About Pure Joy

Our Awards

We're proud of our accomplishments

  • Independent Best of Santa Barbara 2015 Readers' Poll

    Santa Barbara Independent

    Best Caterer

    2009 - 2015

  • Santa Barbara News Press Readers Choice Awards 2015

    Santa Barbara
    News Press

    Best Caterer

    2010, 2012, 2014, 2015

  • Wedding Wire Couples Choice 2015

    Wedding Wire

    Best Caterer

    2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2016

  • The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011

    The Knot

    Best Caterer

    2008, 2009, 2011

  • Style Me Pretty - Little Black Book 2015

    Borrowed & Blue

  • Style Me Pretty - Little Black Book 2015

    Style Me Pretty

  • The Worlds Best Wedding Catering 2016 - Junebug Weddings

    Junebug Weddings

  • Leading Caterers of America

    Leading Caterers of America

Pure Joy isn’t just the name of my company, it’s a philosophy – it’s the way we operate. Attitude reflects leadership and I am madly in love with catering. Everyone here is too. At Pure Joy we don’t do jobs we do what we love; creating spectacular events, making exceptional and delicious food, and making our clients proud and their guests really happy.

I am Lynette La Mere, the Executive Chef and Owner with over thirty five years of experience in the culinary arts, specifically as an off premise catering specialist, I've done thousands of events. Along with the above accolades we are invited Members of the exclusive Leading Caterers of America and Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book of Preferred Vendors, Pure Joy was ranked #2 of the top 20 Woman Owned Businesses in the Tri County Area; I am also the proud recipient of the Woman's Spirit of Entrepreneurialship Award in Hospitality, featured in the Wall Street Journal, and quoted in national Bride's magazines on trends for weddings and many local magazine & news paper articles. Articles I've written in magazines and Press we have received: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV

Winner of the California Wedding Day Best of Wedding Caterer for California Central Coast, in Santa Barbara Magazine's Best of Issue 13' had only one Full Service Caterer listed; Pure Joy Catering and one resource for local venues...ours :)

Pure Joy is a Certified Farm Friendly Dining provider. Voted "Best Caterer" by the local reader's of the News Press year after year. We were voted the #1 Wedding Planners by readers of the Independent and Best Caterer in Central California for the last 3 years by brides on the Knot "Best Of".  Independent Voters chose Pure Joy as Santa Barbara's #1 "Best of" Caterer this year and have since 2007, we also receive the Couple's Choice Award from Wedding Wire every year.

We own the land we've built our event planning facility on; we're here to stay & business is better than ever. Our commercial kitchen, offices, and huge warehouse of décor equipment allow our planning team and culinary staff to work closely together on the custom creation of each Pure Joy event.

Your priorities and budget are ours; we keep them in mind to plan and manage your event from the first delectable appetizer, the rentals, the beverages, the style, the décor, a sumptuous meal, friendly and impeccable service, full clean up and every other aspect you require. Let us help you create an unforgettable Pure Joy celebration.

Meet the team, here are some spotlights on the core team here; Lynette La MerePatrick Ward, Mike Powers, Adam Vaughn, Manny Medina, Jerry Wilson, Ellen Reid, Alizabeth Schotten, Lynee Gonsalves, Arthur

Crispy Fried Chicken & Belgian Buttermilk Waffles

Crispy Fried Chicken & Belgian Buttermilk Waffles

Pure Joy Commercial

Pure Joy Commercial

Right From the Start

Right From the Start


Hi Ellen and Patrick – I wanted to email you this morning to thank you for doing such an incredible job at our first Santa Barbara gala last night. Ellen – you were so responsive and patient with the many changes leading up to the event and Patrick, you and your team were lifesavers the day of the event with all of the table changes and snug table arrangements. The food was phenomenal – guests were raving about it (a first for one of our events!)

Your staff was so incredibly professional and helpful in assisting my team with our myriad of needs throughout the night. Ryan – one of your servers – was fantastic. He catered to our VIPs beautifully, making them feel comfortable and well-taken care of. Any time I needed extra assistance, Ryan was right there to lend a hand.

Patrick, thank you for being my support throughout the evening with the sometimes cluster of issues that presented themselves! You were a true pleasure to work with.

Ellen, thank you for helping me design such a delicious menu (you were totally right about that veggie tower – I wish I was eating leftovers right now!).

I should note, the owner of the home, now wants to use PJC exclusively for all events that she hosts. I will be sure to provide her with your contact information.

Have a great rest of your weekend. I look forward to working with your team again for next year’s event!

Niki Ianni, The Humane Society of the United States