Puckett’s Trolley Stop :: Floyd Stadium at MTSU!

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Beep Beep! We’ve got some news to share! Puckett’s Trolley — our mobile eatery — has partnered with MT Athletics to offer our down-home, Southern fare to Middle Tennessee State University football fans inside Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium this upcoming season!

“We are always seeking to add new elements to the fan experience at Blue Raiders athletic events,” said Zach Huston, business development manager for Blue Raider Sports Properties. “We’re delighted to feature a local, well-known brand like Puckett’s and are confident that the trolley’s presence will be a crowd-pleaser.”

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The Puckett’s Trolley concessions menu will include offerings like a “meat and two” plate — with our famous slow-smoked pulled pork or beef brisket as meat options — plus brisket nachos, smoked wings and Piggy Mac — a favored Puckett’s creation — among other bites. Affectionately named Ms. Trolley Parton, the red trolley will be stationed inside gates 3 and 4 at Floyd Stadium for all home games during the 2017 football season.

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Did y’all know Andy AND Claire are alumni of MTSU? Andy even played on the football team briefly, before getting sidelined due to an injury!

“Great food and football go hand in hand, and as MTSU alums we are passionate about enhancing the game day experience for our fellow Blue Raiders with the addition of Puckett’s Trolley,” Claire said.

The MTSU Blue Raiders will play Vanderbilt in the season opener tomorrow, September 2, at 7pm. What could be better than cheering on your favorite team while munching on your favorite Puckett’s foods? We’ll see y’all at Floyd Stadium!

Community Spotlight :: Propak Cares + Mission H2O

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Mission H2O is coming down to the wire, and we’re this close to hitting our goal of donating 25,000 water bottles to the Nashville Rescue Mission! Our friends at Propak were generous enough to donate 2,000 bottles to our cause, and we are extremely grateful for their support.  We wanted y’all to know a little more about the incredible things Propak is doing, so we asked ’em a couple questions:

  • What does Propak do? Propak focuses on the supply chain industry. We have 13 warehouse locations from St. Louis, MO to Mira Loma CA that perform supply chain operations for our customers. We have three transportation offices in Nashville, Orlando and Rogers that specialize in 3PL transportation.
  • Why is it important for Propak to be involved with community outreach? Propak started in late 1999 with the idea of working hard, then going home to your families. We have been blessed over the years to have great employees who understand that if you take care of  your customers, you should grow your business. We have built a customer base that has allowed us to grow from two  to over 1,500 employees. Because we have been blessed, we want to give back and help others within our communities.
  • Why did you feel Mission H2O was a great cause to contribute to?  Water is one of the central items we all need and take for granted. So many people don’t think twice when they need a drink of water. Knowing there are some who don’t have clean drinking water in our area is unthinkable, and we wanted to help. In our home office we had another water drive that each department tried to donate the most cases.  Everyone had a good time trying to out best the other teams and knowing the water went to people who need it made it that much more fun.
  • What is something that not many people know about Propak? Propak has a team that operate a committee  named Propak Cares. That team works with all of our plants and divisions on helping their community.  Some of the companies and causes we have helped this year include:  Arkansas Children’s hospital, St. Jude in Memphis,  Havana Nights Children’s emergency shelter, Girls  Inc. and many others.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Propak and other corporate sponsors of Mission H2O like Ajax, Planet H2O, SunTrust Private Wealth Management, Mobile Fixtures and Pierce Public Relations! We wouldn’t be able to serve so many deserving people without you.

The Final Countdown: Mission H2O

IMG_0518 We have one week left (where in the world has August gone?) to reach our Mission H2O campaign goal! Through August 31st, diners at our 5th & Church location will have the option to add a donation of $1 or more to the total of their bill. For each dollar donated, two water bottles will be given to Nashville Rescue Mission. 

Our parent company, A. Marshall Family Foods, will match all donations in an effort to make an even larger impact for the Mission and the Nashville homeless community.

Our amazing customers and community supporters, like Propak and SunTrust Private Wealth Management, have allowed us to donate more than 13,000 water bottles to the Mission thus far!

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The water bottles are supplied by Kimbro Water Company, who is generous enough to take on a partial sponsorship to lower the cost of the bottles — allowing us to give back even more. Kimbro delivers the water to the Mission on a weekly basis to continue fulfilling that crucial need during one of the hottest months of the year. 

“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of community support, and I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to reach our ambitious goal,” said Rachel Layton, director of marketing for A. Marshall Family Foods. “We’ve been lucky enough to have several local sponsors, like Propak, contribute to the campaign as we make the final push to meet our goal of 25,000 bottles. We’re so grateful to have their support for such a worthy cause.”

Nashville Rescue Mission is dedicated to helping the hungry, homeless, and hurting, and offers programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, and life-recovery. The Mission aims to give members of the community hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity.

