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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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Chris & Michael’s Vineyard Nuptials and Glowing Winery Barrel Room Celebration

People come from all over the world to Santa Barbara’s wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley to try incredible wines and take in the views and varietals our region has to offer.  Firestone Winery, one of the area’s premiere wineries and vineyard wedding locations offers wedding couples and their guests a full winery wedding experience.  In addition to getting married overlooking the sprawling vines, guests can enjoy a sumptuous wedding feast in the iconic Firestone Barrel Room, followed by dancing under the stars outdoors in a courtyard reminiscent of something you would see at a private estate in Tuscany or Provence.

Chris and Michael chose to take advantage of every single gorgeous space at Firestone Winery, and coupled with a magnificent dinner menu fit for royalty (check out the whole menu below – but in particular the dessert!) , this wedding was lavishly appointed from start to finish.

We were delighted to be a part of this wedding celebration and wish Chris and Michael congratulations on their new married journey together!

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Lorrana and Jacob’s Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding Celebration

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum offers a warm and wonderful taste of historic Santa Barbara with its Spanish influence, and as the sun sets,  lights showcase the architecture, and stars overhead come out to play, guests are in for a beautiful Santa Barbara wedding experience.  Conveniently located downtown Santa Barbara, many of our couples find that their guests can stay at one of the lovely local hotels and walk to and from the wedding celebration at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

And one of our signature service items for our wedding couples always includes saved appetizers and drinks for the bride and groom during their post-ceremony photos.  We don’t want them to miss one bit of deliciousness during their cocktail hour!   We will either bring them their hors d’oeuvres, or ensure we save some and place them at their dinner setting (see photo below).  Our goal is for everyone to enjoy the fruits of their hard planning and menu choices for their special day.

Congratulations, Lorrana and Jacob!

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Maudie & Clark’s Hope Ranch Wedding Celebration

An unincorporated suburb of Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch is a very upscale residential area boasting gorgeous estates, equestrian trails and views of the Santa Barbara mountains (and for lucky residents whose properties back up to the ocean cliffs, our gorgeous coastline).  Its signature entry includes a palm-tree lined drive that tells you that you have arrived in Hope Ranch.  Celebrities from Fess Parker, Snoop Dogg to political figures such as H.R. Haldeman have lived in or have homes in Hope Ranch.

Maudie and Clark’s wedding had all the relaxed pace associated with Hope Ranch and didn’t miss one spot of the elegance offered, either.  

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Love On an Ojai Ranch: Karin & Brad’s Ojai Wedding

ojai wedding ceremonyCelebrities have been quietly escaping to the mountains of Ojai for many years.  With its secluded boutique inns, a world-class resort, shops, dining, a slowed-down pace,  and all the quiet necessary to recover from the world’s noise, no wonder it is such a popular destination for weddings.  Karin and Brad chose a private estate -a quiet Ojai ranch – for their nuptials, and the backdrop did not disappoint.  For their menu, they chose to concentrate on southwestern-inspired cuisine, which complemented the Mexican/Californian influence surrounding them, and what Mexican/California menu is complete without margaritas!  

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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