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Welcome Reception On The Santa Barbara Harbor

Because Katie and Faris grew up in Santa Barbara and lived in New York, they wanted their wedding to be a true reflection of both states, according to their wedding and wedding weekend event planner Jessica Kuipers of Onyx and Redwood.  “Having the guests enjoy a sunset cruise on our West Coast shore for their Welcome Reception was a no brainer,” she said.

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Kylie and Scott’s Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding Celebration

With a setting that nods to the historic and romantic old Spanish days of  Santa Barbara, yet is tucked away in a very secluded (yet convenient) spot of downtown Santa Barbara, The Santa Barbara Historic Museum offers several distinct areas for hosting all different types of events.  We especially love producing weddings there because each location feels distinct from the other and clients love saying their vows in the more intimate ceremony area and then adjourning to the more dramatic courtyard with beautiful fountain for a celebration under the starry Santa Barbara night sky (by the way, check out what this wedding couple did with the fountain for this event- truly fun, fresh, and eye-catching).

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Olivia & Ashwin’s Colorful Vegan & Vegetarian Cate School Wedding

This wedding had a few special twists:  not only was it hosted at one of the finest prep schools in our nation, the wedding couple partook of a lovely tea ceremony while guests relaxed floorside on comfie pillows under the sky.  They also provided their own overlays for the reception tables:  souvenirs they acquired during their travels, bringing a personal touch to their wedding day story.   The colors for this wedding were magnificent and were only rivaled by the vibrant joy of the the newlyweds and their guests, as evidenced in the photos.

Olivia and Ashwin  requested an all vegan/vegetarian wedding.   With all the abundant ingredients and luscious flavors available for some vegetarian deliciousness in Southern California, this menu was a Vegan/Vegetarian’s delight.  We loved producing it!

Congratulations to Olivia and Ashwin!

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Swings & Springtime for Brittany and Devin’s Private Santa Barbara Estate Wedding

What is there about the romance of a swing in springtime?  Add to it the backdrop of a perfect private estate, a destination wedding hotspot like Santa Barbara and a gorgeous bridal couple, and you’ve got the recipe for some super charming wedding day memories reminiscent of a fairy tale (with a touch of rock-n-roll: check out bride Brittany’s fabulous jacket).

Just as unique as our couples, we like to design menus that complement them.  And Brittany and Devin blended some our most popular Mexican menu items with a spectacular Middle-Eastern buffet, offering guests a very colorful array of food colors, tastes, and aromas.  Mixing ethnic food options in a buffet can work beautifully if done properly and if you know your client and their guests.  We loved putting together this wedding day menu and working with Brittany and Devin in such a gorgeous location.  Congratulations to them on their new journey together as husband and wife!

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Kelly & James’ Wine Country Wedding Reception Under the Stars

Imagine celebrating your nuptials dancing under the stars surrounded by vineyards that seem to sprawl for miles. Whether you choose to get married under the Gainey Winery giant oak tree, or like Kelly and James did, at the historic Santa Ynez Mission with a reception celebration following, Gainey Winery is arguably one of the best wine country wedding location choices in Santa Barbara County.   With plenty of event space /layout options  (including the ability to use part of the Tasting Room with its roaring fireplace for guests to enjoy ), Gainey Winery & Vineyards offers panoramic views of the Santa Ynez mountain range , as well as being in the heart of the vineyard. 

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Just a Boy, a Girl, and their Alpaca: Carolyn & Justin’s Wedding Story

The personal legacy that Adolfo Camarillo carved out in Ventura County continues with the hospitality and setting that his property- the historic Camarillo Ranch – offers even today.   We love producing weddings as this special property and the backdrop for a ranch/farm style wedding is always perfect.  The large space allows for many event options, and in the case of Carolyn and Justin, allowed for some furry wedding companions.   I mean, what wedding is a wedding without an Alpaca?

Just as charming as the unique touches the Alpaca and canine friends brought were the happy couple and their family and friends, with whom we loved working and developing their wedding menu.

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Courtney & Jose | Historic Stow House Wedding & Rancho La Patera

The historic Stow House sits on Rancho La Patera, a quintessential example of early California ranches right here in Santa Barbara County.  Just stepping on this beautiful property, you can feel the history – and just maybe the wonderful parties and gatherings which have taken place here over the last century.  It’s no wonder so many couples have chosen this setting with picture-perfect grounds and private historic home for their nuptials. In fact, the redwood tree which covers one of the wedding locations where couples say “I do” was given to the Stows on their 1st wedding anniversary.  One thing is for certain, this is a romantic wedding location with a story and provides numerous places for amazing photos and celebration.

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Private Estate Wedding: History and Woodland Elegance at Dos Pueblos Ranch’s Casa Grande

Kate and Geoff chose one of Dos Pueblos’ Ranch’s premiere venues- the historic Casa Grande, which was the home of the original owner. This gorgeous home and its grounds played host to countless soirees from the 1920’s through the present day and when you are on site, you will see that it’s stately elegance is rounded out with the natural wood setting of centuries old trees and gardens.  You can almost feel the presence of celebrations in bygone eras and instantly you know this is a location for memorable events.

