About this Vendor
Catering Connection Inc-Santa Barbara
Catering Connection is a full service boutique catering and event company that specializes in tasteful elegant cuisine using locally grown produce. Gourmet catering for Fundraisers, Weddings, Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Company Picnics and Private Gatherings. Serving Santa Barbara, Ventura, Ojai and Santa Ynez.
$$$ – Moderate
American, Eastern European, French, Italian, Latin American, Fusion, Seafood
Food + Catering
Philippe was amazing to work with. Our food was absolutely delicious and our guests are still raving about it. I would absolutely recommend going with Catering Connection for anyone's big day!
One of the best decisions we made while planning our wedding was choosing Catering Connection as our caterer. We had the pleasure of working closely with Philippe there. From the first time we met Philippe, he immediately made us feel comfortable and made us feel our menu and catering details would be a collaborative experience. Philippe was extremely knowledgeable about what is popular and in season, what set-up works well with our venue and was open to a few special requests we had. The tasting they supplied was so impressive and professional. I could tell just by the service we received prior to even tasting the food that Catering Connection would be a great choice. But then, when we tasted the food, there were no questions asked. Everything was delicious, cooked perfectly and the presentation was beautiful! My husband wasn’t able to make our first tasting so Philippe kindly offered to do a tasting just for him. We live in Berkeley but chose to get married in Santa Barbara because of the history we have there. It was a little nerve-racking at first planning an out of town wedding but with Philippe (in addition to the other amazing vendors we worked with), I had no worries. The food at the wedding was just as I remember it from the tasting…which can be very rare (coming from a corporate event planner). Our wedding was in April and even up to last week, I received a note about how great the wedding was and how GOOD THE FOOD WAS!! In addition to the food, the service was top notch. Service was a huge hot button for me and the Catering Connection team blew me away. They made my husband and I feel like VIPs and I witnessed them take good care of our guests all night long. Philippe also worked with my mom to surprise us with a family recipe for our late night snack which was so special! I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed working with Catering Connection and Philippe. They made such a huge impact on how successful and enjoyable our wedding was. Thank you endlessly, Philippe!
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
We had an amazing expereince using Catering Connection to cater our April wedding in Santa Barbara. Catering Connection handled everything for us: food, beverages, service, bartending, and coordination of rentals. When creating the menu for your event, you have the option to chose from their extensive selection of menu options, or to customize your menu with pretty much anything you might want. We had a few specifc requests (like Churros for dessert) and they were able to accomodate them no problem. And the food is delicious! We worked with Philippe and he was a pleasure to work with, very responsive to all of our questions and requests and was sensitive to our budget and helped us come up with a menu and plan that worked perfectly for us. We were so impressed by the team that helped us on our wedding day, each of them were professional and friendly and made sure that we didn't have to worry about a thing. They took care of all the rentals, the food and beverage service, set up and clean up. Not only was the food delicious but they take great care in the display of the food and beverage stations as well. We were blown away by the way everything turned out, and we would recomend them to anyone looking for catering services in the Santa Barbara area
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.
A wonderful choice!Reviewed on 10/02/2014 Sara Beth J
I couldn't be any happier with the service and results I received after hiring Catering Connection to cater our wedding. I contacted a number of caterers after we decided to get married at a vineyard in Los Olivos. The response I received from Philippe stood out right away. Phi not only paid attention to my budget but also to my special requests regarding different types of food we wanted to incorporate in our menu. None of the other caterers in the area seemed to pay attention to my requests and didn't include costs in their bids that I knew we'd incur. We scheduled a tasting with Catering Connection and it was fantastic. My fiance (now husband!) is an accomplished cook, and he was blown away as well. We hired them on the spot to provide pre-ceremony drinks, happy hour apps (passed and plated) and bar service, and reception buffet catering and bar service. Communication over the next 10 months was easy, consistent, and fast. Phi addressed all of my questions and concerns with endless patience and solutions. He already had a strong relationship with our rentals vendor and worked very well with our coordinator - a bride's dream! If I could give them 10 stars I would. The staff was incredible the day of the wedding. Every single staff person we and our guests encountered was friendly, warm, and welcoming. They provided anything we asked for - special plates of food were waiting for us at the reception and a server had a plate of appetizers for us at happy hour so we could sneak a few bites in between the ceremony and reception. Servers quickly provided plates of food for my parents who were visiting with guests when their table was called up to the buffet. Our guests raved about the food and are still talking about it. The pricing stayed very close to the initial proposal and we didn't have any nasty surprises pop up later. I have worked countless events with a number of different catering companies for work, and I've never seen the quality of food and service we received with Catering Connection before. I highly recommend hiring them for your special event!
