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At City Barbeque, we try to serve and create happiness in every way we can—from treating someone to a banana pudding, on the house, to giving back thousands of dollars to our communities every year. This National Nonprofit Day, we’re asking you to join our mission of service and happiness creation!

Do you work or volunteer for a nonprofit? Could $500 worth of free barbeque amplify your mission? Maybe you’ve got volunteers who need fed. Maybe, by offering free barbeque at an event, you’d get a bigger turnout to help fix up a home, or build a playground, or raise more funds. How can we help you serve others and create happiness?

Check out the post on our Facebook page, and comment with your plan for turning $500 worth of BBQ into something even better for the community. (Not on Facebook? You can also email your idea directly to rach@citybbq.com.) Don’t work for a nonprofit or do-good group, but know one who’d be interested? Share our Facebook post and let them know to enter!

From August 17–26, we’ll review all submitted plans and select our favorite to start with, then we’ll work with that organization to figure out how to best get them their barbeque: could be a gift card, could be some Party Packs, could be hundreds of award-winning brisket sandwiches. We’ll also be happy to help promote the great thing they’ve got planned (and who knows, maybe we can help out even more!).

Entries will be accepted through August 26, and the actual event or activity should be completed by the end of October 2018. We’re excited to share the wonderful thing you’ve accomplished!

We’re excited to hear from you and to help support your service to the community with some free ‘que!

 

Here at City Barbeque, we like to say that we belong to our communities. A big part of that relationship is giving back, so we wanted to take a look at what we donated to local folks in 2017:

$7,042 donated to local charities in honor of our new restaurants
Every time we open a new joint, we ask the team at that location to help us choose a local charity, one with a cause they’re passionate about. We then donate 10% amount of our Grand Opening Celebration days sales to the joint’s chosen organization. With seven new store openings in 2017, we were able to donate $7,042 to seven amazing charities in Toledo, Ohio; Charlotte, Raleigh, and Huntersville, North Carolina; Decatur, Georgia; and Berwyn, Illinois. We’ve got eight new joints scheduled to open in 2018 and are so excited to partner with local folks doing great things for our communities!

$242,216 donated to community groups as part of our fundraiser program
Did you know that we love to help folks fundraise? Community groups, sports teams, you name it—we’re happy to help you raise funds with our “dine to donate”–style program. All you need to do to get in on this is fill out a fundraiser request form. Your request will go straight to the team at your local City Barbeque, where our folks will review it, let you know if the fundraiser is a go, and send you all you need to know about promoting your fundraising day. Then just gather your crew for some ‘que! For everyone you bring in to eat on your day, your charity or organization will get back 25% of those sales. Last year, we were able to give $242,216 back to local groups!

$35,715 in gift cards donated to community groups
Looking for another way to raise money for your group? We also provide food and gift card donations for silent auctions and the like. If you’re in need of some raffle items, just submit a request and, as long as this is available in our budget, we’d be so happy to help! Last year, we gave over $35,000 in gift card donations alone.

$147,810 in food donated to the community
We’re proud that each and every one of our joints works with Food Rescue, an organization that connects restaurants to food pantries and organizations to food-insecure families. We freeze surplus food at the end of each day, and every week, volunteers transport that frozen food to local pantries. Just like everything we serve, the smoked meats and homemade sides we donate are held to the highest standards, making them something we’re proud to put on the plates of folks in need!

We also help folks feed volunteers, help the local football team fuel up before the big game, and more. If you have a big group that needs fed, just submit a request. If we’re able to donate, we’d love to. We’re so proud that we were able to donate $147,810—the equivalent of about 14,000 meals—in 2017!

When you add it all up, we donated $432,783 in food and funds in 2017. That’s a lot, but we’re always looking for more opportunities to help! We’ll be opening eight new restaurants in 2018, which means eight new communities to serve and support with food donations, fundraisers, and more.

Giving back is central to our culture, and we’re so excited to keep these donation programs growing!

