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Class of 2018: Congratulations on your graduation—and your upcoming graduation party! Our catering experts have literally thousands of grad parties under their belts, and we’d love to help you plan yours.

Want our folks to customize a spread, just for you? We’ll do it! Think you’d party best with a mac & cheese bar? You got it! We can drop off a buffet and get everything set up, or we can fully staff your event, leaving you to relax and enjoy the best barbeque in town. It’s all up to you! Just give us a call to get started (and to schedule your free catering tasting).

Prefer to pick up the spread yourself? No problem! Our Party Packs are perfect for shindigs of any size—just call ahead or order online, pick it up at your local joint, and set it up yourself for an A+ DIY party.

And since we’re total grad party experts, we’re also full of advice! Here are our top five graduation party tips:

  • You’ll be celebrating with folks all day, and it’s hard to hug someone when everyone’s hands are full. Be prepared with a Sandwich Pack and keep a hand free for high-fives!
  • Combo your celebration with folks in your graduating class! Going in on one big party means you won’t have to worry about guest list overlap (and everyone’s budgets will go a little further).
  • Don’t be afraid to delegate! Our catering staff can set up the buffet, serve your guests, and even clean up—all of which leaves you free to mingle!
  • Get ready to ace Party Planning 101: about a pound of meat for every three or four folks, and about five ounces of each side dish per person.
  • Folks will want to toast to your success, so be sure they’ve got bottles to clink! Having a case of old-fashioned sodas on hand makes it easier to down those well-deserved congrats with an ice-cold Cheerwine.

Congratulations again—we can’t wait to help you celebrate!

Want to throw a Big Game Party that people will talk about? We’ve got a game-winning play for you: serve award-winning barbeque!

Let us do all the work so you all you have to worry about is cheering on your team to victory! Our catering team will bring you everything you need to throw a party that’s worthy of excessive celebration—or call an audible and pig up a Party Pack from your local joint. Either way, you’ll be the party MVP!

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!

Class of 2018…Congratulations on one of life’s greatest moments: Graduation! No doubt you’re looking to celebrate the occasion (woop! woop!) and we’d love to help!

Our catering experts can handle everything from food to set up to full-service catering for your special day. All you do is decide on the menu and how you want it served, and we take it from there! You get to relax and enjoy the moment while your guests enjoy the best bbq around!

Click here to contact your local catering team to get started or schedule a free tasting consultation.

Would you rather just pick it up from your local joint?

No problem, our party packs are perfect for parties small and large!

Click here to order online or call your local joint for help planning your shindig… we are  here to help!

We’ve been helping grads throw killer parties for years and here are a few tips from our experience:

  • Whatever you do, don’t run out of food- for a meal we suggest ordering 1 pound of meat for every 3 to 4 people and figure 5oz. of each side dish per person.
  • Finger foods help promote socializing…our Sandwich Packs make 12 quarter pound sandwiches and come with pickles, pickled onions, buns and sauce.  Stock up – your guests will want more than one!
  • Reduce costs by joining forces with other graduating friends. Chances are, your guest lists are similar, so your dollars will go further if you combine all the individual celebrations into one big one.
  • Delegate to others so you’re free to mingle with guests…our catering staff can do more than just serve food- they’ll help you set up the buffet, clean up, etc. Just let us know what level of service you’re looking for and we’ll handle it! Or I’m sure Cousin Eddie would be happy to refill drinks 🙂

Check out our Graduation Board on Pinterest for some party inspiration and ideas for easy, DIY decorations and games!

We look forward to helping you throw a party you’ll be proud of with food people talk about!

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!” -Dr. Seuss

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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:

I just wanted to tell you that the food was awesome. We had so many compliments about the food. It was one of the hits for the night. Also, the two young ladies that set up and maintained the food line did a great job. They were very friendly, and went above and beyond. I will recommend City BBQ to any of my friends that are looking for a caterer for any event. Thank you.

Just wanted to take a minute and thank you and your staff for such an awesome experience yesterday for our Christmas party.  The food was fantastic. Everybody loved the brisket. As always the delivery guy did an outstanding job setting up everything and making sure we was happy. I’m sure we will be contacting you for next year. Have a wonderful holiday and be safe.
–Adam K.

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

There’s no nip in the air quite yet, but the calendar doesn’t lie: we are only days away from the start of football season. Football means tailgating which also means barbeque (although to us, barbeque is year-round), and we’re proud to be your tailgating advisors! Here are our top five tailgating tips:

  • Start setting up early—everyone knows it’s bad luck if you’re still doing party prep during the coin toss (probably). Order online or call ahead to skip the line.
  • Finger food is a must! No one wants to wrangle a plate, fork, knife, and napkin—and it’s hard to do the wave (or Surrender Cobra) when your hands are full. Be prepared with a pulled pork slider pack or double-smoked brisket taqos and keep a hand free for high-fives!
    • We know that sometimes you want to go above and beyond (show-off!) and we have you covered for that too. Party Packs or our catering experts can give you the full spread and help you earn the MVH (Most Valuable Host) title.
  • Remember to bring extra: ice, chairs, sunscreen, trash bags, extension cords, and the most important – brisket!
  • Take a tip from your favorite City Barbeque joint and stash your condiments in an empty six-pack holder for easy transportation and handling.
  • Keep everyone hydrated: while some folks may be enjoying a cold one, you don’t want the under-21 crowd to go thirsty. Add a case of old-fashioned sodas to your order and wash down the accolades with an ice-cold Cheerwine. You’ve earned it!

The easiest way to feed a crowd!

Our Slider Packs and Taqo Packs come with all the fixin’s to feed 24 folks. These new Packs are perfect for get-togethers that don’t require the full spread—guests can grab a slider or taqo and mingle with friends! Perfect for grad parties, tailgates, backyard parties, and more!

The best barbecue in the city, in one hand…forget the fork and knife!

Order online and Pig Up at your local joint for hassle free party food.

Do you want the ULTIMATE no hassle party? We cater! Click here to get the process started!