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Lavender Lady Cocktail, Pure Joy Catering
Royal Velvet lavender, one of the sweetest Lavandula angustifolias


This is one of our most popular specialty cocktails. We just got a few more requests for the recipe so I thought more people might like it so I’ve made a batch recipe for parties. Lavender is just SO Santa Barbara and it’s fun to use it for entertaining.

We get culinary lavender at the Farmer’s Market. I prefer the Royal Velvet lavender, one of the sweetest Lavandula angustifolias varieties which are best for culinary purposes, but all lavender is eatable. 

 To make the lavender simple syrup;

In a saucepan combine the sugar with an equal amount of water, bring the water to a boil over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, bruise & add the lavender. Cook the syrup, undisturbed, for 20 min. Let the syrup cool until it is lukewarm and strain it very well. Chill

To make a 60 ounce Pitcher of Lavender Lady Cocktails;

 4 cups vodka or gin

1 cup st germaine

1 cup lavender simple syrup

1 cup lemon juice

stir well.


Prepare the Glasses run a lime wedge around the rim to give it a bit of flavor.

Fill the glasses with ice.

Top with the blend above & garnish w a sprig of culinary lavender & a spring of mint or lime wedge.

By Pure Joy Catering Executive Chef; Lynette La Mere

The sign says it all... Yum!
Homemade on the premises Gluten free Corn Tacos
Fresh Grilled Fish, Shrimp, Potatoes and Tofu Chorizo
Beautiful Platters of Fresh Grilled Local Organic Summer Vegetables
Fingerling Potatoes
*Cupcakes Displayed on three tiered stands with floral and berries (Dairy Free Coconut w/ coconut cream frosting, GF Vegan Chocolate)


The new hype in diet trends is to go Gluten free.  I am sure you know someone who is gluten intolerant or has a special needs diet.  We pride ourselves in accommodating not only any cultural (Indian, Mexican, Korean…) menus but also for Gluten, Dairy and or Vegetarian needs as well!  Here is a Menu from a wedding we did last week which was was all Gluten and Dairy free!  Who says that you need these ingredients to be delicious! Check out their menu below! 

 First Impressions – Passed appetizers:

Warm Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms & *Sweet Corn Tamale Poppers with Homemade Salsa

Followed by a plated Cubed Watermelon with Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Medallions Dressed with Local Honey, Mint and Lime

Stationed Mediterranean Mezze of  Local Goat Cheeses, Homemade Red Pepper Hummus and Baba Ghanoush, Toasted Pita Points, GF Rice Crackers, Local Organic Veggies, Figs, Dates, Pistachios, adorned by Urns of Beautiful Tangerines and Grapes!     

Soft Taco Station: Tortillas Freshly Handmade on location Fresh Grilled Fish, Shrimp, Potatoes and Tofu Chorizo, Fresh Cilantro, Tomatoes, Spicy Salsas, Shredded Cabbage, Radishes … you get the idea!    

Grill Station: Beautiful Platters of Fresh Grilled Local Organic Summer Vegetables, Split Sautéed Fingerling Potatoes *Brown Rice Organic Pasta Puttanesca, Savory Plum Tomatoes, Virgin Olive Oil, Capers, and Kalamata Olives and *Grilled Local Halibut

Saucy Station:  variety of Sauces to choose from Tropical Fruit Salsa, Spicy Salsa, Vegan Arugula Pesto and Harissa

Dessert Station:  Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries *Gluten / Dairy Free Fresh Baked Cookies,Cupcakes Displayed on three tiered stands with floral and berries (Dairy Free Coconut w/ coconut cream frosting, GF Vegan Chocolate) .

Have a special needs Menu to plan?  Give us a call, we promise to make it delicious!  

Where we said "I DOs"
Blushing bride with brides maids
Barn back ground!
Pure Joy Catering Appetizers!
Fresh Mesquite Grilled Juicy, Rosemary, Lemon & Olive Oil Marinated Chickens
Cheers! to a splendid Wedding - a rarity to see the bride & groom actually eating!
Ceremonial cake cuting!
Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Greco!


Sanford Vineyard is the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams!  It’s unique, romantic and unforgettable, not only for you but for the family and friends who gathered to celebrate with you on your special day! Don’t get us wrong there are many vineyards to choose in the Santa Barbara wine country –  the Vineyards and Wineries had their start with Sanford Winery.  In 1971 Sanford Winery and Vineyard discovered an overlooked, grape-growing treasure in The Santa Rita Hills.  Distinguishing a delightful combination of climate and soil conditions much like those in France’s famed Burgundy Province, Sanford planted the areas first Pinot Noir!   

