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Active Members of the RoadFood Team was conceived in 2000 as a website devoted to finding the most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America. The entire Roadfood Team has contributed thousands of hours of their personal time to create and enhance so that you, the user, can enjoy the many features of the site. Unlike many dotcom ventures, is an entirely volunteer effort launched with no expectation of ever making money. Our compensation comes from the hundreds of positive e-mail comments we receive each month, the notoriety generated from the many news articles and stories written about the site and the awards and recognition presented to for its design and content. We welcome all new users and hope that if you find our site useful, you will tell your friends to stop by for a visit and a great meal.

We would like to introduce you to the following people on the Roadfood team:

Jane and Michael Stern Jane and Michael Stern drive around America looking for good food. After meeting at Yale, where they came to study art, they began a collaboration that has yielded over forty books, including the good-eats guide Roadfood, cookbooks Square Meals and American Gourmet, and pop-culture best-sellers Elvis World, The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, and Way Out West. The Sterns have won three James Beard journalism awards for their monthly column in Gourmet magazine, which takes readers to the best restaurants in small towns and cities all around the country. They are weekly contributors to "The Splendid Table" on Public Radio.
Stephen Rushmore Jr. Stephen Rushmore, Jr. is the visionary behind and the founder of the New Orleans Roadfood Festival. What started as a portfolio piece in the software development phase of his career has practically turned into a full-time job. Along with the support of many volunteers listed below, Stephen oversees business development and software development. In 2002, Stephen joined HVS, a global hospitality consulting firm and is the President and CEO. In his free time, Stephen loves to run, bike, ski, and stay active so he can eat more Roadfood!
Marc Bruno Marc Bruno has been with since the beginning and is a co-organizer of the very popular Roadfood eating tours. Marc has been working in the food service division of Aramark since he graduated from the Cornell Hotel School. His speciality is managing unique and challenging events. For over a decade he has been responsible for the food service at the Summer and Winter Olympics!
Al Bowen Al Bowen joined the Roadfood Team as a Moderator and Forum Administrator after several years of active participation as a posting member on the website and two decades of using the print resources of the Stern's in his travels. A retired Educator with Graduate Degree's in Economics and Educational Administration, Al worked in several eastern states before completing his career in his home state of California in 2000. He and his wife Janet are active in the Roadfood Social World of "Meet N Eat's", attending gatherings of Roadfood members around the country to share good food and good times. Located near Louisville, Kentucky, Al has found that the Roadfood Activities are an important part of his retirement lifestyle.
Paul Paul Smith is one of the leading forum posters for Roadfood. What started as a hobby for Paul has led to a true contributor for Roadfood as one of the current moderators. A former Director of Operations with a major pharmaceutical company, and although retired, is currently a consultant with another major pharmaceutical company. Paul has a BS/MBA and is a Medical Laboratory Professional, specializing in Hematology. During his career, he has had the opportunity of traveling to experience the diversity of foods in several places including traveling to all 50 states, all of Canada South America, Central America and all of Europe, etc. Roadfood is not the only hobby that Paul shares; he is an avid Bird watcher, a car clean freak, a NASCAR and NHRA Fan as a former owner of a NHRA race team, and a Landscaper.
Bruce Sue Boyle and Bruce Bilmes met in 1975 in the land of spiedies. Together, they write reviews for, as well as contribute to The Roadfood Digest. Bruce is also the Restaurants and Reviews Editor for, and he composes the weekly poll. Astrological signs: Sue is an Abbott’s hot lobster roll and Bruce is a Pepe’s white clam pie.
Tony Tony has been a fan of Roadfood since getting his hand on the first Roadfood book shortly after it was published. His love of the road and things related came from spending his youth in the back seat of the family car taking "rides" to nowhere, and everywhere. Those rides and subsequent Winnebago related adventures led to a permanent desire to hit the road and search for the most important thing on any road trip, a great place to eat. When not parked in front of a computer, Tony likes to camp, fish, hike, spend time on the water, follow the Mets and wander aimlessly as time permits.
Mike Mike is on the moderator team and has been known to keep company with the night owls. He currently employed as a senior database administrator for a large federal agency and oversees over see 30+ terabytes of data (wow!) Mike has been involved with computers since he was 10, and started keypunching programs with his mother when she was a programmer for a local frozen food supply company. Roadfooding has been his long love, and if you haven’t already noticed from his picture, he loves to cook and eat.
Chris and Amy Amy Briesch & Chris Ayers first met in Maine but came from opposite coasts: Amy from Los Angeles, and Chris from South Carolina. Spying a “Featured in Roadfood” window sticker while waiting in line at Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, CT, they bought their first Roadfood book (2002 edition) that evening, and the rest is history. Their favorite activities include taking pictures of other people’s plates before digging in at RF eat & greets, writing multi-chapter articles for, and discovering new RF potential all across the country. Amy’s turn-ons are San Diego fish tacos and Wisconsin cheese curds; turn-offs are ice crystal-infused ice creams and well-done hamburgers. Chris’ turn-ons are hot dogs with chili (sauce) and New Mexican fare; turn-offs are subpar donuts and pulled pork masquerading as Carolina BBQ.

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