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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Lacey · Married on 06/08/2019
Seriously the BEST!
I would 1,000% recommend Exchange Events to any couple planning their wedding! Hannah was an absolute superstar and critical to the success of my wedding. It's rare you hear any bride say nothing went wrong, but seriously nothing went wrong. It was the most perfect evening and I even had guests saying the food was the best they've ever had at a wedding!Sent on 06/12/2019
maureen · Married on 04/27/2019
Exchange Catering went above and beyond to ensure our daughter's wedding at The Lodge at Mt. Ida Farm & Vineyard was perfect. Hannah and Jaclyn were a pleasure to work with and professional every step of the way. The only difficult decision we had was narrowing down the menu selection. Everything we tasted was delicious, I highly recommend the salmon . The presentation is excellent and the food is fresh and of the highest quality. The side dishes are unique and our guests all commented on how amazing everything tasted.Sent on 04/29/2019
A heartfelt thank you and shout out to Hannah Dubit who is much more than a wedding planner. Her attention to detail and knowledge of the wedding industry and process are priceless. She kept everything running like clock work and on schedule, all the while making it look effortless. (We know it's not!) It seemed every time anyone needed anything, before you could ask, she was right there with it. She is truly a brides best friend!
I highly recommend Exchange Catering for your next event and hire Hannah as your event planner- they will not disappoint!
Stephanie Calderwood · Married on 12/05/2018
Highly recommend!Sent on 04/26/2019
The BBQ Exchange fully exceeded our expectations both for our rehearsal dinner, and our wedding reception. Hannah and Jaclyn were amazing to work with throughout our process. They were quick to answer questions and fostered an open line of communication. Additionally, they were eager to adapt to changing requests and always offered helpful, sound advice.
Their communication with our venue leading up to, and on the day of our rehearsal dinner and wedding was unmatched, and a huge burden off our backs.
The food was delicious, the interaction pleasant and helpful, and the overall experience unbeatable. Consider them for your events!
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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!