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Everything You Need To Know About Black Tie & BBQ


Presented by Xfinity and produced by Grit Tree Productions,  Black Tie & BBQ (#BTBBQ) is a show that documents the behind-the-scenes antics and adventures of Epting Events’ owner Lee Epting and his sons, Ashley and Daniel. This iconic southern catering family opens their doors and lives, allowing for viewers to get a glimpse into what it takes to create unforgettable events.

From high-end gala to rural pig roast, BTBBQ travels throughout the Southeast introducing audiences to unique venues, friends, chef’s, musicians and local celebrities.
Partnering with culinary and design leaders in the hospitality industry, the Eptings bring a fun, professional, and unique vision to the world of entertainment.

Episodes support local and national charities as well as non-profits like The Nature Conservancy, Wholesome Wave, Semester at Sea, Darius Goes West, the Atlanta Film Festival, and The State Botanical Gardens.

Grit Tree Productions, helmed by executive producers Scott Meier and Ashley Epting, is currently filming and post-production on it’s second season of the show.

Additional Resources

Embeddable Trailer
• How To Watch BTBBQ
Image Gallery
The Story Behind BTBBQ
Show Tagline, Logline, Synopsis
Directors’ Bios
Lee-ism Definition
Behind-the-Scenes Videos
• BTBBQ on FacebookTwitter and Instagram


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How to Watch BTBBQ

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The Story Behind Black Tie & BBQ

Lee Epting started what would become Epting Events out of a train car over forty years ago. Now, working side by side with his two sons, Ashley and Daniel, he’s created a family business that is constantly in demand.

“Epting Events is known throughout the Southeast for the spectacular events they’ve been producing for over 40 years,” said producer, Scott Meier. “As this family company enters its second generation, the opportunity to showcase the behind-the-scenes fun and intensity is both entertaining and a window into the South’s greatest common denominators: family and parties.”

Episodes from this first season are now available on Comcast Xfinity’s Video on Demand platform (VOD).

For more information, visit Black Tie & BBQ

TV Descriptions

Short Tagline: From high-end galas to back yard fetes, and everything in between.

Medium Logline: Come party with the Eptings as they travel around the Southeast putting on everything from high-end galas to back yard fetes. This catering family works hard to make sure others have fun. Presented by Xfinity.

Longer Synopsis: Black Tie and BBQ (#BTBBQ), presented by Xfinity, documents the behind-the-scenes adventures of Epting Events as they go from high-end galas to back yard fetes. Epting Events, founded by Lee Epting, is a family business living out the new Southern lifestyle. For over forty years, Lee and his sons, Ashley and Daniel, have created unforgettable events often in the name of charity. Partnering with culinary and design leaders in the hospitality industry, the Eptings bring a fun, professional, and unique vision to the world of entertainment.


Scott Meier (Executive Producer):

Scott has directed, produced and marketed film projects including features, short films, music videos and documentaries in Spanish and English speaking markets for over a decade. Building from a photography background his musical documentary Illapu 33 earned a Platinum DVD in Chile where it was nationally released and marketed by his production company there. He is an Emmy nominated producer of Rock N’ Roll Safari, a feature length documentary about the indie-music scene in America broadcast as an eight part series on PBS in 2007.

Scott on Linked In | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Ashley Epting (Executive Producer):

Raised around the catering and events industry, planning parties is in Ashley’s blood. He moved to New York City to attend NYU while also working for several different catering companies and restaurants in the city. Working for other caterers allowed Ashley to pull ideas and inspiration for when he eventually returned home to Georgia to work as CEO at his family’s company, Epting Events.

Today, Ashley works tirelessly to merge his passion for the entertainment industry with his love for catering and the event planning business. For the last several years, Ashley has served on the board of the Atlanta Film Festival.

Ashley on LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


You can bet that there’s never a dull moment when Lee is around. Lee-isms include all the eclectic phrases and stories that Lee Epting uses on a daily basis. Here at Epting Events, we’ve become fluent in Lee-isms.  There’s no better way to get to know our quintessential party throwing and party going patriarch than watching the clips below.

Behind-the-Scenes Videos

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