Everyone loves food, especially at weddings – and everyone in the Carolinas loves barbecue, so it’s no wonder that barbecue caterers are wildly popular in the Raleigh area. The caterer is one of the most important vendor decisions to make for a wedding or event, and those looking to treat their guests to local Carolina fare will be more than satisfied when choosing Two State BBQ in Raleigh, NC.
Two State BBQ is owned and operated by husband and wife duo Lionel and Sara Bateman, and started off as a barbecue competition team in 2009. With a passion for cooking and serving others and a satisfaction at seeing people come back for seconds, the couple quickly turned their team into a catering business. They started out cooking for church functions and events hosted by friends and church members, and word spread about their delicious cooking and great hospitality.
Lionel and Sarah focus on the quality of their food and are sure to use only the freshest ingredients available. Lionel says, “We want our food to be remembered for all the right reasons. Great quality, freshness, and full of flavor.” The name of the company, Two State BBQ, gives a hint to their cooking style – Sara was raised in Mississippi and learned to cook there, while Lionel was raised in and influenced by the tastes and cultures of Eastern North Carolina. Those regions are blended together into what they do, taking the best of both to give their clients a meal to remember.
A stand out part of working with Two State BBQ is the way they customize the meal for each of their clients. With no set menu, they’re happy to make the event menu fit the needs, wants, tastes and budgets of each client. The couple loves a culinary challenge, and while BBQ is their bread and butter, they’ve been known to cook a variety of Southern foods and have even gone in different directions altogether, as they did for a couple who requested German fare.
The team caters a variety of events, from business luncheons and birthday parties to weddings, and they say that catering a wedding is their favorite. “There is something special about a wedding that cannot be explained. Being able to be part of a couple’s special day and serving high quality to them and their guests is an honor to us,” Lionel shares. Working a wedding with Lionel and Sara is a seamless event, and I was thrilled to have them cater my own wedding.
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