WE’RE ON THE LIST :: FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!

We are so proud to announce that A. Marshall Family Foods has earned recognition by Inc. magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing companies for the fourth year in a row! Our family-owned, middle Tennessee restaurant and hospitality company — which began as a small local grocery store in the 1990s — has grown to now include eight restaurants, two ice cream shops and a food truck, with a ninth restaurant concept — a steakhouse called Deacon’s New South — opening later this fall.

“It is exciting and a great honor to be included on this list among so many industry greats and other private companies across the state and country,” said Andy Marshall, A. Marshall Family Foods’ CEO. “We’ve had some unbelievable opportunities to expand our brand throughout the years and are grateful to our team and customers for continuing to support our existing concepts and welcoming new ones.”

A. Marshall Foods has experienced a three-year revenue growth of 80 percent and has expanded from 437 employees in 2013 to 688 by the end of 2016! According to Inc., A. Marshall is the third fastest-growing company in the food and beverage industry in Tennessee.

“The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” said Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

In addition to Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant locations in Franklin, Nashville, Columbia, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro, Tenn., Puckett’s Boat House and Puckett’s Trolley, A. Marshall Family Foods owns and operates four more restaurants and hospitality concepts in middle Tennessee. Homestead Manor, an antebellum property with its own restaurant, event venue and farm in Thompson’s Station, opened in 2015. Scout’s Pub in the Franklin community of Westhaven and Hattie Jane’s Creamery in downtown Columbia were opened in summer 2016, and a second Hattie Jane’s opened in March 2017 in Murfreesboro. This fall, Deacon’s New South — a modern, Southern steakhouse — will open in the historic L&C Tower at the corner of Church St. and 4th Ave. N. in downtown Nashville.

The full listing of the 2017 Inc. 5000 winners is available here.

NASHVILLE RESTAURANT WEEK, COMIN’ ATCHA!

The solar eclipse isn’t the only thing on our minds today: Nashville Restaurant Week has finally arrived! Restaurants across Davidson and Williamson counties have built special menus of delicious meals and are featuring them this week only. We’ve gotta say, Puckett’s has the absolute best of it, with three locations in on the action!

Stop by all three from August 21-27 to try these items before they go away! Puckett’s Gro. in Nashville and Franklin and Puckett’s Boat House have created some amazing, unique dishes that y’all do not want to miss. Be sure to check the menus’ wine pairings to make it complete!

Puckett’s Gro., downtown Nashville

Puckett’s Nashville has a three-course meal this week for just $25. Start with our take on street corn, on the cob with brown butter, feta and green tomatoes with a lime relish. For the main event, choose between honey fried chicken, a brisket grilled cheese or a savory stuffed yam, all with a special Southern twist. Finally, round out your meal the aptly-named Piemageddon, fried apple pie a la mode. YUM! We know you can’t resist making a reservation ~ or checking out the full menu here

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Puckett’s Gro., downtown Franklin

Franklin is serving up the same deal — $25 for all three phenomenal courses — but with a different and equally tasty menu! Kick things off with our country deviled eggs appetizer, then make the tough choice between slow smoked angus ribs or the Puckett’s Sampler of brisket, chicken, ribs and sides for your entree. Then reward yourself with brûléed banana pudding for dessert. We can’t wait for you to try this! Head here to make a reservation or here to see the menu.

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Puckett’s Boat House, downtown Franklin

If seafood is what you’re craving as summer winds down, you can’t do better than the Boat House for Nashville Restaurant Week. We’ll start you out with Oysters en Brochette, which involves our best oysters, deep frying and bacon. Need we say more?! For your entree, pick delectable flounder stuffed with Cajun crab or our airline chicken breast, served with summer squash risotto and cherry tomatoes and a Cajun cream sauce.

For dessert, treat yourself to Nana’s Banana Pudding! We are accepting reservations, and the full menu is online here.

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Wondering what our other restaurants are cookin’ up? Check out the Scout’s Pub and Homestead Manor menus! We can’t wait to see your smiling faces as you #eatlikealocal!

