NANCY RADKE learned how to cook under the watchful eyes of several grandmothers in Rome, Italy. She now lives in Syracuse, New York.
In 1983, JOHN STAGE and his partner sawed a 55-gallon drum in half and hit the road, slinging BBQ at biker swap meets, fairs, and festivals. He opened the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse, New York, in 1988, followed by additional outposts in Rochester and New York City. He lives in New York City.