If you want some authentic Southern food for your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, look no further than Capt. Rob’s Pigalicous BBQ Catering! We’re excited to introduce you all to Rob Wilhoite, the owner and pitmaster, who has an obvious passion for his craft.
We are a catering only BBQ company. We feature award-winning meats, sides and desserts. This is southern comfort food at its finest. We can do food for any event during the wedding process. We can do offsite cooking with an onsite buffet or for an over the top experience, we can do the cooking and buffet onsite. We can serve groups from 30-300 people.
How did you get started in this business?
I grew up in my mom’s and grandma’s kitchen. The Wilhoites were the present day Walton’s — three generations under one roof. I have a food service background and culinary certificates from the University of Richmond. I have won in BBQ competitions around the state, including the VA Lottery Grill-Off. We won 1st place with a crazy Cajun burger. I started the catering company in 2010 wanting to provide brides with competition level BBQ with a down home relaxed atmosphere.
What differentiates you from other businesses in your field?
Our food is so good your tongue will slap your eyes to look for more!!! We are a catering only company that only cooks with hickory wood. I don’t know of any BBQ store in RVA that cooks and serves onsite with wood only to cook and flavor the meat. Most commercial BBQ stores have gas cookers with a wood burning chamber. They cook in the restaurant for the masses and bring it to the event. I am a traditionalist. No gas ever on our meats. With catering only, we provide FRESH, high quality food for a wedding. We do this all in a relaxed backyard atmosphere. We fill you with food and fun. We don’t do fancy. We do down home southern cooking and if you leave our event hungry, it’s your own fault!
Why do you like working with weddings?
I got married in December 1986 — what a stressful event! Snow, cold, a sick bride, and we did not even get to eat at our reception. I would not wish that on anyone! I want to do my small part in putting a smile on the bride and groom’s faces with food that will be remembered for years to come with minimal stress. I guarantee our pig candy alone will bring a smile to anyone’s face. We have done weddings everywhere from barns to upscale inns, and they all had one thing in common: the bride and groom wanted great food and lots of it, all in a down home atmosphere.
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?
Trying to feed guests that were vegetarians. We solved this by working out a menu that had something for everyone on the buffet.
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Go to the bridal shows to get ideas, taste food and ask lots of questions.
Have a reasonable budget. You cannot feed one hundred people quality food for $10.00 a plate.
Remember this is your day. Plan the wedding for the two of you.
Where do you find inspiration or motivation?
From within. Catering is instant gratification. When the food goes in, the smiles come out. Nothing makes a fourteen hour day of cooking worth it more than the smiles and the pat on the back that you get from clients.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I am rabid VT Hokie fan. Just look at our truck. Every weekend in the fall we are going to a football game. I also hold a USCG Captains license for a charter fishing boat. Hence the name Capt. Rob’s Pigalicious BBQ Catering. Sadly, the catering business has grown so much I had to sell the boat.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
In addition to my culinary background, I also have an associate’s degree in horticulture and own a lawn care company here in Richmond.
Thank you for answering our questions, Rob! To learn more about Capt. Rob’s Pigalicious BBQ Catering, visit www.robsbbqcatering.com.