“Red, White & Hughes: Alexa & Brad Say Their I Do’s”

    When “I-Dos” are said on the Fourth of July, you know it’s going to be sparkling celebration!  Alexa and Brad had all CC Fourth of July 6the stuff of a summery celebration on America’s birthday , and we were there to be a part of it!

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    By Ursula O'Neill on August 10th, 2015. Categories: Wedding Events.

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    The New Networking: The New Way to “Corporate Event”

    salagado-photoboothTraditional business relationship-building always emphasized a strong , thick line between “business” and “pleasure”.  One would rarely think of investing in an entire weekend away or social engagements with one’s client (or prospective client) in years past .  Times have changed, and as businesses seek to stand out more from the competition, building personal relationships with business contacts has never been so important.   Because of this, companies are looking at the way they network with suppliers and clients with a personal slant.   This means hosting potential clients for weekend-long destination events that include their favorite activities to individual one-on-one time fun and leisure time invested.  Because of this,  “corporate event” is more than a noun, it is becoming a “verb” , as it is now an action and one whose very definition has evolved.

    In Santa Barbara and its wine country, the “new networking” has reached new heights because of the incredibleCC Collage pavlova winebottles locations, spas and destination activities all around: from world-class golfing, wine-tasting, horseback riding, tennis to spas, glider plane riding, to elaborate experiential parties and team-building adventure courses where each part of the event is set up with activities and experiences custom-tailored for the guests attending.  There are options for one-on-one networking as well as group activities for bonding.

    The way to “corporate event” has become personal.  Companies are going to great lengths to Read more »

    By Ursula O'Neill on August 3rd, 2015. Categories: Corporate Events, Event Planning Tips.

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    Ode to Joyful Winery Weddings | Sarah & Brian’s Lincourt Winery Wedding

    CC Lincourt2It’s hard not to smile when you are so in love.  Try being as in love as Sarah and Brian are and celebrating this love at one of Santa Barbara wine country’s most charming and historic wineries:  Lincourt.  These two newlyweds could not stop grinning ear -to-ear , and the joy was infectious for all who surrounded them that day (including us)!

    Weddings at Lincourt are relaxed elegance, with sweeping views of the vines and Read more »

    By Ursula O'Neill on July 14th, 2015. Categories: Wedding Events.

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    Alissa & Justin’s Romantic Vintage Nuptials at Rockwood

    rockwood wedding collage3While Santa Barbara is filled with dramatically elegant wedding locations (and we love all of them), some of the best Santa Barbara gems are those whose very essence are historic and blend with the relaxed Santa Barbara Monterey architecture and Spanish heritage.  Santa Barbara Woman’s Club – also known as Rockwood Woman’s Center – was founded in 1892 and is nestled behind the Queen of the Missions, just at the foot of the drive up to Santa Barbara’s beautiful Riviera.  With  ample self-parking and tucked in amongst Read more »

    By Ursula O'Neill on July 14th, 2015. Categories: Wedding Events.

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    Summer Food Trends & Inspiration To Make Your Event Stand Out

    Summer is here and while weddings are in full swing for Catering Connection, we still have many private celebrations,Fotor01014125821 company parties, BBQ’s and more.  While traditional favorites always stand the test of time, we have had many clients ask us how they can do things differently for an annual summer event (such as a corporate picnic) or a private celebration where they want to stand out a bit.  Here are some of our top recommendations to inspire your guests and keep things fresh for a memorable event: Read more »

    By Ursula O'Neill on June 15th, 2015. Categories: Corporate Events, Event Planning Tips, Social Events, Wedding Events.

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    Charming Rustically-Elegant Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty BLOG

    CC Style Me Pretty Collage4One of our favorite Santa Barbara wedding locations is the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.  It is centrally -located and within walking distance to downtown Santa Barbara, charming hotels and more.  The museum captures Old Spanish Santa Barbara and provides a beautiful ambiance with lots of options for weddings and receptions.  We are particularly honored to have been featured in Style Me Pretty with this particular wedding and are so grateful to all the event supply partners who worked together to make this as stunning as it was.  It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple.  You can find the Style Me Pretty BLOG on this beautiful event and all the special touches  here.

