At the BBQ Exchange, we aren’t just a bbq joint that does some catering on the side. We are committed to providing a whole-package service for your special day, from helping you pick the linens to coordinating the reception. We don’t just serve food, we create an experience.
Let our experienced staff take care of the details, so you can enjoy your wedding weekend. Details are our passion!
We work with the best vendors in the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley to craft a reception full of great memories.
Chef Craig Hartman has a culinary background that draws on his experiences in the Outer Banks, the rarefied air of Colorado’s esteemed Cliff House, and Charlottesville’s own Keswick Hall and Clifton Inn. He’s settled down now and enjoys running his barbeque joint in Gordonsville, watching the sun rise through the smoke and enjoying the outside kitchen, a dramatic departure from toiling in the bowels of some of the finest hotels on the east coast for over 30 years. He imbues the food with hickory smoke and a passion for good food, and brings these unique fine dining skills to bear on the tastiest pork, brisket, chicken and of course, bacon. He’s been experimenting with bacon, sausage and even that esteemed Virginia product, Virginia cured ham. When he’s not playing with bacon, he’s home gardening or hanging with his grandkids and family. Come by the restaurant to see the value of having over three decades of fine dining experience contributing to your wedding or special event.
Jaclyn has worked her way into the wedding business from nearly every restaurant angle. Relocating to central Virginia from a position in New York running the cafe and events for the Roosevelt Estate, she moved into catering and events for Red Light Management. After cooking for a few musicians, she settled into a kitchen position at Barboursville Vineyards. Three years later she was back out of the kitchen and in charge of weddings and winery events. When the opportunity to help build a new business in Gordonsville arose, she leapt at the opportunity. Catering only 2-3 weddings per month, she is able to devote a high level of attention to each bride, ensuring a satisfactory experience. You’ll work with her to craft your menus, design reception layouts and coordinate rentals and vendors to bring together your vision for your wedding day. She’ll be onsite from beginning to end, to organize and set up the entire event, as well as breaking down and cleaning up so you can enjoy the entire event happy in the knowledge that everything is being done to your expectations! When not at the restaurant or playing wedding planner, she can be found at home, in her extensive gardens, or out on the motorcycle, enjoying the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
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Megan R. · Getting married on 05/10/2021
Drop what you're doing and book!
ATTENTION: Stop your research and look no further - Exchange Events & Catering is the way to go!! Guests from our wedding raved over the food - be sure to check out their offerings by downloading a menu from their website, because they provide SO much more than just BBQ (but also, the best BBQ in VA if you want to go that route)! And while you are at it, BOOK HANNAH! I would recommend her a million times over. Thank you Exchange Events & Catering and Hannah for everything!!Sent on 10/24/2020
Mary J. · Married on 11/01/2020
From the first phone call we made to Exchange Events until the final bite of food was consumed at the reception, everything about our experience was extraordinary. Hannah Dubit was AMAZING to work with!! Her combination of professionalism with a very personal touch gave me confidence throughout the planning process. Hannah's response time to every text, call or email was so impressive. She was calm, confident and patient with us while we made decisions. Her creative suggestion to serve our meal "family style" was perfect for our reception and our guests were so complimentary of it.Sent on 02/04/2020
Hannah guided us through our menu selection and we could not have been more pleased with the food. It was beautiful AND delicious. I was very impressed with the passed appetizers before the dinner. They tasted excellent and were served at the perfect temperature. The crab cakes tasted as if they had just come out of the oven. Our dinner was perfect - there's not one thing I would change about it. The late night snacks of chicken and waffles were a huge hit with our guests.
Hannah Dubit and Exchange Events helped make our wedding spectacular. I HIGHLY recommend them.
Laura A. · Married on 09/25/2020
BBQ completely outdid themselves
If you are contemplating using BBQ Exchange...stop and book them IMMEDIATELY. Everything about our experience with them completely outdid what a caterer is expected to do. Hannah will become your new BFF and saving grace. She is beyond detail oriented and will ensure that everything about your special day is perfect. From ensuring that we had our signature drinks right after the ceremony while taking pictures to making sure that we had everything we could possibly need throughout the night, Hannah was on it!Sent on 10/02/2020
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Catering Sales Manager
Hannah got her start in weddings catering through college. She moved to Charlottesville in 2011 to pursue a career in hospitality and soon after started working in wedding sales at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards.
Hannah joined the Exchange Events team in 2017. She loves working with clients to bring their vision to life. Event design is one of Hannah's passions and she can never be found far from her box of ribbons. Wedding day is one of her favorite days from checking in vendors and setting tables to father of the bride toasts and creative exits!
Hannah loves everything to do with food, wine, and weddings and on her days off can be found exploring local restaurants and wineries and soaking up as much sunshine as possible.
Director of Catering and Events
Jaclyn started her restaurant career working on a farm, learning how to can and preserve, as well as appreciate the hard work that goes into raising vegetables and chickens, sheep, cows and more. Once she was old enough to work in a kitchen, she started working for a catering company in southern Maine, cooking for beautiful seaside weddings up and down the coast. After culinary school in New York, she relocated to central Virginia. When the opportunity to help build a new business in Gordonsville arose, she leapt at the opportunity.
You’ll work with her to craft your menus, design reception layouts and coordinate rentals and vendors to bring together your vision for your wedding day. She’ll be on site from beginning to end, to organize and set up the entire event, as well as breaking down and cleaning up so you can enjoy the entire event happy in the knowledge that everything is being done to your expectations!
When not at work, she can be found at home, in the garden, or out on the motorcycle, enjoying the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Great food, great service, and a great team! We love working with BBQ Exchange!
Fabulous food, from top professionals, who just happen to be about the best folks on earth! I've worked with them over 20 years, and never known them to lose sight of what really counts--treating each person with love, care and respect- and a great sense of humor.
mmmmmmm... delicious BBQ perfectly prepared and served with a smile. Love their food and service. Great company to work with!