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Your Guide To: A Day in Downtown Nashville

by LeeAnn Carlen, Puckett’s Events Coordinator

Nashville is hot right now…. I mean, REALLY hot. Journalists are coming from all over the great United States–and really, the world–to talk about our fair city, and write about all of the hot new places to go.

These stories are fantastic and they often give great suggestions–but have you ever thought of what the locals do in downtown Nashville before a show at, say, the Ryman?

Let’s assume we have a glorious Saturday free–or heck, you have in-laws in town and need to busy them–and we want to spend this rare day in downtown Nashville–here are some of my recommendations…..

BREAKFAST

Muletown Coffee at Puckett's

Of course we have to make one of our stops Puckett’s 5th & Church and one of my very favorite meals there is breakfast. You absolutely have to get a cup of joe–it comes from Muletown Coffee in my hometown of Columbia and it is delish! We are proud to carry it at all of our Puckett’s locations and support a fellow local business. You can even take some home with you!

Currently, my favorite breakfast dish is Andy’s Skinny Omelet with a side of fruit (trying to keep it healthy with the holidays coming up)! But if you are looking for a treat, I HIGHLY recommend The Kings French Toast. It is soooo good.

Grab some great Southern gifts on your way out–we have a great tea towel for Mom, a grill spatula for Dad, and a variety of spices and BBQ Sauces you can pick up.

SHOPPING

Manuel

After breakfast, take a walk around downtown and visit some of the great shops. 

  • Manuel is such a Nashville staple and represents how Traditional Nashville and New Nashville are blissfully marrying. Try one a rhinestone jacket, post on your socials and tag us @puckettsgrocery #puckettssuggests!
  • Tatyana’s is newer to the Broadway scene but was a much welcomed addition. It’s a great place for the ladies to get a super chic, retro inspired outfit. Something for New Year’s Eve, perhaps?
  • Fire Finch is a great little boutique down the road from Puckett’s that has everything your gifting heart desires. Candles, jewelry, clothing, oh my!

LUNCH

ACME Feed & Seed

After all that shopping, you have surely worked up an appetite. Head to one of Nashville’s new favorites with some of the best views of the river in town: Acme Feed and Seed!

It’s Saturday, and we’re downtown, so we are obviously starting this lunch with a drink. I’m a big fan of the Sunset Grove, but they also have tons of other local beers that you should try.

Lunch is going to be a hard decision. You guys, the food is so good. I have an internal struggle each time I go as to whether I should order the burger (please douse your fries in the Texas Ketchup) or the Hatchery. I have dreams at night about the Hatchery. 

WONDERINGS AROUND

Country Music Hall of Fame

The absolute best place to spend a few hours in downtown Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame. I grew up just outside of Nashville and have been relatively indifferent to most country music for my entire life, but let me assure you–that doesn’t matter. This place is like living history.

It is such a treasure and Nashville is so very lucky to have it. Catch the Bakersfield Sound exhibit before it closes December 31st and carve out some time to visit Hatch Show Print! They have lots of vintage posters on site; see if you can find a Puckett’s one and hit us up on our socials–@puckettsgrocery #puckettssuggests.

COFFEE BREAK

Frothy Monkey

Now it’s time to rest those barking dogs and start fueling yourself for a night on the town. Head back north to the Frothy Monkey coffee shop. They have a variety of beverages to choose from (even wine and cocktails in the downtown location), but one of my favorites is a classic almond milk latte. If you end up have a few extra minutes, pop into a few of the art galleries that surround it. They are full of beautiful, local art!

HONKY TONK HIGHWAY

Robert's Western World

In this local’s opinion, there is only one Honky Tonk that is even worth spending time on and that is Robert’s Western World! Robert’s is an absolute classic and the place I choose to spend my Downtown Nashville nights. I prefer the balcony bar and always try to make room for a cheeseburger and crinkle cut fries- and maybe a shot of Fireball too, if you’re feeling fun. Robert’s is home to to BrazilBilly, their house band, and it is honestly some of the best music that you will find in Downtown.

If you feel like moseying onward, stick with the classics… Tootsies, The Stage and Layla’s!

DINNER

Merchant's in Nashville

Originally a hotel, Merchant’s Restaurant has been a staple in downtown Nashville for a number of years now. They did some revamping a few years ago and it is now equally as chic as it is delicious.

