emails, and to provide information I needed. Although they are somewhat pricey (as is everything wedding related in Santa Barbara), they really did take care of EVERYTHING on our wedding day. We had to change plans around at the last minute, and they were really flexible and willing to work with us. Overall, a great experience, and everyone loved the food, drinks, and rentals they provided!
Pure Joy was great to work with! I got a little nervous early on in the planning stages, because they were not very Read more...
Pure Joy was great to work with! I got a little nervous early on in the planning stages, because they were not very responsive, but as soon as the busy summer wedding season was over, they were quick to respond to emails, and to provide information I needed. Although they are somewhat pricey (as is everything wedding related in Santa Barbara), they really did take care of EVERYTHING on our wedding day. We had to change plans around at the last minute, and they were really flexible and willing to work with us. Overall, a great experience, and everyone loved the food, drinks, and rentals they provided! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Giulie
Wedding:
5/5/2012
3.9/5.0
Everything went smoothly.There were only two minor issues, one was the food for the vegetarian option- lacked seasoning/salt and was overcooked. The other one was that a waitress spilled salad dressing on my husband's suit. I wish she was more careful since it ruined his newly bought jacket.
Everything went smoothly.There were only two minor issues, one was the food for the vegetarian option- lacked Read more...
Everything went smoothly.There were only two minor issues, one was the food for the vegetarian option- lacked seasoning/salt and was overcooked. The other one was that a waitress spilled salad dressing on my husband's suit. I wish she was more careful since it ruined his newly bought jacket. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

OH no! We had no idea your groom got salad dressing on him from the plated salad! We would love to get the dry cleaning bill and reimburse you. We are sooo sorry and we'd be grateful for an opportunity to make it right. The vegetarian option was also vegan and gluten free and the chef thought he should go light on the salt.
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Leslie
Wedding:
10/23/2010
3.8/5.0
The best thing about Pure Joy is that they are full service. They provide all of your linens and table decor so it simplifies things quite a bit. We had heard that they often used silk flowers and plastic fruit in their decor and try to up-sell quite a bit, but when we specified what we wanted we got exactly what we asked for. The food was delicious and the decorations were perfect. The only downside was that sometimes they were a little slow to respond and there was an issue with our coordinator. She was let go and we were given to another coordinator. It was stressful being bounced around like that and not knowing exactly what was going on, but in the end everything worked out.
The best thing about Pure Joy is that they are full service. They provide all of your linens and table decor so it Read more...
The best thing about Pure Joy is that they are full service. They provide all of your linens and table decor so it simplifies things quite a bit. We had heard that they often used silk flowers and plastic fruit in their decor and try to up-sell quite a bit, but when we specified what we wanted we got exactly what we asked for. The food was delicious and the decorations were perfect. The only downside was that sometimes they were a little slow to respond and there was an issue with our coordinator. She was let go and we were given to another coordinator. It was stressful being bounced around like that and not knowing exactly what was going on, but in the end everything worked out. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Ellen
Wedding:
5/29/2011
3.6/5.0
Pros: great food, wonderful service staff and bartender, showed up on time and gave overall great day of service on the day of the wedding!

Cons: occasionally snippy management, a lack of attention to detail on the contract, not the best communication or professionalism in the months leading up to the wedding, and I think for the prices they charge they should have gone above and beyond.

Overall: probably wouldn't hire them again until they work out some of their kinks. But their food is stellar and our wedding was extremely challenging due to the weather and location and they did a great job handling some of the curve balls thrown their way because of that!
Pros: great food, wonderful service staff and bartender, showed up on time and gave overall great day of service on the Read more...
Pros: great food, wonderful service staff and bartender, showed up on time and gave overall great day of service on the day of the wedding!

Cons: occasionally snippy management, a lack of attention to detail on the contract, not the best communication or professionalism in the months leading up to the wedding, and I think for the prices they charge they should have gone above and beyond.

Overall: probably wouldn't hire them again until they work out some of their kinks. But their food is stellar and our wedding was extremely challenging due to the weather and location and they did a great job handling some of the curve balls thrown their way because of that! Read less
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Cecily
Wedding:
9/8/2012
3.0/5.0
The food and service during the event were perfection. What was not perfect was the difficulty we had communicating with their organizing team once we had contracted with an event planner. Even though they offer event planning, the level of detail and time devoted to understanding our daughter's vision was minimal. It would have been a very different event without the creative suggestions of our planner. We were disappointed by the lack of response to our requests for detailed price estimates. We had heard from others that there would be surprises on the final bill so we met with the owner to make sure that wouldn't happen. It did, but was resolved before we made our final payment. Since Pure Joy was the first service I contracted with, I would recommend to others to hire your planner/coordinator first and follow their vendor suggestions so you don't invite unnecessary conflict into the process.
The food and service during the event were perfection. What was not perfect was the difficulty we had communicating with Read more...
The food and service during the event were perfection. What was not perfect was the difficulty we had communicating with their organizing team once we had contracted with an event planner. Even though they offer event planning, the level of detail and time devoted to understanding our daughter's vision was minimal. It would have been a very different event without the creative suggestions of our planner. We were disappointed by the lack of response to our requests for detailed price estimates. We had heard from others that there would be surprises on the final bill so we met with the owner to make sure that wouldn't happen. It did, but was resolved before we made our final payment. Since Pure Joy was the first service I contracted with, I would recommend to others to hire your planner/coordinator first and follow their vendor suggestions so you don't invite unnecessary conflict into the process. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

I am grateful to hear that your wedding catering and service were perfection. Thank you for your review. When a coordinator comes on board there can be big changes that cause the bill to go up, it sounds like they were worth it and I was happy to wave some of the additional expenses for you. It was a very nice wedding and we were so happy to be a part of it.
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kim
Wedding:
9/1/2007
0.9/5.0
The food was good the organization was horrible. The service and decor was well below par. Especially since we paid for decor and recieved plastec flowers that could not be used. And the lines were not even and wrinkled. They insulted myself and my guests. I would never recommend them.
The food was good the organization was horrible. The service and decor was well below par. Especially since we paid for Read more...
The food was good the organization was horrible. The service and decor was well below par. Especially since we paid for decor and recieved plastec flowers that could not be used. And the lines were not even and wrinkled. They insulted myself and my guests. I would never recommend them. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Pure Joy Catering, Inc responded with the following comments:

It truly is heartbreaking to read this review. This was an unusually challenging wedding day for me and my staff. Upon arrival the bride wanted to make numerous changes to the plans already in place, which we happily accommodated. She was well over an hour late walking down the isle which threw the time line for the evening way off. The decor and ambiance were lovely ~ exactly what she asked for and we did not use plastic flowers! The entire day and evening, my staff and I were yelled at and abused by this intoxicated bride. Well before the evening was over, the bride’s family members were hugging me and apologizing for her actions. We received numerous compliments from her guests and given the circumstances, my team still managed to pull off a flawless wedding day.

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