Ever seen a hand-painted sign at City Barbeque and wondered where it came from? Odds are, it was created just for us by Ohio artist Jane DiGrandi! DiGrandi has been working with us for 12 years, creating everything from welcome signs and menu suggestions to floor-to-ceiling murals and pickle-painted propane tanks (seriously—visit our joint in Beavercreek to see what we mean!). Most recently, she completed a massive installation for our Polaris location, featuring a tractor, a City Barbeque silo, and a glowing sunrise.
“I’m thankful for being given the space at the Polaris store to show what City Barbeque means to me,” she says. “I knew I wanted to do something on a large scale and immediately started thinking of how to portray City Barbeque’s rural roots of bringing barbeque to the city, and of their commitment to fresh and homemade food.” DiGrandi settled on an iconic tractor to center the piece, but wanted to give things a modern feel—so she constructed the work so that tractor is coming straight at you! She loves the silo and the sunrise in the background, too: “The sunrise perfectly portrays City Barbeque’s saying, ‘It’s a great day to eat barbeque!’”
The piece took four weeks to complete, and is made up of 310 individual pieces of wood, fit together one by one. While DiGrandi has used a wide range of materials in her work for City Barbeque (“markers, wood, paint, metal, chalkboard, paper, barn wood, and even chicken wire”), she admits that she loves working with wood the most. As anyone who has seen this latest piece on display can tell you, that love absolutely shows.
Our craft is barbeque, Jane’s craft is large-scale rustic art with an industrial and natural vibe—and we just can’t get enough of it. Next time you’re at City Barbeque, take a moment and look around. You never know what masterpiece is hanging up right over your shoulder!
Founder and CEO Rick Malir, Bonnie Coley-Malir, Vice President of People Services Ronnie Berry, Director of HR Jennifer Hamilton, HR Manager Jillian Armstrong, Board Member Jim Budros, Regional Marketing Manager Beth Berkemer
We know we have a workplace culture that can’t be beat, but it’s always exciting when other folks notice it, too. Case in point: we were named the Best Employer (under 500 employees) in Columbus CEO’s Best of Business awards for 2016! Vice President of People Services Ronnie Berry accepted the award for the team at an awards ceremony on November 9.
Columbus CEO’s results are voted on by the magazine’s readers, and 16,500 folks weighed in on who should win. Thanks to all who helped us reach the top spot! And of course, we were thrilled to be recognized for our ‘que, too: City Barbeque was also awarded second place in the Best Caterer category for the second year in a row. (Check out our catering and see for yourself!)
But that’s not all! Columbus Business First just named us one of their Best Places to Work in Central Ohio for 2016—we’re in the top five in our category (Extra Large companies with at least 250 local employees)! Business First received 200 nominations for companies to consider, and the final honorees were chosen via independently administered workplace satisfaction surveys. Director of Training Frank Pizzo, HR Manager Jillian Armstrong, and HR Assistant Christine Swisher accepted the award at a luncheon on November 10.
Vice President of People Services Ronnie Berry says, “These awards reflect our core culture, which is made up of leaders who live to serve. They’re really a testament to the principles we’re founded on: empowering people, giving them the freedom to think for themselves, and ensuring they’re able to live a life where they’re engaged both at work and at home.”
Both the Best Places to Work award and the Best Employer title are new ones for City Barbeque, and we couldn’t be prouder. Columbus CEO and Business First recognized more than 100 amazing organizations throughout Central Ohio; we’re just honored to be among them. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
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Thursday, folks across the country will gather around a table to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends. But the picture may be different for the more than 42 million people in the United States living with food insecurity. In 2015, there were 15.8 million households across the country unable to get the food they needed at some point during the year—and the percentage of food-insecure folks in Ohio, Kentucky, and North Carolina is above the US average.
How can we help? Well, at City Barbeque, we’ve adopted the Food Rescue model. Food Rescue connects restaurants to food pantries and similar organizations, who can get our food to families who need it. We freeze surplus food at the end of each day and volunteers arrive weekly to transport the frozen food to local pantries. Just like everything we serve, the smoked meats and scratch-made sides we donate are held to the highest standards, and they freeze beautifully, allowing them to be safely transferred from our kitchens to the plates of folks in need.
Ronnie Berry, our Vice President of People Services, is on the board of Food Rescue, and was responsible for getting City Barbeque involved in the program. “It gives our joints a real opportunity to connect to families in need, right in their backyard,” he says. Berry estimates that, in 2016 alone, City Barbeque has provided more than 30,000 meals to food-insecure folks in the areas we serve.
Learn more about City Barbeque and Food Rescue from our founder and CEO Rick Malir—who calls our participation a “no-brainer”—and team members Jason Cox and Jennifer Jean-Baptiste:
Sources: Food Rescue, the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service
The holidays only come once a year… why spend the season in the kitchen when you could be enjoying time with family and friends? We’ve got a stress-free solution for this year’s holiday dinner hassle: holiday meats from City Barbeque! These beauties are slow-smoked over hickory wood for hours and served ready for you to carve… and we’ll throw in carving instructions, too!
