Grown Here at Home: Roanoke farm-to-table restaurant redefining soul food

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - At Local Roots they’re redefining soul food.

"Here it’s S.O.L.E. food -- Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical," said Executive Chef Matt Lintz.

Every day Lintz is in the kitchen, it’s another day to show how flavorful southern cuisine can be without all the fat.

"I think a generation of chefs starting a little bit older than me, and going younger than me, now are kind of bringing that to the forefront. Saying you can do southern cooking and you can do it healthy and still use the techniques and ingredients that your grandparents still used," Lintz said.

"We still use collard greens and pork shoulders and bacon and all that good stuff. It’s just a matter of getting it from a reputable source," he explained.

That’s where your local farmers come in.

"It’s very fresh, it hasn’t had to travel very far, we get deliveries several times a week from our area farmers and our executive chef and his staff know how to cook the food," explained Diane Elliot, owner of Local Roots.

Food that’s taking customers back to their childhood days.

"They come in and they eat the food and they say, 'Oh this is good! Oh this is how my grandmother used to fix it. Oh this takes like when I was on the farm with my uncle,'" Elliot said.

Which is what southern cooking is all about. A taste of home, that’s oh so good for the soul.