Christopher Collins is a fourth generation restaurateur and founder of Grassroots, Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar and Sweet Provisions. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in hospitality management, Collins was recruited right out of school to join Hillstone Restaurant Group’s famed management program. “That was my finishing school, where I learned the restaurant business from top to bottom, food to equipment,” Collins says. “I was inspired by my experience at Hillstone, combined with my father’s hands-on approach and local focus (knowing the names of all your customers, caring about the product personally) to create Grassroots. It’s all about soul. A restaurant is not just a building.” Collins lives in Phoenix with his wife Melissa and two sons, Christopher “Topher” Collins Jr and Fitzgerald "Fitzy" Collins.
Common Ground's catering division is a full-service company dedicated to executing flawless events of all sizes. Custom menus, dietary restrictions, creative beverage pairings, and off-the-wall requests are our forte, so share with us your vision or we'll cook something up for you. Our dedicated catering assets, from kitchens to delivery vehicles and trained service-centric staff ensure that your event, whether intimate or extravagant, is made memorable.
The Gainey Room at Twisted Grove - Enjoy the best of both worlds with our enclosed dining patio, perfect for sharing memories with friends or hosting a business mixer. This space is also our most versatile, offering menu items from all of Common Ground Culinary’s kitchens – Grassroots, Twisted Grove and Wally’s American Gastropub.
Mix & Mingle: 64 guests / Seated: 54 guests / Smart-enabled (Apple TV, HDTV)
The Boardroom at Twisted Grove - Entertaining in Arizona is all about finding the perfect indoor/outdoor space. The Boardroom offers the best of both worlds, with a smart-equipped dining room that unfolds to a private patio featuring our massive, signature brick fireplace. Enjoy private access to your event, plus the ability to transition your event from cocktails outside by the fire to a cozy dinner inside.
Mix & Mingle: 28 / Seated: 22 / Smart-enabled inside (Apple TV, HDTV)
Welcome to our little County Store, where we pack up some of our favorite house-made provisions for you to take home. Available inside our restaurants, or at your local farmer's market, Common Ground Provisions offers a wide variety of gourmet foodstuffs sure to please any pantry, including whole roasted chickens, house-made burrata and our famous key lime pie. Meanwhile, at-home chefs will love goodies such as our spicy tomato jam, house dressing, bleu cheese-stuffed olives and our signature Topher's Steak seasoning.
Looking for a special pie or have a custom recipe request? Call us today and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Coming soon to the Grassroots, Twisted Grove & Sweet Provisions parking lot on the Northwest corner of Via de Ventura Road, Common Ground Market will unfurl a showcase of exceptional local provisions, fresh-market produce, and community centric wares.
If you're a vendor and would like to get involved, please email Christopher Collins for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org