OUTSTANDING STUDENT RECEIVES FIRST A. MARSHALL FAMILY FOODS SCHOLARSHIP

Exciting news, y’all! Madison Suit, a rising college freshman from Sevierville, Tenn., has been named the first-ever recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from A. Marshall Family Foods Inc., in partnership with the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Education Foundation. Madison will use the scholarship to further her educational pursuits in the hospitality and tourism industry (taking a page from our book!)

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Madison found her love of cooking at an early age. A five years old, she began helping her grandmother in the kitchen. Since then, this interest has become a passion and guided her career path. She will soon begin her freshman year at Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.

An honors student, she served as president of the Culinary Arts program at Sevier County High School and logged more than 400 hours of community service while taking AP classes and maintaining a high grade point average.

“I have invested myself in my future and my dreams over the last three years,” Madison wrote in her application essay. “This scholarship will help me achieve my dreams and give me the chance to go to college.

The scholarship is particularly meaningful to Madison, who could have missed out on the opportunity to attend college: she and her parents have been a single-income family since her father suffered an accident when was in fifth grade. The award of $5,000 will help her attend her university of choice, and we at A. Marshall Family Foods are more than happy to support her in this endeavor.

“Madison is an impressive young lady who will represent our industry well for years to come,” said Andy Marshall our CEO. “As the scholarship’s first recipient, she will always be special to our family.”

Madison’s plans to keep it local struck a chord with us, too: she intends to return to Sevierville after college to pursue a managerial role at a local restaurant, hoping to ultimately gain enough experience to open her own concept one day. 

“I want to invest the skills I learn at school back into the community in which I grew up,” she said.

Madison and other scholarship winners will be recognized at the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association ‘Stars of the Industry’ awards gala on October 5 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Please join us in congratulating her and wishing her the best of luck at Sullivan University!

DON’T MISS IT :: THOMPSON’S STATION FARMER’S MARKET IS TONIGHT!

If you’re a fan of Puckett’s, then you’re a fan of supporting local businesses (and our homemade, authentic Southern recipes don’t hurt, either!) We’re just sure that if you love Puckett’s, you’ll love the Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market, where our vendors sell goods that are all homegrown, homemade, home baked and hand crafted. As a matter of fact, tonight is an extra special event: the last Night Market of the #TSFarmersMarket season!

In May, we welcomed over 800 people to the property for our first-ever Night Market, and we’re thrilled to host our last one of the season. As before, tonight’s market will be happening from 4 – 7 p.m. in the barn at Homestead Manor.

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Look for your favorite vendors you see week to week at the market, along with a few new ones. Be sure you come hungry so you can enjoy food from Yayo’s O.M.G.! While you are walking around the barn enjoying your dinner and shopping all the local vendors, you’ll hear live music from local singers/songwriters. The lineup will include Marcus Whybrew, Tessa Victoria, and Alicia Smith. And don’t forget to top off your evening with s’mores by the fire pit!

We hope to see you tonight! Please note that there will be NO DAYTIME MARKET. Stop by on your way home from work or for a nice evening outing with the family! Feel free to bring picnics and blankets to enjoy the property. There will be plenty of places to sit, enjoy each other’s company, and fellowship!

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We’re Still Blushing :: Stars of the Industry Awards

(AMFF) 2017 GNHA Stars of the Industry Winners

(L-R) Ryan Blainey, Rachel Layton, Ben Stepp, Donnie Counts, Claire Crowell, Noe Martinez, Andy and Jan Marshall

Proud parent {company} moment, y’all! The Greater Nashville Hospitality Association (GNHA) recently honored several winners from A. Marshall Family Foods at its annual Stars of the Industry luncheon. Our family-owned restaurant and hospitality group collected five (yes, five!) awards at the ceremony, which recognized the best and brightest stars in the Nashville hospitality and tourism industries.

Our CEO Andy Marshall said it best:

“It is a true honor to be recognized by our local hospitality association. Our team is more than deserving, and I’m proud to be part of a company of people who put such care and effort into their work. With these awards comes a responsibility to continue to serve our community well, and we take that seriously.”

