Blue Ribbon Show, Hosted By Yours Truly.

It seems the world is in the midst of discovering Nashville and everything that helps make this city so great. Well, not to toot our own horn, but we’ve been bragging on this city for years! We love everything about this town, including all of the local businesses and institutions that make it uniquely, Music City. We’re proud to be sponsors of the Blue Ribbon Show—hosted by Chris Dortch, editor of Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, and Kevin Ingram, voice of the Belmont Bruins, for weekly college basketball talk during the season. The show, now in its fifth season, always has informative and entertaining guests, various coaches and some of the nation’s top basketball writers.

 

We are particularly proud of a recent show, which had Hall of Fame basketball writer Bob Ryan, plus former Lady Vol and current ESPN analyst Kara Lawson as featured guests. Listen to the show here.

 

The Blue Ribbon Hour airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. Central on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville.

 

 

Jan. Drink of the Month collage

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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Hatch Show Print & Puckett’s: Be Real, Get Local Y’all!

It’s that time of year, and we’re making your gift-giving guide easy this year: Puckett’s has once again teamed up with historic Hatch Show Print–a Nashville institution!–to offer a present that keeps on givin’ this holiday season.

Our own Amy Whidby has worked with Hatch to create 100 limited-edition “Be Real Get Local” posters to sell at Puckett’s downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia locations…. with all of the proceeds benefitting the Nashville Rescue Mission, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County, respectively!

Through the season, each restaurant will offer one-of-a-kind, numbered prints for a minimum donation of $25. The poster sales kicked off during Small Business Saturday, and our head honcho Andy Marshall said he hopes they can help raise the profile of the three non-profits through the effort.

“All of these groups do so much for our communities in Middle Tennessee, and our family here is honored to be able to give back to them this season. It’s something tangible that people can display as art or give as a gift, while directly supporting a non-profit that will use the funds toward their missions,” says Andy.

The iconic Nashville-based Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the nation, and has become a Music City treasure since its handbill printing days 133 years ago. In recent years, Hatch prints have been commissioned by Anthropologie, CNN, the New York Times, Nissan and Nordstrom, among others. Now, they can put Puckett’s on their list!

It was a real honor to work with Hatch, and Amy had a good ole timing doing it: getting a say in the design, taking a tour of their new facilities, and getting to see ’em hot off the press:

 

Another cool part of this whole story? Puckett’ Staff at the restaurants’ locations identified the community-centered organizations.

Take our 5th & Church location, for example: The Nashville Rescue Mission is dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless, and offers programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery. Puckett’s Director of Operations Claire Crowell said the Mission’s work hits close to home for her team and their guests.

“The Mission makes such a difference for people in downtown Nashville who are struggling, people we see face-to-face every day. We can become numb as a community to the challenges they’re facing, and this is one way we can help,” she says.

To get your poster (and donate to a great cause at the same dang time!), visit one of our Puckett’s locations. Or, you can call & place your order… we ship!

 

2014 Hatch Show Print poster

Thanksgiving traditions from Jan Marshall

Marshall Family Thanksgiving, circa 1995

Marshall Family Thanksgiving, circa 1995

Fall is such a busy season, and one of my absolute favorite times of the year. But my most treasured time of autumn is Thanksgiving. It quietly ushers its way into the calendar–reminding us all to take pause, reflect on our blessings, and be thankful to God that we live in such a bountiful nation. For our family, Thanksgiving holds some great traditions.

Every Thanksgiving morning, I love to start the day with a light breakfast of spicy pumpkin breads, coffee and a small protein. We all gather to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and know that when we see Santa that the holiday season is officially beginning! I admit that I’m a purist on this matter… I don’t even think about prepping for Christmas until this moment, and until Thanksgiving Day has had its moment in full.

We eat two family meals on this day, and are blessed to do so. Most of our family lives in and around Nashville, so we get to have Thanksgiving Brunch and Thanksgiving Dinner–whew! Walking is a must!  At each gathering, we talk about what we are thankful for, and slow down to visit those we love most in this world. And of course, there is always football to watch!

For the past several years, we’ve had at least one meal at Puckett’s. This one is a new tradition for us. Our extended family loves getting together there, taking our time visiting and having a great meal. An added bonus for me is to watch other families at our place doing the same. I can’t begin to say how special that is to me. It makes all that turkey cooking worthwhile!

When Andy and I first started our version of Puckett’s years ago, the tradition was to for Andy to fry, smoke, and roast a bunch of turkeys, while our kids and I–along with our small staff–would box up literally hundreds of Thanksgiving meals. Now that we have restaurants to share with so many families, it’s special to see this day within its own new tradition.

Some Thanksgiving traditions are always the same, even as times change. When I was a girl, we would go to my grandparent’s farm every Thanksgiving Day. The guys would watch football, while I got first dibs on the Sears and Roebuck Christmas Wish Book. Grandmamma, Mom and I would go over all the deals in the paper, and let the holiday shopping begin! Though we may read now more online than on paper, it is still the same first step into the holiday shopping season.

Yes, all together, Thanksgiving Day is one holiday that is most special to me, and I hope for you as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jan Crouch Marshall is the quiet, steadying force behind the Puckett’s hospitality brand that encompasses Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Puckett’s Boat House, GRAY’S on Main and now Homestead Manor. Along with husband Andy, Jan worked to build A. Marshall Family Food while raising their three children, a son and two daughters. A native Middle Tennessee resident, she loves faith, family, friends and sharing a culture of hospitality and good food.

Puckett’s Columbia Celebrates Love Month!

Puckett's Columbia atmosphere

It’s the month of love, y’all–and our Puckett’s Columbia location will be hosting a scavenger hunt, menu surprises and more to celebrate!

During February, we’ve coordinated a series of events and specials designed to show support for the people who’ve made a BIG impact on the lives of other locals.

  1. To kick off “Love Month,” we’ll be hosting a community-wide scavenger hunt each week in February. Look for hints on our Facebook page to gather clues at select local businesses before submitting the final answers at Puckett’s Columbia.The first individual to provide the correct set of clues each week will claim a substantial Puckett’s gift card (and bragging rights for the year!).Our hope is that by sending our friends and customers to these local shops and stores, they’ll discover a local treasure they’d never been to before. These businesses are valuable participants in the community and we want to spread the love.
  2. Local government employees (Feb. 9-16), as well as individuals employed at General Motors (Feb. 1-8), First Farmers & Merchants (Feb. 16-22), and Tennessee Farm Bureau (Feb. 22-28), will also have something to cheer about: We’re is providing a 10% discount for these businesses during the aforementioned weeks in February. If this applies to you, go ahead and call (931) 490-4550 to make a reservation!
  3. Plus, restaurant-goers may get an extra surprise when they crack open their menu this February: lucky friends could stumble across menu prizes that we’re inserting in select menus! Items will include gift cards, complimentary food, free cover for weekend performances and plenty of Puckett’s swag.In nearing our first birthday at the Columbia location, we want to thank everyone for the support that’s flowed from the community. The idea is for the ‘Puckett’s Fairy’ to brighten the day of those who continue to do so for us!

We hope y’all will enjoy the #PuckettsLove… because we so appreciate you!