     The Menu:

    Tray-Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
    Hickory Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds
    Smoked Duck on Cornbread Rounds with Cherry Relish
    Mini Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce Belgian
    Belgian Endive topped with Gorgonzola Cheese, Cranberries and Chopped Candied Walnuts.
    Roasted Sweet Tomato Tart with Basil, Pine Nut Crush and Goat Cheese
    Gazelle & Douglas Dinner Menu

    First Course
    Watermelon Salad Watermelon with Feta Cheese, Fresh Mint and White Balsamic Vinegar on a bed of Arugula SaladCC Style Me Pretty Collage3
    Selection of Freshly Baked Artisan Rolls with Butter

    Plated Dinner
    Grilled Tri Tip Marinated & Grilled to Perfection Cabernet Sauvignon Reduction Horseradish Cream Sauce
    Herb Infused Baked Seabass with Ripe Tomatoes and Onion Confit
    New Potatoes with Chive Butter
    Sugar Snap Peas with Confetti of Red & Yellow Bell Peppers or
    Grilled Polenta Cake Topped with Vegetable Ratatouille & Fontina Cheese

    Coffee & Desserts

    Wedding Cake
    Top Tier: Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Chocolate Mouse
    Middle Tier: Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Chocolate Mouse
    Bottom Tier: Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Filling

    Dessert Buffet
    Selections of Mini Pastries to include Fruit Tartlets, French Macarons, Lemon Curd filo cups, Chocolates, Profiteroles


    The Event Supply Partner Team:  Location: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Catering:  Catering Connection | Rentals:  Ventura Rental Party Center  | Lighting & Draping:  Bella Vista Designs | Florals:  Loop Flowers | Coordination:  Events by Ashley W | Wedding Cake:  Your Cake Baker | DJ/Entertainment by Gavin Roy | Photography by Patrick Moyer

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    By Ursula O'Neill on May 20th, 2015. Categories: Wedding Events.

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    Catering Connection Celebrates 20 Years in Epic Style

    The Catering Connection Team

    The Catering Connection Team

    “The talk of the town is (that) this was the party of the year.  That night, everyone was filled with a joy, a sense of freedom to be a real human, happiness for you and most of all, real love.  The warmth, human kindness and open heartedness was simply amazing,” said Reverend Miriam Lindbeck, one of Santa Barbara’s beloved wedding officiants in a note to the Catering Connection offices post-celebration.

    The story of Catering Connection’s evolution cannot be told without a tribute to its owner and founder, Ursula O’Neill, coming over to the USA from Ireland via London and a lot of hard work and eventually becoming a U.S. Citizen in 2014.  She has single-handedly built Catering Connection from the ground up.  Catering Connection enjoys success as one of Santa Barbara’s premiere full service caterers , serving corporate events, weddings, private events, fundraisers and is the preferred daily supplier of quality meals and catering for several of the area’s leading corporations.Ursulas preferred

    The Details:  When it came time to put together a landmark 20th Business Anniversary, Ursula designed the entire event from start to finish with the collaborative creative input and work of some of the area’s leading event supply professionals (see The Standing Ovation below).  The feel: a hybrid modern/industrial-meets-whimsical-vintage-with-Irish-infusion (think Whiskey-tasting station and Bells of Ireland florals) , complete with introducing a complete re-brand for Catering Connection.

    Guests walked through a canopied entrance where they were greeted on the other side with a modern and industrial feel,  full hosted bar, DJ music and passed appetizers.  On their way to the back part of the event,  they could stop at any one of the succulent hot food stations( see The Menu below) and enjoy more cozy fare.   The feel in the back transitioned to a magical, intimate, vintage-style “pub” with the Ulysses Jasz band playing full force and a professional Lindy Hop Dance troupe to inspire guests to boogie.

    Later in the evening, after toasts to Catering Connection were made, a surprise flashmob broke out to send CateringCC FlashMob COllage Connection off to its next 20 years.  The flashmob was comprised of business professionals who have known Ursula for years who had secretly been meeting and practicing for weeks prior to the event.  You can see a quick clip of the flashmob here.

    As guests left, they took with them a momento of homemade, freshly-popped caramel corn with note that said, “Thanks for popping by”, a brand new Catering Connection apron and thank you note.

    For Ursula, all the pomp and circumstance doesn’t go to her head, as even with family who flew over from Ireland to help her celebrate, all the press mentions on her business and booming success, she still credits her incredible team, who has been with her for years and is her family, too.  What is she looking forward to most for the next 20 years?  “Retiring!”  she said.

