GETTING STARTED – CATERING

Planning a party or event can be stressful! Why not let Smokin’ George’s BBQ do the heavy lifting so you can relax and enjoy yourself.

We are here to help and the best place to start is with a phone call so we can talk about your plans and ideas.

We’ve got you covered with a variety of menu options to help spark the imagination and get ideas flowing. Click on the Full Catering Menu button to see all the menu items we offer. Or, click on the menu idea buttons to browse a variety of customizable sample menus with prices. And, if you don’t see your heart’s desire here, let us know – there’s a very good chance we can make it happen.

Why choose BBQ for your next event?

Traditional style BBQ lends itself really well to catered events of all types and sizes. It can be very casual or it can be glammed up. All of our protein items are smoked onsite in our restaurant, with some cuts cooking for up to 14 hours. This long, slow cooking technique creates tender morsels of meat with unparalleled flavor and texture. BBQ holds extremely well and can be reheated easily, without compromising quality. This means that we are typically not cooking at your venue, and depending on the complexity of your menu, we often don’t need a kitchen on site in order to cater an event. This allows us to keep things simple with the focus on delivering a high-quality menu with a variety of items that will delight your guests.

Delivery & Set-up Fee

For orders over $350.00 we offer a delivery and set up service. The cost for this service depends on the location of your venue and is typically $35 – $45 in and around Nanaimo. Many of our customers like to come in to the restaurant to pick up their order – you are welcome to do that too. You can pick it up hot or cold – our team will walk you through instructions to reheat your menu items.

On-site Staffing Services

Please call us to discuss pricing if you are planning a wedding or larger event where you would like to have staff on hand to set up, oversee and serve your buffet. We strongly recommend this service for groups of 50 or more guests. Pricing will depend on the number of guests, location, and duration of the event.

On site staffing includes buffet setup, including buffet tables, table linens & props; serving dishes, including chafing dishes & serving utensils; and serving & refilling buffet menu items. It also includes breaking down and taking away all buffet items when service is complete.

Please note that while we are happy to look after the food and set up & staff your buffet, we do not provide china & cutlery, offer bar tending / wait staff services, or set up tables, chairs and place settings for your guests. Triple T Party Rentals in Nanaimo and Black and White Event Rentals in Parksville are excellent resources for these types of services.

Confirming Your Date

A credit card number is required to confirm your date in our calendar. For larger events and weddings, a 50% deposit is required. Fluctuations in guest numbers and menu changes will be reflected in your final invoice 3 – 4 weeks before your event. We accept e-transfer, cash, visa & master card or debit. Please call lea 250-585-4372) to arrange for payment of catering services.

Taxes and Prices

Menu prices found on this website are for food only and do not include taxes. GST (5%) will be added to your quote. Please note that food costs can change without notice and are often beyond our control. Therefore menu prices are subject to change.

Gratuities

Many catering companies add a gratuity (tip) to the final bill. This can be as much as 15% – 18% on top of all other expenses. We do not charge a gratuity. We prefer to charge a flat fee for delivery, set up and staffing services that takes into account our costs for providing those services. If you would like to tip us, we will happily accept, the amount is up to you. If you are comparing quotes from a couple of different caterers be sure to ask if they charge a gratuity and how much it will be.

How the Process Typically Unfolds

A phone call or email is the easiest way to get things started. If sending an email, please include your date so we can check our availability. A venue address and estimated number of guests is also helpful. Next step is to schedule a time for a phone call to discuss your plans and answer questions. Please note that we do not provide quotes for events without having a chat on the phone first as there are so many variables and options that can affect pricing. This is a good thing as it allows us to customize a menu that works for you.

Before we chat, take some time to review our Full Catering Menu and Menu Ideas. Its also a good idea to have a budget in mind. Once we’ve discussed your event, we will put a quote together for you. If you do not have a budget, that’s OK, but it may take some back and forth before we find the right balance for your menu.

When you are happy with the menu and ready to move forward, we can confirm your date with a credit card number or deposit. Please call lea to provide details and arrange payment.

Cheers & thanks for thinking of Smokin’ George’s BBQ for your event.

Call Lea at 250-585-4372 or email lea@smokingeorgesbbq.com.