I just wanted to write you a quick thank you for the wonderful work you guy did this weekend for my wife and my baby shower. Just about everybody asked us where the food was from, and we were proud to tell them all about you guys. This is our second catering experience that my wife and I have had with Local Smoke, and would never hesitate to recommend you to anybody asking. For both experiences, from beginning to end, we have had nothing but positive things to say. Thank you so much, again, for contributing to our wonderful weekend!
Andrew B. | Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
We had Local Smoke in Cookstown cater a family BBQ. We got ribs, brisket, and pulled chicken ..... all of them were OUTSTANDING! We also got BBQ baked beans, green beans, and potato salad. Every one of of guests commented about how good all of the meats were and many said it was the BEST potato salad they had ever had. They delivered everything and set up so we didn't have to do a thing ..... just as we wanted. We will DEFINITELY use them again!
Scott R. | Cream Ridge, NJ
On behalf of myself and my two co-chairs, we wanted to thank you so much for doing a terrific job facilitating this catering job for our event. The food was outstanding and we got so many compliments from those who came to dine. Steve was great to work with, the food was delicious and we were happy with how it all turned out. Well done! Our turn out was not as large as we had anticipated but those who came were not disappointed. I really appreciate you working with us so diligently with us since this was a change in our traditional event. I am happy to say I think we have a new tradition…BBQ
Catherine H. | Ocean Grove, NJ
I hired Local Smoke BBQ to cater our daughter's wedding August 2016. We held the event outdoors at a historic farm site in Princeton, NJ for 150 guests. Loren and Steve were a pleasure to work with both during the planning and execution. While I did not get to enjoy the cocktail hour, since we were having pictures taken, I received rave reviews from the guests on the passed hors d'oeuvres (Jalapeno Poppers, Grilled Chicken Skewers and Grilled Shrimp). I made a point of getting a sample of each of the entrees (beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken and Portobello Mushrooms) and sides (Mixed Greens Salad, Mac n Cheese and Grilled Vegetables). Everything was delicious. They even took care of setting up some of the dessert items that I had made/brought in addition to what they provided. Their serving staff did an outstanding job replenishing the drink dispensers and cleaning up along the way. They achieved everything that I had hoped for and I would definitely recommend them to anyone planning a large event.
Donna F. | Princeton, NJ
I just wanted to take a second and thank you 1,000 times over and over. Our party went off without a hitch, and Local Smoke was a massive part of this! Everybody was blown away with the smoker, and everybody is still RAVING about the food!!!!!! The brisket was a hands down favorite, but we received compliments on everything! Your staff - Ali and the two Jarod's were phenomenal, friendly, accommodating, professional and just flat out AMAZING. Anything that we asked of them was never a problem. We must have asked them to move the car a dozen times and Ali did it with a smile on her face, every single time. I'm pretty sure Jarod had company most of the time by the smoker and answered a billion questions from our guests and did it with a smile on his face. I can tell you how many compliments Jen and I got about the food, and asked where it was from - we were so proud to tell them Local Smoke.
You guys, from beginning to end were fabulous, and we can't wait to recommend you guys again!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything. We love Local Smoke!!!!
Liz B. & Jen J. | Point Pleasant, NJ
This is our second time having Local Smoke cater and it is now a classic hit. I think all of our family and friends expect a Local Smoke BBQ EVERY summer from now on, as it is absolutely delicious. We not only enjoy every bit of food, but your service is top of the line. Please don't ever change any of that. We cannot say enough nice things about the food, your company, and your brand. Even though the party just ended, we can't help but plan the next one so we can call you again! :) Thank you guys so so much for everything.
Megan O. | Bernardsville, NJ
I’ve been meaning to write you, but the time has gotten away from me. I just wanted to send a note to thank you for the wonderful job you folks did on my dad’s party. Steve was awesome to deal with – and very accommodating. The food was great. We had a lot of people comment on it, and a few asked for your info. My mother-in-law has already decided that she wants to use your services for her retirement party. The guys who came to set-up the party were fantastic. They were there early, had everything set-up and waiting, and waited for us to open the buffet line (they even worked around our appetizers). During the party, they were clearing plates for our guests and helping in any way possible – they kept saying “Let me do that. You enjoy your party.” The one who stayed for the whole party even helped us serve cake and ice cream. Your guys were the epitome of good customer service (and kindness). I thank you. My mom thanks you and my father as well. It was an awesome job and it really helped put our party over the top! We will be calling you again.
