Andy Marshall with Nashville Business Journal

Winner, Winner: NBJ’s “Best in Business!” [WOW]

by Claire Marshall Crowell
Director of Operations of A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.
Raised by the Fork

This past week we experienced an incredibly proud moment for our family business. We were one of the finalists in the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business Awards, in the 101-500 employees category, and attended the awards luncheon with some of our key employees on Thursday.

I want to first remark how amazing it is to me to be included at all; secondly, that we are now in the 101-500 employees category. Puckett’s started over 15 years ago with no more than 10 employees. In the last five years, that number has grown from about 50 to well over 300. It’s astounding to think about.

As we watched the videos for all the finalists, we were so impressed by the diversity and achievements of our colleagues…. But when they called A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. as the winner of the 2015 Best in Business Award, I nearly fell out of my seat.

I cannot tell you how proud I am of my father and what our business has accomplished these past few years. Even more than that though, I am so excited for what’s ahead of us [more on that here and here].

Read Andy’s NBJ profile + Q&A here, or watch their videos about him below:

IMAG0277

The A. Marshall team, ready to celebrate!

About Claire Marshall Crowell

A Tennessee native, Claire grew up in the grocery and restaurant business: her father, Andy Marshall, owned a string of Piggly Wiggly stores before purchasing Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., when she was 11 years old.

Today, Claire serves as the Director of Operations for A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. She helps manage operations of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant locations in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville, downtown Columbia, and downtown Chattanooga (opening spring 2015); Puckett’s Boat House in downtown Franklin; Puckett’s Trolley, the brand’s mobile food venue; Homestead Manor in Thompson Station (opening spring 2015); and Puckett’s Events & Catering.

Claire is involved in various industry and community organizations, and recently launched her own lifestyle blog: Raised by the Fork, which offers a look inside the crazy world of A. Marshall Family Foods Inc., the hospitality industry, and life as a devoted and working mother. Follow along here!

American Idol viewing party - Puckett's

American Idol Viewing Party: Let’s Help These Two Win!

If you’ve ever experienced Puckett’s, then you know all about the live pickin’ performances that take place just a few feet from your table. Music is just as much engrained in our culture as the cooking… you can’t separate the music from the menu here. And you know, it never ceases to amaze us the talent that climbs up on our stage and wows the Puckett’s crowds each night.

That’s why we’re glowin’ with pride–but certainly not surprised–that not one, but TWO hometown vocalists from Maury County have advanced to the Top 24 of American Idol XIV! A big ole congratulations to SARINA-JOI CROWE of Columbia, TN and to RILEY BRIA of Spring Hill, TN. This is big news y’all. Middle Tennessee is clearly the creative hub of the country–but we already knew that.

To encourage these local singer-songwriters and support them as they continue their journey (after all, that’s what we do best!), Puckett’s Columbia has put together two special viewing parties this week to rally the community and push our people to the top. Y’all join at the Columbia restaurant on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 26 for themed cocktails and appetizers, and a lively viewing party of American Idol! The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Top 12 guys (that’s Riley!) will take the stage for the very first time in hopes of winning over viewers– who will then vote for the first time this season. On Thursday, the Top 12 girls (that’s Sarina-Joi!) will do the same. Whether they advance depends on the public and their votes!

We’re projecting the rounds on a big screen both evenings, and will be encouraging guests to get out those phones to tweet + text in their votes for these two! Plus, we’ve invited the families of each contestant and will be sure to give them VIP seating.

So let’s do this y’all: let’s get together, eat together, watch and vote together…. and see one of ‘em win the dang thing!  Call (931) 490-4550 RIGHT NOW to reserve your seat for Wednesday and Thursday! #PuckettsLove #IdolTop24

“Mercy Mondays” at the Boat House

If you’ve ever been to the Boat House, then you know it’s pretty hard to miss the thousands of dollar bills pinned to the ceiling. Restaurant guests come from all over to share a meal with us, and to add their personal stamp to our decor by writing across ‘ole George Washington’s face! We love looking at them, and imagining the stories behind each.

But this year, we’re trying something a little different….

At the end of 2015, every dollar that’s pinned to our ceiling will be donated to Mercy Community Healthcare, a local organization whose mission is to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing excellent healthcare to all and support to their families. Every dollar donated will be stamped, and at year’s end… we’ll start counting!

Plus, we’ll be matching each and every dollar (up to $2,500 that is) pinned to the ceiling on “Mercy Monday”––which we’ve dubbed the third Monday of every month! And to sweeten the deal? Those who donate $3 on Mercy Monday will receive dessert for just $1.

“A dolla’ makes us holla!” has a whole new meaning now, y’all. Help us give back to the folks in our community!

To learn more about Mercy and its ministry, go to www.mercycommunityhealthcare.org. To learn more about Puckett’s Boat House, go to www.puckettsboathouse.com.

Mercy Dollars

Puckett’s Boat House Introduces Uncorked, A Monthly Wine Pairing Event

Puckett's Boat House Uncorked

Beginning this month, we’re kicking off Boat House Uncorked—a monthly wine-tasting series at Puckett’s Boat House that will focus on informative topics, food pairings and all things relating to sipping and swirling!