Choose from our award-winning free-range turkey—either a whole bird or a turkey breast—or a succulent bone-in ham:
Smoked Turkey Breast—$45 (feeds 8 with leftovers)
Whole Smoked Turkey—$79 (feeds 14 with leftovers)
Smoked Bone-In Ham—$69 (feeds 10 with leftovers)
Order yours today: we WILL sell out!
And while you’re ordering, don’t forget the sides! Choose from our classics like green beans, corn pudding, and mac & cheese, or try our perfect-for-the-holidays seasonal sides: sweet potato casserole and smashed potatoes & gravy! We sell our scratch-made sides by the pint (feeds 2–3), quart (feeds 5–6), and pan (feeds 20–24).
Want to branch out from the traditional holiday dinner? Why not serve succulent beef brisket or delicious pulled pork – our party packs are the perfect solution for all your holiday meal needs!
Don’t run the risk of burning the turkey and having to order pizza for 16 folks (again). Let City Barbeque take care of you this holiday season! We promise we won’t tell anyone you didn’t make it yourself. 😉
Now through December 31, 2016, we’re giving you a $5 bonus* with every $25 gift card purchase you make! City Barbeque gift cards make the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (plus, they’re easier to wrap than a brisket sandwich)!
PLUS, we’re giving you DOUBLE the bonus on Black Friday (November 25), December 5, and December 6 — buy $25 in gift cards on those select days and we’ll give you TWO $5 bonus cards!*
*In-store gift card purchases only. Bonus cards redeemable Jan–March 2017. No duplicates accepted. No cash value. $5 toward any purchase, excluding alcoholic beverages. Gift cards and bonus cards cannot be used towards catering orders.
It’s always special when folks ask us to take our show on the road and cater their event! We love helping folks celebrate, so if your wedding, holiday get-together, office event, or graduation party could use a barbeque boost, let us know: we’d love to bring the ‘que to you! These folks seem pretty pleased with the results:
My daughter chose City BBQ to cater for her wedding. While I love the food, I was a little concerned about achieving the level of elegance I was envisioning, only because of the casual restaurant atmosphere. Oh my gosh, I was concerned for NOTHING! Not only was the food outstanding, but absolutely beautifully displayed and served. And I cannot speak highly enough about the servers! They were amazingly helpful and friendly. Very professional from start to finish! I would not hesitate to recommend them for any event!
– Trish W.
Just keep doing what you’re doing. The staff and food has totally exceeded my expectations. Thank you!
– Deborah H.
The food was great, but that was what we expected when working with City BBQ. What really exceeded our expectations were the two servers that worked at our event. They were so helpful and kind. For such a whirlwind day, they were nothing less than amazing.
The food is always outstanding. The portion size of each food item has always been spot on and the price is right. Linda, our delivery person is always amazing. She is always smiling and friendly and seems to love her job. City BBQ has always done a perfect job for our catering needs.
– Lisa L.
I loved the fact that I was not bothered by anybody from City BBQ. Being the bride I was hoping that things would just get taken care of and go smoothly, and they did. The food came, and was eaten and was packed up given to the appropriate people and gone without me having to be involved at all. I have heard over and over again how great the food was and am so thankful for you all! Thank you very much!
– Krissi T.
My daughter’s wedding had to be relocated and all planned out, again, in just three days. The staff was more than accommodating and did an excellent job!
– Tiffany H.
The customer service provided during the set up was awesome!!! I cannot say enough about the customer service received. The food was set up professionally and orderly. We were offered free ice and 2 gallons of tea which was a very nice gesture and a big hit. The overall experience for myself and the team was great. The food was very good and almost every bite was eaten. I enjoyed the experience of catering by City Barbeque and would recommend them to friends and colleagues. I do not have any recommendations for improvement as the experience was as good as the food!!! Thank you City Barbeque!!!!
– Carrie D.
My daughter ordered for her wedding and the food was delicious! The set up for the order was fast and friendly and they really worked with her by being so flexible. Absolutely everyone had seconds and there was still some left. I loved the pulled pork, but the pulled chicken was fabulous too! I highly recommend!
– Marybeth B.
We got married in Ohio and everyone said, “City BBQ”; they weren’t wrong. We did their catering for our wedding shower and rehearsal dinner. Amazing food, amazing prices and beyond amazing customer service. You can’t go wrong here.
– Jill C.
This location catered my wedding back in August and I still have family and friends rave about the food and how amazing the staff was. They even helped cleaning up my décor after the food was all done. (Not part of the deal.) They were amazing and Gary got everything together for me. I even have a friend using them for her rehearsal this month. Can’t say enough nice things.
– Tara C.
We used City BBQ for our wedding and our guests were raving about the food, even into the next day! Jeremiah was wonderful to work with and those that worked our wedding were friendly, helpful and overall made our day that much better! Thanks again!
– Samantha H.
City Barbeque catered our daughter’s wedding this past weekend. They did an outstanding job. The food was delicious and the service was great! I highly recommend them for any event you are planning.
– Melody C.
The food was the best and all the staff was helpful and friendly last week for our office Christmas party! Thanks a lot.
– Krista B.
I cannot thank Greg & his staff enough!!!! City BBQ saved the day when my prior caterer failed to deliver! My husband and I are so impressed with the quality of food and the professionalism of the staff!!!!! I am looking forward to using City BBQ again!!
– Malissa P.