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A Memorable Evening Welcome Dinner at Private Montecito Estate

Welcome dinners have become a popular prelude to wedding celebrations, offering an intimate setting for close family and friends to rejoice in the upcoming nuptials. The welcome dinner sets the tone for the wedding festivities ahead while providing a relaxed atmosphere for the couple and guests.

Stunning Poolside Dining for Welcome Reception
Stunning Poolside Dining for the Welcome Reception

A welcome dinner is also a great opportunity to thank those who have traveled from afar to attend your wedding and to thank your wedding party for their dedication to participating in your special wedding day.

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Couple, Alex & Blake -Congratulations!

As is the case for our lovely couple, Alex and Blake who recently wed in Santa Barbara, with a stunning welcome dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, Paul and Sheri at their Montecito home. Setting the stage for a memorable weekend, it was an honor for Pure Joy Catering to be a part of this intimate affair for loved ones.

What does a welcome reception menu look like, you may ask? Below is the scrumptious and exhilarating menu that was crafted especially for Alex and Blake's celebration.

Beautiful Decor Perfectly Complimenting the Menu
Beautiful Decor Perfectly Complimenting the Menu

Welcome Reception Menu

Guests were greeted with Passed Appetizers while enjoying a full bar and specialty cocktails of Housemade Lemoncello and Organgecello Spritzes.

Baked Artichoke Bottoms

lemony parmesan filling

Seared Ahi

checkerboard of crisp wonton squares with ginger wasabi dollop & alternating spicy tuna tartare

Ribbons of Grilled Filet

golden toasted circles, olive tapenade, arugula & roasted garlic aioli

Ribbons of Grilled Fillet and Baked Artichoke Bottoms
Ribbons of Grilled Fillet and Baked Artichoke Bottoms

First Course

Served with hearth baked breads and rolls with herb pressed crocks of sweet butter

Tossed Organic Baby Greens

feta, toasted pecans, cherries, and fresh orange vinaigrette


fresh burrata, organic heirloom tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest

pepper spree & local basil

Second Course

Served with Crispy Brussel Sprouts with dried apricots and pistachios on a delicious yogurt sauce.

Portobello Mushroom Raviolis

browned sage butter

Oven Roasted Salmon

sundried tomato and pine nut crust, topped with preserved lemon gremolata

Grilled Fresh on Site Mesquite Flank Steak


Family Style Dinner Celebration Brining Friends and Family Together
Family Style Dinner Celebration Brining Friends and Family Together

And the Crowd Goes Wild...After Party!

Chicken & Waffle Bites

fresh mini waffles, crispy fried chicken, pure maple butter & a dash of hot sauce

Piggy Pot Pies

beer braised pork belly in a parmesan pepper crust


variety of artisan thin crust flatbreads topped with local organic veggies, virgin olive oil, basil pesto, goat cheese, mozzarella & a handful of baby arugula

Wedges of Grilled Tortillas

creamy brie, cherries, caramelized onions & mango confetti garnish

Holy Moly Dessert Selection!
Holy Moly Dessert Selection!

Dessert Bar

Fresh Baked Brownies & local organic strawberries, Lemon Tartlets brulèèd in handmade crusts, Coupe champagne glasses with a scoop of new york style cheesecake & a variety of toppings, AND an assortment of fresh Baked Cookies

Farm Table Pie Station

hand made flaky crusted pies, beautifully displayed & served with vanilla ice cream

Wow! Guests were delighted by this special celebratory menu hand-crafted by Pure Joy Catering for Alex and Blake. A welcome reception is an invaluable addition to any wedding weekend, offering a unique opportunity to set the tone while creating lasting memories. By gathering friends and family, these events not only ease the transition into the wedding festivities but also serve as a beautiful prelude to the vows and gatherings to follow for a cohesive celebratory weekend.

Written by Shayna Cogan

Venue: Private Estate

Florals: Velvet Blooms


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