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November 14, 2018

City Barbeque (www.citybbq.com) once again observed Veterans Day by treating veterans and troops to a meal. On Sunday, November 11, all 41 City Barbeque locations gave veterans and members of the military a sandwich, two sides, and a regular beverage, free of charge; this year, restaurants served a total of 12,340 free meals.

“As a former combat US Marine having served in Vietnam and a retired First Sergeant in the Ohio Army National Guard, I wish to send a big thank you to all the folks who put in so much energy and long hours to make this Veterans Day special for myself and my fellow veterans,” said one veteran. “City Barbeque is truly a special place and I commend all the employees for greeting the veterans with a smile and making us feel very special. I salute you all. Thank you for the very best in food and company on this great day.”

City Barbeque has honored veterans and troops for their service with free meal for Veterans Day for years. The 12,340 free meals served in 2018 meals beats the brand’s previous record of 10,062 meals served in 2017. City Barbeque also fundraises throughout the year for veterans’ causes, raising almost $40,000 to date for the Resurrecting Lives Foundation (who works to support the estimated 20–25% of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury) and making significant donations to Mission 22 (a campaign dedicated to awareness and treatment of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries that lead 22 veterans here at home to take their lives every day). To learn about the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, visit www.resurrectinglives.org; for more about Mission 22, visit www.mission22.com.

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 www.citybbq.com, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Media Contact, City Barbeque:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
egrunewald@citybbq.com

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!

Click here if you’re looking for holiday party catering.

Don’t run the risk of burning the turkey and having to order pizza (again). Let City Barbeque take care of you this holiday season! We promise we won’t tell anyone you didn’t make it yourself. 😉

*prices subject to change.

Click here for reheating and carving instructions.

Just like we do every year, we honored Veterans Day by treating veterans and troops to a meal: a sandwich, two sides, and a regular beverage, on the house. We’ve counted them up, and in 2018, City Barbeque restaurants served a total of 12,340 free meals to veterans and military men and women! Some of the folks who joined us on Sunday, November 11:

“As a former combat US Marine having served in Vietnam and a retired First Sergeant in the Ohio Army National Guard, I wish to send a big thank you to all the folks who put in so much energy and long hours to make this Veterans Day special for myself and my fellow veterans. City Barbeque is truly a special place and I commend all the employees for greeting the veterans with a smile and making us feel very special. I salute you all. Thank you for the very best in food and company on this great day.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my Veterans Day meal. I think it is extremely generous of you. I am a displaced Texan and love my smoked brisket—it is wonderful to have a source of good brisket so close by. I willingly did my part during the Cold War as an AF pilot, and am overwhelmed that you would do so much to thank all of us for our service.”

“I am a veteran and my wife brought me to this restaurant tonight because she heard you honored veterans and even offered free dinner. The entire staff was welcoming and thankful for my military service. Your food was perfect and I even received a local student’s hand-written note thanking me also… I loved it and will show my grandchildren. What a great restaurant—great food, great staff, and fun personalities. We will be back.”

“Wish to show appreciation for the remembrance of vets… a free meal, especially a good one, is much appreciated! Kudos to you!!!”

We are so thankful to those who serve, and love being able to show our appreciation with what we do best: barbeque. Thank you for your service, and thank you for spending your Veterans Day with us.

Once again, we’re observing Veterans Day by treating veterans and troops to a meal on the house. All day on Sunday, November 11, all veterans and military will receive a free sandwich, two sides, and a regular beverage at every City Barbeque location (this offer is applicable on either dine-in or carryout orders). Last year, we were honored to serve more than 10,000 veterans and military in our local communities, and we hope to serve even more this year!

“We’re honored every day by the courage, service, and sacrifice of our military men and women, and it’s so important to us here at City Barbeque to show our appreciation,” said Rick Malir, CEO and founder of City Barbeque. “We’re excited to share a meal and our thanks on November 11, and to just spend some quality time with those who serve.”

We’re proud to fundraise throughout the year for veterans’ causes. We’ve raised almost $40,000 to date for the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, an organization that works to support the estimated 20–25% of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury. We’ve also made significant donations to Mission 22, a campaign dedicated to awareness and treatment of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries that lead 22 veterans here at home to take their lives every day.

We invite you to help show your support! Share this message with the veterans and military folks you know and help us make the day extra special for those that serve our country.

October is the spookiest, most magical time of the year. Here at City Barbeque, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, hands-down. We’re celebrating in an extra-special way this year: with our 13 Days of Halloween Giveaway! During the 13 days leading up to Halloween, we’ll run a daily contest on each post on our brand’s Facebook page. Leave a comment on our daily Halloween post and you’ll automatically be entered into that day’s #TrickorMeat giveaway!

If you’re selected as the winner of one of our daily “Tricks” you’ll win a fun—possibly spooky!—gag gift from us (and, let’s be real, we’re gonna give you some free ‘que, too). If you’re lucky enough to win that day’s “Meat” prize, you’ll win the only thing better than a bucket of fun-size candy bars: a City Barbeque gift card!

Get it? Trick or Meat?!

So head to Facebook.com/CityBarbeque and keep your eyes peeled: our first #TrickorMeat post drops on Friday, October 19!

*Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via Facebook message.

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, October 21, when kid’s meals are free with every adult meal purchase of $7 or more! (*One free kid’s meal per adult purchase.) Plus we will have some fun activities for the kids to enjoy while you’re here!

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, pulled chicken, turkey, sausage, green beans, fries, corn pudding, and so much more!

So bring your kiddos in for some BBQ and quality time on October 21, 2018. Just mention to the cashier that you’re here for “Family Time” and you’re all set (no coupon necessary)!

BONUS: Share a cute pic of your little one(s) enjoying our ‘que on Family Time using #CityBBQ and you could win a $100 gift card for your family! Don’t do social? That’s OK! Email photos to rach@citybbq.com (winner will be notified on 10/26).