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Class of 2019…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

 

We know what your Easter table needs: one of our artisan-cured, bone-in, hickory-smoked hams! Easter’s not until April 21, but you might want to call to reserve your ham today: quantities are extremely limited, and we sell out every year.

Each ham feeds 10 folks (with plenty of leftovers!) and costs $79. While you’re ordering that ham, don’t forget to round out the meal! Green beans with bacon, corn pudding, potato salad—we’ve got you covered.

All City Barbeque locations will be closed on Easter; hams will be available for pickup April 13–20.

Kids, grab your grown-ups: it’s the best day of the year! All City Barbeque joints will celebrate “Family Time” on Sunday, February 24—which means. kid’s meals are free with an adult meal purchase all day long! You don’t need a coupon or anything, either—just tell us you’re here for “Family Time” when you get here and you’re good to go!

And if you’re in the mood for some homemade Triple Chocolate Cake, we’re sweetening the deal for Family Time. City Barbeque will donate $1 of the sale of every slice of cake on February 24 to local children’s hospitals:

Akron and Cleveland joints: University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Cincinnati joints: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Columbus joints: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dayton joints: Dayton Children’s Hospital

Toledo/Findlay joints: ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital

Indianapolis joints: Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Chicago joints: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Lexington joints: Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Louisville joints: Norton’s Children’s Hospital

Charlotte joints: Levine Children’s Hospital

Raleigh joints: Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center

Atlanta joints: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Plus, every City Barbeque joint will have some family-friendly surprises going on… you’ll have to stop in and see!

So what’ll you get for your free kid’s meal? A lil’ brisket sandwich and some creamy, curly mac and cheese? A perfect chicken drumstick with green beans? Slow-smoked turkey and crunchy, chewy, healthy Superfood Slaw? Whatever you’re in the mood for, we’re excited to celebrate with you!

A little fine print: Adult meal purchases $7 or more are eligible for a free kid’s meal. One free kid’s meal per adult purchase.

Both returning fan favorites are smoked in-house in small batches over local hickory wood

January 31, 2019

City Barbeque is making room in its smokers for two more hickory-smoked favorites: Atlantic Smoked Salmon and the Big Bone beef rib.

Available at all locations on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, City Barbeque’s Atlantic salmon ($10.99) is smoked in-house, seasoned with dill, and served with lemon over a bed of fresh baby greens. “Smoked salmon is a fan favorite: every year, guests ask us to extend the amount of time we sell it,” says Brian Hipsher, VP of Marketing at City Barbeque. “This perfectly smoked salmon is served hot off the smoker and sells out quickly. We only make enough to sell through its peak freshness during both lunch and dinner each day, so be sure to get in early to catch yours.”

Also returning to all City Barbeque locations is the Big Bone: this massive beef rib will be available Saturdays only through the end of March. Beautifully marbled and packed with flavor, the Big Bone is hand-rubbed with City Barbeque’s signature rub, smoked low and slow, and served by the bone. The Big Bone can clock in at anywhere from 1–1.5 pounds and is available for $20 per pound. “The Big Bone is so popular that we have bumped up our smoker space to make a few more this year. It’s not easy balancing demand with availability, so we often sell out. This just guarantees that, when you get one, you’ll get the freshest, most delicious beef rib out there,” says Hipsher.

Learn more about Smoked Salmon and the Big Bone at citybbqdev.wpengine.com/blog, and order online at citybbqdev.wpengine.com (salmon available for online order; you’ll need to visit in person if you want to tackle the Big Bone).

 

About City Barbeque
At City Barbeque, folks wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque: every day, at every restaurant, teammates slow-smoke award-winning barbeque and craft homemade sides and desserts. City Barbeque also caters incredible events, providing personalized, friendly, and affordable service for events large or small, formal or laid-back. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves and prioritizes giving back to local charities and non-profits. City Barbeque teammates are dedicated to providing competition-quality barbeque and genuine backyard hospitality; to improving themselves and their processes a little every day; and to staying true to their purpose: to serve and create happiness. For more information, visit City Barbeque at citybbqdev.wpengine.com, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Media contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Regional Marketing Manager, City Barbeque
egrunewald@citybbq.com

 

Just like everyone else, we’re clearing out space on our smoker shelves and only keeping things that spark joy… so we actually shuffled stuff around to make room for two of our very favorite limited-time specials!

