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Wandering Que

Traveling Texas Kosher BBQ
Our prized BBQ Trailer is a Texas Style Wood Burning BBQ Rig operated by
Texan Born Pitboss Ari White and the talented team at Gemstone Catering
 proudly serving NYC & the Tri-State Area

Under the Rabbinical Supervision of the STAR-K, a globally recognized Kashrut organization under the auspices of the Vaad Ha'Rabonim of Baltimore.   

 After the overwhelming success of our 2012 Texas Smokehouse BBQ Pop-Ups
 The decision to take this here BBQ on the Road was an easy one.  

Look for us WEEKLY, every Sunday at a NYC street fair or Pop-UP near you
where we will continue to serve our award winning slow smoked Texas BBQ.

Available for corporate catering, Shul, school & non-profit fundraisers.
Full service catering available for 25-2500 guests.

2015 Pop-Up and
Street Fair location Updates

January 4th - BROOKLYN BBQ!!!!
Kingsway Jewish Center
2810 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234
Sunday 12-9pm OR UNTIL WE RUN OUT!!!

January 11th - 5Towns BBQ
Young Israel of Hewlett
1 Piermont Avenue, Hewlett, NY 11557
Sunday 12-9pm OR UNTIL WE RUN OUT!!!
With a WINTER BBQ MENU, indoor service and seating + Takeout! 300lbs of Packaged Lamb Belly Bacon for the Takin!!!

January 18th TBA

January 25th TBA

February 1st - SUPERBOWL XLIX
Texas Smokehouse BBQ Pop-Up
With the Game on the Big Screen!!!
Location - BROOKLYN --TBA

  February 9th
Royal Wine Kosher Food & Wine Experience

March 8th - Teaneck


Contact us with any of your requests, questions or location recommendations

Email: bbq@gotcholent.com
Phone:  917.584.2310

2013 Pop-Up and
Street Fair location

April 7th
Union Square Street Fair - Broadway btwn 21st & 22nd Street

April 14th
Myrtle Avenue Street Festival  -  Queens  -  Myrtle Avenue & Cypress

April 16th
 Yom Ha'Atzmaut - SAR Academy - Riverdale - Open to the SAR Family ONLY

April 21st
China Town Festival - Lafayette - Between Canal and Leonard Streets

April 24th
BBQ 101 Course with the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts - Yonkers NY

April 28th - Lag B'Omer 
22nd Annual West Side Spring Festival Broadway,
Broadway Between 96-106 Sts.
May 5th
Privately Booked Affair

May 12th
Upper Broadway Street Festival - Broadway Between 60th and 65th

June 2nd
20th Annual Spring Crafts Festival Broadway, Between 65th and 72nd Streets

June 4th
Philadelphia PA - Location & Times TBA - Full Texas Smokehouse Pop-Up Menu

June 9th
Competing in the Long Island BBQ Competition

June 16th
Seventh Heaven Festival - 7th Ave - Flatbush to 18th Street  

June 30th
Lexington Avenue Festival - Lexington Ave - 42nd-53rd Streets - UES - NYC

July 7th
Catskill Camp Visiting Day - 287 East Broadway - Monticello - NY
 Exit 106 off Rt. 17

July 18th
  Summer Soiree with the Chabad of Riverdale

July 21th
Broadway Movie Day Festival - Broadway between 47-57th Streets - NYC

July 28th
Columbus Ave Festival - Columbus between 66 & 72nd Streets

July 31st
Food Truck Mash-Up - Overpeck Park - NJ - 4-10pm

August 11th
Congregation Beth Sholom - 390 Broadway - Lawrence - 5Towns - NY
12-9pm   RAIN OR SHINE

August 14th
Priority-1 Fundraiser
Reservations required - SPACE IS LIMITED

August 18th
Madison Avenue Street Festival - Madison Ave between 42nd-54th Streets - NYC

August 25th
Amsterdam Ave Festival - Amsterdam between 79th - 86th Streets
85th & Amsterdam

September 15th
92nd Street Y Street Festival - Lexington between 79th - 96th Streets
89th & Lexington

September 22-23
Lincoln Park Jewish Center - 311 Central Park Ave - Yonkers NY
Open from 12-9pm - Rain or Shine - Sukkah Seating Provided b'Simcha

Full Smokehouse MENU
September 29th
Forrest Hills Street Festival  -  106-06 Queens Blvd Queens, NY 11375
Austin Street between 69th-72nd Rds

October 6th
 25th Annual Upper Broadway Harvest Festival
2569 Broadway & 97th Street
Broadway, 96-106th St

