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Savoir Faire Catering

Santa Barbara , CA
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LOCATION

900 Philinda Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 US (map)

PHONE

805-963-9397
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ABOUT US

When you engage Savoir Faire, you get more than just a catering company. A keen knowledge of food and an appreciation for fresh, seasonal ingredients are what make Savoir Faire’s food... Read more
When you engage Savoir Faire, you get more than just a catering company. A keen knowledge of food and an appreciation for fresh, seasonal ingredients are what make Savoir Faire’s food stand out from others. Since 1989, Savoir Faire has planned and catered beautiful events in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Santa Ynez Valley, and Ojai.

Karen is committed to sustainable food production, the use of high-quality ingredients, and purchasing locally-grown organic produce. She supports local farmers – many of whom she knows personally. She expresser her love of food to your guests through fresh flavors and elegant presentations. Along with great food, Savoir Faire prides itself on its professional staff. After 25 years of catering and event planning, Savoir Faire knows how to make their clients happy.

It does not matter if we are cooking for a small wedding or for a group of three hundred, people are aware and appreciate the quality of fresh food; food that nourishes the soul as well as the body.

We would love to help you create your vision, so please give us a call at 805-963-9397 to learn more or feel free to email us at info@savoirfairesb.com. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, French, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Spanish
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Outside Alcohol OK, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

REVIEWS

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Laura
Wedding:
10/8/2016
4.2/5.0
When selected a caterer in Santa Barbara it was important to us to work with a boutique company that specialized in farm to table/seasonal produce. Savoir Faire fit the bill and my budget! It was a hard decision to make because there were larger caterers that were less expensive and smaller caterers that had very innovative menus. As a professional event planner, I am very particular and they definitely accommodated my requests. All of our guests walked away from the wedding saying how AMAZING the food was, which is a rarity. In addition, she worked with us to help us cut overall wedding costs by sharing our rentals with the bride who was doing her wedding the night before. Since the rentals came in much higher than we anticipated and we had to pull in a tent due to rain, this was a huge budget and lifesaver and I was blown away by her flexibility. Karen is brilliant as a caterer with food and service. Her staff was extremely professional. I would mention is that if you want something specific and are as detail oriented as I am, you have to keep on all of your vendors diligently. This was the case and I wanted more concise and clear communication from the Savoir Faire team. Many of the large caterers have customer service teams, which are constantly communicating and hand holding, don't expect this from Savoir Faire, Karen is very "to the point," just know that in the end it will turn out beautifully and delicious and her team makes you feel like everything is taken care of on the day of your event.
When selected a caterer in Santa Barbara it was important to us to work with a boutique company that specialized in farm Read more...
When selected a caterer in Santa Barbara it was important to us to work with a boutique company that specialized in farm to table/seasonal produce. Savoir Faire fit the bill and my budget! It was a hard decision to make because there were larger caterers that were less expensive and smaller caterers that had very innovative menus. As a professional event planner, I am very particular and they definitely accommodated my requests. All of our guests walked away from the wedding saying how AMAZING the food was, which is a rarity. In addition, she worked with us to help us cut overall wedding costs by sharing our rentals with the bride who was doing her wedding the night before. Since the rentals came in much higher than we anticipated and we had to pull in a tent due to rain, this was a huge budget and lifesaver and I was blown away by her flexibility. Karen is brilliant as a caterer with food and service. Her staff was extremely professional. I would mention is that if you want something specific and are as detail oriented as I am, you have to keep on all of your vendors diligently. This was the case and I wanted more concise and clear communication from the Savoir Faire team. Many of the large caterers have customer service teams, which are constantly communicating and hand holding, don't expect this from Savoir Faire, Karen is very "to the point," just know that in the end it will turn out beautifully and delicious and her team makes you feel like everything is taken care of on the day of your event. Read less
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Cinzia
Wedding:
11/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Karen and her team exceeded all expectations on our wedding day! Karen's amazing farm-to-table menus are a class way above most caterers! Our guests having been raving about the dinner and cocktail hour appetizers! We had many guests who are in the food industry and/or love to eat at all the local hot spots and they can't stop talking about the food at our wedding! I'd highly recommend Karen and Savoir Faire to any couple looking to wow their guests!!
Karen and her team exceeded all expectations on our wedding day! Karen's amazing farm-to-table menus are a class way above Read more...
Karen and her team exceeded all expectations on our wedding day! Karen's amazing farm-to-table menus are a class way above most caterers! Our guests having been raving about the dinner and cocktail hour appetizers! We had many guests who are in the food industry and/or love to eat at all the local hot spots and they can't stop talking about the food at our wedding! I'd highly recommend Karen and Savoir Faire to any couple looking to wow their guests!! Read less
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Fabi
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Savoir Faire Catering exceeds ratings and expectations in all categories. Everything about our wedding was incredible, and working with Savoir Faire was the best decision we could have made. After our wedding each of our guest raved about the food. The high level of service, advice, and professionalism leading up to the big day could not have been better. The entire staff was attentive in each phase of planning and their execution on our wedding day was flawless. I would recommend their services to anyone!
Savoir Faire Catering exceeds ratings and expectations in all categories. Everything about our wedding was incredible, and Read more...
Savoir Faire Catering exceeds ratings and expectations in all categories. Everything about our wedding was incredible, and working with Savoir Faire was the best decision we could have made. After our wedding each of our guest raved about the food. The high level of service, advice, and professionalism leading up to the big day could not have been better. The entire staff was attentive in each phase of planning and their execution on our wedding day was flawless. I would recommend their services to anyone! Read less
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Madeline
Wedding:
12/6/2014
5.0/5.0
So so so so excited when I talk about our wedding food! We had a large tented outdoor wedding in December of 300 (!!!) and had a full and amazing dinner, plus cocktails and appetizers beforehand. Karen is the true definition of a professional at her job — and she goes the extra mile to make it an art! During our tasting I felt like a queen, and there wasn't a single dish that didn't blow me and my fiance out of the water (and he's a rather picky eater!).

