Inspired by foods foraged in the wilds of Big Sur and Carmel Valley and the bountiful farmers’ markets year round, to showcase unique, seasonal menus custom designed for each client.
Make the process easy and relaxed for yourself! Catering and planning go hand in hand.
We know many epic secret spots for an event...from Big Sur to Carmel Valley and up the California coast to the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Contact Jamie for venue help. She can recommend the perfect place for your special gathering, whether at a vineyard, private beach, or on the cliffs of the sea.
Nicole Mossian 2 reviews·20 photos a year ago We hired Jamie to cater and coordinate our wedding, I can't say enough good things about our experience with her. Our original wedding date was in 2020, we decided to postpone to 2021 and she was so gracious and helped us find a new date. We also hired her for day of coordinating & she went above and beyond to help us find the right vendors and to answer my hundreds of questions leading up to our day. We had never even visited our venue prior to our wedding day so we had so many worries and questions about the space, she made us feel at ease. She was professional and so calm and kind. The food was... more
1 5.0/5.0 Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0 Karalyn said... Working with Jamie and her team was an absolute pleasure. I was a difficult bride in the sense that I didn't have a ton of strong opinions about what I wanted for our day. Jamie was able to work with me in narrowing down a theme and creating a vision that was perfectly personalized to us as a couple. The flowers and rentals were so gorgeous and really transformed our ceremony location and reception site. She had tons of recommendations about vendors to use in the area and was able to provide guidance to help us stick to and g... more
5.0/5.0 Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0 Lexi said... Hiring Jamie and Sea Stars was the best decision we made for our wedding! Jamie immediately set us at ease with her calm manner and her bounty of experience and knowledge of throwing an event in Big Sur (while we were living in LA, so planning from afar). Jamie's personality is very calm and laid-back, which was enormously helpful to us. I know a lot of people get really stressed in wedding planning. Anytime we felt overwhelmed, Jamie's demeanor made us instantly relax. If we asked her to help with something, she would immediately take i... more
Jo wrote you a Review (5.0/5.0): - 07/05/2017 9:02 pm × "My husband and I have worked with Jamie Jarrard's Sea Stars Catering and Events several times over the years, on events small and large, and I truly would not ever want to work with anyone else! In her role as an event coordinator, she is a force of nature--capable, calm, wildly creative, contagiously positive, imaginative, indefatigable, patient, kind, warm, industrious, tough, and armed with a 'little black book' of specially sourced ingredients from amazing hard-to-access farmers, magical off-market lodging options for guests, and a wonderful group of friends and colleagues whom she is able ... more
I call Jamie my Fairy-God-Caterer. She went way beyond the duties of a caterer in every way imaginable. I can honestly say that my wedding last weekend in Big Sur would not have been as lovely or gone as seamlessly without her. She was beyond amazing and helped in all of the following ways: 1) Catering - The food was magnificent. She prepared a custom all-vegetarian menu that our guests (many were big meat eaters!) raved about. Everything was so fresh, well-prepared, and she used the highest quality ingredients. You can tell she is a culinary artist, has impeccable taste, and knows what works. 2) Drinks - She created unique 'his and hers' drinks ... more
I'm not sure I could say enough to emulate the experience that Jamie and her team at Sea Stars created for our wedding day. We began the process of planning with her over 6 months before the wedding and she guided my husband and I through every decision, every step of the way. Jamie truly went above and beyond in the planning process. Although we chose Sea Stars originally for catering, we also ended up using her vintage rentals company for some of the decor, serve wear and the bar service. Jamie also stepped in and coordinated all of our necessary event rentals, such as tables, chairs and flatware through a local rental company. We were also given ... more
We used Sea Stars to cater our small wedding in Big Sur this summer and it was everything we had hoped for. I come from a family with quite discerning palates and Jamie wowed them all. It was really important to both my husband and me that our wedding be a reflection of our lifestyle and values, and a big piece of that was having a world-class menu of local, seasonal, and organic foods. From prosciutto wrapped figs stuffed with Big Sur bleu cheese to a salad adorned with edible flowers from her garden, Jamie put together a feast for our taste buds and our eyes. She also prepared our tres leches wedding cake with dulce de leche sauce and people couldn't... more