Drop everything you are doing and immediately order the Duck Fat Tator Tots. Ok, order 2–they will go FAST. I’m a really big fan of their classic cobb salad, but you also can’t go wrong with the mac ‘n’ cheese (never a bad choice), steak frites or the sweet tea pork loin.

AFTER THE SHOW

pub5

One of my favorite spots in downtown is not exactly a secret, but it is kind of tucked away and slightly off the beaten Broadway path. Pub5 opened across from Bridgestone Arena a little over a year ago and it is your perfect nightcap location. I’ve given your bellies a workout today, but if you have room, you must try the Poutine. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve never been to Canada and had traditional poutine, but this is one of the best American versions that I’ve ever had. Wash it down with a Jackalope Thunder Ann and call it a night!

And there you have it y’all! Enjoy your action packed day in Downtown Nashville…. don’t forget to come back and tag us at #puckettssuggests. Have a good one y’all! 

LeeAnn Carlen, Events Coordinator
Being born in Texas and growing up just south of Nashville in Columbia, TN made our Nashville Coordinator a true, well-rounded Southerner. After getting her Music Business degree from Belmont University, LeeAnn worked in Artist Management on Music Row for a number of years and it was there that her love for events grew. She started branching out and planning weddings on the side in her “free time” and jumped at the chance to work at Puckett’s when it appeared. She currently facilitates all catering and events in the Nashville area and would love to hear from you! Email her at leeann@puckettsevents.com.

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Cocktail Contest: You’re The Bartender!

We’re starting something new in 2015, and we’re super excited about it…. now you will be the ones to choose our Drink of the Month each go ’round!

Here’s how this is going to work: every month, the individual teams at our Puckett’s Restaurant locations (that’s downtown Nashville, Franklin and Columbia) will come up with a creative cocktail recipe that is unique to their bar. We’ll snap photos of each libation, and then post them our social media accounts–without revealing the mixologist behind the drinks!

The cocktail that gets the most collective votes across all Facebook pages will be Puckett’s Drink of the Month winner, served up for our patrons to sip in our three towns!

We can’t tell you which team made what, ’cause that’d be cheating. Our bartenders get pretty competitive… this is going to be fun to watch.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view our social media links to get to voting, and be sure to check back each month to see what we’ve whipped up. Cheers y’all!

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You’re Invited: Celebratin’ 10 Years With A Roast With A Toast!

e-Andy-Roast-Art-topWe’re inviting all friends, family and customers of Puckett’s Restaurant to help us celebrate 10 wonderful years in downtown Franklin on Thursday, Dec. 18 with a special night of throwback menu items, live music—and a roast of Andy Marshall, owner of A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a prix-fixe menu of Puckett’s classics that y’all will remember from the early days: baked tilapia with pecan and tomato sauce, smoked baby back ribs, chicken ambassador, peach cobbler, cinnamon roll bread pudding and chocolate chess pie. YUM

Once supper is served, we’ll be turnin’ the tables on owner Andy Marshall as he—the king of BBQ and of ribbing—will be the one roasted, with a bit of toasting included, too. Speakers will include a lineup of notable community members, from U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn and Commissioner of Transpiration John Schroer to Williamson County and Franklin Mayors Rogers Anderson and Ken Moore, respectively.

The lively evening will be emceed by Harry Chapman, and will conclude with performances by songwriters who’ve played at Puckett’s for years.

Tickets are $100 and include supper and the show. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County’s initiative to restore the Old, Old Jail. Marshall is a Heritage Foundation board member. To purchase tickets, give us a call at 615.794.5527.

See y’all there!

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A Guide To: Creating Your Christmas Tablescape

by LeeAnn Carlen, Puckett’s Events Coordinator

Happy Holidays!

I am so excited to have the tree up, Christmas music on, and twinkling lights everywhere. Christmas is my favorite season, in part because of the entertaining and decorating opportunities that abound.

Many people think they aren’t skilled at creating a beautiful holiday table, but think of it this way–you decorate your tree, right? A table is very similar! Below are some photos of a Christmas tablescape that I put together and step-by-step instructions on how to make your dining room the star of the season.