We had people coming up to us ON THE DANCE FLOOR just to grab us and tell us how incredible the food was. "Best food I've ever had...and not just 'at a wedding!'"

We made several large changes in the week leading up to our wedding as well that greatly affected the menu (like adding a second main course!)...and Karen handled it like a champ. Grilled Prime Beef Tri-Tip Steaks, roasted Salmon w/ lemon, herbs and basil butter, the most gorgeous persimmon salad w/ arugula... just to whet your appetite a bit. :)

So thankful for this chef and her expertise and attention to detail! I felt so comfortable and at peace in her hands. Thank you, Karen and Savoir Faire Team!
So so so so excited when I talk about our wedding food! We had a large tented outdoor wedding in December of 300 (!!!) and Read more...
So so so so excited when I talk about our wedding food! We had a large tented outdoor wedding in December of 300 (!!!) and had a full and amazing dinner, plus cocktails and appetizers beforehand. Karen is the true definition of a professional at her job — and she goes the extra mile to make it an art! During our tasting I felt like a queen, and there wasn't a single dish that didn't blow me and my fiance out of the water (and he's a rather picky eater!).

We had people coming up to us ON THE DANCE FLOOR just to grab us and tell us how incredible the food was. "Best food I've ever had...and not just 'at a wedding!'"

We made several large changes in the week leading up to our wedding as well that greatly affected the menu (like adding a second main course!)...and Karen handled it like a champ. Grilled Prime Beef Tri-Tip Steaks, roasted Salmon w/ lemon, herbs and basil butter, the most gorgeous persimmon salad w/ arugula... just to whet your appetite a bit. :)

