About Pure Joy

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. We love what we do and it shows. 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 and their guests really happy.

I am Lynette La Mere, the Executive Chef and Owner with over thirty years of experience in the culinary arts, specifically as an off premise catering specialist, I've done thousands of events. 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 Top 50 Woman in Business Award, featured in the Wall Street Journal, and quoted in national Bride's Magazines on trends for weddings and many local news paper articles. Current articles I've written in Magazines and the News Press: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI

Winner of the California Wedding Day Best of 2014 Wedding Caterer for California Central Coast, in 13' Santa Barbara Magazine's Best of Issue 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 Bride'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.

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Right From the Start

Right From the Start


I unequivocally recommend that you go with Lynette and Pure Joy, they were absolutely fantastic in every single conceivable way. I can’t say enough good things about our experience.

We also do not live in Santa Barbara so it was important for us to have someone local we could trust to make sure everything came together. Lynette and her team did not disappoint.

We were working with a budget and Lynette made it fly. The food was incredible (I actually just received a compliment about it from a friend the other day – 3 months later) and Lynette worked with us to find the menu we wanted, improvising and creating new dishes to match our tastes.

Aside from the food, the whole day went off without a hitch and was absolutely beautiful. All of the rentals were delivered on time and were done right. We didn’t need to worry about a single thing that was Lynette’s responsibility; she was on top of it all and a consummate professional.

The only problem we did have with the wedding was our entertainment. We hired a DJ that was recommended by Pure Joy but who later turned out to be a nightmare. We ended up using a different DJ after the relationship was unsalvageable. We told Lynette about the problem and she did everything she possibly could to help us work it out. When the DJ continued to be unreasonable, Lynette reached into her own pocket to refund our deposit. It was an incredible gesture and a testament to her character and her professionalism. I am hard pressed to think of any other caterer that would do something like that, it was amazing.

I hope this helps. I have no doubt that Lynette would do an outstanding job for you and your daughter. The next time I have a catered event, I plan on using Pure Joy.

We were very fortunate to have such great vendors; it made all the difference in the world. We probably could have saved a few bucks if we used other people but it would have been a mistake. You need to be able to trust these people, it is worth it for the piece of mind.

Alex Weingarten