Wilmington is known for its food. People travel from all over the country to fill their bellies with delicacies coming from kitchens off Front Street, in Monkey Junction, or from across the bridge in Leland. Despite conventional food being readily available, members of the Wilmington Sharks front office prefer to eat food they find in parking lots.
Are they foolish? Maybe. Are they drifters? Unconfirmed. Perhaps you can find comfort in knowing that Pat, Alyson, Tom, and Carson are not alone. According to an unnamed source, nearly 2.5 billion people eat from the parking lot every day in America.
"I'll eat anything I can get my hands on if you cover it in Ranch dressing", says Carson Bowen, Director of Baseball Operations, sauce critic, and amateur saucier.
When asked about why he prefers to eat parking lot food, Director of Community relations Tom Lamont said "I can't believe there are actually people out there who go through all the trouble to get dressed up, pay for valet parking, and make reservations 5 months in advance just to get food that isn't nearly as good as what they're serving out of food trucks."
"Nothing builds community like standing in a parking lot, sharing a burrito with a new friend," says Pat Hutchins. "It's not every day you can eat food from a world class chef while being exposed to the elements."
On 11 nights this summer, you can join the feeding frenzy with these far-from-foolish Sharks. Here is a list of which food trucks will be appearing at Buck Hardee Field this summer:
- Saturday, June 2nd - Port City Puffs
- Friday, June 8th - Port City Que
- Saturday, June 9th - Pepe's Tacos
- Saturday, June 16th - Mama Duke's Pizza
- Friday, June 22nd - TBD
- Saturday, June 23rd - YehMon51 Jamaican
- Friday, June 29th - T'Geaux Boys
- Monday, July 2nd - Poor Piggy's BBQ
- Friday, July 6th - YehMon51 Jamaican
- Friday, July 20th - Mama Duke's Pizza
- Saturday, July 28th - Pepe's Tacos
About The Wilmington Sharks
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball.
About The Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 of those - including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. While another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.