 

We love spending time with our youngest guests, which is why we’re so excited to announce another day devoted to them (and their families!). Join us for Family Time on Sunday, January 28, when kid’s meals are free with every adult meal purchase of $7 or more! (*One free kid’s meal per adult purchase.)

The best thing about bringing kids to City Barbeque—other than our friendly, fun-loving team and the opportunity to make lasting memories as a family—is seeing them try new things. Get this: pretty much our whole menu is available as a kids’ meal. Yes, really! It’s not just mac & cheese and chicken fingers, although we have both of those (and they’re delicious). No, we’re talking award-winning brisket, pulled pork, LoLo’s pulled pork, pulled chicken, turkey, sausage, smoked Amish farm chicken, gumbo, green beans, sweet vinegar slaw… the list literally just keeps going!

So bring your kiddos in for some BBQ and quality time on January 28, 2018. Just mention to the cashier that you’re here for “Family Time” and you’re all set (no coupon necessary)!

If you’ve ever driven down LaGrange Road and thought to yourself “Gee, I wish I could grab a bite from an award-winning barbeque joint and grab some hickory-smoked meats, made-from-scratch sides, and indulgent desserts right about now,” you’re in luck: we’re getting ready to open our second Chicagoland location! We’ll be loading up the smokers in Orland Park in April 2018, and are so excited to be part of the neighborhood.

So this spring, if you’re in the mood for some national award–winning beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, St Louis–cut ribs, smoked sausage, Amish farm chicken, or homemade specialties like warm peach cobbler and hand-dipped hush puppies, all served with our unique brand of backyard hospitality, stop by and see us:

City Barbeque Orland Park
14301 S. LaGrange Rd, Unit A
Orland Park, Il 60462

And be sure to keep an eye out for news on our community opening celebration—follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more!

If your New Year’s resolution is to:

  • support our nation’s veterans
  • score a new artist-designed limited-edition cup
  • drink more tea but without having to pay for it

then you’re in luck! Starting January 2, 2018 when you buy a new limited-edition tumbler* at any of our joints, we’ll donate all proceeds to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation—AND you’ll get free refills with any purchase through the end of March, 2018! *We really do mean limited… we sell out every year, so don’t wait too long!

Resurrecting Lives works to help veterans with traumatic brain injury—an estimated 20–25% of the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan—successfully transition to a post-military career and life through advocacy, aid, fundraising, and research. We’re so proud to help support the work of this incredible organization, and hope you’ll join us!

The 2018 tumbler has a brand-new design and, just like in previous years, is expected to sell out quick. Get your tumbler soon, then get ready to sip that free sweet tea for the rest of the season, knowing that you’re doing your part to support those who’ve served.

Congratulations to Jennifer Jean-Baptiste, Kaylea Ellis, Rachel Rak, Kayla Welch, and Taylor Welch! These five team members just learned they’re the latest recipients of a $3,000 scholarship from the City Barbeque Scholarship Fund.

In 2006, City Barbeque established the fund to support our teammates in pursuing educational opportunities in whatever field of study they choose. We started out by awarding one scholarship each year, but found we couldn’t stop at just one—today, five of these grants are available annually to teammates and members of their families. Over the past 11 years, we’ve awarded 37 scholarships for a total of $130,000!

Taylor Welch

Taylor Welch

Recipients are selected by an outside committee formed with The Columbus Foundation; committee members consider the character, academic standing, and financial need of each applicant when determining awards. This year’s winners join past recipients Alex Branscome, Mikayla Brill, Christian Hipsher, Jeremy Snyder, Natalie Stow, Adrian Gilliat, Abigail Orians, Regina Knoll, Morgan Schunn, Tyler Ikerd, Jillian Armstrong, Kayla Rode, Samantha Amend, Gabriel Ford, Jon Mussman, Alyssa Erbes, Brittany Stark, Devon Wilson, Rosa Nemec, Lindsey Harness, Kevin Janek, Janae Rutland, and Cliff Boyden.

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!