It’s your day

When you engage Savoir Faire, you get more than just a catering company. A keen knowledge of food and an appreciation for fresh, seasonal ingredients are what make Savoir Faire’s food stand out from others. Since 1989, Savoir Faire has planned and catered beautiful events in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Santa Ynez Valley, and Ojai.

Karen and Michele are committed to sustainable food production, the use of high-quality ingredients, and purchasing locally-grown organic produce. They support their local farmers – many of whom they know personally. They express their love of food to your guests through fresh flavors and elegant presentations. Along with great food, Savoir Faire prides itself on its professional staff. After 25 years of catering and event planning, they know how to make their clients happy.

A love of food, elegance, & simplicity

Chef Karen Smith-Warner, Founder & Owner

Karen is a self-taught chef who has taken classes in Florence, Italy, Santorini, Greece, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. You benefit from Karen's mastery of organizational details in creating an elegant event while keeping things simple. Your event will reflect her love of beauty, sense of style, and her intuitive understanding of people that enables her to visualize exactly what her clients want.

Chef Michele Molony

Chef Michele Molony is an honors graduate of the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school in Paris, France. She completed the full cycles of both pastry and cuisine training. After years of cooking around the globe, Michele's yearning for a community of her own eventually brought her back to her native Santa Barbara. Michele is a Master Chef with a great understanding of Santa Barbara ingredients and ways to integrate them into delicious, creative menus. In addition to working with Savoir Faire, Michele teaches cooking classes at the Santa Barbara Community College Adult Education center, Williams Sonoma, and at Savoir Faire's Catering kitchen.