Excellent Service, Excellent FoodReviewed on 6/25/2013 Ashlyn C
Catering Connection provided excellent service, from our first meeting, through several bid revisions, and ended with the most magical day. The food was fantastic (tri-tip, chicken, salmon, mac n cheese) and the staff was very attentive. The event manager, Philippe, put us at such ease before the big day, and managed every detail with care and precision on our wedding day.
Yum, and Yay!Reviewed on 11/17/2012 Gina V
CC took care of our every need, was super easy to work with, and exceeded our expectations. We had so many compliments from guests about how great the food was, and how much of it there was! All the servers were professional and pleasant.
Best food everReviewed on 11/06/2012 Casey M
Best wedding food ever! Philippe was AMAZING to work with, he let me be a little crazy and neurotic and stuck with me through the whole thing. He helped us with stuff that probably isn't even in his job description since we didn't have a planner. The food was amazing and everyone commented how great it was. His staff was amazing! The male server even brought my new husband and I a couple trays of appetizers during cocktail hour while we were out shooting photos, mind you he walked through muddy knee high grass to get to us.. without being asked to. They were all fabulous.
So Pleased!!!Reviewed on 2/09/2012 Jessica B
I could not begin to say enough about Philippe and the Catering Connection team. From begging to end, Philippe was a pure joy to work with. The food was amazing, our rentals were perfect, and he really acted as a coordinator on the day of the wedding. Philippe and his team goes above and beyond to make your event beautiful. We had so many compliments on how the food was so good, how the wedding was so beautiful and how it seemed to flow so smoothly. This is in credit to the work that Philippe and his team put in. He took us through the process of picking the food for our event and the rentals and even arrived early that day to coordinate the set up of the rentals. They were by far our favorite vendor and I would recommend them for a wedding or any big event to anyone and everyone.
Ursula is amazing!Reviewed on 1/17/2012 Lorena V
We feel fortunate to have found Ursula and the Catering Connection team! From our first meeting, Ursula gave us a sense of confidence in what lay ahead in planning our wedding. Not only did Catering Connection provide outstanding food options, Ursula was an instrumental part in planning the entire reception and dinner event (from selection of tables and chairs to forks and napkins). That part of working with Catering Connection felt like they were going the extra mile. But, ultimately, it starts and ends with the food and that part was a huge hit! Fortunately, the food that we sampled at the tasting turned out to be just as tasty on the day of our wedding! We even found ourselves craving some of the appetizers in between dances and Catering Connection's staff was so responsive and attentive that they brought some to our table when they heard us raving about our favorite appetizers. We received so many compliments on the food AND service that day. Ultimately, we truly believe that we would not have had the same amazing, stress free event, without Ursula and her team with us every step of the way!
Wonderful from appetizers to dessertReviewed on 11/27/2011 Whitney C
Phi and his team were great throughout the whole wedding planning process. They were very communicative and open for suggestions/discussion all the time. The food was excellent and the service was superb!
Fabulous!Reviewed on 5/28/2011 Tara K
The service was amazing! We got so many compliments on food. They really worked with us to get us exactly the menu we wanted while still working within our budget. I couldn't have been happier!