Address: 3410 ST Vardell Lane, Ste D, Charlotte NC 28217 / (704) 975-1691
About Us / Roots History: Craig Barbour, executive chef and owner of Roots, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University. He received the majority of his professional training under Chef Mike Vergili of Carmel Country Club. Craig is from a small town in Maryland where there is more farmland than there are shopping centers. After noticing that most of the food he worked with was from counties more than 1,500 miles away, Craig decided to take action. With the support of Chef Vergili, Craig was able to start providing his own kitchen with food sourced from farms less than 100 miles away. Craig started a company called Co-Operative Connections that’s sole purpose is to source local food for restaurants in Charlotte. After being out of the kitchen and experiencing the difficulties chefs face in purchasing local food, he needed to prove that it is possible to utilize local food as a primary source. Thus the inception of the Roots Food Cart was born. The food cart serves as a venue that has the availability to showcase local food while utilizing what’s in season.
Roots is committed to working with local farmers to use the freshest local food possible. Our menus focus on using what’s in season and available. Our chefs are passionate about food and each project that we take on. We always take the time to plan each event from start to finish to ensure complete satisfaction. We pride ourselves on creating a personal relationship with our customers, right down to how they like their lunch prepared or event designed.