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Looking for reviews of BBQ Caterers

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  • d.lee Sep 28, 2010 03:49 PM
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I'm getting married in August 2011 at a venue that has no in-house catering. My fiance and I are not particularly formal people - the whole reason we chose this space was to avoid the generic 'hotel ballroom' feel - and would like to do an elegant BBQ for dinner. I'm looking for something closer to grilled salmon and medditeranean veggetable salad than to burgers and coleslaw. My problem is that I'm having a hard time finding reviews of caterers that specialize in BBQs.

Does anyone have any experience with a place like Smokin Bones Catering, Simply BBQ, or BBQ Gourmet that they would like to share? These places specialize in BBQ and say they "also" do weddings, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable booking a place like this for a wedding without hearing about others' experiences.

Or would it be better to find a caterer that specializes in weddings and "also" does BBQ? I've heard good things about Noble Culinary Creations. Any other suggestions for general caterers that might also do a BBQ?

I'm looking to spend a max. of $80/person inclusive of food, staffing, rentals (linens, china, etc.) and soft bar - this price does not have to include alcohol.

Thank you!

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Noble Culinary
127 Manville Rd, Toronto, ON M1L, CA

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  1. d, the only recent experience i've had with a BBQ caterer was as a guest at a large event where Ted Reader presided and i would give him high ratings on all quality factors. He's personable, - even entertaining, has superior qualifications and uses a state-of-the-art rig. i don't think elegance would be particularly challenging for him.

    You can check his videos and sample catering menus at www.tedreader.ca

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    1. re: iamafoodie

      I've never eaten Reader's food, but I've used his recipes at home. They are an over-the-top, indulgent, whole-body experience. I mean good. Really, really good.

      1. re: Googs

        Thanks for the info! There's not much detail about catering on his website, but I will definitely send them an email to get a quote.

        1. re: Googs

          The Butter Burger in his latest book is LEGENDARY

      2. u can always contact camp31 in paris.. they will come to toronto.
        and may accomodate off the menu items .... i'm not sure how they are with stuff like linens and china tho.. that may have to be sourced.
        a hot smoked salmon would be amazing

        1. Mischa at Blue Sage in Mississauga just catered a wedding with BBQ this weekend. He told us all about it when we were in for lunch yesterday. He actually does a lot of catering business, so I suggest you give him a call.

          1. I've heard BBQ Gourmet is quite good...I think I saw them on the wedding show Rich Bride Poor Bride

            1. I am not sure if my posting is of any help, but there was a BBQ caterer at Carassauga last May. Uncle BLANK forgot the rest of the name, he is based in Vaughan/Woodbridge..his BBQ is the real deal..brisket, pulled pork, just like how it would be made back yard competition style, not restaurant style..I tried it and knew it was not done on a gas cooker like commercial style..he told me to go out back and see his rig....he uses a Jack's Old South charcoal/wood Smoker on wheels...far superior to the gas guzzlers...Google to try to find him, you won't be sorry...I am sorry I cannot provide more...