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Help: Hiring BBQ Cook

TorontoGirl99 Aug 12, 2012 04:34 PM

We're getting married next year and we wanted to do a low key BBQ at our wedding. We're exploring different options- preparing the food ourselves, hiring somebody to come in and just do the barbecuing, or having somebody come to do it all.

I would ideally like to provide the food and just have somebody come in and do the grilling, but I can't seem to find anybody who can do that!

Does anybody have any suggestions? The wedding will be approximately 100 people, and we're trying to save money wherever possible.


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  1. petek RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 12, 2012 05:10 PM

    <I would ideally like to provide the food and just have somebody come in and do the grilling, but I can't seem to find anybody who can do that!>

    I'm not surprised.BBQ'in for 100 ppl is no simple task.You'll probably need more than 1 chef to do it,even if you do supply all the food...

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      TorontoGirl99 RE: petek Aug 12, 2012 05:12 PM

      I'd defintely be open to hiring more than one person. I'm just having a hard time finding anybody who offers this service- with one or several people to help.

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        TorontoGirl99 RE: petek Aug 12, 2012 05:26 PM

        I've researched a few catering companies, but they are all fairly expensive. We're trying to keep our expenses down, which is why we were thinking of either doing it ourselves or hiring help to prepare the food. Thanks for the suggestion, I will certainly investigate. And if they can't do it, maybe they can point us in the right direction.

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          petek RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 12, 2012 05:32 PM

          Just keep in mind that hired help will run you anywhere from $18.00 to $30.00 + an hour with a 4 hr min.
          Best of luck and congrats :)

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            TorontoGirl99 RE: petek Aug 12, 2012 05:36 PM

            Thanks so much! :)

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      Ferdzy RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 12, 2012 06:14 PM

      Have you tried googling "Pig Roast Ontario" or "Pig Roast Toronto"? You should get quite a list of people who so some variation on BBQ catering.

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        TorontoGirl99 RE: Ferdzy Aug 12, 2012 06:19 PM

        I haven't yet, but I will certainly have a look. Thanks!

      2. TorontoJo RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 12, 2012 07:04 PM

        Call The Friendly Butcher on Yonge and talk to Ken.

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          TorontoGirl99 RE: TorontoJo Aug 12, 2012 07:11 PM

          Thanks! I sent them an email tonight, because I'd heard good things about them. But I'll give Ken a call too.

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          SocksManly RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 12, 2012 07:26 PM

          Do you have an e-mail address or something TG99? I'll ask on the largest BBQ forum on earth for you, and send you the link to the thread. You could ask yourself, but you'd have to wait 2-3 days for your account to be approved, and I'm not sure what the policies are at CH about posting other forums.

          Very likely someone will offer their services there, or send you in the right direction.

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            iamafoodie RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 13, 2012 04:39 AM

            I've attended two BBQ events done by Ted Reader and both were first class. Ted is an entertaining chef, so maybe not low key enough for you.

            For 100 you are going to require more equipment than the typical backyard grill so look for someone with the production and service equipment. There's many around the city that do this regularly. Have you checked with Buster Rhino?

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              TorontoGirl99 RE: iamafoodie Aug 13, 2012 07:42 AM

              Our wedding venue will actually supply us with 4 BBQs and they're a decent size, so we should be set there. I'll check out both Buster Rhino and Ted Reader. Thanks!

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              The Chowhound Team RE: SocksManly Aug 13, 2012 06:38 AM

              Provided it isn't your site, you're welcome to post a link here.

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              julesrules RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 13, 2012 05:31 AM

              For low-cost assistance at her self-catered wedding (plating, serving etc) my friend advertised on Craig's List for culinary students/new grads. It worked out ok. The biggest downside of this that I saw was that she was still in charge of them at her own wedding. You could ask a friend to be their go-to person.
              With BBQ/grilling,, I'd also be concerned about food poisoning/cross-contimation. If you don't hire actual caterers I would definitely quiz them about their food safety plans.

              1. Googs RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 13, 2012 07:39 AM

                Wow, I don't mention them for months now I mention them twice in two days. Big Bone BBQ offers catering for as low as $10/head. These boys really know their stuff. Not as fancy as Ted Reader, but boy oh boy, is their food ever great.

                I've also had good and reasonably priced bbq catering from Feast Your Eyes. I'll add that the staff they have are professional and nice.

                Not necessarily known for bbq, but good at it nonetheless are Fusilli and Nobel Culinary.

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                  TorontoGirl99 RE: Googs Aug 13, 2012 07:45 AM

                  Thanks so much! I will check all those out.

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                  tochowchick RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 13, 2012 01:20 PM

                  Saw a billboard for these folks on the way home from the cottage last week...might be worth exploring...


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                    LexiFirefly RE: TorontoGirl99 Aug 15, 2012 01:17 PM

                    Most catering companies won't do it if you are supplying the food. Toronto has WAY too many regs regarding tracking of product in case of food bourne illness, no one will put there name on that. There are some really great recs on here though for catering companies that are really great. If you want people to cook things you've prepared the GB idea is great and deffinately get someone else to be the point person!

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