We were thrilled to be a part of an incredible team who put together this amazing wedding and all its special touches.  Casa Grande offers a variety of event layouts, and we used every single space we could to give guests an authentic taste of the property’s beauty.

Our specialty is the element of telling a story with our cuisine and the food and beverage experience.  Example: Kate and Geoff loved dirty martinis, so besides having them available at the bar, we incorporated them into passed appetizers (see below);  for escort “cards” they had customized shot glasses that held guests’ name and table number with sign inviting guests to “take a shot, take a seat”.   We also loved that they chose our delicious Amuse-Bouche when guests sat down for dinner to enjoy during conversation and wine until dinner service began shortly thereafter. Their sumptuous dinner menu was topped off with our Deluxe Coffee Station and a sweets table (in addition to the wedding cake).  It was a decadent night for all, where the dance floor was never empty!

Working with Kate, Geoff and their families in producing this wedding -and their rehearsal dinner the night before- was such a pleasure.  We wish them heartfelt congratulations and best wishes!

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Gainey Vineyard and Evans Ranch Members Party

We were so honored to be chosen to provide the catering for one of Santa Barbara’s premiere winery’s private member’s events!  With over 1200 guests in attendance at Gainey Winery, this special event was held at the authentic 1800’s barn on Gainey Ranch/Vineyard with great music by the AJM Band , delicious wine and glass-making demonstrations. 

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Client Reviews

Philippe is phenomenal!! I requested quotes and communicated with various catering companies but when I talked with Philippe I just knew that he would be the man for the job. He did not disappoint. He is very professional and he knows what he's doing, I trusted him very much throughout the planning process. As a caterer he went above and beyond, he went with us to pick out rentals and decide on colors and place settings, decide on our table layout, and he gave his professional opinion when asked. He met with us countless times and was super fast at responding to emails and questions. The day before the wedding Philippe and his team helped set up the venue and the day of they helped our coordinator set up the last minute details. Philippe and his entire staff made the planning process a breeze and all of our guests RAVED about how good the food was. You will be severely missing out if you do not choose catering connection for your wedding or next event!!

Rebecca D. Yelp.com

We rent out our auditorium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and there was a company having their Holiday Party last Saturday. Due to an electric pole being knocked down in the middle of the night the evening before, all electricity was out. Catering Connection along with SMI Concepts were on top of it from the beginning, bringing in power and working in the dark for hours setting up and making sure the customer had a great evening (of course the electricity came on 1/2 hour after the party started.) Without Catering Connection's support and heroic efforts to make it happen, the party could not have gone on. Plus the food was a hit, the set up and breakdown smooth. I've never seen the auditorium as clean after and event. I highly recommend Catering Connection for all your events.

Meridith M. Yelp.com

Catering connection far exceeded my expectations as to what a wedding caterer could offer- their service, attention to detail and food quality was second to none. So many guests commented that this was by far the best food they have ever had at a wedding. I had the pleasure of working with Phillipe who was a dream from start to finish. His extensive experience in the food- catering world offered a wealth of knowledge about all things food and entertaining. He helped me come up with a fun an creative menu and worked with me every step of the way to create the wedding of my dreams. I plan to use catering connection for any event, big or small, in the future. It felt like I was planning a party with a friend, who also happened to be an expert in this field. The servers and bartenders they provided were incredibly professional, attentive and polite.

Private User WeddingWire.com

I've read a few reviews and a lot of them say it all.
Ursula, and the crew, were more than caterers. Depending on what was needed, she was a wedding planner, she was very patient, a friend, a guide and, she made you feel like nothing could go wrong on your special day. I can't overstate how "above and beyond" Catering Connection goes. And MY GOODNESS....the food was fantastic!
The food, professionalism of the crew, accuracy of the quotes, communication along the way is all enough for a 5 star recommendation. If there was a way to give 10 stars for the intangibles I would click away. They care, they make it special, and no detail gets left behind. We opted for a plated salad and a buffet and the main courses were as good, or better, than any sit down restaurant in the area.
Like the other reviews said - look no further or you may regret it. This is your best value. This is the best team. Any other choice is simply irrational!

John WeddingWire.com

From the minute we met with Philippe we knew we had the right catering company. The customer service prior and at the wedding were outstanding. He and his staff were attentive not only to my groom and myself but specifically our head table which included our parents. Also the food was outstanding as we had BBQ Tri Tip, Chicken and sides. He customized it to just what we wanted. Philippe is very in tune with details and helped coordinate the party rentals as well. Overall an outstanding experience and we would highly recommend using them.

A Client TheKnot.com

Catering connection far exceeded my expectations as to what a wedding caterer could offer- their service, attention to detail and food quality was second to none. So many guests commented that this was by far the best food they have ever had at a wedding. I had the pleasure of working with Phillipe who was a dream from start to finish. His extensive experience in the food- catering world offered a wealth of knowledge about all things food and entertaining. He helped me come up with a fun an creative menu and worked with me every step of the way to create the wedding of my dreams. I plan to use catering connection for any event, big or small, in the future. It felt like I was planning a party with a friend, who also happened to be an expert in this field. The servers and bartenders they provided were incredibly professional, attentive and polite.

Alexa R TheKnot.com