    Part of the Co-Sponsor Team: l-r (Zohe Felici of Felici Events, Bonnie Hope of Music by Bonnie & Co, Kerry Lee Dickey of SB Wine Country Events & Engaging Inspiration, Ursula, Greg Finnerty of Premiere Event Production, Sarah Hinton of RowanOak Events, and Philippe Berger from Catering Connection

    Part of the Co-Sponsor Team: l-r Zohe Felici of Felici Events, Bonnie Hope of Music by Bonnie & Co, Kerry Lee Dickey of SB Wine Country Events & Engaging Inspiration, Ursula, Greg Finnerty of Premiere Event Production, Sarah Hinton of RowanOak Events, & Philippe  from Catering Connection)

    The Standing Ovation:  Catering Connection wishes to thank the amazing co-sponsors of this landmark 20th Business Anniversary Celebration:   Ventura Rental Party Center |   Bella Vista Designs | RowanOak Events | Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings and Events | Music by Bonnie & Co | Premiere Event Production | Felici Events | Foley Family Wine (Lincourt and Firestone) | Engaging Inspiration | Blue Star Parking | and all of the amazing images capturing the soul of the event provided by Matt Roberts of Rewind Photography 

    The Menu :

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    Chicken & Waffle with Warm Maple Syrup Dip
    Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Mint with Crème Fraiche and Mint Oil Swirls
    Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Bloody Mary Shot
    Roasted Sweet Tomato with Basil, Pine Nut Crush and Goat Cheese on Parmesan Edible Spoon
    Basil Crusted Scallops with Citrus Aioli on Appetizer Spoons and Forks
    Steak Bites with choice of Béarnaise Sauce, Chimichurri Sauce or Garlic Aioli
    Mini Brie Tartlet with Apricot Compote and Sliced Almond in Filo Cups

    Short Rib & Polenta Station served in Cosmo Glass
    Short Rib Slow-Braised in Cabernet Sauce
    Creamy Polenta with Fresh Parmesan and Chopped Italian Parsley

    Ceviche Tostada Bar
    Halibut Ceviche and Rock Shrimp Ceviche served on Mini Tostada with Lime, Cilantro Leaves, Avocado,Pico de Gallo on the side

    Salad Station
    Baby Spinach Salad with Carrots, Orange Segment, Dates, Red Onion and Pomegranate Jewels, Pine nuts and Goat CC Florals Orange and Display and partial barCheese with Citrus Dressing
    Green & Purple Kale Salad with Sunflower Seeds, Yellow & Red Bell Peppers, and Cranberries
    Field Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Goat Cheese and roasted Santa Barbara Pistachios

    Gnocchi Station
    Potato Gnocchi with Choice of Sauce
    Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce
    Chicken and Gorgonzola Walnut Sauce

    Late night snack:
    Garlic Aioli Fries in Bamboo Cones

    Pavlova Station – Make Your Own
    Crisp Meringue with Selections of Toppings:
    Tropical Fruit Salad
    Fresh Berries
    Raspberry Sauce
    Mango & Passion Fruit Sauce
    Whipped Cream
    Chocolate Sauce


    Champagne Pom Pom
    Vodka Cranberry Fizz
    Firestone Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc
    Lincourt Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
    Selection of Beers

    A Swig of Ireland
    Irish Whiskey Tasting, Guiness Bar & Irish Coffee or Bailey’s Coffee

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    By Ursula O'Neill on May 8th, 2015. Categories: All.

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    Kristi & Michael

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    Kristi & Michael said their “I Do’s” at Stow House in Goleta, California. Everything from their ceremony to reception was beautifully put together with the most elegant details.


    On the Menu

    Kristi & Michael had a menu nobody could resist. Their selection was wide and their choices were fabalous.

    Hors Doeuvres: Jump Cajun Shrimp / Chicken Empanadas with Chipotle Dipping Sauce / Hickory Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds / Roasted Sweet Tomato Tart / Crab Wontons with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

    Kristi & Michael choose to have their dinner set up in stations. This is a fun alternative to the traditional buffet or plated meals. It allows for guests to walk to each station and mingle in between keeping the party lively!

    Carving Station: Grilled Marinated Salmon Fillet / Herb & Garlic Sirloin of Beef

    By the Sea Station: Jumbo Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce & Lemon Wedges / Ahi Tuna Tartar on Wonton Crisps with Wasabi Sauce / Oysters on the 1/2 Shell / Herb Crusted Mussels in the Shell


    Venue: Stow House / Coordinator: Chelsea Labrock / Digital Photography: Rewind Photography / Film Photography: Tai Kerbs / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Cake: Catering Connection / Catering: Catering Connection / Band: Area 51 Musical Services / Band’s Guest Singer: Savannah Meares


    By Ursula O'Neill on October 14th, 2014. Categories: All, Wedding Events.

