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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Jamie Herring · Married on 08/17/2019
The BEST Planner & Caterer
Where do we even begin?? We had originally selected Exchange Catering for many reasons: the reviews were amazing, the presentation in pictures was SO cute, and they had a PICKLE BAR. All of this would have been sufficient for a 5 star review, but it got so, so much better. When I began to discuss our wedding plans with Hannah (my contact at BBQ Exchange), and I mentioned I needed a planner, it was then we learned that BBQ Exchange had event planning services. Hannah was kind and helpful on the phone but it was after speaking with other planners that I knew, Hannah was my girl. Hannah was SO involved from the very first day in terms of event coordination and menu selection. She consistently responded to our emails within an hour, sometimes within minutes. She was always kind, reassuring, helpful and really had an amazing eye for things. She kept our budget in mind and was so conscious of that throughout the entire planning experience. My parents, MOH, myself and my fiance, never felt like a bother to Hannah. When the wedding came, Hannah made sure everything was extremely calm, on schedule and it was truly smooth sailing. The wedding was amazing and the food was delicious. We heard several times that it was the best wedding food our guests had ever had. We never wondered whether our guests were having fun, or knew what to do. From making sure every vendor was on the same page to bringing us drinks and food throughout the night, Hannah took care of EVERYTHING. She was truly one of the most important parts of our wedding. I cannot recommend Hannah and the BBQ Exchange staff enough! We are practically still gushing from the wedding and we know it has a lot to do with Hannah and her teamSent on 08/20/2019
Christina Brooks · Married on 06/23/2019
Hannah and her team did an amazing job! Everything was perfect! This is truly one of the first times I have been to a wedding that I have heard people talk about how much they enjoyed the food!! It was so delicious!! We did a BBQ spread! ! The staff and servers did a perfect job! There was not a detail that was missed, even down to the fruit and flowers inside the Sangria!! Thank you to your amazing team!!!Sent on 07/15/2019
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
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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!