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The Root Restaurant & Bar is The Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year 2012. It is an accomplishment of our staff, vendors, and great community surrounding us.

For anyone that hasn’t seen the video, it is an amazing piece of editing, film, and narration by The Free Press, Sylvia Rector, and Chef James.

Other honorable mentions include:

The Root has been featured or mentioned in numerous media.

  • Root Restaurateur Moves Up After ‘Top Chef’ Debut
    / Gannett Michigan/ hometownlife /PDF

    Howell native James Rigato made the first cut — so to speak — on television’s “Top Chef.” Rigato, executive chef at The Root Restaurant & Bar in White Lake Township, survived last week’s initial eliminations and advanced to the second … Continue reading

  • Bologna Beyond the Lunchbox
    / Carey Jones/ FWx Food & Wine /PDF

    Of all the lunch meats in the refrigerator aisle, bologna is among the least appreciated. Sure, those wiggly pink Oscar Meyer circles weren’t exactly the height of sophistication. But bologna derives from mortadella, a porky Italian cold cut as delicious … Continue reading

  • Executive Chef James Rigato Represents the D in “Top Chef: Boston”
    / Cara Boyer/ Chevy Detroit /PDF

    If you’re a fan of locally sourced dishes and a proponent of Metro Detroit’s many sophisticated and sensational restaurants, there’s a good chance you’ve dined at The Root Restaurant & Bar, 340 Town Center Blvd., White Lake. And if you … Continue reading

  • ‘Top Chef’ returns with Howell’s James Rigato
    / Melody Baetens/ The Detroit News

    Prepare yourself for another season of quick-thinking, stressful and creative menu planning, and stiff culinary competition when Bravo’s “Top Chef” returns Wednesday. Metro Detroiters will have their eyes on one chef in particular during the show’s 12th season: James Rigato … Continue reading

  • Rigato is keeping busy as ‘Top Chef’ premiere nears
    / Sylvia Rector/ The Detroit Free Press

    Season 12 of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” premieres Oct. 15 with chef James Rigato of the Root Restaurant & Bar as one of its 16 cheftestants, but don’t expect a viewing party at the White Lake Township restaurant. On the … Continue reading