Kate & Jeff Greco chose this magical setting for their ceremony and reception!  And of course, Pure Joy Catering was there to create a magnificent dinner of the following beginning with: Fresh Corn & Queso Fresco Tamale Poppers; Wedges of Grilled Tortillas with Brie, Cherries & Caramelized Onions, Mango Confetti Garnish and Crisp Braised Short Rib Egg Rolls with Sizzling Saigon Dip.  Followed by Tossed Organic Baby Greens with Feta, Toasted Pecans, Cherries and Fresh Orange Vinaigrette;  Hearth Baked Breads and Foccacia with Provincial Dipping Oil: Accompanied with Summer Penne with Young Local Asparagus Sorrel Sauce along with Beautiful Platters of Fresh Grilled Local Vegetables with a  Virgin Oil Herb Drizzle;  Fresh Mesquite Grilled Juicy, Rosemary, Lemon & Olive Oil Marinated Chickens and Grilled Fresh on Site; USDA Choice Medium Rare Tri Tip of Beef with Madeira Green Peppercorn Sauce!  My mouth is watering! 

Kate & Jeff, chosen colors were orange, white, yellow, & pink which added to a natural rustic style that they wanted for their wedding day celebration!  Shelly Vinson, their photographer, truly captured their day as you can see from the attached photos!  Shelly is a Wedding and event photographer base, but not limited to the Santa Barbara Area.  Vineyards and Estate Weddings are something that she thoroughly enjoys photographing.  She gives the whole event an artistic and journalistic approach! 

The whole event was beautifully planned by Alizabeth Schotten one of our in house event planners!  And their Wedding Coordinator Haley Brantley, who was enthusiastic about their vision and delivering a wedding that, fitted their unique style.  Please feel free to contact them for your next special event!

scrumptious fresh ginger peanut scallops. Photographed by Lucus Oliver Oswald
Fresh Santa Barbara Farmers Market Ginger
Chop chop! Can you smell it?!
Ginger fresh from the ground
Fresh Scallops!
fresh ginger


I want to put this in your mouth! You’ve got to taste it! The scent and flavor is so bright and inspiring it has me reeling with uses for it. This is one of favorite finds at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market this year - so far. Fresh ginger is tender and not fibrous like it gets later. No need to peel it either, cut off the green stems and it’s totally usable – gotta love that. I just found these fresh roasted peanuts at a farm up north, my chives are about 2 feet long now so all together it made the most smashingly face slappin’ Encore! Encore! Entrée I just had to share it.

 Fresh Ginger Scallops

This would be great with a good local fish too or even beef. It may seem long but it’s fast & easy. We loved it with coconut rice; just regular rice but swap ½ the water for coconut cream and add a ½ cup of toasted unsweetened coconut before you turn on the pot or rice maker.

4 large servings

 2 lb scallops

whole fresh ginger, chopped & smashed into the scallops, refrigerated a few hours.

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Stir together & set aside by the stove;

Juice of 1 lime

1.5 Tbl. Fish sauce

2 tsp. agave

3 Tbl. Water

 Heat a large sauté pan. Add olive oil & sear the scallops enough to give them just a bit of color then lay them out in a serving dish that they fit in well and set them aside.


torpedo onions, or small other onions (I love the smaller sweet red ones from Farmers Market)

whole fresh ginger

1 bunch of fresh chives

2 small red Thai chilies, sliced into rounds

4 cloves garlic

One cup herbs; 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, Thai basil & mint

¼ cup roasted unsalted peanuts (these just split in halves)

Put the Scallops in the oven. Wipe the sauté pan clean the heat a few tablespoons of olive oil. Stir fry the onions & ginger a few minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients. Stir a minute or so then pour in the lime juice mixture. Reduce that all a few minutes.

Pull the scallops from the oven and mop out the fluid they’ve given off with a paper towel. Pour the sauté pan sauce over them and return to the oven just about 5 minutes.

Lynette La Mere

Pure Joy Catering Executive Chef

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Signature drinks deserve signature touches - straws, lavender and mint!
Elegantly served to your liking!!


Pure Joy Fresh Squeezed Margaritas

Makes about 2 pitchers.

1 cup and 2 tbl. sugar

1 cup and 2 tbl. water

4 ½ cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ cups fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 ½ cups fresh-squeezed lime juice

3 ¾ cups tequila

1 ½ cups Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Grand Torres or Triple Sec

Kosher salt

6 limes, garnish

Boil the sugar & water till clear and cool it. Blend together the rest. Moisten half the glass rim with a cut lime & salt it. Serve over lots of ice.

