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 Core Management Team; 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

Testimonials

Choosing Pure Joy Catering was one of the best decisions that we made while planning our wedding. Patrick was amazing to work with! He helped us from start to finish and ensured that our wedding was beautiful and that everything ran smoothly. It was quite a task considering that our wedding was 6 hours from where we lived, which limited how frequently we could meet in person, and was planned only 4 months in advance. Patrick scheduled a tasting while we were in town, and it was amazing. This sealed the deal immediately, and then we handled everything else via email and telephone.

Patrick was professional and personable and brought staff to the wedding who were up for the challenge. Of special note was that the wait staff noticed the wedding party off taking pictures during the cocktail hour and made a special trip to bring us appetizers during our photo shoot! That was very much needed and appreciated! Patrick made sure to handle all of the details behind the scene to ensure that the guests had a good time and that my husband and I could enjoy the wedding with them without us spending time directing the evening. We didn’t have a wedding planner but Patrick filled in where necessary to gently remind us when it was the right time to cut the cake and other similar details.

Just as important, all of our guests raved about the food, which Pure Joy customized to our tastes. We are vegetarian, but many of our guests are not, and Patrick helped us to select the perfect menu to make sure everybody was well-fed. Not only did Pure Joy handle all of the food, but they also gave us plenty of tips on how to save money along they way, which was very helpful. He also found the perfect linens to match the mood and decor of our venue. In addition, they took the headache out of the rental process by handling all the rental details on our behalf. They were fabulous to work with and made our event a huge success. Patrick made all of the planning a breeze and we cannot express our appreciation enough. I highly recommend Pure Joy Catering and wouldn’t consider using anyone else for future events on the central coast. Thank you for everything!

Michelle McClure