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
2 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.
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 freshmint
5 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.
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 dishespassed 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!
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!
SMITH TURPIN VIDEO LAB ARE MAKING ENVIRONMENTS OF LIGHT!
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!
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!
It’s a talent finding the precise team for your wedding day! Kelly and Chris found that their special day was a grand success, (as you can see from the pictures) their Rustic -BBQ themed wedding turned into a day full of cherish-able moments all due to the collaboration of their dream team!
Besides having their food catered by Pure Joy Catering (which of course was scrumptious), but their Event Planner, Patrick Ward did an amazing job at pulling their Wedding all together with seamless simplicity! Patrick is our Operations Manager and has over 16 years in the industry. He has developed a fan base over the years for his warm heart and dedication to flawless weddings andevents inSanta Barbara and its surrounding areas.
Kelly and Chris’s Rustic touches for their Wedding were enhanced not only by the splendid location of Lincourt Winery, but also by the floral designs of Juniper Floral Designs, their combination of mint green, blush and white colored flowers truly set the tone for their wedding reception.
You can see the artistic and passionate hand of Juniper’s behind the flowers - Juniper’s passion for flowers began in the hills of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a town well known for its love of color and design. She spent her early childhood there, interacting with the abundant beauty of nature and the art that surrounded her. Juniper opened her own shop in 1998 when she moved to Santa Barbara! And with her love of color, texture and panache approach allows her to create fresh new ways to fill a space of beauty and color. Juniper has a talent for listening carefully to what her client needs while building a vision together to create their special event!
Spectacularly photographed by Leah Lee, one of our favorite photographers! Leah is a wedding, portrait and lifestyle photographer, whose approach to photography is simple: you and yours + beautiful light = a moment worth keeping in a frame, on the fridge or yes, blasted all over social media.
So we have the food, the planning, the flowers, the photography and the final touches of their dream team are the Music and Lighting! Which could not have been better orchestrated by Ambient Event Design who are Santa Barbara’s premier creative event service company with a comprehensive experience delivering unique, ultra-expressive ambiance to their clients thru world-class aesthetic talents and technical expertise!
Need to find your dream team for your special day? Please give us a call 805 963 5766 and we will help you build your vision with you!
Pure Joy Catering’s most popular appetizer. On this one I’ve got to say canned artichoke bottoms are the way to go or you’ll be in the kitchen cursing me all day. That said, you must get Maria’s brand artichoke bottoms, the others are too tough. These are great with cocktails and you can make them a day ahead and pop them in the oven when you like.
Drain the artichoke bottoms, pat dry and trim bottoms of them so they sit level & are tender. Spray a cookie sheet or baking pan with vegetable oil. Blend the ingredients together in a bowl. Sit the bottoms on the cookie sheet and season them with salt & pepper then fill them, top each one with 3 toasted pine nuts. You can cover and hold them at this point or bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, till golden on top. Sprinkle with minced parsley.
JESSICA & BEN’S RANCHO DEL CIELO, FAIRY TALE WEDDING IN MALIBU
Perfect setting for a Malibu wedding, Rancho Del Cielo has the ceremony over looking a panoramic view of the calm Pacific Ocean. Jessica looked stunning in her off the shoulder princess cut dress with the white pale pedals of the flowers and her flower girls in tow!
The food was fun and refreshing for a summer wedding day! Cocktail hamburgers that are perfect bite sized burgers with all the trimmings; mini chilled soups - minted fresh pea and berry soup with creme fraiche and their signature Cocktail of Watermelon Mojitos!
Pure Joy Catering’s top Chef Jerry Wilson put all the wonderful touches that could tantalized anybody’s appetite! For other Catering ideas please go to www.purejoycatering.com!