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    A Stunning Wine Country Wedding


    Firestone Winery – Los Olivos, California

    Firestone Vineyard is the perfect setting for the wedding of  your dreams! Its unique, elegant and unforgettable. The rolling hills that frame every inch of backdrop provide nothing short of jaw-dropping photos.

    Sara Beth & Yan’s wedding was one of those weddings where you just know they were meant to be.  The never ending sparkle in Sara Beth’s eyes and Yan’s constant ear-to-ear smile lit up the entire night and made for a beautiful affair that everyone enjoyed. Rustic but elegant, everything about their wedding was pure perfection.


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    On the Menu

    Menu creation is always one of the best parts of planning your wedding. With that being said, Catering Connection was right by their side to help create a magnificent wedding menu of the following:

    Hors Doeuvres – Elegantly Displayed Humus Dip with Pita Chips and Vegetable Crudites | Thai- Spiced Pork Dumplings with Cilantro Dipping Sauce | Crisp Tostada with Pulled Chicken, Black Bean Relish & Guacamole | Asparagus Spears with Lemon Parmesan Dip Searved in Shot Glasses

    Dinner – Citrus Glazed Salmon served with Orange, Bell Peppers and Ginger Relish | Chicken Stuffed with Garlic & Lemon Thyme Sauce | Grilled Polenta Cake with Ratatouille and Fontina Cheese | Roasted Red Potatoes | Grilled Vegetable Platter | Field Green with Fresh Strawberries, Goat Cheese & Roasted Walnuts



    Another favorite part of any wedding, desserts! And wow did Sara Beth and Yan do it right. Their mini cupcake table was created by the ever amazing Enjoy Cupcakes and was absolutely stunning and mouthwatering all at the same time.



    Closing The Night

     Music by Bonnie kept the beats lively and the dance floor packed. As the night concluded Sara Beth & Yan closed out their night with their grand exit full of bubbles and laughter!

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    Vendors who made this magical wedding possible:

    Ceremony/Reception Location: Firestone Vineyards

    Flowers: Anna Le Pley Taylor
    Bride’s/MOB Make-up: Romina Murrillo
    Photography: Lovers of Love Photography
    Videography: Your Day Films
    Cake and Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes
    Catering: Catering Connection
    Hair & Make Up: Shine Blow Dry Bar
    Rentals: Ventura Party Rental Center

    DJ: Music by Bonnie
    Event Coordination: Leanne Elliott of Soleil Events 




    By Ursula O'Neill on October 2nd, 2014. Categories: All, Wedding Events.

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    QAD //  Summer BBQ 2014

    I don’t know about you, but themed parties are some of our favorite! When QAD, one of our long time corporate clients, told us their theme for their Summer BBQ was a Baseball- “Take me out to the Ballgame” theme, we were all about it.

    Themed parties bring out creativity, and we love that!


    When a company comes to us with a fun theme, we make it our job to match the theme with a fun and tasty menu that everyone will love! And for a baseball theme – Pre-Game, Game Time and Post Game snacks were a must!

    The Pre-Game Appetizers Were a Hit!

    Classic Buffalo Chicken Wings

    Teriyaki Chicken Wings

    Nacho Bar

    Jalapeno Poppers

    And no baseball game is complete without Pretzels!

    Game Time // Play Ball

    For the “Game Time” menu, we created individual stations that had something different at each one!

    Slider Bar: with Angus Beef Sliders, BBQ Pork Sandwich, Grilled Portabello Mushroom &  Sweet Potato Fries

    Hot Dog Stand: with Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs &  Chili Dogs

    Garden Stand: with Caesar Salad, Macaroni Salad & Fruit Salad

     Post Game // Strike Out

    Ice Cream Cart with Ice Cream Sandwiches, Popsicles, and a variety of different ice cream flavors!


    QAD threw a fantastic summer picnic and it was just as much fun helping create a menu to match. We already can’t wait till the next!



    Event Partners: Ventura Rental // AMS Entertainment Santa Barbara // The Little Guest


    By Ursula O'Neill on September 2nd, 2014. Categories: All.

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