October 20th
22nd Annual Broadway Fall Festival Broadway, 86-96th Sts

November 10th
 In support of the IDF and Yashar L'Chayal
Young Israel of Scarsdale
1313 Weaver Street - Scarsdale NY

December 22-23
Congregation Chevra Ahavas Yisroel
306 Albany Ave - Brooklyn NY 11213
Sunday 12-9pm
Monday 4-9pm
  Indoor Service and Seating with a full SMOKEHOUSE MENU

2014 Pop-Up and
Street Fair location

January 12
Mt Sinai Jewish Center
135 Bennett Ave, New York, NY 10040
Sunday 12-9pm
  Indoor Service and Seating with a full SMOKEHOUSE MENU

January 26-27
The Bayit - Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy - Bronx NY 10463
Sunday 12-9pm
Monday 4-9pm

Indoor Seating and Service

  February 12
Brisket King of NYC
Santos Party House - 96 Lafayette St. NYC
With Judges from the Food Network and NY Times

February 24th
Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2014
Chelsea Piers

March 2nd
Congregation Beth Tefilah (Indoors)
452 Forest Avenue Paramus NJ
Sunday 12-9pm

March 9th
New Rochelle Pre-Passover Boutique Sale (Indoors)
Young Israel of New Rochelle
1149 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10804
Sunday 12-9pm

March 16th - PURIM!!!!!
Lincoln Park Jewish Center
311 Central Park - Yonkers - NY 10704
Wandering Que will be dressing up too
We will be going Mid-evil as will our 1 Day Menu
Indoor Carnival, Service & Seating to boot

March 23rd
Teaneck Pre-Passover Boutique Sale (Indoors)
Congregation Bnai Yeshurun
641 W Englewood Ave, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Sunday 12-9pm

April 6th
  Fundraiser for MEOR at

April 23rd 
23nd Annual West Side Spring Festival Broadway,
Broadway Between 96-106 Sts.
May 4th  
Congregation Beth El
1200 Fairfield Woods Rd, Fairfield, CT 06825
Sunday 12-9pm

May 25th  - Memorial Day Weekend
27nd Annual West Side Livable Street Festival
Broadway Between 72-86th Sts.

  May 26th  - Memorial Day Weekend
Annual Cedar Lane Family Festival
Cedar Lane - Teaneck NJ

June 1st - Celebrate Israel Day
21st Annual Spring Craft Festival
Broadway and 71st Street - UWS - NYC

  June 15th - 7th Heaven Street Festival
7th Avenue -   Flatbush to 18th Street   - BROOKLYN - NYC

June 22nd LI Kosher BBQ Competition
 Long Island Kosher BBQ Competition
(All food served UNDER THE CHAF-K)

July 10th - Concerts in the Park
Memorial Park in Bergenfield NJ
4 Bands - Food Pavilion

July 20th - Broadway Movie Day Festival
with Special Guests
Conversos Y Tacos
Broadway 47th - 57th Street - NYC

August 6th - FLEISHFEST II
All You Can Eat BBQ Fundraiser
5 Towns Location TBA
Advance registration recommended as this event will Sell out again this year

August 17th
Dinner & a Movie at Beth El  Synagogue Center New Rochelle
1324 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10804
"Saving Mr. Banks" To Start at 8:30pm - No Charge
FULL BBQ & Taco Pop-Up Restaurant Menu

august 24th - Amsterdam Ave Street Festival
Amsterdam Avenue 79-86th Streets
Sunday 12-5pm
Extended BBQ & Taco Menus

  August 26-28
The Bayit - Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy - Bronx NY 10463
4-9pm Dinner Service
Indoor & Outdoor Seating and Service

September 7th - Southern New England

Kosher BBQ Competition
Congregation Beth El
1200 Fairfield Woods Rd, Fairfield, CT 06825
Sunday 12-9pm
  BBQ Concession MENU

September 14th - 92nd Street Y Festival
Lexington between 79th - 96th Streets
89th & Lexington
Extended BBQ MENU

October 12th - SUKKOT BBQ POP-UP
Congregation Rinat Yisrael
389 West Englewood Ave.
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
12:15 -9PM
 Seating in the Shul's Huge Sukkah
FULL Smokehouse MENU

October 14th - Sukkot BBQ Pop-Up
The Bayit - Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy - Bronx NY 10463
4-9pm Dinner Service
Seating available both in the Sukkah & Indoor


October 26th - Oktoberfest - Brooklyn Festival
Manhattan Ave between Bedford and GreenPoint
Brooklyn - NYC
New Fall Inspired Menu

November 2nd -  Cong. Mt. Sinai
 Washington Heights ~ NYC
135 Bennett Ave, New York, NY 10040
NYC Marathon Sunday 12-9pm
  Full BBQ MENU, indoor service and seating as well as take-out.

