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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Mary Jane Snow · Getting 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.
Kate Bowers · Married on 02/09/2020
One of the best decisions we made
Hiring Jaclyn and the Exchange Events catering team was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process. The food at our wedding was to die for -- MANY people told us it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. It was totally unique but still elevated -- lobster rolls, ahi tuna tacos, broiled salmon, melt-in-your-mouth short ribs, and the creamiest mashed potatoes ever. Working with Jaclyn as our wedding coordinator set every stress or worry at ease. She was incredibly organized, responsive, and honest -- there were no questions we weren't comfortable asking. The second we met with her for our initial meeting I knew I did not need to stress about our wedding. She not only kept us up to speed with planning but made for a seamless day of -- everyone knew where they needed to be and when and no one felt stressed, overwhelmed, confused -- nothing. We were able to focus on enjoying the day and celebrating with our loved ones. Can't recommend Jaclyn + the team enough!Sent on 11/26/2019
Abigail · Married on 11/23/2019
I cannot thank them enough, their team was absolutely outstanding and made our day so incredibly perfect. I will absolutely be recommending them and am just still so impressed with their commitment and service! Including our rehearsal dinner! Absolutely amazing food, communication and set up/takedown service.Sent on 11/27/2019
I had a cold during our wedding and they consistently brought me hot tea all night (and a fresh margarita for my husband as well). It was so wonderful to work with them from the very beginning!
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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!