Mary D. | Pemberton, NJ
Saturday's party was a HUGE success! Everyone is still talking about how delicious EVERYTHING was up until and including today! The macaroni and cheese was totally gone not 1 noodle left as well as the pulled pork, delicious! Your sauces are to die for & we are already craving more, haha. We had very little leftovers to take home, and as of today they are also gone. My boyfriend and I as well as another couple plan on taking a trip down to your location to enjoy again very soon. Loren was beyond helpful, friendly and prompt with everything from way back when I booked with Local Smoke. Matt was also amazing with his setting up of the party and making sure everything was perfect before he left. What an amazing team & business you have! Local Smoke was recommended to me & I have already recommended and passed on your info to people who were at and not at our party. I can not THANK YOU enough for everything! I can't wait to come down & enjoy the BEST BBQ I have ever had to date! Thank you again Steve!!
Jillian K. | Woodland Park, NJ
Mike and I haven't the words to express our gratitude to you and your staff. From my first phone conversation with Dean to the minute our last guest left, you and your people made our lives indubitably easier and our party an unreal success. We had such a good feeling-and such unspeakably good food-in your Neptune City restaurant, is it any wonder our guests raved about not only the buffet but Jared, too? We can't say enough about his meticulous professionalism and his disposition. I really hadn't a care in the world last night, and it was because of Jared.
I wish you could have heard our friends and family sing your praises … from elderly grandparents to toddler nieces ("Aunt Kim, this is a really good dinner!"). Imagine, thirty boys in their late teens taking time to ask us who catered the affair … We look very forward to our other son's graduation party two summers from now - thanks to you.
Kim K. | Toms River, NJ
We can not put into words how thankful we are to have had you guys cater our party! Somebody had asked me after Saturday if everything went how we had wanted it too....and it was beyond what we had expected!! You, Jared, and Brooke went above and beyond for us and I literally can not thank you guys enough. You truly made our party 100% worry-free.....It was so wonderful to not have to stress about anything and just enjoy ourselves. Everybody is still talking about how nice you all were and how helpful you guys were. You did a great job with every aspect of the party, between the setting up and making sure everything was nice and neat, to the clean up. I would 110% recommend you to anybody that would ever need a catering service and you guys will definitely be my first choice the next time I need a party catered. I will have to find a reason to have you guys back someday soon! Also, the food was AMAZING!!!!!!
There was not one person that had anything negative to say about any of the food that you guys brought. Even my mother, who is IMPOSSIBLE to please, LOVED everything. Our celebration definitely would not have been as wonderful as it was, if it wasn't for you!!
Melissa E. | Brick, NJ
I just wanted to write you a quick e-mail and say thank you again for all of the awesome-ness you provided at my brothers graduation party on Saturday. The food is still being raved about...and enjoyed via leftovers. I'm already trying to plan another party and find a reason to have you guys back.
Many many thanks for helping make that such a great and delicious time. You and Local Smoke BBQ really are top of the line.
Megan O. | Bernardsville, NJ
Everything was absolutely wonderful! Our guests could not stop raving about the food. I seriously have not had BBQ that good since I moved here from Kansas City. Your food was definitely the highlight of our party. All the little extras you threw in like plates, napkins, serving spoons and tongs was awesome. It made my life so much easier that day. :)
Michelle M. | Barneget, NJ
Words can't describe how pleased we were with our party yesterday . The food was amazing! We got so many compliments from our guests. We gave them your contact information for future parties. It was so great to meet you! Thanks so much for everything!!!!
