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

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 since 2001. Reviews from our clients will tell you; collaborating with our experienced team will do wonders in planning a successful event.

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; 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, Arthur

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


My Daughter and new son in-law just threw a wedding at a Malibu estate and chose Pure Joy Catering to do the food and rentals.

I have never been so impressed with a company of any kind.

Patrick and his staff provided:
The best food imaginable.
If you like braised short ribs that melt in your mouth,
i suggest you try them.

The service was impeccable. The staff is trained to be
professional, friendly courteous and to go out of their way
to make sure each guest feel special.

The estate where this was held, Villa Sancti (Spectacular) presented many special arrangements which Patrick did with ease and grace.

Everything done on time and with Class.

Patrick much thanks from my wife and myself.
You made our daughters dream come true.
She is in Bali now and I am sure she will contact you when she returns.


Bernie and Kathy, Rancho Palos Verdes