Available at all locations on Fridays only, our Atlantic salmon ($10.99) is smoked in-house, seasoned with dill, and served with lemon over a bed of fresh baby greens. This perfectly smoked salmon is served hot off the smoker and always sells out quickly—be sure to get in early to catch yours!

 Speaking of “sells out quickly,” let us introduce you to the Big Bone, a massive beef rib available Saturdays only through the end of March. Beautifully marbled and packed with flavor, the Big Bone is hand-rubbed with City Barbeque’s signature rub, smoked low and slow, and served by the bone (trust us, you only need one: just one of these bones can weigh a pound and a half!). The Big Bone sells out every day we smoke ‘em, and you’ve got nine chances to get one, so plan accordingly!

Growing barbeque company recognized by TDn2K for second consecutive year

January 31, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio—TDn2K has named City Barbeque as the winner of the 2019 Best Practices Award in the Fast-Casual segment. This honor, which recognizes exemplary performance, workplaces, and workforce operations in foodservice, is awarded based on retention of general managers and hourly employees, workforce diversity, and compensation practices, as well as initiatives and efforts in community involvement, corporate responsibility, employee foundations and sustainable business practices. Nominees were honored for excellence in their segment of the industry; other winners included J. Gilbert’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, NORMS Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, and The Wendy’s Company.

Chief People Officer Ronnie Berry accepted the award on behalf of City Barbeque on January 29 at the Global Best Practices Conference in Dallas, Texas. “This award is a tribute to our operators, who are out there serving and creating happiness every day,” says Berry. “We know we can’t create happiness if we aren’t happy ourselves, so we work to foster connections and strive for a family dynamic within our teams. And then we focus on aligning our goals: serving guests competition-quality barbeque and experiences with a sense of genuine backyard hospitality; getting a little better every day, and staying true to who we are. We are honored to receive this recognition, and humbled to be in the same category with such distinguished peers as Portillo’s, La Madeleine, and The Habit Burger.” City Barbeque was named a runner-up in the 2018 Best Practices Awards.

City Barbeque continues to earn accolades not just for its award-winning barbeque, but for its company practices as well: in November 2018, Columbus CEO named the company best employer (in any industry, not just restaurants) for the third year in a row.

 

About City Barbeque
At City Barbeque, folks wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque: every day, at every restaurant, teammates slow-smoke award-winning barbeque and craft homemade sides and desserts. City Barbeque also caters incredible events, providing personalized, friendly, and affordable service for events large or small, formal or laid-back. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves and prioritizes giving back to local charities and non-profits. City Barbeque teammates are dedicated to providing competition-quality barbeque and genuine backyard hospitality; to improving themselves and their processes a little every day; and to staying true to their purpose: to serve and create happiness. For more information, visit City Barbeque at citybbqdev.wpengine.com, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

About GBPC
The Global Best Practices Conference is produced by TDn2K™. Held in Dallas, Texas, this event is a gathering of hundreds of restaurant industry c-suite leadership brought together to tackle some of the most challenging obstacles facing the restaurant industry. The event is also the home of the Best Practice Awards, Diamond Catalyst Award, Heart of the Workplace Award and the Workplace Legacy Award presentations. Dates for the 2020 Global Best Practices Conference are January 28th – 30th, at the Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel. More at http://www.tdn2k.com/events/gbpc.

About TDn2K
TDn2K™ (Transforming Data into Knowledge) is the parent company of People Report™, Black Box Intelligence™ and White Box Social Intelligence™. People Report provides service-sector human capital and workforce analytics for its members monthly. Black Box Intelligence provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. White Box Social Intelligence delivers consumer insights and reveals online brand health. TDn2K membership represents 43,000 restaurant units, nearly 2.6 million employees and $72 billion in sales. They are also the producers of leading restaurant industry events including the Global Best Practices Conference held annually each January in Dallas, Texas.

City Barbeque media contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
egrunewald@citybbq.com