Our hope is to provide the assistance and direction to help you see the wedding of your dreams. Our approach is simple – your wedding day will reflect the best parts of you both, as you begin this new chapter of life together. We have over 15 years of experience in designing events from rustic barn parties to fine dining soirees. During the contracting phase, we’ll discuss menu options that will fit your overall theme. However, don’t despair if you don’t have that vision yet! Our team of expert event managers can sit down with you and help you develop the vision from the overwhelming world of Pinterest. Providing assistance with rentals from our partner MS Events and recommendations on the best vendors for your budget and style of event, our events staff is capable of making your day the best first day of your life together!
We have a lovely, full menu available at the restaurant, the Barbeque Exchange, in Gordonsville. We welcome prospective clients to drop in any time to enjoy items from our regular menu. If you’d prefer to schedule a tasting for some of our finer dining options, we’d be happy to accommodate – reach out to discuss availability and choices. You can view our full menu at the link to the right. If you have a particular theme, or menu in mind, let us know! With backgrounds in Italian, French and Asian cuisines, our chefs can accommodate nearly any menu ideas.
Charlottesville is such a wonderful town to host a wedding – the vendors here are friends, and we all look forward to seeing each other every weekend. I’ve never been in a wedding community that embraces this philosophy more – “Collaboration over Competition,” and I’m so grateful for that every day! Our staff also embodies this, making sure to feed your wedding vendors, keep them hydrated on hot days, and generally be friendly and accommodating to make sure you have the happiest vendors on your wedding day.
Best Local Wedding Caterer
"We had a very positive experience using Barbeque Exchange as our caterer. Our theme of the wedding was Rustic Glamorous, and what is more rustic than BBQ? I think my favorite part about working with this vendor is that they came in and set everything up for dinner during the cocktail hour, so after my husband and I made our grand entrance, we got to enjoy hot, scrumptious BBQ (getting married is hard work, I was starving!). We had tons of compliments about the food from our guests too. "
"Hands down one of the best decisions of our wedding planning was to choose Exchange for our catering. The staff are amazing and the food is to die for. Our guests still tell us how they went back for 2nds and 3rds haha. Their service is top-notch when you're planning (Jaclyn is amazing!), trying and serving you on the day of the wedding. I had no problems at all on the day off and everything tasted and looked amazing! Would highly recommend them!!! "
"Picking a caterer was one of our most important wedding decisions, not only because we love food, but because my husband is a Chef. When we began wedding planning we knew exactly who we wanted for our special day and that was Barbecue Exchange Events & Catering! We were familiar with their impeccable reputation and could not send Exchange Events an email fast enough after we got engaged. Within 24 hours Jaclyn had responded. Saying she is organized is an understatement. She sent us menus, packages, pricing, and asked us what the vision for our menu was. We loved that her enthusiasm to create our menu matched ours. Her knowledge, expertise, and level of excitement made the initial steps fun, and not stressful. Jaclyn worked with both of our schedules to set up our tasting. To see everything we discussed actually come to life was a dream. With each canapé, side, and course, Jaclyn would describe how the food would be presented day of, how the guests would receive it, and explained the logistics behind cocktail hour and dinner service. This day was one of our favorite engagement memories as we got to enjoy our wedding food, and feel excited about what our guests would receive! We left this meeting feeling over the moon about our menu and the level of service that comes with Barbecue Exchange Events & Catering. Jaclyn not only worked well with us, but with ALL of our other vendors. She and our wedding planner Cody (Amore Events by Cody) complimented one another extremely well when discussing room design and the wedding timeline. Jaclyn also has a wonderful relationship with MS Events who we used for our rentals for our wedding venue, Castle Hill Cider. In Jaclyn’s studio you will see a variety of rental options ranging from dinner chairs, linens, flatware etc. Should you use MS Events, this will be a HUGE help. We were able to visualize not only our wedding meal, but what the entire table might