Step 1: Take a good look at your “canvas”

Determine if you want to showcase your table and use only a runner or placemats, or if it might need a little bit more coverage (ahem, like mine) and require a full tablecloth. I was decorating our Director of Operations–Claire Crowell’s–Farm Table in her dining room, and I knew that I wanted to showcase it and not have it fully covered. I wanted to incorporate some traditional Christmas colors and decided that the Cherry Red dupioni/satin runner from our dear friends at Southern Events would be a perfect accompaniment to the farm table… and would lay a nice color base on our table. I selected the Silver Fairmont runner to use as an accent color (and “fluff”), and this is where the foundations of our table started!

Step 2: Determine what you have

We rented all of our dishes so we could leave the clean up to someone else and fully enjoy our time together, but take a look in your cabinets! Do you have beautiful wedding china that you never use? Dishes passed down from your grandmother? Now is the time to bring them out! I used the Artisan Dinner Plate from Southern Events to anchor the high/low combinations of our table. It looks beautiful on the silver charger (more on that later), but the casualness of the plate pairs nicely with our farm table while our red charger pulls out the subtle red accents on the plate.

Decor is often much easier than we think. Take a look around your dining room at what you might already have and then head out to your yard! Claire had beautiful mercury glass hurricanes on her entry table that I knew I wanted to incorporate as well as some adorable candles in the shape of Christmas trees. Outside, pull stems from a holly bush and pick up pinecones, pineleaves and even branches from your yard to add a juxtaposition to your holiday table. Bonus? These items are nature’s Christmas gift to you and cost nothing!

Step 3: Determine what you need

Linen placemats or chargers are a great way to add a little excitement and variety to your table and those we definitely needed to rent (or check out the deals at Hobby Lobby–all Christmas decor is 50% off!). I decided to grab a silver charger to put our plates on and then focused on our linen napkins. Because I wanted to incorporate another traditional Christmas color without it looking too garish, I decided on the Moss Green Crush napkin over a true Christmas green. It really pulled the table together nicely!

Step 4: Final Touches!

This is the fun part–put everything together! I didn’t want our napkins to be folded so fancily that guests were afraid to use them, but at the same time I wanted them to have a little flair. I folded them into a triangle then took about an inch at the bottom and folded it under. Then I took the corners, brougt them up and tied them into a double knot. The hammered flatware and a little sprig of sparkling, silver holly berries then tucked nicely inside. I added our Recycled Wine Bottle glasses and a little ambiance with our mercury glass votive holders, lit our candles and voila! Our tablescape was complete.

If you’re stressed about preparing the meal that goes on the holiday table, we’ve got you covered there too! Puckett’s offers extensive to-go menus full of holiday favorites, with that special Marshall touch. If choosing the perfect spread intimidates you, Claire created this special “How To Guide” just for you!

We’d love to see photos of your Christmas decor and your family around the dining room table! Tweet your pictures to us and use the hashtag #averypuckettstable.

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LeeAnn Carlen, Events Coordinator
Being born in Texas and growing up just south of Nashville in Columbia, TN made our Nashville Coordinator a true, well-rounded Southerner. After getting her Music Business degree from Belmont University, LeeAnn worked in Artist Management on Music Row for a number of years and it was there that her love for events grew. She started branching out and planning weddings on the side in her “free time” and jumped at the chance to work at Puckett’s when it appeared. She currently facilitates all catering and events in the Nashville area and would love to hear from you! Email her at leeann@puckettsevents.com.

Raised By The Fork: Happy 10 Years, Puckett’s Franklin!

This is written December 4, 2014, by Director of Operations Claire Crowell in her blog Raised by the Fork.

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Ten years ago today, we opened the doors to Puckett’s in Downtown Franklin. I was a freshman in college at the time, and left my hostess job in Nashville when my dad told me he was opening a restaurant in downtown Franklin to help out.

Leiper’s Fork raised me, but the restaurant on 4th Avenue in Downtown Franklin is where I truly grew up. I started there as a server and the day that we opened 10 years ago was the first day I had ever touched a point-of-sales computer. Even though we had been in business in Leiper’s Fork for six years before we opened our second location, Franklin was our first full-service restaurant and we still had so much to learn about the restaurant business. I worked here on and off waiting tables while I was in college, and I honestly had absolutely no intention of making a career in the hospitality industry. When I graduated from MTSU, I started helping dad full time as an assistant manager in Leiper’s Fork while I decided whether or not to go back to school for a graduate program. A few months in it became clear to me that I had the bug for the business, it was just simply in my blood. I remember being nervous when I decided to tell Dad that I was here to stay, maybe because it felt like such a grown up decision.

Read the rest of the post here.