Y’all come on in, eat delicious food for a great cause, and help us reach our goal!

Beat the Heat: Mission H2O Returns in August!

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During a summer season where you can’t step outside without hearing a complaint about the sweltering & relentless heat, our 5th & Church location is partnering with Nashville Rescue Mission for the third consecutive “Mission H2O” campaign. Last year we were able to donate nearly 20,000 water bottles to the Mission, and our goal this year is to provide 25,000 bottles of water to the local homeless community during the month of August!

From August 1 to August 31, diners at our 5th & Church location will have the option to add a donation of a dollar or more to the total of their bill. For each dollar donated, two bottled waters will be given to the Mission. In an effort to make an even larger impact for the organization and surrounding community, our parent company, A. Marshall Family Foods Inc., will match the amount y’all donate.

Cheryl Noe, senior director of development for Nashville Rescue Mission, has been amazed by the continued growth and success of the Mission H2O drive.

“The nearly 20,000 water bottles donated as a result of last year’s Mission H2O were absolutely crucial to the Mission during both the summer and fall months,” Noe said. “Once the heat slacks off, people stop thinking about the need for water. But the need is still there.”

The Mission ramps up efforts to keep members of Nashville’s homeless community hydrated during summer months by sending out “Hot Patrol” teams to traverse the city handing out water bottles when the temperature exceeds 92 degrees, in addition to encouraging those without shelter to come back to the Mission with them.

“Donating to Mission H2O is no trivial act, particularly because we see an increase in the number of women and children we serve during the summer months, ” Noe said. “You are making a difference in the lives of countless individuals and families by contributing.”

The water bottles, supplied by Kimbro Water Company, are delivered to the Mission on a weekly basis throughout August to help meet the demand the summer months create.

In order to magnify the impact of Mission H2O, Kimbro takes on a partial sponsorship by lowering the cost of the water bottles so that $1 covers the purchase of two bottles.

Mission H2O has become an annual endeavor that the entire Puckett’s family looks forward to. 

“We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to rally the Nashville community in support of a cause that has a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of individuals who need support the most,” said Rachel Layton, director of marketing for A. Marshall Family Foods. “Nothing is more rewarding to us, and our team’s enthusiasm is illustrated through the success of this campaign in the past two years.”

We could not have made our past Mission H2O drives so successful without the help of our amazing guests and our giving, thoughtful community. What do y’all say? You wanna join us in making this year’s Mission H2O the best one yet?!

To learn more about Nashville Rescue Mission and all the great things they do for Nashvillians, visit www.nashvillerescuemission.org.

A Musical Match: Puckett’s Gro. & Music City Roots

In addition to delicious home cookin’, music has been the heart and soul of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant since day one. We built our name on the live performances and talented songwriters that have graced our humble stage through the years, and that’s a tradition we’re proud to say continues to this day.

So, it made perfect sense for us to form a partnership with another community-oriented, music-lovin’ organization in early 2016: Music City Roots! Many of y’all might not realize that when you head to a Wednesday night MCR show at the Factory, you can grab a plate of your Puckett’s favorites to enjoy while you tap your toes to great tunes.

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“We have a lot in common with Puckett’s, which is what makes this partnership so wonderful. We share values, an audience, the spirit of keeping it real, and we both strive to give every guest a great experience,” says Laurie Gregory, Senior Producer and Director of Community Relations at Music City Roots.

Music City Roots, co-founded by John Walker and Todd Mayo in 2009, started out in the Loveless Barn, and moved on over to the Factory at Franklin in July 2014, as Franklin and Williamson County began staking a true claim in the world of Americana music.

“To see Music City Roots blossom and grow from the ground up has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” Laurie says. “My favorite thing to do is to stand at the door at the end of the night and ask people how they enjoyed it. Our guests’ responses, stories and reactions tell us that we’re doing the right thing.”

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With artists like The Doobie Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Parker Millsap, John Moreland and  Sarah Jarosz jammin’ on the MCR stage, it’s no surprise that the organization has become synonymous with Americana excellence. The folks behind MCR ventured into radio, and they’re live on WMOT Roots Radio daily. In fact, it’s now considered the flagship Americana station! Amazing, right?

These guys put on 44 shows per year, meaning that y’all have no excuses not to make it out to at least one. You’ll get delicious eats plus a great show for a reasonable price, and as an added bonus, you’ll be home in time for the 10 o’clock news.

Thanks to our pals at Rustic River Creations, we recently got some new handmade digs at Music City Roots (pictured above), so be sure to come check us out.

We are incredibly proud to be affiliated with an organization doing so much for our community and  exposing countless individuals to the joy that music can bring. To learn more about Music City Roots, visit musiccityroots.com!