look like. On our wedding day Jaclyn and her INCREDIBLE team not only followed through with everything we had discussed, but went above and beyond to make each moment enjoyable for our guests. Immediately after our ceremony, guests were greeted with beverages and canapés. Jaclyn’s staff were friendly, professional, and present through out cocktail hour. For dinner service we decided to do a station styled dinner, which can sometimes be confusing for guests. Jaclyn and her team left no room for confusion as they assisted guests to stations, and directed the flow of traffic. The presentation of food stations, truly matched how delicious the food was. Jaclyn had beautiful signage at each station to make it easy for wedding guests to pick their meal and sides. Sometimes it’s difficult for the bride and groom to grab a bite at their own wedding while talking to guests. Jaclyn made sure that did not happen to us, and had two plates prepared and brought to our table. Eating Barbecue Exchange fried chicken on my wedding day is a memory I will always CHERISH (once you have theirs you will know why). Through out the night our guests kept complimenting the food, drinks, and noted that Jaclyn’s staff were helpful and professional. As if the night couldn’t get better, Jaclyn packed us a to go box of wedding food so we could enjoy sides and courses we weren’t able to during dinner after the wedding. Barbecue Exchange Events & Catering made our wedding night so memorable. With Jaclyn and her team you will receive the highest level of service and cuisine. We love the Barbeque Exchange and recommend it to all couples for their wedding!"
"Do not be fooled by the name of this place. I do not like barbeque and did not have a single drop of barbeque sauce at the wedding. The food was delicious and our guests raved about their meals. Jaclyn was prepared for everything and had some vegetarian brunswick stew ready for our vegetarian guests. She also acted as a wedding coordinator. You can tell that she loves her job and takes pride in her work."
"BBQX was perfect for our wedding. They were early, brought everything we needed, the food was completely delicious as we hoped, and they even took the time to slice and serve our wedding pies. You can't go wrong with BBQ Exchange. "
"He had our rehearsal dinner in a barn in the country. If you're looking for some BBQ that is catered, the Barbecue Exchange is your place. Great food AND service! They were prompt in all exchanges and the quality is there."
"Honestly, where can I start? BBQ Exchange headed by the amazing Jaclyn could not have been better. The caterer is the most important part of making the day smooth and organized and Jaclyn was a dream. Despite dealing with the most unorganized, not opinionated and distracted bride, Jaclyn was organized, warm, attentive, knowledgeable (the list goes on and on). Jaclyn and the BBQ Exchange team absolutely made out wedding. The food was out of this world and they have the most wide variety of options for food etc. People still comment on how delicious our food was. Jaclyn and the team could not have been more incredible and I could not recommend them more highly!"
"As our wedding reception was in a rustic barn, we knew for sure that Barbecue Exchange was the perfect caterer for our wedding. The food is absolutely delicious and Jacqueline was so helpful that it was like having and extra wedding coordinator. She helped us with our rentals as well and made all of those arrangements for us. All of our guests were loving the food just as much as we did!"
"The food was delicious, and the service was great. The staff was friendly and helpful. Jaclyn is super knowledgeable about weddings and she was very helpful during the planning process. The lines at the bar often got long, though, and I wish we could have had two instead of one. "
"Fabulous food, amazing staff, event coordinator Jaclyn Conlogue is phenomenal...can't say enough about how glad we are that we chose BBQ Exchange to cater our wedding. People couldn't stop talking about the food and many people went back for seconds (maybe thirds). We had grilled chicken, pulled pork, mashed potatoes, and some veggie sides. Everything was amazing and we made a point to sit down and eat our fair share! Jaclyn helped us with everything from table rentals and setup, to making sure all the decorations were in place, and setting up the dessert table. She also helped with some of our decorative pieces including the place settings written on a mirror-window. Basically, you can't go wrong with having them at your wedding! Super easy to work with and responsive, even though they are planning multiple weddings at the same time! Love this team! And we always make it a point to stop by for food when we drive through Charlottesville."