Without further ado, here’s the rundown of our company’s superstars and the awards they earned!

Claire Crowell, chief operating officer of A. Marshall Family Foods (and major girl boss!), received the GNHA Women in Tourism & Hospitality Leader of the Year award. The daughter of Andy Marshall, she grew up in the restaurant business and climbed the ranks throughout her teen years and early adulthood, from server to general manager to the position she currently holds today.

As COO, she manages operations of our 12 restaurants and hospitality concepts, including five locations of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant; Puckett’s Boat House; Puckett’s Trolley; Homestead Manor; Scout’s Pub; two locations of Hattie Jane’s Creamery; and our company’s newest venture, Deacon’s New South, which will open late fall 2017 in downtown Nashville.

Claire is actively involved in various industry organizations, serving in leadership roles for several of them, including the DISTRICT organization in downtown Nashville and the city’s independent restaurant association, the Nashville Originals. She is known as a leader in the community, an authority in the hospitality industry and a mentor to many.

Independent Restaurant Manager of the Year was awarded to Ben Stepp, general manager of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in Columbia. From his start as general manager in 2015, Ben and his staff have set standards and expectations to excel, which made 2016 a banner year for our Columbia location. In fact, the restaurant’s profits have increased so much under Ben’s management that we recently announced that we’d extend our Sunday closing time in Columbia from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.!

“My job is easier because of the ownership Ben takes,” Claire said. “With Puckett’s under his leadership in Columbia, I’ve been able to take a step back so that I’m able to spend more time focusing on the company as a whole.”

Noe Martinez received the Independent Restaurant Employee of the Year award. Employed at Puckett’s Gro. in both downtown Nashville and downtown Franklin, Noe didn’t speak any English when he moved to Nashville from Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2008. He applied with A. Marshall Family Foods on the advice of his brother who had worked for us, and he now works for one of our restaurants during the day and the other at night.

Regarded as “the best employee I have ever had” by Ryan Blainey, general manager of Puckett’s in downtown Nashville, Noe is committed to learning English and spends much of his free time studying the language with his wife and two young daughters. Despite being offered a server role as well as the opportunity to advance into management, Noe has chosen to remain in his position as a busser until he feels prepared for more responsibility.

“It’s been proven to me that if you work hard, you can be anything you want to be,” he said. “Because of my job, I am able to buy a car, a house, and support my family and I continue to work to grow more and more. You just don’t have that chance in Mexico.”

Donnie Counts, Executive Chef of Harvest at Homestead Manor, was named Chef of the Year at the awards ceremony. Donnie brings more than 15 years of experience to his role, drawing on culinary influences from the many different places he’s worked, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado and South Carolina. He joined the A. Marshall Family Foods team in 2014 and held multiple positions at its restaurants before taking on current role at Harvest. He recently developed a new menu at Harvest — featuring creative dishes such as root-beer-braised short rib and a grilled elk filet — which has been met with positive feedback from the restaurant’s guests!

“It’s been wonderful having Donnie at the helm of several of our concepts,” said Claire. “His passion, knowledge and creativity are huge assets to our brand and to our guests.”

A true team player, Donnie views his position as an opportunity to grow as both a chef and a teammate, and he credits the entire staff for providing a guest with a positive meal and experience.

Funds 4 Food — a campaign run by the Puckett’s Gro. team in downtown Nashville to benefit Middle Tennessee residents struggling with hunger — received the GNHA Gold Star Public Relations Award for Community Service.

We launched the month-long fundraiser at our 5th & Church location in April 2017, resulting in a $10,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee that provided approximately 40,000 meals to those in need. The donation was raised by our diners who generously added an extra $1 to their total bills and a matching contribution by A. Marshall Family Foods.

“It was really rewarding to share the Funds 4 Food Project with the Nashville community this year,” said Rachel Layton, our director of marketing who spearheaded the initiative. “This town does a great job caring for the needy and this project was simply an extension of those efforts.”

Each of these winners will automatically be nominated for the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association awards, which will be announced at a gala in the fall. The next time you see one of our amazing winners, be sure to give him or her a pat on the back!