An Empty Box & What It Means To Us

“This box formerly contained the Chicken Cordon Que, grilled asparagus, and smashed sweet potatoes–the special of the night at Puckett’s Columbia. As you can see, I cleaned my plate. Now I’m seriously contemplating eating the box.

This crew down here is doing an awesome job! Thanks again for coming to Columbia!”

-James Lund, Old Curiosity Bookstore on the downtown Columbia public square

 

It’s kind words like these (passed along straight to Andy) that give us a passion for what we’re doing! Thank y’all for being such good friends to our Puckett’s family. We so appreciate you.

Nashville Students Compete in ‘The Cutting Edge Tour’

We’ve got some fun news for y’all!

On Tuesday, April 23, three culinary students from Nashville will compete in “The Cutting Edge Tour,” hosted by Food Network star and celebrity chef, Maneet Chauhan! This will be part of her nation-wide book tour this spring.  At each stop across the country, local students will be competing for the title “America’s Top Teen Chef.”

The public is invited to come cheer on Nashville’s students at the judging portion of the competition on April 23 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  The competition will be held at Glencliff High School (160 Antioch Pike; Nashville, TN 37211).

Glencliff’s culinary team recently took second place at the Tennessee ProStart Championship on March 9, held by the Tennessee Hospitality Education Foundation, and we’re excited to see this new talent cropping up!

As a member of the Tennessee Hospitality Association and the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association, we encourage y’all to support these students and help spread the word of the event! Want more information? Check out WSMV’s article here!

Glencliff High School’s 2nd Place Dessert (TN ProStart Championship)

Puckett’s Teams Up With Hatch Show Print

Have you heard? We teamed up with the historic Hatch Show Print company to offer a gift that keeps on giving!

We created 100 limited-edition “Be Real Get Local” prints with Hatch to sell at our downtown Franklin and downtown Nashville locations, with proceeds benefitting the Nashville Rescue Mission and Mercy Community Healthcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic). It’s the perfect present this holiday season, with a great story behind it that your loved one is sure to appreciate!

How much are they?
Each restaurant will offer 50 numbered, one-of-a-kind prints for a minimum donation of $25.

Where can I buy them?
At Puckett’s in Franklin (120 Fourth Avenue South) or our location in downtown Nashville (500 Church Street). You can also order the prints online HERE, over the phone, or come in to pick ’em up!

About Mercy Community Healthcare
Mercy Community Healthcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic) provides complete primary healthcare to patients of all ages, both insured and uninsured.

About Nashville Rescue Mission
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 2012 Hatch Show Print

The Puckett’s Hatch Show Print

Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the country, and it just so happens to be down the hill from us in Nashville, right on the Broadway strip. They’ve been creating these amazing posters for everyone from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks, The Grand Ole Opry to small tent revivals for many years. In fact, when you go to a show at the Ryman today, and you see those cool posters that they sell for every show, you’re looking at a Hatch Show Print.

We’ve known for a long time that a Puckett’s Hatch Show Print was something that we wanted to do, but it wasn’t until we started discussing our plans for Christmas fund-raising that we found the right time to do it. The idea was to have the team at Hatch create a limited edition Puckett’s poster, and we would donate the sales to local organizations in our Nashville and Franklin communities. The idea was a hit with everyone, so we connected with Hatch right away on coming up with something really cool.

It was neat to see how they run their letterpress shop. Type is laid out by hand, chosen from the drawers and shelves that contains letters, some over 100 years old. Rolling the poster through the press is done in stages, so if you have a 3 color poster (like we do), they would roll each sheet through the press three seperate passes. Even the design process itself is nostalgic- no high-tech computer programs involved what-so-ever, you deal with them in person or via fax. You let them know the text you’d like and they take it from there. A mock-up was made, with simple black ink, we loved it and the presses started rolling! What they are doing in that shop is really amazing, and their team of artists are so good at what they do, they actually make it look easy! (Y’all really owe it to yourselves to take a little field trip to Hatch Show Print. The historic Nashville institution is open Monday-Saturday, and it’s free to stop in and browse.)

Hatch Mock up and Inside

We’re so happy with the final product, and hope y’all love it as much as we do! We’re selling them now at our Nashville and Franklin Puckett’s Gro. locations for a minimum donation of $25. These limited edition prints are the first in what is sure to be a long running series. We invite y’all to stop by in person and purchase one. We’re especially excited to be selling these on Small Business Saturday, November 24- which is a day to celebrate and support small businesses.

Puckett's 2012 Hatch Show Print

In Nashville we’re donating the sales to the The Nashville Rescue Mission. Many of y’all have heard of the Mission, but just in case- The Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to helping the hungry, homeless and hurting. They strive to restore hope and transform lives by offering programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery. $2.26 provides a meal to a homeless man, woman or child.

In Franklin, we’re donating to Mercy Community Heathcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic), which provides complete primary healthcare to patients of all ages, both insured and uninsured. Their services include sick and urgent care, counseling and social services, chronic illness management, and psychiatry. Because 70% of Mercy’s patients are uninsured or on TennCare, they need to raise $1.3 million annually.

Both of these organizations do so much for our communities in Middle Tennessee. We’re really honored to be able to do something for them this Christmas season!

Make sure to watch Andy’s interview on “Moore with The Mayor”

Andy was honored to be interviewed by Franklin Mayor Ken Moore for his new Moore with The Mayor program. In this interview Mayor Moore discusses a range of topics with Andy, including a great overview of the forthcoming Gray’s On Main restaurant.

Along with being available to watch on Youtube, Moore with The Mayor will air on Franklin’s Cable Channel 10. Here’s a list of air dates and times:

Monday August 27 – 9:30 am, 1:30 pm, 10:03 pm
Tuesday August 28 – 9:45 pm
Wednesday August 29 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 11:00 pm
Thursday August 30 – 2:15 pm, 8:50 pm, 10:30 pm
Friday August 31 – 10:01 am, 2:01 pm