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 - 2017

  • Santa Barbara News Press Readers Choice Awards 2016

    Santa Barbara
    News Press

    Best Caterer

    2010, 2012, 2014 - 2017

  • Wedding Wire Couples Choice 2017

    Wedding Wire

    Best Caterer

    2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2017

  • The Knot Best Of Weddings 2016

    The Knot

    Best Caterer

    2008, 2009, 2011, 2016

  • 100 Happy Couples

    100 Happy Couples

  • 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

We know your time is precious.



Pure joy for life,

pure joy in creating,

pure joy at work,

pure joy for our clients & guests

Reviews from Pure Joy clients will tell you; collaborating with our experienced team will make planning a successful event fun and save you a lot of time. At Pure Joy we don’t do jobs, we do what we love; professionally executing spectacular events, making exceptional food from scratch, making our clients proud and thrilling their guests since 2001. Whatever your desire, whether it’s low-key or lavish; we help celebrate life’s milestones and believe in the host’s privilege to avoid stress and enjoy every minute. 

I am Lynette La Mere, the PJC Executive Chef, Owner and Relentless Culinary Explorer with over thirty-five years of experience in the culinary arts, specifically as an off-premise catering specialist, I've done thousands of events. I started this business as a single mom with full custody of two fine young boys. I have contagious passion and energy, and after many years of 20-hour days, I’m proud to tell you that my company of people & my sons continue to thrive.

Along with the above accolades we are invited Members of the exclusive Leading Caterers of America; chosen one of the 50 finest caterers in the United States and Canada, and one of Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book of Preferred Vendors and Winner of the California Wedding Day Best of Wedding Caterer for California Central Coast.

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 &newspapers. 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, XVI

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 where we have over 100 reviews from happy clients.

We own the land we've built our event planning facility and prep kitchen on; we're here to stay and 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 unforgettable Pure Joy memories.

Meet the Core Management Team; Lynette La MerePatrick Ward, Mike Powers, Adam Vaughn, Manny Medina, Jerry Wilson, Ellen Reid, Alizabeth Schotten, Lynee Gonsalves

Gorgeous & Glam Greenhouse Wedding

Gorgeous & Glam Greenhouse Wedding

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


I had the pleasure of working with Colleen this weekend up at Firestone Winery. I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience I had working with her. She was so on-top of every detail and handled everything perfectly. You are lucky to have such an amazing employee and I can’t wait to work with her again!

Cori, Avante Events (Wedding Coordinator)