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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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Gamma Phi Beta Summer Celebration

Celebrating 143 years, Gamma Phi Beta’s mission is  to “inspire the highest form of womanhood” through countless community events empowering girls and women.  So, being a woman-owned business, this celebration was especially meaningful to us!  This particular event was the UCSB chapter’s end-of-the-year celebration to acknowledge all the member’s community service.  And what better way to say “job well done” than with inspired food and beverage in a gorgeous Santa Barbara location!  Below are some menu and photo highlights from the event:

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Catering Connection Supports Community Event Partners With “Bevvies, Bites, & Botanics”

Catering Connection is proud to be intimately involved in the events community that makes Santa Barbara the destination event hot spot that it is for so many years.  Without this professional partnership we have with our fellow event pros, the weddings and events we produce would just not be the same.  Santa Barbara truly has a wealth of the best event talent, and we are so lucky when we get to collaborate and work with them on showcase events like ILEA‘s monthly networking mixer and venue showcase.   Because the event was held at  The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, all cuisine was asked to feature local fresh herbs, which only made our job more fun.  Check out the fresh menu below and the event partners who came together to make this ILEA community event one to remember with “Bevvies, Bites, & Botanics” (the designated event hashtag: #BevviesBitesBotanics ) :

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ISES Holiday Event Lights Up Sunstone Winery in Wine Country

Photo Credit: Ashleigh Taylor

                  Photo Credit: Ashleigh Taylor

As member of ISESInternational Special Event Society– we are privileged to be a part of on-going event education and inspiration as well as an incredible networking community that supports each other year-round.  One of the advantages of being a member of ISES in Santa Barbara is the fact that when we attend local chapter functions, they are held in some of our area’s most epic special event locations.

The annual holiday soiree for ISES took place at the beautiful Sunstone Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley and we were delighted to be one of the preferred caterers for this grand celebration.  The normally beautiful location was transformed into another dimension by SPARK Creative Events, who also provided a snow machine to create extra magic;  there was karaoke, and the event started at the barn and continued into other event spaces, showcasing every part of this gorgeous locale.  

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When Tuscany Meets The American Riviera…On the Beach

Santa Barbara is well -known as “The American Riviera” and its many beach locations offer quintessential oceanside events which are always memorable.  Many feel because something is beach-side, they must automatically make the meal and decor “beach-themed”.  We love seeing elements mixed up, as in this lovely Tuscan-themed rehearsal dinner we catered at the Santa Barbara Beach Club.  The setting was incredible and the colors just popped!

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Tropical Party Inspiration | Young at Heart Celebration for 70th Bday

Santa Barbara events are always perfect for a tropically-themed party.  One of our clients was turning 70 years young and we were so fortunate to have been chosen as the caterer for this private-home celebration in Carpinteria.  Using overlays, bamboo silverware and straw umbrellas, we brought out the tropical theme with

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Santa Barbara Wedding Location Showcase: The Channel Cat

channel cat courtesy channel catFor those who love the land, there are so many Santa Barbara wedding locations, including those ocean-loving beach front wedding venues.  But for those who love the sea so much that they must make it a part of their wedding or special event, the Channel Cat is truly a memorable experience you and your guests will never forget.

The views from the Santa Barbara Channel are

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Traditional Holiday Fare with an Untraditional Fun Twist | A Makeover to the Holiday Dinner

The holidays are almost upon us and many companies and families are thinking about holiday celebrations.  Whether it’s an annual company party or a family get-together where the host/hostess just want to sit back ,  relax and not worry about the cooking and clean-up, deciding what to serve for a holiday party menu can also be a daunting task.  There is the pressure to serve traditional holiday fare because many feel it’s simply not the holidays without certain traditional items such as turkey,  ham and Aunt Betty’s gelatin salad.

After you determine the location of your holiday party (which can largely determine the type of menu you serve: for example, some locations don’t have the space to afford buffets and food stations and are more suitable for a sit-down plated menu), you can host one of the most memorable holiday parties your guests have ever  attended simply by

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Midsummer’s Surprise Celebration at Santa Barbara Wine Country Luxury Inn | Party at the Santa Ynez Inn

The life of a special event professional: we are privy to the best Santa Barbara event locations all over the county, including Santa Barbara’s wine country and a darling boutique luxury inn in the Santa Ynez Valley The Santa Ynez Inn, which has

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Good Food, Entertainment and…..Murder?

Well, a good fun murder mystery, anyway.  One of our favorite events this year included the Howard Carden School’s annual fundraiser , “Murder in Swingtime”.  Fundraiser Event Chair Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events wanted something fresh for a school fundraiser that actually

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