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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 and Michele are committed to sustainable food production, the use of high-quality ingredients, and purchasing locally-grown organic produce. They support their local farmers – many of whom they know personally. They express their 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, they know how to make their clients happy.

It does not matter if we are cooking for a small wedding or 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 catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, French, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

REVIEWS

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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
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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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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!
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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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Mary
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Karen Smith-Warner and her staff prepared an excellent, delicious, and memorable station style dinner for my daughter's late summer wedding in Santa Barbara. Savoir Faire uses fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Karen was responsive to our requests and questions and made many wise and useful suggestions. We are still receiving compliments about the food. Karen generously shared her recipe for kale salad which has become a family favorite. Karen and her staff are top notch, highly professional, yet relaxed and easy to work with. I would like to be a guest at another event catered by Savoir Faire.
Karen Smith-Warner and her staff prepared an excellent, delicious, and memorable station style dinner for my daughter's Read more...
Karen Smith-Warner and her staff prepared an excellent, delicious, and memorable station style dinner for my daughter's late summer wedding in Santa Barbara. Savoir Faire uses fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Karen was responsive to our requests and questions and made many wise and useful suggestions. We are still receiving compliments about the food. Karen generously shared her recipe for kale salad which has become a family favorite. Karen and her staff are top notch, highly professional, yet relaxed and easy to work with. I would like to be a guest at another event catered by Savoir Faire. Read less
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True Blue
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
We thoroughly enjoy working with Savoir Faire. Not only is this catering team very professional and detail oriented, but their food is out of this world and their displays never disappoint. If you want to really impress your guests with an amazing, handcrafted menu, Savior Faire is the way to go!
We thoroughly enjoy working with Savoir Faire. Not only is this catering team very professional and detail oriented, but Read more...
We thoroughly enjoy working with Savoir Faire. Not only is this catering team very professional and detail oriented, but their food is out of this world and their displays never disappoint. If you want to really impress your guests with an amazing, handcrafted menu, Savior Faire is the way to go! Read less
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Justin
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Savoir Faire is the absolute best catering service on the Central Coast. During the planning stage prior to our wedding, we met with Karen and expressed the type of food we were looking for. She was able to provide many different options and samples for appetizers through the main course. Karen is an innovator and has been doing this for such a long time that she is essentially a wedding planner. She is a food artisan and is able to provide helpful suggestions not only for the food, but all aspects of your wedding or event to help make it that much better. The food was extremely fresh, local, innovative and tasted incredible. All of the staff was very professional and polite. All of the thought that Savoir Faire put into our wedding was simply amazing. We would definitely recommend Savoir Faire for any type of event you might be planning.
Savoir Faire is the absolute best catering service on the Central Coast. During the planning stage prior to our wedding, Read more...
Savoir Faire is the absolute best catering service on the Central Coast. During the planning stage prior to our wedding, we met with Karen and expressed the type of food we were looking for. She was able to provide many different options and samples for appetizers through the main course. Karen is an innovator and has been doing this for such a long time that she is essentially a wedding planner. She is a food artisan and is able to provide helpful suggestions not only for the food, but all aspects of your wedding or event to help make it that much better. The food was extremely fresh, local, innovative and tasted incredible. All of the staff was very professional and polite. All of the thought that Savoir Faire put into our wedding was simply amazing. We would definitely recommend Savoir Faire for any type of event you might be planning. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I wanted the food to be the focal point of our Santa Barbara wedding. Our vision was to have all of our closest family and friends sharing a beautiful meal together at long family-style tables, enjoying the best of simple, local, seasonal cuisine. Choosing a caterer was the most important piece of the puzzle. We were thrilled to meet Karen from Savoir Faire and realized quickly that she not only understood our vision, but that she had the thoughtfulness, talent and passion to execute it better than we could have even imagined. She listened to our wish list and was able to craft a menu that showcased small, local producers and some amazing menu items that you couldn't have found anywhere else (like the Dos Pueblos Ranch abalone cakes -- a last-minute addition that blew everyone away!). She even helped us recreate a cocktail-hour version of the homemade pizza my husband made for me on our first date. Her creativity and care were evident throughout. Our guests still rave about the meal -- and most importantly the experience of the meal -- at our wedding. We even have copies of the menu and pictures of the food framed in our kitchen so we can always remember the day. Karen is simply the best!
My husband and I wanted the food to be the focal point of our Santa Barbara wedding. Our vision was to have all of our Read more...
My husband and I wanted the food to be the focal point of our Santa Barbara wedding. Our vision was to have all of our closest family and friends sharing a beautiful meal together at long family-style tables, enjoying the best of simple, local, seasonal cuisine. Choosing a caterer was the most important piece of the puzzle. We were thrilled to meet Karen from Savoir Faire and realized quickly that she not only understood our vision, but that she had the thoughtfulness, talent and passion to execute it better than we could have even imagined. She listened to our wish list and was able to craft a menu that showcased small, local producers and some amazing menu items that you couldn't have found anywhere else (like the Dos Pueblos Ranch abalone cakes -- a last-minute addition that blew everyone away!). She even helped us recreate a cocktail-hour version of the homemade pizza my husband made for me on our first date. Her creativity and care were evident throughout. Our guests still rave about the meal -- and most importantly the experience of the meal -- at our wedding. We even have copies of the menu and pictures of the food framed in our kitchen so we can always remember the day. Karen is simply the best! Read less
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Tanya
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
AMAZING! Words do not capture the magic and the exquisite foods that Karen Smith-Warner and her team will create.

If you are seeking fresh, seasonal cuisine with vibrant flavors and beautiful presentation, then you have found the right match with Karen. Karen handled a complex wedding reception for us with fresh meals flying out of a tiny reception hall kitchen. Every guest RAVED about the food, with a few guests sharing that they asked for seconds. When has that happened with wedding food? The request for seconds wasn't because we starved our guests. There was a healthy selection of appetizers that truly opened the appetite for the main course.

And the next day, we had a casual BBQ with Karen's foods again being the star attraction. My family & our guests would give her 100 stars if the vendor rating system allowed it. Thank you, Karen. Great work!



http://www.savoirfairesb.com/
AMAZING! Words do not capture the magic and the exquisite foods that Karen Smith-Warner and her team will create.
Read more...
AMAZING! Words do not capture the magic and the exquisite foods that Karen Smith-Warner and her team will create.

If you are seeking fresh, seasonal cuisine with vibrant flavors and beautiful presentation, then you have found the right match with Karen. Karen handled a complex wedding reception for us with fresh meals flying out of a tiny reception hall kitchen. Every guest RAVED about the food, with a few guests sharing that they asked for seconds. When has that happened with wedding food? The request for seconds wasn't because we starved our guests. There was a healthy selection of appetizers that truly opened the appetite for the main course.

And the next day, we had a casual BBQ with Karen's foods again being the star attraction. My family & our guests would give her 100 stars if the vendor rating system allowed it. Thank you, Karen. Great work!



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