A farm is an inherently nurturing place.
TERRA is exceptional because we have such talented hands, hearts and minds working together to achieve great things.
An award winning chef and business owner, James Porter is proud to call himself a “localist” who has built his career on incredible creativity, sound culinary principals, and a dedication to supporting local businesses, farmers and ranchers. Using classic techniques and the most seasonal ingredients, Porter presents guests with menus that are innovative and special, yet rooted in the familiar. When local foodstuffs are not available, Porter is committed to using only the best ingredients such as farm fresh produce, line caught and sustainable seafood, prime meats and farmstead cheeses. He believes that multi-national traditions can be applied to all styles of cuisine, and proves it with his playful and crowd pleasing dishes.
Indeed, esteemed food critic at the Arizona Republic recently mused “Porter has the temperament of a jazz musician who is happiest creating his own variations on a theme.” (March 2014)
Chef Porter received his formal training from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 1992, and has continually added to his resume by working at an impressive list of kitchens across the country, including as the Chef de Cuisine at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, and at the Coral Gables Biltmore Resort in Miami, to name just two. He held an apprenticeship at the prestigious Greenbrier Resort, where he worked under Irish born Master Chef Peter Timmins. There he refined the formal aspects of his profession and received silver and bronze medals in ACF Culinary Salons.
In addition, he owned and operated two multi-award winning restaurants in Scottsdale, Arizona: Tapino Kitchen & Wine Bar from 2004 to 2009, and Petite Maison from 2009 to 2014. At both establishments, Porter received dozens of awards and accolades for in innovative cuisine, including “Edible Phoenix 2009 Hero Award”, “Best New Restaurants 2010” Phoenix Magazine, “Best French Restaurant 2011” Phoenix New Times, “Best Place to Meet a Farmer 2008” Phoenix New Times, and “The Valley’s Top Chefs” Arizona Foothills Magazine 2012.
Chef Porter, his wife Wendy, and daughter moved to the Prescott Valley area in August 2015. They are excited to launch TERRA farm + manor and look forward to helping create a truly unique dining destination in the Southwest.
As a gardener, artist, and chef, Farmer Jeffrey Herbig uses his lifelong growing experience to guide his mission at TERRA. He applies gentle, consistent energy to enable plants and animals to flourish, and practices “push and allow” to yield the very best vegetables, herbs, and fruits - with stunning results. His creativity leads him to innovation, and he views Mother Nature’s obstacles as pixie advantages. Don’t be surprised to hear the notes of Bach’s Cello Concerto floating over the farm, as you can be sure Farmer Jeffrey is playing it for the fields and fauna to enjoy. After all, “quality is not an accident.”