So thankful for this chef and her expertise and attention to detail! I felt so comfortable and at peace in her hands. Thank you, Karen and Savoir Faire Team! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Kate
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
I was so impressed and happy with my entire experience with Savoir Faire. I did a lot of research into catering companies for my wedding. I'm a chef myself and felt strongly that I wanted great food for my wedding. From my first phone conversation with Karen, I felt like she knew what I was going for and had the spot-on ideas for menu and vibe. She is professional but also kind, personable and engaged. It did not feel like just a business transaction but instead a process of working together to get everything just right. Perhaps best of all she has a total can-do attitude and an ease with which she creates her beautiful food and events. When it came to the wedding itself she and her team did tons of work to set it up beautifully, from the pre-bar, passed apps, family style dinner and drinks afterwards. I could not have been happier with how it all turned out and completely have Karen to thank for it. Highly recommend Savoir Faire to anyone who wants the best with great value and quality.
I was so impressed and happy with my entire experience with Savoir Faire. I did a lot of research into catering companies Read more...
I was so impressed and happy with my entire experience with Savoir Faire. I did a lot of research into catering companies for my wedding. I'm a chef myself and felt strongly that I wanted great food for my wedding. From my first phone conversation with Karen, I felt like she knew what I was going for and had the spot-on ideas for menu and vibe. She is professional but also kind, personable and engaged. It did not feel like just a business transaction but instead a process of working together to get everything just right. Perhaps best of all she has a total can-do attitude and an ease with which she creates her beautiful food and events. When it came to the wedding itself she and her team did tons of work to set it up beautifully, from the pre-bar, passed apps, family style dinner and drinks afterwards. I could not have been happier with how it all turned out and completely have Karen to thank for it. Highly recommend Savoir Faire to anyone who wants the best with great value and quality. Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
5/31/2014
2.6/5.0
We had a vineyard inspired wedding in Solvang and choose Savior Faire because the food is sourced locally and was amazing at our tasting. As we got closer to the wedding we were informed that we'd need to rent several pieces of servingware, chafing dishes and even an oven. Begrudgingly we did as we wanted the menu we agreed to several months earlier. We just wished that Karen told us early on so we could account for it in our budget. The food was excellent and the staff was ok. Guests at the wedding said they saw the staff taking leftover food to their van and asked that they leave it at the residence. The part the upsets me the most is that now, 4 months later, the owner has not returned servingware from the rental company that she admitted has. I've asked several times for her to return it and now I have to pay for the cost of the items and the rental fees. She's now ignoring my calls and emails. Her fresh faire is amazing, just dont agree to rent any equipment and keep an eye on the leftovers!
We had a vineyard inspired wedding in Solvang and choose Savior Faire because the food is sourced locally and was amazing Read more...
We had a vineyard inspired wedding in Solvang and choose Savior Faire because the food is sourced locally and was amazing at our tasting. As we got closer to the wedding we were informed that we'd need to rent several pieces of servingware, chafing dishes and even an oven. Begrudgingly we did as we wanted the menu we agreed to several months earlier. We just wished that Karen told us early on so we could account for it in our budget. The food was excellent and the staff was ok. Guests at the wedding said they saw the staff taking leftover food to their van and asked that they leave it at the residence. The part the upsets me the most is that now, 4 months later, the owner has not returned servingware from the rental company that she admitted has. I've asked several times for her to return it and now I have to pay for the cost of the items and the rental fees. She's now ignoring my calls and emails. Her fresh faire is amazing, just dont agree to rent any equipment and keep an eye on the leftovers! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Ivan & Irene
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much for the wonderful food. Our families and friends thoroughly enjoyed the dinner served at our wedding and continue to praise all of it!
Thank you so much for the wonderful food. Our families and friends thoroughly enjoyed the dinner served at our wedding and Read more...
Thank you so much for the wonderful food. Our families and friends thoroughly enjoyed the dinner served at our wedding and continue to praise all of it! Read less
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Diane
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
We were having a brunch for out of town family and friends for a wedding in Santa Barbara on 8/17/13. Since we were also from out of town, our request for Karen to cater quiche for us was last minute. That was not a problem. Karen listened to our situration, made some suggestions, baked unbelievable quiches for us and delivered them exactly on time. Our guests were thrilled with the quiche and we were thrilled with Karen!!
Thank you for making our party so perfect!
Diane and Tom McGinn
We were having a brunch for out of town family and friends for a wedding in Santa Barbara on 8/17/13. Since we were also Read more...
We were having a brunch for out of town family and friends for a wedding in Santa Barbara on 8/17/13. Since we were also from out of town, our request for Karen to cater quiche for us was last minute. That was not a problem. Karen listened to our situration, made some suggestions, baked unbelievable quiches for us and delivered them exactly on time. Our guests were thrilled with the quiche and we were thrilled with Karen!!
Thank you for making our party so perfect!
Diane and Tom McGinn Read less
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chelsea
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Amazing food that was both beautiful and delicious!
Amazing food that was both beautiful and delicious!
Amazing food that was both beautiful and delicious! Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
10/28/2012
4.8/5.0
Karen with Savoir Faire was able to offer my clients the customized and individual client experience that they were looking to find out of a caterer. They never felt rushed or presseured, and truly enjoyed their experience with her. They had very detailed and specific ethnic menus they were looking for, and Karen did a fabulous job of creating an even better menu than they could have hoped for.
Karen with Savoir Faire was able to offer my clients the customized and individual client experience that they were Read more...
Karen with Savoir Faire was able to offer my clients the customized and individual client experience that they were looking to find out of a caterer. They never felt rushed or presseured, and truly enjoyed their experience with her. They had very detailed and specific ethnic menus they were looking for, and Karen did a fabulous job of creating an even better menu than they could have hoped for. Read less
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