Pure Joy Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

This goes out year round, sometimes with fresh mint, cherries and a bit of cherry juice, raspberries and a bit of raspberry juice, or culinary lavender from the farmers market (steep it with a portion of the water & sugar to make a simple syrup) the options of additions are endless. I made it for the Montecito Union Elementary School fair for many years using red vine licorice with the tips snipped off to make the straws for the children, now its most often made as an icy welcoming pre-ceremony wedding beverage.

 3 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 3/4 cups sugar

1/4 cup honey

6 oz pure fresh raspberry, cherry or strawberry juice (optional)

2 1/2 quarts of good water

lemons, sliced

To make the base; whisk or stir just the lemon juice, sugar and honey until no longer granular. That’s it, you can add raspberry or cherry juice if you like then when you want to serve it add the water as indicated, lots of ice, sliced lemons and whole berries or mint if you like. To make a smaller amount at a time just top one third part lemonade base with two thirds part water & lots of ice.

Pure Joy Farmer’s Market Melon Mojitos

Yield 2 1/2 Pitchers

Refreshment defined; Mojitos do justice to fragrant, fresh mint and are easy to make in batches. For variation you can run fresh ginger through a juicer and make ginger Mojitos or puree fresh fruit; like watermelon, or the outstanding heirloom melons at the Farmer’s Market right now J

1 lb. of watermelon (or any fragrant market melon)

1 cup simple syrup (half water, half sugar, boiled until clear)

1/2 cup lime juice

3 cup light rum

1 bunches organic fresh mint

limes, cut in chunky wedges

one liter bottle club soda

Meyer’s dark rum to float (optional)

Peel chunk & puree half of the melon, use the other half for garnish. Once the simple syrup is cool, add the lime juice, melon puree and rum to it in a pitcher to create the base. Pluck the leaves from the washed mint and bruise them with a molcajete (Mexican stone mortar and pestle) or crush them with a spoon in each glass, a large pinch for each glass will do. Top the mint with 3 to 5 wedges of lime and fill half way with the base. Top that with ice, club soda, melon garnish and float a splash of dark rum on the top. A cocktail straw is important with these.

Cheers!  Ching ching!


 Their Ceremony on the beach followed by a reception at a private Montecito residence was perfect for their small intimate wedding.  Their theme colors were Teal and Black and beachy!

The bride looked absolutely stunning in her white bridal gown and long flowing veil - she looked like royalty.  Their small intimate wedding was a sweet reflection of their wedding vows – and Sharon’s smile says it all! 

Pure joys delicious dishes passed appetizers of Mesquite Grilled Shrimp with Citrus Mint Dipping Sauce and Cocktail Turkey burgers; Perfect bite sized burgers with all the trimmings!  Dinner was USDA Choice Medium Rare Tri Tip of Beef with Madeira Green Peppercorn Sauce: Pan Sautéed Salmon with Beurre Blanc with Local Heirloom Tomato Slaw accompanied with Tomato, Shallot & Chive Rice and Farmer’s Market Fresh Veggie and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette!  I already getting hungry! 

 Perfectly Coordinated by Patrick Ward - Pure Joy Catering’s Operations manager. Planning a  beach wedding?  Hope this inspire will you with your choices!

Sweet memories!
themed wedding party colors mint green accents
Mr. & Mrs!
The bridal party begins!!
Table setting with mint green accents
Homemade berry pie for dessert
Every girl wants to be a bride someday
Happily ever after!


Ana Loaiciga &Travis Smith Spring Wedding was anything but uninspiring!  Their wedding theme of burlap & Lace along with their Venue at the Lincourt Winery truly set the mood for the day! 


Their photographer Kate Noelle stunningly captured the day and tied in the back ground of the Vineyard with Ana & Travis’s chosen wedding colors of Mint & Saddle brown.  The inter-wrapping of lace in the Bouquets and Vases on the table and also on the rectangular Runners of Burlap & Lace on the tables set their theme along with the backdrop of the vines and the panoramic view of the mountainside only added to their chosen palette colors for their day!  As you can see from the photos – a themed wedding adds to personal touches from the bride and groom. 

They had very special touches for their wedding which included the sweet notes display in the suitcase trimmed in Mint green and Lace as well as their flower girl pulled in the wagon and the aisle lined with yellow rose petals and hanging glass bouquets of flowers wrapped in burlap and lace!  Magical touches for a magical day!  Where do you want to add some personal touches to your next special event? 

Please ask our Event Coordinators that we have on staff here at Pure Joy Catering ~ Patrick Ward; Alizabeth Schotten, Dennis Barringer and Ellen Reid!



