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This dish delivers sublime satisfaction with the colorful heirloom tomatoes of Santa Barbara, all those glorious colors, in a light, and simple to put together - almost foreplay - food. I can find a few good tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market here year round because I go very early, that said, we will be swimming in them by June, so save this recipe. I can promise you it will become a favorite, as it has for so many of our guests. The original recipe was from my dear friend, Daniella Johnson, I’ve messed with it a bit, but the intention and passion is the same. 

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To say Melyssa and Rob’s August 2, 2009 wedding at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum was magical is an understatement.

The entire Pure Joy team contributed to our success not only with the delicious menu we served, but also every detail from our succulent centerpieces, lavender filled escort trays, rental choices and everything in between. The personal attention we received from Kristin in particular is unheard of in today’s catering world.

On behalf of my husband and the bride and groom, I thank you for introducing our out of town guests to award winning Santa Barbara cuisine, for directing and producing a flawless event, and most of all for assuaging any fears this mother-of-the-bride may have had. Thanks to Pure Joy my husband and I ate every delicious bite and enjoyed every minute of our daughter’s wedding.

Pure Joy is much more than great food; Pure Joy is the epitome of event planning and sincere, professional, personal service.

Meryl Peters-Ehrlich