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Columbus CEO named the winners of its 2017 Best of Business poll in late October, and we were honored to be named to the list not once, but twice! For the second year in a row, we were named the Best Employer (under 500 employees). We were on last year’s list for catering, too, but in the second-place spot—this year, we were named the best caterer in Columbus! (Never had City Barbeque’s award-winning catering? Check out what you’ve been missing!)

Columbus CEO’s results are voted on by the magazine’s readers, and this year’s poll saw 53,988 votes roll in. All in all, companies were vying for more than 75 awards in 11 different categories, and we’re so thankful to those who helped us with this year’s double win.

At the award ceremony on November 1, HR manager Jillian Armstrong accepted the award for Best Employer, while Regional Catering Director Scott Erwin accepted the award for Best Caterer. It’s an honor to be recognized next to more than 80 incredible Central Ohio companies honored at this year’s event. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

What makes a great banana pudding? We think it’s the perfect blend of fresh bananas, creamy pudding, and vanilla wafers, served in a caramel-drizzled parfait cup and topped with homemade whipped cream, a ‘nilla wafer crumble, and even more caramel sauce… in other words, everything that goes into our banana pudding! If you’ve been a longtime City Barbeque fan, you may have noticed that we recently upgraded one of our fan-favorite desserts by adding some of these extra-special touches. It turns out that Paula Deen noticed these changes as well—and liked them! The queen of Southern home cookin’ added our banana pudding to her “10 to Try” list in the February edition of Cooking with Paula Deen. We’re so glad our banana pudding made the cut… then again, we’re always excited whenever someone says they like our pudding! We’re awfully fond of it ourselves 😉

Need another reason to taste our take on a classic? Bananas have plenty of health benefits! They are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients like potassium. A medium-sized banana only has about 105 calories, but also contains resistant starch or pectin—both of which may reduce appetite and help keep you full. So if the cookies, caramel, or whipped cream ever give you pause, know that you’re getting a nutritional boost with this traditional treat!

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.

businessfirstDirector of Training Frank Pizzo, HR Assistant Christine Swisher, HR Manager Jillian Armstrong

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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Thank you so much, Columbus, for helping us achieve top honors for our catering! Columbus CEO magazine placed City Barbeque as #2 best caterer in Columbus.

We feel extremely honored and we couldn’t have done it without our raving fans—we love you, too!

Check out the article here.

City Barbeque catering columbus ceo magazine Columbus CEO Magazine Best of Business November 2015

Restaurant Hospitality magazine recently named our “More Cowbell” sandwich one of the best in the country!  The editors of Restaurant Hospitality magazine scoured the country for the best sandwiches, asking chefs and restaurateurs alike for nominations.  The editors then narrowed the field based on customer reviews and several other factors then secretly visited the top contenders.  The “More Cowbell” sandwich was among 6 sandwiches recognized in the beef category as America’s best.

“This year’s Best Sandwiches in America Contest was insane this year with so many entries. That was particularly true in the beef category, which attracted a lot more attention than many of the other categories,” said Michael Sanson, editor-in-chief of Restaurant Hospitality magazine. “We were blown away by City Barbeque’s More Cowbell (hilarious name). The brisket sandwich was a complex delicious sloppy mess! We want another!”

The “More Cowbell” sandwich consists of City Barbeque’s award-winning smoked beef brisket, topped with melted provolone cheese, grilled peppers and sautéed onions, onion straws and horseradish dressing all piled high between two pieces of garlic buttered Texas toast.  The sandwich was launched last year and has already become a fan favorite.  “It’s got an addictive quality to it,” said Brian Hipsher, VP of Marketing for City Barbeque, “our guests simply have a fever for it – they have gotta have More Cowbell.”

Try it and we’re sure you’ll agree 🙂

Check out the article here!

City Barbeque made enough macaroni in 2014 to make 1,963,636 kids (and kids at heart) say “More, please!

In 2014, City Barbeque gave away enough food to Food Rescue, an organization that delivers food to shelters in the community, to feed 25,592 people free pulled pork platters!

In 2014, City Barbeque won 17 local and national awards for having the best barbecue around.

1,196 organizations held fundraisers at a City Barbeque joint in 2014… We love to help—just ask!

City Barbeque used enough chocolate chips in their cakes last year to make over 20,450 chocolate bunnies.

City Barbeque cooked enough brisket in 2014 to easily feed 345 adult, male lions every day for an entire year.

City Barbeque customers LOVE a kick—they consumed over 189,000 pounds of Brush Fire barbecue sauce in 2014.

If laid end-to-end, City Barbeque sold enough rib bones to cross the state of Ohio and run 50 miles into Kentucky!

City Barbeque’s first business came in the form of catering college tailgating.

All City Barbeque employees enjoy free barbeque as a company perk (and great pay, too!).

We got our big break when we won the Superbowl of BBQ back in 1997 – winning Best Barbeque Brisket at the American Royal Invitational – besting over 300 teams from around the country.

We make all of our sides right here, from scratch, and we smoke all our meats on premise.

We have a secret insider menu… but can you find it? *Hint- it’s not on the website!

Brides and BBQ go well together – we have catered hundreds of weddings to rave reviews.

We have more than 30,000 friends on Facebook – won’t you join us?

City Barbeque is celebrating its 15th year of operation from January 12th through the 25th. The hand-crafted barbeque chain is recognizing this mile marker with a celebration that is true to the company’s roots of competition quality and backyard hospitality.

Our founders: Frank Pizzo, Rick Malir, Jim Budros, Mike Taylor and John Kean in front of “The Old Donut Shop”—soon to be City Barbeque Henderson Road—in 1999

Since opening their doors in December, 1999 City Barbeque has grown to 25 locations across four states with continuous growth averaging roughly four locations per year over the past few years. City Barbeque has been a real bright spot for their employees too, with starting pay well above the average for comparable establishments, offering a scholarship program for their employees, 70 percent promotion from within, and the opportunity to advance as new restaurants are opened.

In their 15 years City Barbeque has received many awards and accolades. In 2014 alone they received 17 different “best of” awards including national recognition with Men’s Journal naming them one of the best bbq joints in America and receiving the National Turkey Federation award for their local Cooper Farms Turkey.

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