Working with Jamie and her team was an absolute pleasure. I was a difficult bride in the sense that I didn't have a ton of strong opinions about what I wanted for our day. Jamie was able to work with me in narrowing down a theme and creating a vision that was perfectly personalized to us as a couple. The flowers and rentals were so gorgeous and really transformed our ceremony location and reception site. She had tons of recommendations about vendors to use in the area and was able to provide guidance to help us stick to and get the most value out of our budget. She took all of the stress out of the planning process and out of the day itself with her ca... more
Jamie was an integral part of our big day, working both as our wedding coordinator and our caterer. Jamie is cool, calm, and can make a five-star dinner in the middle of the woods. Her food is thoughtful, beautiful, and specific to the time and place, and all of our friends and family were full of compliments. We met Jamie over a year before our wedding date and she took us to a rare, beautiful venue that we wouldn't have found otherwise. Jamie and her wonderful team were with us every step of the way, helping overcome all of the curve balls that get thrown at every wedding effort, and we're happy to have had her support and knowledge. We highly rec... more
Jamie and her crew at Sea Stars made our wedding day a complete dream come true. I will try and put into words just how amazing our experience was. To start; Jamie helped us plan the event. She was extremely knowledgable about the area and the venue we chose. She was full of amazing ideas and receptive to our requests and visions. She thought of absolutely everything that we could have needed and helped us through the process. We had never planned an event like this and we were absolutely lost when it came to wedding planning. Jamie was a great sounding board and was easy to get a hold of and a great communicator. She was also very organized and di... more
Jamie catered our wedding reception, which was held at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur in the fall of this past year. From the very first correspondence I had with Jamie I felt completely at ease. We discussed what my husband and I wanted for our wedding and she proceeded to fulfill every wish we had with grace and competence. Her attention to detail was astounding and she seemed to always know exactly what to do as each situation arose. We planned the dinner menu together from her endless list of delicious local and organic options, including a very special wedding cake which she created with custom care. She created a magical atmosphere throug... more
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jamie, who recently catered our small wedding in Big Sur. Jamie guided us through the process of selecting a menu that reflected our tastes and that was sourced from ingredients local to the region. All of our guests (which included several discerning palates) raved about the food throughout the dinner and in the days following. Not only was the presentation beautiful, but the meal was extraordinary. The fish was grilled to perfection and the roasted vegetables were delicious. Dessert was fabulous too. But, especially appreciated was the individual attention to planning the details as we asked, and the professi... more
Jamie is wonderful. We’ve used her Sea Star Catering services for both professional & personal events - and the word “WOW” would not be enough to describe those experiences. One needs to add to the words, the smell and taste of her culinary creations to fully appreciate the passion Jamie puts in food. Opt for her choices of local, seasonal and organic produce and you’ll be left with an emotional delight. We’ve eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world, but didn’t think we could have one right in our back garden. Thank you Jamie!
Jamie and Sea Stars played a huge part in a successful party we threw to celebrate a recent momentous birthday. There were so many yummy things on her menu to choose from that it was difficult to narrow down our favorites. We had someone in our party with an allergy to garlic and Jamie had no trouble accommodating this dietary restriction. THE FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE! Our friends are still talking about the food six months later - and with good reason. This was the first time I'd worked with a caterer and Jamie couldn't have made it easier or more pleasant. I give Sea Stars the highest rating possible and hope to work with them again in the not too dist... more
We took 2 couples to a private home in Big Sur to celebrate my wife’s 50th birthday. We were all very close and the selection of a chef with a great demeanor and a great fit was important to make the evening perfect. Jamie was all that and more. She was well prepared with all of the pre-dinner set up and appetizers as we arrived from our day back from Carmel. The fresh ricotta was creatively accented with lavender salt and rosemary blossoms. The bacon wrapped grilled figs were very fun and went over great with the group. I am a major salad snob and her creativity in the mixture of stone fruits, fennel and the peach balsamic dressing was excellent.... more
Jamie was the only option for us. We researched others in Monterey and Big Sur and Jamie's menu choices and her ability to invent epicurean yet simple & locally sourced dishes were unmatched. Her connections to the local superstars combined with her management of a top-notch staff provided us with a wedding that surpassed our expectations. Everyone that attended our wedding continues to compliment our menu. We are overjoyed that Jaimie was at the helm.