November 9th 
Torah Academy of Great Philadelphia
742 Argyle Rd
Wynnewood PA 19096
12-9pm with Indoor & Outdoor Seating

December 14th
Congregation AABJ & D
700 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange, NJ 07052
12-9pm with Indoor Service and Seating!
BBQ TAKEOUT Available for Channukah Celebrations!!!!
A letter of explanation regarding the name change of Hakadosh BBQ by the Pitboss:

A lot of hubbub has surrounded my recent decision to rename my prized 4700lb Texas made BBQ Smoker and I would like to set the story strait.  Three of my four babies were named on Sukkot.   Asher Elimelech had his bris followed by a huge Gemstone catered lunch at Orach Chaim nearly six years back.  Three years later my second son Yoav Oz was named again during Sukkot at his bris (which I did myself=) followed by a Seussian inspired -Green Eggs & "Ham" bbq breakfast in the Sukkah at my HQ in Yonkers, the Lincoln Park Jewish Center.  While my third son (Nadiv Israel) was still incubating within my wife who was on bedrest at Columbia Pres Hospital at the time, the name Hakadosh BBQ came to one of my guests in between zmirot during 1st night's dinner, inspired in the sukkah surrounded by a feast of friends enjoying a phenomenal bottle of good ol' southern bourbon.   From the moment the name left Benji's lips, I knew it was what I wanted to name my new smoker - an 18ft "Stalker" model bbq rig made in Houston Texas by the ever so talented guys at Gator Pits.   Over the 10 months to follow, the very nature of my business would take wild expansionary turns resulting in the pitcrew we currently have servicing the NYC area with pop-ups and the weekly Sunday street fairs.

 H'kBBQ was never meant to be the name of any business as we operated then and still under the dual titles of "got cholent? Inc", our Shabbat oriented wing as well as Gemstone Catering, our on and offsite boutique catering branch.  I took on the name on facebook and twitter as part of our ever active online marketing and left it at that.  Ten months of work in and around the metro area and we never heard so much as a peep.   In fact the name, at least for those who got the pun, was generally received with great humor and praise.  Our most recent pop-up in Philadelphia however, a fundraiser for the Kohelet Yehiva and their Yoetzet program, proved to be a game changer as it seems that angry mail began pouring into the STAR-K offices aghast in outrage and condemnation for what was viewed as the trivialization - chas v'chalila - of the The Name of The Holy One, Blessed Be He.  This matter was brought to my attention just before our competing this past weekend, also under the team name Hakadosh BBQ in the Long Island Kosher BBQ Competition and quite honestly left me unsettled all Shabbas long.  My epiphany came while meeting and speaking with one of the judges charged with scoring booth names and designs.  He too found himself offended by what he deemed as irreverence of God's name and scored us accordingly, which as an aside cost us 1st place and the Grand Champion trophy.  This judge struck me as good man, mamish, and I had deeply offended him.   I left the corporate world so that I could do something I love and literally bring greater joy to people.   We cater weddings, bar/bat Mitzvahs, meals and kiddushes for Shabbat and work with dozens of charitable and worthy organizations facilitating many of their fundraising events.  Every one of these gigs in some way works towards the goal of making this world of ours an ever so slightly better place.   The answer, in my eyes, was crystal clear. 

 I am in the business of making people be b'Simcha, not offending their deepest beliefs and personal paths towards praising daily The Almighty.   I'd like to see my part in bringing the Southern traditions of my youth to NY streets as a Kiddush Hashem and not the very opposite.  With that said, it is the mutual opinion of the Vaad HaRabonim of Baltimore, aka the STAR-K, and myself that we find a better suited name for my budding business now, rather then waiting to offend even more people in the weeks and B'sD years to come.  This is by no means an OU/Jezebel sort of scandal.  Nor has their been any sort of intimidation, ultimatums or threats of any kind by the STAR-K.  I am happy with having the quality and authenticity of my food speak for itself and don't need any gimmicks or shock marketing to get people to follow and frequent our pop-ups, street fairs and events.  I am sorry to those whom I have offended and look forward to continuing to bring NYC and surrounding areas the best damn BBQ they've ever experienced. 

Our schedule of dates and locations can still be found at www.gotcholent.com.      Our smokin' has just barely begun! 

b'Simcha Tamid

~Ari White
Chef/Owner ~ Gemstone Catering
Pitboss ~ Texas Roadside Smokehouse
Under the Supervision of the STAR-K
In house catering firm to the Lincoln Park Jewish Center
311 Central Park Ave ~ Yonkers ~ NY ~ 10704
t.  917.584.2310
f.  914.965.7557

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