Autumn Traditions Series | Recipe: Butternut Squash and Kale Gratin

The days are getting cooler and the holidays are peeking around the corner.  While this season may look a bit differently than years past, there are a few things that should never be compromised:  like cozy, delicious and comforting food.   The holidays are all about tradition and some of the best-kept traditions are the recipes that tie together family and friends around the dining table.  It’s also a time where new recipes are auditioned and can often become traditional … Read More

Stefanie and Patrick’s Maritime Museum Marriage Celebration

In Texas, it’s all about family and big hospitality.  And while Stefanie and Patrick got married in Santa Barbara at the gorgeous Maritime Museum overlooking the Santa Barbara Harbor, their big-hearted Texas spirit shown through in all they did, including small touches like having pre-poured water and iced tea on dining tables waiting for guests (and no wine glasses).  Because that’s how it’s done in Texas. Warm and fun-loving, the inspired menu showcased the best of Central California on the … Read More

Virtual Event Inspo Series: Parking Lot Events

In the middle of the pandemic, life still goes on.  Altered and adapted in all cases, but life’s celebrations, annual company events and fundraisers almost feel more important than ever for some feeling of normalcy. And in some cases, fundraising is more essential than ever to many non-profit organizations.   So we are left with the beautiful opportunity to re-create these events but in a different way.  Paying close attention to the ever-changing updates for county health mandates, we have … Read More

Kelly and Oliver’s Elegant Kestrel Park Wedding Celebration

Summer of 2019 was the perfect season for Kelly and Oliver to say “I do” in the sprawling private estate and gardens of Kestrel Park in Santa Barbara’s wine country.   Remotely located so one feels a complete sense of privacy, but not too hard or long for guests to travel (Santa Barbara accommodations are approximately 45 minutes away, and Santa Ynez Valley provides some lovely hotels, inns and B&Bs only about 10-15 minutes away), this private wedding location makes … Read More

Virtual Events Offer Great Opportunity for Creative Food Experiences For Local Attendees

While some of our nation has opened in phases to live group gatherings, the majority of gatherings in our Santa Barbara area are still virtual.  At Catering Connection, our first allegiance is to the safety and health of our staff and our clients.  We stay up to date with all the changes and most recent CDC, State and County health guidelines and laws with regard to live events as well as for our services in general. With virtual events at … Read More

Bishop Diego High School Annual Fundraiser Event

We love supporting fundraisers, and our schools are especially dear to our hearts!   We are proud to have been the preferred caterer for Bishop Diego’s annual fundraising event last winter.  The event was truly a hybrid community effort with school volunteers providing decor and blending with professional event services to host one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.  The event started with hors d’oeuvres in one of the schools gyms and continued into their larger gym for dinner … Read More

Rich and Relaxed Sophisticated Elegance For Kati and Erik’s Sunstone Winery Wedding

Imagine enjoying the relaxed sophistication of France’s wine country and not having to get your Passport to do so.  This June 2019 wedding hosted at Sunstone Winery & Villa in Santa Barbara’s wine country was the epitome of the unique world of wine country weddings, which offers couples, their family and guests an escape to a rich and memorable experience they will never forget. Above the main winery is the private Sunstone Villa estate where Kati and Erik’s wedding day … Read More

Catering Connection’s COVID19 Safety Protocol & Procedure Statement

Catering Connection is committed to supporting the health of our community with our internal company practices and branching outward.  This all begins with the health and safety of each of our employees utilizing up-to-date CDC, Santa Barbara County and city-mandated protocols, and continues outwardly in our daily work with food orders and events in the community. All of Catering Connection’s staff are COVID19 Safety Certified, and we stay up to date with the continually changing rules and regulations so we … Read More

Hakan and Matthew’s Private Home Wedding Celebration

This wedding took place on June 1, 2019. There is nothing like a home wedding. But especially when that home is a gorgeous garden oasis that supports the picture perfect backdrop for nuptials on the American Riviera. Turkish-born Hakan and his (now) husband Matthew welcomed guests for a simply elegant celebration of feasting and enjoying the company of those dearest to them.  The very next day they were off to a honeymoon in Turkey.   We wish them the very … Read More

Behind The Scenes: The Day-to-Day That Creates the Magic

When you see flawless events, often all you see is the end result as you walk away with a soul filled to the brim with memories (and delicious food) to last a lifetime.  But behind every stellar event is a team and a process.  It is in the day-to-day happenings that the magic actually takes place.  Without the quality day-to-day process and attention to detail during that process, one cannot provide a product that is worthy of a legacy. The … Read More

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