In the heart of eastern North Carolina's barbecue belt, halfway between Bethel and Tarboro, is Blackbeard's BBQ & C-Food. Owners Charissa and Lewis Summerlin met in Florida where they were both working in the food industry. Lewis, who is from Old Sparta, North Carolina, had gone to Florida in 1972, and Charissa, who is from Maryland and trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York City, was managing a restaurant. In 2000, they both wanted a quieter area and returned to North Carolina and opened Blackbeard's. With the help of daughter Abby they serve wood-smoked barbecue and other dishes.