Vicky and Bill F. | Kearny, NJ
I wanted to let you know that we were so impressed by the food and service provided by Local Smoke for my sister in law’s baby shower this past Saturday. Tracy helped out with everything and made everything run so much more smoothly. The barbecue was fantastic, and the mac and cheese was to die for. I’m glad that I had leftovers to take home!
Megan M. | Toms River, NJ
We wanted to thank you and the Local Smoke crew so much for helping with our wedding and making it such a wonderful day. The food was absolutely perfect and a huge hit. I know Mike always says how good you guys cook and to this day we still have guests asking us who did the bbq and telling us how great it all was. We wish Local Smoke all the best and are very thankful to have had you cater for us. Thanks again and hopefully we will see you guys soon.
Mike and Betsy B. | Lacey, NJ
I just wanted to thank you for all that you did to help make our party a success. The barbecue ribs and pulled chicken were amazing. It certainly was award winning! My guests were raving about all of the food. It seemed everyone found a favorite, the poppers, the coleslaw, the cornbread , the mac and cheese. As I circulated around at the party I was receiving so many compliments. I just wanted to pass on all the praise to you and your staff.
Speaking of your staff, Matt was fantastic. He was so professional and extremely helpful. I truly appreciated all his help. It gave me time to enjoy the party worry free. I also appreciated how responsive you were Steve to my questions in planning the party.
Thank you and I look forward to planning my next barbecue party with Local Smoke.
Joani and Mike S., | Belle Mead, NJ
Thanks again for your help in catering our daughter's party. As always, the food was amazing. She especially loved the brisket. In her words... "Deeeeelicious!"
Wendy B. | New Vernon, NJ
I just wanted to thank you for a fantastic BBQ last night! Everyone was in agreement that it was the best tailgate yet! Adam was a rock star! Even when the skies opened up he retained a cool demeanor and calm professionalism. Even took the time to nicely package all the remaining food so my husband and I can enjoy a Smokin' dinner tonight at home! We will certainly be contacting you again in the future!
Sally E., University of Michigan Lacrosse Team | Piscataway, NJ
I just wanted to say thank you so much for helping make my birthday celebration on Saturday AMAZING. The pig was a hit and was unbelievably delicious. The BBQ chicken was also fantastic. The poppers are my favorite and now many of my friends’ favorites too. And of all things, my mother raved about the fruit salad and its freshness. Eric was awesome to work with and you made everything super easy. Oh and the best part, the leftovers are just as delicious! Have already decided to go full BBQ for next year’s birthday celebration!
Lindsay C. | Summit, NJ
Just wanted you to know your food was a HUGE hit. Everybody and I mean everybody at the party was raving about it!!!! Everything was delicious, The cole slaw was amazing and the meats, sauces are excellent. I gave about 25 people the name and location of your place.
And the customer service was outstanding. Thank you so much for making our special celebration even better!!!
Amy R. | Columbus, NJ
We want to thank you and your crew for the exceptional food and service provided at our BBQ on Saturday in Wildwood Crest. We have pictures and I can send them to you so you can use them to illustrate the level of fun and excitement you provide.
Mary B. | Wildwood Crest, NJ
I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful food and service on Friday. Everything was absolutely amazing. It was perfect for our picnic on every level. Everyone cannot stop talking about how much they enjoyed it and how talented you all are. I think there were a few people who are planning to enlist your services in the future. Matt was a terrific server. He was efficient and professional and I would recommend him and Local Smoke to all my friends. Thanks again. We are big fans.
Consider yourselves our official company favorite caterer!
Annie S. | Pottersville, NJ
We can't thank you enough for doing an absolutely incredible job at our reception. You totally exceeded our expectations and our guests are still raving about the food. Some have said it's the best BBQ and best mac & cheese they ever had! To top it all, you guys are wonderful to work with and made everything super easy for us! We will see you around! I know Eric will need a jalapeno popper fix! Thanks again!
Marcella P. | Stone Harbor, NJ
Everything was great, and TJ got us set up brilliantly. Our guests loved the food and I just had the best leftovers ever. Better than Thanksgiving.
