Photo Credit: Michael Costa

Photo Credit: Michael Costa


A caterer’s job is to provide more than just good food.  Their job is so crucial to the success of the wedding day, many underestimate their power to make or break an event. Not all “caterers” are alike, nor are they full service;  After over 500 weddings, training with the industry’s leaders – both locally and nationally, there are minimum requirements for any caterer providing full service on the most basic of levels, thus contributing to the success of an event.

There  are services which are considered “basics” by full-service professional caterers nationwide. It is this service standard on which Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings and Events insists on from all caterers working with their clients and therefore requires that clients hire from our list of pre-approved full service caterers as shown below.  If you desire to bring in a caterer not on the list below, both you and your caterer will need to read and agree to the Full Service Catering Contractual Checklist provided by Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events upon booking.  The performance of a caterer is crucial and we cannot stress strongly enough how serious we are about standards when it comes to your special occasion.


The following fine professionals already meet this criteria and their exclusive use is recommended:


Any wedding or event at the following full-service venues automatically qualifies as a Full Service Catered event:
  • Alisal Guest Ranch
  • Alisal River Terrace (Alisal River Course Grill)
  • Birnam Wood Country Club
  • Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara
  • Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort (Hilton)
  • Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn – Petro’s- Los Olivos
  • Hotel Canary
  • Montecito Country Club
  • Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort
  • Santa Barbara Club
  • San Ysidro Guest Ranch
  • The University Club
If you are a caterer who would like to be on our list of Preferred Full Service Caterers, please contact us for an interview.