Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization, active in 50 states and 70 countries with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies was founded right here in Santa Barbara.  So when this incredible international organization asked us to be their preferred caterer for their new facilities ground-breaking special event, we were honored and couldn’t wait to support.

The event was held at the location that is to be their new Santa Barbara headquarters, and they had an incredible turn out.   What was extra fun about this event was the food and display design we came up with:  we had four food stations (Mediterranean, Live Action Chef Gnocchi Bar, Street Taco Station and Mini Desserts), and used all construction-type materials for our displays, including crates, glass blocks, slabs of granite, wood trays, red bricks , and more.   To top off the wonderful food and beverage , the tent was lined with flags from all over the world and pictures of children and people who have received Direct Relief’s signature orange box.  This event certainly showcased incredible needs of humanity all being met by this great organization, and we were so pleased to have been a part of it. 

Menu Highlights: Mediterranean Station: Imported & Domestic Cheese Display with Fresh Fruit with Basket of French Bread and Crackers; Antipasti Platter with Italian Hand Sliced Salamis, Fresh Mozzarella, Cubed Feta Cheese, Assortments of Local & Imported Olives, Marinated Mushrooms, Cocktail Onions and Large Stuffed Grape Leaves accompanied by Freshly Baked Artisan Breads; Grilled Vegetable Platter with Seasoned Eggplant, Red & Green Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Yellow Squash & Red Onions; Roasted Garlic Oil Hummus & Tzatziki Yogurt Dip with Crunchy Pita Chips & Bread | Live Action Station with Uniformed Chef : Gnocchi Bar;  Soft Potato Pillows/Gnocchi with Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce and Gorgonzola Walnut Sauce topped with  Fresh Parmesan & Chopped Parsley | Street Taco Station: Live Action Station with Uniformed Chef cooking  Beef, Chicken & Pork for tacos — guests could add all their favorite toppings | Mini  Dessert Station: Chocolate Profiteroles; Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries; Almond Cookies; Lemon Curd Tartlets with Raspberries; Homemade Brownies; Rum Balls

Event Partner Cast:  Location:  Direct Relief’s New Santa Barbara Location on Hollister Avenue | Caterer:  Catering Connection |  Lighting: SPARK Creative Events | Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals | Transportation:  Santa Barbara Airbus | Photographer:  Isaac Hernandez