Flora F. | Gillette, NJ
Hey guys - Just wanted to give a shout and thank you for the AMAZING food on Saturday! Everyone kept saying how much they enjoyed everything. Those jalapeno poppers were SO good! We'll be calling you again soon I'm sure!
Jill S. | Chadwick Island, NJ
Your BBQ was a fantastic hit and everyone that was not here last night came over today and had to try it, and those that were here last night came back for seconds and even took some home!! It was delicious, and if I do say so myself - even better for me today then yesterday, bc I was too preoccupied to realize I was even eating last night!!
Debbie M. | New
Hey Steve and Loren - Your food was a BIG HIT! Everyone loved it! You did everything so nicely, and I was very proud to be associated with your service. We will be calling early next year to reserve you again.
Hugh M. | Avalon, NJ
Dear Loren and Steve - The entire dinner was so delicious, so well done and you were most gracious in every way. We appreciated your attentiveness to questions and help online and the phone, your service was exceptional. So nice to work with you through this long distance planning. I understand why you have won so many awards, all was excellent! Thank you so much.
Rebecca and Dale B. |
Dear Local Smokers - We can not thank you enough for the amazing job you guys did for our special day. The food was amazing, everyone enjoyed it so much. I wish I had more to eat that day. It was truly a memorable day thanks to all of your hard work and your service team. It would not have been an "Olde Fashioned Country BBQ Picnic" without you guys. We hope to see you out on the BBQ competition circuit blowing away the competition. Don't forget about us when you hit it big.
PS. Words cannot express our gratitude...all 3 of you and your supporting team made us feel incredibly special and gave us the full attention and love you give your BBQ...and that made it such a joy to work with you and made us so confident we could pull off such an amazing day like we dreamed. Your communication went a long way to lifting our stress at a time when there was tons! We are forever proud to know such a great team as the Local Smokers!
Jenn and Justin F. | Hightstown, NJ
I just wanted to thank you again for the awesome food that you had for us at the wedding. Seriously - my cousin's husband said, "Best food at a wedding, hands down." It was really great. So thank you again!
Kate W. | Bucks County, PA
Steve - What a great time we had at our party. The weather was fantastic, the drinks were cold and the food was AWESOME. Thank you for arriving early and setting everything up to our liking. I have received countless emails thanking us for a great time and commenting on the food and the service that was provided. The whole set up was perfect… Just that alone was a success but the presentation and the taste was way better than I expected. I sure hope that we have some more parties in the future and that you don’t forget us because your business has blown up some much. Thank you again.
Jason B. | Haddonfield, NJ
Just wanted you to know how much everyone enjoyed the food. Matt arrived exactly on time, set everything up for us and was extremely professional. The food was delicious - everyone raved. Good thing you left us business cards, because everyone wanted one! Thanks again for helping us create a successful party.
Bonnie G. | Surf City, NJ
Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that everything was great Saturday night. The food and service were both excellent. My guests were very impressed with the menu.
Loren, Matt and Eric were professional and a lot of fun. They represented Local Smoke well.
I hope to see you guys again soon.
Kurt B. | Chesterfield, NJ
Hey Steve, Loren and Eric - Just wanted to thank you guys again for the amazing food and service on Saturday night. Everything was beyond delicious, and I can't tell you how many people commented on how great it was. Now I'm trying to figure out an excuse for another party so we can have you back here again. It was such a pleasure working with you all!
Wendy B. | New Vernon, NJ
As someone who has in recent years become a huge fan of BBQ, and attended numerous competitions over that time, I can state unequivocally: The Fat Angel Competitive Barbecue Team cooks up the best smoked food I’ve ever had. The standouts for me are the brisket, ribs, as well as the “time consuming…Slow-Smoked Jalapeño Poppers! Those are a must have item. I travel all around the country, and have since tried many different types of BBQ at many locations, and many well established restaurants do not compare. The only fault I find with Fat Angel is they’ve raised the Bar-B-Cue-Bar so high, my expectations of what BBQ should be have risen as well. Unfortunately, few others seem to meet the challenge, which leaves me wanting more of their food.
-David Weintraub, freelance journalist, author, and radio talk personality.