ROOTS – Good. Local. Food
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.
Meet the Roots TeamCraig Barbour ~ Executive Chef and Owner
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.
Nate is originally from MI but has lived in Charlotte for the last 6+ years. He has worked in the restaurant industry since he was 14 years old, spending the majority of his first 4 years in Charlotte at Carmel Country Club. If you ask Nate about cooking he will tell you that this was actually his second place passion, only behind sports. As he got older he realized that he was not going to be going pro in the 3 major sports so cooking it was. What he enjoys the most about cooking is that it is an ever-changing business. People say you learn something new everyday and in the culinary world he feels this statement couldn’t be more true. Have a question for the chef? Email email@example.com
Kyle is our South Carolina boy who loves all things seafood and can make a mean salted caramel cheesecake. He had a 7 year season in the culinary world of Charleston before returning to his farm. Kyle has a wonderful wife and son whom he loves spending time with.
Andrea Pasquan ~ Account Executive (Food Truck & Non-Profit Catering)
Andrea grew up in the Seattle area, but has lived in a few different places before landing in Charlotte in 2012. She has traveled all over the world doing various volunteer work, and has personal interest in anti-trafficking efforts. Her entrepreneurial spirit and love of good food fit perfectly at Roots. If you’re interested in renting the food truck email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Tricola ~ Account Executive (Weddings)
Jackie is a Charlotte native who studied Hospitality & Tourism Management at Western Carolina. She has been working with events for over 6 years, and loves making each one special for her clients. In her free time you can find her caring for animals. All wedding inquiries can go to email@example.com
We have an awesome team of people who work hard every day to fulfill the goals of what Roots is all about. Each person brings a huge amount of passion and dedication to support making local food available each day to our loyal customers.
6 thoughts on “The Cart”
Craig, we’d love to have you participate in our culinary postcard known as Signature Tastes of Charlotte. How can we connect so that I can share more info with you?
Wow! I just enjoyed your taco cart tonight, June 25th (Sat night).
The food was amazing!!! The freshest ingredients and everything was delicious! I can’t wait to enjoy your food again!!! Kristine
Thanks so much for serving up the best grilled cheese I’ve ever eaten — and supporting the Fairy House Festival this weekend!
I ❤ Roots!!!
I have just discovered roots on Tuesday and today, and Holy Crap. I love what you guys do and your message. I literally had the best sandwich i have had in years today. The Spicy Oregon on the Jerk Chicken salad is so flavorful it makes the sandwich the best. See you next week.
Yay for coming back to the Duke Energy Center. Super excited!!