fullsizerender-4Here at A. Marshall Family Foods, we work hard to show our respect to service men and women any time they dine with us. We have several veterans who are part of our A. Marshall family, and we believe that a simple “thank you” and a smile could never come close to acknowledging the sacrifices they’ve made for us.

This year, we want to give the rest of our customers the chance to do the same, by offering them the opportunity to write a quick note of gratitude on an index card, from Saturday, Nov. 5 until Thursday, Nov. 10 at all of our restaurants. Our servers will collect these all week and hand them out to any veterans we have the honor of serving on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

We’d also like to invite anyone who is passing by one of our restaurants to stop in and jot down their thanks, even if you can’t stay for a meal. It’s a small gesture that we know will mean a lot to these special men and women in our community!




Y’all know at Puckett’s we take our barbecue seriously — we don’t cook it low n’ slow for 18 hours over cherry wood for nothin’! But we’d be remiss if we didn’t also give our famous barbecue sauces, spices, seasonings and rubs the credit they deserve! We use them to flavor our own award-winning recipes (did you know Puckett’s ribs were listed in the Top 10 in the 2015 book “The 100 Best BBQ Restaurants in America”?) and since we believe in spreading the #puckettslove, we sell them to our customers!

Questions about which sauce is right for you? Max Stephenson, the former general manager of Puckett’s Gro. in Franklin who now manages our Chattanooga location, explains the difference best in this video:

We think a few of these would make for a mighty tasty stocking stuffer or holiday hostess gift for the ‘cue enthusiast in your life! They’ve also been known to turn some non-barbecue believers into full fledged fanatics! We always say there’s a seat for everybody at the Puckett’s table, and the same is true of our sauces and spices. If you ask us, there’s no better gift than the gift of the Puckett’s flavor!

P.S. If you prefer to purchase in person, our products are available in our restaurants and in Kroger stores across Middle Tennessee.



October Burger & Drink of the Month: Pumpkin Spice Burger, Punkin Punch


It’s no secret that pumpkin spice-anything is all the rage. So we thought adding some of the fall flavor to our classic burger wouldn’t be such a bad thing.. and we were right!

Created by the Puckett’s Gro. team in Franklin, October’s Burger of the Month features Puckett’s classic burger, crispy onion straws, candied spice bacon, pumpkin cream cheese and leaf lettuce, served with sweet potato fries. (We were sold at candied spice bacon!) When it’s all combined between a brioche bun, you better believe it packs a fantastic fall punch!


If you’re more keen on sipping your pumpkin flavor, we recommend taking our October Drink of the Month, Punkin Punch, for a spin! It features Corsair Old Punk, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, apple cider, lemon juice, cinnamon, clove and orange. The most refreshing way to celebrate the season, if you ask us!

We’ll be rolling out November’s burger in a few short days, so go check out the Pumpkin Spice Burger and Punkin Punch at any of our Puckett’s Gro. locations while you still can.. and let us know what you think!




hjc-sundae-bar-examples-44-1Hattie Jane’s Creamery, our artisan ice cream shop in downtown Columbia, Tenn., invites YOU to attend an ice cream social today, Oct. 20 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m!

We’ll feature our first all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae bar with several flavors and toppings, plus mini ice cream sandwiches and a photo contest!! With a variety of party packages available, the ice cream social will also serve to showcase the possibilities for hosting parties, meetings and events in the space or having Hattie Jane’s homemade treats brought to an off-site event.

If you haven’t come by in a while, we recently revealed our fall menu which includes s’mores, cinnamon and pumpkin flavored ice creams. If you attend the ice cream social, you will also be able to order from the everyday menu at standard pricing, and if you just want to drop by and give these fallish flings a try, we’ll be open to the public during the event!

Admission is $5.00 per person and $2.50 for children ages five and under. The first 10 guests will be admitted for free. Learn more and/or RSVP to the event on Hattie Jane’s Creamery’s Facebook page!

WHO: Hattie Jane’s Creamery

WHAT: Ice Cream Social

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 20; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: 16 Public Sq., Columbia, TN

COST: $5 per person; $2.50 for children 5 and under; FREE for the first 10 guests

#PuckettsLove(s): Autumn Friese

This is the final installment of our employee spotlight series we’ve run this week in conjunction with the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s Employee Appreciation Week. It has been our privilege to brag on these amazing employees, and we hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about the people behind our fantastic company!


(L-R) Autumn Friese, Claire Crowell, Rachel Layton at the 2016 Greater Nashville Hospitality Association Awards

As General Manager, Autumn Friese keeps Puckett’s 5th & Church running smoothly, even in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that comes with being located downtown. In fact, she’s the best manager around. It’s true–she’s got the award to prove it!

In June 2016, Autumn was named “Restaurant Manager of the Year” at the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association Stars of the Industry Awards.

No stranger to the restaurant business, Autumn spent her summers working in her mother’s restaurant in Northern Michigan, learning the ins-and-outs of the business.

However (lucky for us!), she didn’t see herself staying in Michigan forever. After several visits to Nashville, Autumn fell in love with the city. In 2006, she packed her bags and made it her home.

Before finding her way to Puckett’s, Autumn was a server/bartender and then a manager at Ruby Tuesday in Murfreesboro. After five years with the restaurant, a friend introduced her to Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant when it first opened in Nashville.

“I was fortunate to have her as my assistant manager when we opened, but it was obvious she deserved to be the GM when the time came,” said Claire Marshall Crowell, former general manager of Puckett’s 5th & Church and current chief operating office for A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. “She shows great devotion to her staff, and they return the same loyalty to her.”

In Autumn’s opinion, AMFF provides a sense of family that makes them stand out from the rest.

“A. Marshall is different because of the close relationships you develop,” Autumn said. “You are not a number. They care about you and also like your input on how the business can grow, develop and run.”

Autumn has now been with the restaurant for six years, and says she loves working downtown.

“I love how it is full of life. You meet people from everywhere,” she said. “Nashville has so much to offer and it is great to be apart of such a growing city.”

In her opinion, Nashville locals are the best around.

“People here care about the community and are constantly looking for ways to make the city better.”

Like many AMFF team members, she says the highlight of her job are the people she gets to work with every day.

“It makes my day getting to know the staff and how different everyone is,” she said. “Everyone has something going outside of work, and it’s great to hear what they are passionate about.”

When she isn’t working, Autumn likes to spend her spare time outdoors with her husband–working in the garden, mowing the lawn or simply hanging out.

We are lucky to have you in our AMFF family, Autumn! Thanks so much for all you do!