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


We had visited a couple catering companies before Pure Joy, but as soon as we went to their first tasting and got a feel for the company we never looked back! It was Pure Joy or nothing! I would not have had it any other way! From the very beginning Pure Joy was professional, warm, compassionate, understanding and really “got” our vision for the wedding and made our dreams come to life! We had a beachy/rustic wedding and wanted the theme of our dinner to be “comfort food classics”. Working with Alizabeth Schotten was such a pleasure! She had great recommendations and suggestions and was very attentive to our needs/wants/vision from the very first meeting. You always picture your dream day in your head but never really know how it will turn out. I must say I was blown away with everything at our reception! Pure Joy went above and beyond any expectations we had! The food was absolutely incredible and guests STILL are raving about how they have never had that good of a meal at a wedding. We had chefs on-site cooking pulled pork, slicing tri-tip, and whipping up fresh batches of french fries, onion rings and ma n’ cheese. Incredible! We finished off the night with a coffee and cupcake station….again more fabulousness! Pure Joy made our wedding such a stress-free, enjoyable, perfect day for us and we will never ever forget the memories we made that day! We didn’t have to worry about a thing and truly, honestly got to sit back and enjoy every second of our wedding day- what its all about!! ;-)
Anyone who has the privilege of working with Pure Joy will not be disappointed. You will be impressed from the start with the staff, the chefs and most importantly the amazing fresh food!!

Megan Wilson and Steve Kelemen