For this local business spotlight we visit with Ed Coulbourn of Poor Piggy’s food truck. This mobile barbeque joint has served up award winning meats and catered to Wilmington’s community and businesses since 2011.
With two food trucks positioned around Wilmington throughout the week, Poor Piggy’s is a fast favorite with fantastic pork BBQ, chicken and beef brisket menu items flying out the service window and into the hands of Wilmington residents, visitors and students alike.
Coulbourn and his wife decided to make a move to Wilmington, NC because they wanted the best education for their daughters and a larger town filled with resources for a healthy life by the ocean. The flexibility and independence of owning your own business, combined with Wilmington as a home base made the perfect mix for the entrepreneurial Coulbourns. “If you’re going to open a new business you might as well do it where you want to live,” he says. And Wilmington is the place to be!
Poor Piggy’s caters to several companies big and small around town including UNCW, GE, Time Warner Cable and even for our office at the Keith Beatty Real Estate Team. Along with catering for a full schedule of weddings and rehearsal dinners, the Coulbourns still make time for a full festival schedule this spring. They have to defend their award winning titles after all, including the 2010 NC State Champion for Best Whole Hog at the KCBS Hogfest.
Poor Piggy’s is intertwined not only in Wilmington’s business and social networks, but also through community outreach. Coulbourn makes a point to give back to his town and the environment through organizations such as March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity and the Cape Fear River Watch Society; a local organization which monitors, maintains and educates locals about the Cape Fear Water Basin.
For more information on menu options, catering details and upcoming festival locations check out the Poor Piggy’s website and Facebook. In Coulbourn’s own words, “Come make us famous!”