About Steam Hollow:
Blane and Natalie are both Navy veterans and actually served on the same ship at the same time but did not know each other at the time.
Blane served 4 years as a Boatswain’s mate until he was hurt underway and medically discharged. He served on the USS Duluth and USS Constellation based out of San Diego.
Natalie served 16 years total of active and reserve duty and separated at the rank of LT. She did a tour in Japan before being stationed on several ships and squadrons based out of San Diego.
Blane is from Bend Oregon, a craft brew mecca in the US. Natalie is from Chicago and Bourbonnais. In 2011 they moved from San Diego to Manteno, where Natalie’s mom lives, upon the passing of her dad.
Shortly thereafter Blane started homebrewing and joining homebrewing clubs. That progressed into what is now Manteno’s very own brewery, Steam Hollow Brewing Co
About Jimmy Jo’s
What began as a mutual love of BBQ became a vision and then a reality as Jimmy Jo’s BBQ opened in 2008 in Bourbonnais, IL by friends Jim Johanek and Lloyd Kemble. Jimmy Jo’s BBQ specializes in authentic slow-smoked southern BBQ using the finest dry-rubbed meats smoked for hours over apple and hickory wood. Jim has also been a staunch supporter of veterans and veteran organizations, and assisted Project Headspace and Timing in getting their voice out.
Veterans Q was founded February 13, 2017 and became incorporated as Veterans Barbecue, Inc on October 11, 2017. Veterans Barbecue is a veteran owned company and is made up of military veterans, family members, and patriots. What makes Veterans Barbecue unique is that they donate 100% of their profits to local and national military veteran organizations and groups.
Trophies will be provided by Rader’s Wood Burnts. Chris Rader is a longtime friend of our organization, having served with our founders in Iraq. Chris is an Army Veteran, and was a Staff Sergeant K9 Handler/SRT. Chris has served in various posts overseas and stateside. After multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Chris currently serves as a High School Social Studies teacher and coach. He began making flags and other custom wood crafts three years ago.