Terra Máe To Host 2nd Anniversary Siskin Benefit On Feb. 5

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In January 2014, Terra Máe Appalachian Bistro raised $5K for the children and families at Siskin Children’s Institute while commemorating a year of bringing a unique culinary vision to life. On Feb. 5, the restaurant will once again host an event from 6-9 p.m. to benefit the organization and celebrate success of the past year.

Tickets will be $135, with all silent auction proceeds and $50 of each ticket sold going directly to The Institute.

Guests will wander the chef-inspired Appalachian Trail, enjoying an appetizer and entrée from each table that represents the personality of a chef’s region, as well as a drink pairing.

In addition to the culinary experience, they will be able to explore the historic StoneFort Inn while listening to live local musicians. Then top off the night by celebrating with a cause by buying a donated item to benefit Siskin Children’s Institute.

Confirmed to join Executive Chef Shelley Cooper for Feb. 5, are Chattanooga’s own Rebecca Baron of St. Johns, Ryan Kline of Buffalo Nickel in Asheville, N.C., and Wally Joe of Acre and Ben Smith of Tsunami Restaurant, both in Memphis. Ms. Baron took part in the last Siskin Children’s Institute event while Mr. Kline and Mr. Joe delighted guests with their dishes at a special dinner back in September at Terra Máe. These distinguished chefs have been profiled in regional magazines such as Bon Appetit and Southern Living and television programs such as NBC’s Today Show. Mr. Smith is Chef Shelley’s mentor who encouraged her to go to culinary school and has advised her throughout her career.

Terra Máe will list the menu items planned on the ticket webpage and its website, along with its social media platforms. Businesses wishing to contribute items to the silent auction can contact L’Erin Chidester at (423) 710.2925 or email lerin@terramae.net.

Terra Máe Owner Mark Oldham believes it is important to support the work Siskin does for the local community. “Siskin Children’s Institute helps with the early diagnosis of developmental issues in children and helps parents cope with the challenges these issues can present,” Mr. Oldham said. “This outreach to at risk students gives them a greater of chance of enjoying equal opportunities in life, so we consider this a very worthy cause and are happy to serve as a conduit for their fundraising.”

Siskin Children’s Institute provides a quality preschool education in an inclusive environment where children with and without disabilities learn and play together. Outreach services provide in-home education and support programs for families throughout the region. The Siskin Center for Child and Family Research conducts applied research to advance the fields of early childhood development and special education.

Just as the Institute thrived in its mission over the past year, Terra Máe enjoyed a busy 2014, hosting numerous events like the Siskin Children’s Institute Benefit, wine tastings, Easter and Mother’s Day brunches, an Appalachian Pig Pickin’, Seafood Shenanigans, Thanksgiving Dinner, New Year’s Eve dinner, private holiday parties, weddings, and more. The restaurant also launched Monday dinner service. The staff looks forward to serving guests at a variety of events planned in 2015.  

To purchase tickets to the Feb. 5 event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-anniversarysiskin-benefit-dinner-tickets-15156233703.  For more information about Siskin Children’s Institute, visit http://www.siskin.org. To learn more about Terra Máe, visit http://www.terramaechattanooga.com.



Chick-fil-A Announces Dawson Halliday As New Owner/Operator Of Ooltewah's 1st Location

Tennessee native Dawson Halliday is bringing his love of developing leaders and serving the community to his new role as franchise owner of Chick-fil-A’s first stand-alone restaurant in Ooltewah.  When the Chick-fil-A restaurant opens at 8959 Old Lee Highway it will be the realization of a dream for Halliday who has had a long history with the brand and vividly remembers ... (click for more)

Springer Mountain Farms Recognizes Chef Rebecca Barron With Celebrate The Chef Award

Chef Rebecca Barron, executive chef of St. John’s Restaurant in Chattanooga, has received the highest honor bestowed by Georgia-based poultry producer Springer Mountain Farms, the Celebrate the Chef Award. The award is presented to a select handful of chefs that demonstrate culinary excellence, consistency in the dining experience and a commitment to the use of fresh and local ingredients. ... (click for more)

Man Shot And Killed On Arlington Avenue On Wednesday

A man was shot and killed on Wednesday afternoon on Arlington Avenue at the Bayberry Apartments. Chattanooga Police responded around 5 p.m. and found the victim. Officials said it appeared to be the result of a disorder between the suspect and the victim. The investigation is ongoing.   (click for more)

Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Fire On Workman Road Tuesday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched at 6:03 a.m. on Tuesday, to a commercial fire at 400 Workman Road. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting through the roof and the request was immediately made for a second alarm response. The flames could be seen for miles as a total of 13 fire companies rushed to the scene. The large, two-story ... (click for more)

Am I Alone?

 Am I alone seems to be quite apt as I begin to form sentences, thoughts and concerns regarding the state of this country. I feel like I am alone trying, somehow, to justify Trump and understand why he is constantly in the middle of chaos.  Now coined as the Liar-in-Chief, Chief Foreign Affairs Coordinator acting for his pal Russian Dictator, Putin.  The silence ... (click for more)

Six Things We Can Do About Mass Shootings - And Response (3)

All politics aside, the recent shooting in Florida, and every other shooting in a public place, is a senseless and, possibly, preventable tragedy. It is absurd that we can’t gather in a free society without the fear of some nut job or terrorist using us as targets.   And then the cries of “do something!” from every quarter. But, other than the obvious attempt by agenda-pushers ... (click for more)