Until recently, Terra Máe was well known as an Appalachian bistro located within the Stone Fort Inn. The times, they are a changing. Now the Stone Fort Inn has become the posh Dwell Hotel, and Terra Máe is expanding their menu and finding new purpose, welcoming diners to experience distinct flavors from around the world without leaving Chattanooga.
Moving beyond the single cuisine thinking, Executive Chef Hardin Cowan now seeks to pair bold, unique flavors to create internationally-inspired dishes. Given Cowan’s use of exotic ingredients, maintaining the same farm-to-table aspect previously used in the Appalachian bistro can be more of a challenge; however, Cowan says that the restaurant still sources as much local produce and goods as possible.
Some of Cowan’s current concoctions include seared filet mignon with peanut hummus, diver scallops with green curry-jasmine rice, and white chocolate black pepper ice cream. Diners feeling especially adventurous can place themselves completely in Cowan’s hands at the Chef’s Table, where Cowen creates three, five, or seven courses of his choosing. The meals will be different every time, making each one a unique, eclectic, and memorable experience.
Cowan stated that diners first “taste with their eyes,” explaining why the restaurant places equal importance on beautiful presentation as well as inspiring taste. The designer, owner Seija Ojanpera, also subscribe to this belief: Terra Máe’s décor is a modern take on ‘50s retro, with clean pastels, spherical chandeliers and gold-framed vertical planters on the walls; giving the dining room an air of both luxury and nostalgia. Cowan said that the seating is designed with hospitality in mind, giving servers time to interact with guests table-to-table.
What can customers expect from a dining experience at Terra Máe? “Great flavors and five star service,” Cowan said. “Hopefully a little something to push you out of your comfort zone.”
Reservations can be made by calling (423) 710-2925 or at opentable.com/terramae.