Please join us in introducing a super cool element to events!  Smith Turpin Video Lab is bringing optical phenomena from nature into human spaces!  The have been involved in creating this since 2009  - Searching and adventuring into hard to reach places - From the scared sites of Indonesia to  the Crevasses of a bee hive!  Providing their clients with their shared experiences of wonder by making extraordinary displays of lights!  Any party would benefit with this added ambiance!

The dynamic duo Jonathan Smith and Ethan Turpin have had interesting paths before joining a partnership.  Jonathan spent quite a few years as a voracious traveler covering over 80 countries – which helped him turn his  adventures and making them into an art form!  The art of light!  His large scale installations involve combinations of light, sound and video production.   Ethan formally studied Sculpture and began focusing on spaces with cameras and optics… He worked in art museums and galleries.  Both Artists bring an explorer’s spirit to their work as you can see from the photos!  Check out their video. 

“For weddings,” says Ethan Turpin, “we’ve found that swaying palm trees, or slow-moving bubbles reminiscent of Champagne, are the kind of imagery that can really stitch a receptions together.  We tailor the content and layout to any specific event, whether it’s outdoor or indoor.   For instance, trees take bold, white-on-black water patterns really well.”  Sometimes “blowing up” a party is exactly what’s needed to create an ambiance.  Or using Rhythmic patterns and colors connected to music can turn a good party into a not-to-missed bash!

Your next event can be made even more spectacular with some extraordinary displays of light!  Let them help you dazzle the surroundings of your next event!  


Planning a pink wedding? Top searches include: pink wedding favors, pink wedding cakes, pink wedding decor, and pink wedding receptions!  Is pink the new white?

In color psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. This color embodies compassion, nurturing and love. It’s a combination of red and white, pink has the passion and power from the red and is softened with the purity and openness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.

Fifty shades of pink!  From Blush to Rose, Salmon, Orchid, Fuchsia to Hot Pink! These shades of pink are fashionable for many Celebrations - Weddings, Showers, Valentines & Easter Holidays, Birthdays, Bar-Mitzvahs & Quinceaneras!  

Where do you wanna get your pink on? 

pink peonies bouquet!
Lincourt ceremony setting!
Declared husband &n wife!
Full family!
the whole wedding with Vineyard back drop!
Table Center peices
Cheese Stations
The dance to remember!
Sunset strolls thru the vineyards


What a wonderfully orchestrated wedding weekend!  From their Rehearsal Dinner to their Wedding Ceremony and Reception, their wedding was magical in so many ways!  The bride fit right in on the beautiful Lincourt Vineyard Estate, with the Rustic back drops of the Red barn and their exquisite color combinations of deep purple, charcoal and lime made their modern wine wedding theme a time to remember! 

The flowers were created by Passion Flowers Design who makes a distinctive ambience for weddings and other celebration throughout Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley.  Their flowers were perfected for not only Cambria’s Pink peonies’ bouquet but also for the inspirational table centerpieces and arrangements throughout the ceremonies. 

Their menu created by Pure Joy Catering was a perfect combination of fresh grown local home grown  Beautiful Platters of Fresh Grilled Local Vegetables; Cubed Watermelon with Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Medallions Dressed with Local Honey, Mint and Lime and comfy food stations of Grill Station & Mac and Cheese which hosts a hot off the grill combination of both top flat grills and mesquite drum grills that really make this station sizzle. Which included Polenta Triangles with Parmesan and Rosemary, Tender Marinated Chicken, Beef, Prawns, and Mini Ramekins of Macaroni with Gruyere & White Cheddar Cheese accompanied with assorted dips!              

And a Cocktail Size Soft Taco Station which included Tortillas Freshly Handmade on location grilled with Sizzling Beef Carnitas, Tomatillo Chicken and Cheeses, Grilled Shrimp, Fresh Cilantro, Tomatoes, Spicy Salsas, Shredded Cabbage, Radishes,  and  Sour Cream…you get the idea!      

Stunningly photographed by Hunter Thomas who truly catches the weekend in many magical moments!

The Evening was topped off with tunes spinning from our local DJ – Danny Vasquez Danny has DJ’ed at some of Santa Barbara’s hottest dance spots - Madison’s, O’Malley’s, Q’s, Wildcat, 634, and Zelo. He is currently the resident DJ at Blush SB and Savoy State Street. DJ Danny Vasquez has been on local airwaves - having hosted mixshows for various stations on Clear Channel Radio. In addition to his work with Gavin Roy Presents, he is a freelance sound and lighting agent for several production companies in the region.  Check him out if you are ever in the mood for putting on your dancing shoes!