Our first Uncorked event, is happening Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the Boat House Wine Bar from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. We chose the theme “Winter Whites,” so the evening will focus on white wines to ry in the colder months + inspired food pairings!

Each month, Uncorked participants will enjoy five pours of the featured wines; an in-depth description and background of each pour; and suggested food accompaniments. You’ll also take notes throughout the night, ask questions, and mix and mingle with other guests.

In addition to the five pours and hors d’oeuvres, Uncorked will allow guests to peruse rare blends from the world’s most notable wine regions under the direction of Puckett’s Beverage Director​, Ben Rodriguez.

We’re most excited to interact with guests and to create a fun, educational experience, while giving you access to the wines through our event presenting sponsor, Moon Wine and Spirits.

 The Puckett’s Wine Bar Uncorked events will take place on the last Tuesday of every month. Tickets are $20 per a person, and the price includes five pours and an appetizer bar.

Call the Boat House and make your reservation today: (615) 790-2309

Dave Barnes Could Be Serenading You

Valentine’s Day is just around the bend – I mean, stores have been stealthily stocking their shelves with candy hearts and roses for weeks now!

When LeeAnn, our lovely Nashville events coordinator, started thinking about the perfect entertainer for the most romantic night of the year, Dave Barnes immediately came to mind. She’s been a fan since her college days–especially after seeing his charm on full display during live performances. Not only has the local songwriter written countless heart-felt tunes that’ve topped charts–he penned “God Gave Me You” (we know you know the song)–but he also happens to be one heckuva comedian. I mean, the guy will serenade you and leave you in stitches too.

So when Dave said he’d play at Puckett’s Nashville for Valentine’s Day (YES, he is playing at 5th & Church on February 14), we couldn’t contain our excitement! As fans ourselves, we were dying to ask him a few questions. Take a read below……

Dave Barnes

What was the inspiration for your new album Hymns for Her?
 I’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT MUSICALLY, AND ALSO WANTED TO DO AN EP, SO IT SEEMED TO MAKE SENSE TO TRY A MORE MOODY ALBUM AS AN EP. I’VE ALWAYS LOVED NICK DRAKE AND SONGS IN THAT VEIN – ALTERNATE TUNINGS, SONGS ABOUT LOVE THAT AREN’T STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. ONCE I HAD THE TITLE OF THE EP, HYMNS FOR HER, I WAS KIND OF OFF TO THE RACE CREATIVELY. I KNEW WHAT I WANTED TO DO THEN.
Did you know from the beginning that you would release it around Valentine’s Day?
YEAH. JUST SEEMED TO MAKE SENSE.
What is your favorite love song on this EP? That someone else has written?
I REALLY LOVE “TELL HER YOU DO” – NEVER REALLY WRITTEN ANYTHING THAT FEELS LIKE THAT BEFORE. AS FAR AS MY FAVORITE LOVE SONG WRITTEN BY SOMEONE ELSE, THATS TOUGH! IVE ALWAYS LOVED “SOMETHING” BY THE BEATLES, BUT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF LOVE SONGS I REALLY LOVE.
What is your favorite date spot in Nashville?
THERE ARE SO MANY! WE ALWAYS LOVE A GOOD MEAL, AND THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT PLACES IN NASHVILLE FOR THAT! WE LIVE IN 12 SOUTH, SO IT’S FUN TO BE ABLE TO WALK TO SOMEWHERE AROUND HERE AND EAT A GREAT MEAL IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
What is your ideal meal at Puckett’s?
START WITH SOME FRIED PICKLES, THEN EITHER THE FILET OR THE CATFISH THEN OFF TO THE DEEP-FRIED BROWNIE SUNDAE. THEN BACK HOME TO JOG UNTIL I DONT FEEL GUILTY ANYMORE.
If you could have dinner at Puckett’s with any musician, living or dead, who would it be? PAUL MCCARTNEY PROBABLY. I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIOGRAPHY ON THE BEATLES AND I’M COMPLETELY FASCINATED. EITHER HIM OR STEVIE WONDER.
 If Puckett’s created a cocktail called the Dave Barnes, what would be in it? IT WOULD PROBABLY BE THE LIQUID EQUIVALENT OF A SOUR PATCH KID. DO IT. PLEASE.

 

……. call  (615) 770-2772 today to make your Valentine’s reservations, before they are all swept away! Tickets for the show are $100 per person, and include a three-course meal AND a free copy of Dave’s new EP “Hymns for Her” (per couple or table), in addition to his special show.

 

More About Dave
Dave Barnes is a talented singer-songwriter who is best known for Blake Shelton’s cut of his song “God Gave Me You,” which earned him a Grammy and CMA nomination. With several other songwriting cuts as well as nine of his own albums under his belt, Barnes also has an amazing artist career spanning almost 15 years. HIs latest EP, Hymns For Her, releases on 
February 10, 2015. This evening of romantic evening of love songs partnered with Dave’s charming humor is one not to miss this Valentine’s Day.  

Puckett's Fried Pickles