"I will be a BBQ Exchange fan for LIFE after working with them on our wedding! The food.... oh, the food. It's so delicious there are no words. Jaclyn is the consummate professional and was a lifesaver on the day of our wedding. I would recommend BBQ Exchange to anyone and everyone without hesitation."
"Food, drink, and service was above and beyond. Mac and cheese balls, siders, shrimp and grits hushpuppies were some of the favorite apps. Not to mention the delicious pork and brisket BBQ. The setup was tasteful and Jacquelyn couldn't have been easier to work with. Still one of our favorites."
"BBQ Exchange and Jaclyn are absolutely amazing!! We used Jaclyn's wedding coordinating services and she far exceeded our every expectation. She made the entire wedding planning process as painless and stress-free as possible. She truly goes above and beyond and made sure our wedding day was how we envisioned. The food speaks for itself and is positively delicious. We did the traditional southern style buffet and our guests are still raving about it! You simply cannot go wrong with BBQ Exchange and wedding coordinating by Jaclyn. "
"Jaclyn was fantastic and the food and service was perfect. BBQ Exchange really made our day. They listened to all of our needs and wants and made everything happen. Our guests are still talking about the food and the wonderful service."
"Working with Barbeque Exchange was probably the best investment we made throughout the entire wedding planning process. Jaclyn was an incredible planner and helped us every step of the way. She made everything so easy on the day-of as well. I never was once stressed about the schedule or flow, because she had it under control. A true gift from God. The food is also incredible. We were able to customize our menu with what we wanted, and our guests still rave about it a year later. It was one of the highlights of the entire day! "
"We recently got married at Early Mountain Vineyard in Charlottesville, VA and worked with Jaclyn Conlogue as our day-of coordinator and BBQ Exchange as our caterer. We had visited BBQ Exchange on numerous occasions before we got engaged and had their absolutely delicious food, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn they also offered catering services as well. However, I was even more surprised after meeting with Jaclyn and discussing potential catering options to learn the wide variety of options BBQ Exchange can provide - it is not only delicious BBQ, but so so much more! For our wedding, we decided to serve BBQ style-fare during our cocktail hour - the hush-puppies are to die for! - but then switched it up for dinner. We wanted a seated dinner, but wanted something a little different than your traditional split plate meal, so Jaclyn suggested we do a combination of family-style side dishes and “butlered-meats” so that our guests could choose at the table if they wanted delicious skirt steak or chicken as they were served by a member of Jaclyn’s staff. This was the PERFECT option for us and something a little different than your traditional wedding-style catering and our guests loved it! Not only did our guests compliment us on the quality of the food as some of the best they have ever had at a wedding, but the style of service was also a huge hit . Aside from the delicious food provided by BBQ Exchange, I also have to comment on the stellar service provided by Jaclyn and her staff. We hired Jaclyn as our day-of coordinator which was one of the BEST decisions we made during the wedding planning process. From our first meeting, Jaclyn had great ideas and fabulous style, while still remaining very budget-conscious. Jaclyn provided great suggestions on additional vendors, all of which we hired and all of which did an amazing job. Jaclyn has tons of experience planning weddings, along with tons of other events, and knows pretty much everyone in the Charlottesville area, which was immensely helpful and I relied on her throughout the planning process - she was the glue that held everything together! I ended up buying a lot of our decor items and Jaclyn was gracious enough to help us store everything in advance (as we live about 2 hours outside of Charlottesville), took fabulous care of everything when setting up for the wedding, and repacked it all for me us to pick up after our honeymoon. On the day of our wedding, Jaclyn was incredible - she took care of everything - from managing the different vendors arrival and set-up, ushering our guests to where they needed to be, to feeding everyone delicious food. The day was executed perfectly from start to finish and I owe that to Jaclyn. To top it off, Jaclyn’s staff was wonderful, very attentive and took great care of all of our guests. Jaclyn managed to make my vision for our wedding a reality and I couldn’t have asked for anything more - she is simply the best! "