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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.

  • The 2014 Eater Awards for Detroit
    / Brenna Houk/ Eater Detroit /PDF

    This year’s winners for restaurant of the year and more. It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs—to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 24 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the … Continue reading

  • Ask A Detroit Expert: Your Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipe
    / Liz Parker/ CBS Detroit /PDF

    Thanksgiving is around the corner – who’s bringing the pie to dinner? Be the toast of Thanksgiving with these pie recipes from expert Emily Davis of The Root. Pastry Chef Emily Davis graduated from Schoolcraft College, after studying food science … Continue reading

  • Young Guns dinner to feature 4 ‘Top Chef’ cast members
    / Sylvia Rector/ The Detroit Free Press

    Chef James Rigato has announced a national cast — including chefs from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago — for the sixth edition of his hit Young Guns collaborative dinner series. Scheduled Jan. 25, the Young Guns 6 … Continue reading

  • Rigato feels the love after ‘Top Chef’ elimination
    / Sylvia Rector/ The Detroit Free Press

    Friends and fans have been reaching out to chef James Rigato on social media after he was sent home last night from Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” in a double-elimination team challenge. “People have been sending me a lot of love,” … Continue reading

  • James Rigato The Root’s Top Chef
    / Jason Osburn/ Mi.Craft.Beer.Culture /PDF

    Chef Rigato graduated Schoolcraft College’s Culinary program at age 17. He spent the next 7 years working around metro Detroit in some pretty respectable kitchens including Morel’s, Shiraz, Rugby Grille at The Townsend Hotel and Bacco Ristorante. In 2007, chef … Continue reading