Blueroot Is an Alabama Restaurant Rooted in Female Collaboration

By: Susan Swagler

“There’s something that is true in this town: Collaboration wins over competition every time,” says Jennifer Ryan, owner of BLUEROOT Co. “And the people who figure that out sooner, understand Birmingham.”

Ryan, from Southern California by way of New York City, figured this out pretty quickly when she came to the Magic City six years ago with her husband for his job. Then she took that understanding and became part of this city’s culinary community – fueling it with healthy and convenient foods at her fast-casual BLUEROOT café at Pepper Place; stocking items from local female makers in that retail space; and partnering with other women entrepreneurs in the food industry to create new businesses and move forward alongside them.

Ryan is a problem-solver who is not afraid to take risks.