Clockwise from top right: Customers line up for food trucks at New
Hanover County Parks and Recreation’s 2014 Food Truck Rodeo. New
Hanover County Parks and Recreation will hold the event at the same
location this year on April 24. Pepe’s Tacos and Poor Piggy’s serve lunch
at Eagle Island Fruit and Seafood and the University of North Carolina
Wilmington, respectively. Port City Daily posts a Food Truck Tracker
every Friday for the next week.
THE real work begins when you have a list of
There is no set way to make initial contact,
although Facebook or Instagram is a method of
choice for many vendors. Some will take a phone call, some
prefer to work through a text, others like to go through
The variety of food trucks in the greater New Hanover,
Pender and Brunswick county area is vast. And each
vendor does things their own way.
The best way to reach CBT Burger, for example, is to fill
out a request on their website. CBT is chef Bud Taylor’s
modern take on classic roadside burgers. He is a James
Beard Foundation Award winning chef who stays booked
well in advance.
Some trucks are corporate entities, while others are inde-pendent,
even Mom and Pops.
Each truck varies on how much food they can serve per
hour. Dominick Pirozzolo’s Papadom’s Singing Sangwich
Truck with its Latin infusion pork is popular late nights in
Wilmington. Pirozzolo says when staffed with his team of
three, he can serve 50-75 patrons per hour. (Spoiler alert,
once you have had his fried cheese curds, you will want
Serving traditional North Carolina-style barbecue and
Southern food, Poor Piggy’s BBQ has three trucks in the
Wilmington area. Two of the trucks serve classic BBQ, while
the “Goin’ Ham” truck serves burgers.
BRETT COTTRELL/NEW HANOVER COUNTY