A Very Merry A. Marshall Gift Guide

It’s officially {almost} time to holiday shop! If you’re like us, as soon as Thanksgiving passes, the gift-buying begins! Good news, though — we can keep you from going to the mall during this crazy season. Puckett’s and our sister and brother concepts like Scout’s Pub, Homestead Manor and Hattie Jane’s Creamery have tons of choices for the friends, family and food lovers on your list. Everything on this handy guide is available in our family of restaurants, and most is even available online!

Puckett’s Sauces, Spices, Marinades & Rubs

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The same flavors that create the irresistible selections on our menu are bottled and sold online, in stores, and at every Puckett’s location. We’re famous for our fall-off-the-bone barbecue, cooked low n’ slow for 18 hours over cherry wood, and now you can create it at home! Take it from our friends at Daily Deals Coupon — there’s nothing like the gift of an authentic Southern marinade for the grill master in your life. 

Puckett’s Apparel

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We’ve got shirts and hats at every Puckett’s location just waiting to be worn. These are perfect for lovers of southern cooking, frequent Puckett’s diners, or residents of the cities we get to call home. Pop through our doors in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Chattanooga or Murfreesboro to browse for your new favorite shirt, or check out our supply online. We also have fun extras like mugs and spatulas!

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Just in, we’ve got something extra special in Murfreesboro. A brand new shirt has landed thanks to our partnership with the MTSU. Puckett’s is the Official BBQ of the Murphy Center, so we made a shirt that reps both Puckett’s and the Blue Raiders. Grab one for the MTSU fan in your life!

A. Marshall Gift Cards

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Want to treat someone to the best meal in town? We’re running specials on our gift cards from Black Friday through January 1, 2018. Buy $50 in gift cards, get an additional $10. Buy $100, get an additional $25, buy $500, get an additional $150 or buy $1,000 and get an additional $400! Whether you’re buying for close family or just an acquaintance, the time has never been better to purchase a Puckett’s gift card! They are available online or in our restaurants and redeemable at all of our concepts except for Hattie Jane’s (they have their own!)

Prefer to keep things completely electronic? Our e-gift cards through Instagift are buy $100, get $25 free from Thanksgiving Day, November 23, to November 28 and again from December 18 to December 25. 

Scout’s Pub Growlers

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A growler from Scout’s Pub is sure to make your favorite beer lover smile! Our knowledgable bartenders will be more than happy to share their recommendations from our wide and unique selection of beers on tap.

32 oz. growlers are $8 each + $10 to fill with beer; 64 oz. growlers are $12 each + $15 to fill. Don’t forget to bring ’em back for a refill!

Hattie Jane’s Creamery Treats

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Pints of ice cream, homemade whipped cream, baked treats and coffee mugs — oh my! Our sweetest concept to date offers plenty of treats to match anyone on your list. Snag Hattie Jane’s pints of seasonal and classic flavors for $10 each (Buy One, Get One on Tuesdays in Columbia, TN!), a pint of homemade whip (perfect for topping off your Puckett’s pumpkin pie!) for $5, baked treats by the dozen or the NEW Hattie Jane’s coffee mugs for $9.99.

Not sure what will satisfy your bestie’s sweet tooth? Get him or her a Hattie Jane’s Instagift card here. They’re buy $100, get $30 free from November 23 to November 28 and  December 18 to December 25.

Physical gift cards are also sold in stores from Black Friday through January 1 with these sweet deals: buy $100, get $30; buy $75, get $25; buy $50, get $10; buy $25, get $5.

Homestead Manor Chef’s Table Experience

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Pop ~ Fizz ~ Clink! The Chef’s Table at Harvest offers an exceptional culinary experience, perfect for a special celebration. In this intimate setting, guests will be guided through a chef-curated five or seven course meal with beverage pairings.

Options start at $150 per person. Call 615.538.6113 to reserve your Chef’s Table experience!

Guide to the Fourth

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Our Bubba’s Bones are the perfect dish for the Fourth!

It’s time to bust out the red, white & blue! We have major #PuckettsLove for the 4th (obviously). Nothing makes us quite as happy as watching fireworks, celebrating the great country we live in, tucking into BBQ and getting to spend time with friends and family.

Not quite sure what to do this weekend? You could come listen to some live tunes at any of the Puckett’s locations! Rock out to classics of the 60’s and 70’s with Boomerang at Puckett’s Franklin, enjoy the acousitic performances of The Main Street duo at Puckett’s Boat House, jam to the soulful voice of Jon Mullins in Nashville, or enjoy Sage Cobble’s country flair in Columbia (be sure to call for reservations).

If you can’t get into one of our Puckett’s shows, here’s our guide to celebrating the Fourth with a bang in a Puckett’s city near you:

CHATTANOOGA

Though Puckett’s Chattanooga isn’t open yet, we still want all you Chattanoogans to get out & have a blast on the Fourth! Pops on the River is a community celebration that starts at 5 p.m. in Coolidge Park. Don’t forget your blankets, chairs & picnic baskets as you listen to great music & a FREE concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Orchestra! This year’s event pays tribute to the veterans who’ve risked everything for our freedom. Starting at 5 p.m., the event kicks off with a performance by Ironglide, an all-veteran rock band from Nashville. Other acts include veteran songwriters from the music therapy program Operation Song and Mitch Rosnell with his band.  The CSO will begin their patriotic performance at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks over the Tennessee River at 9:45 p.m.

COLUMBIA

For all you folks in the Mule Capital of the World, get on out to The Park After Dark, an annual free concert and fireworks show held at Maury County Park! Music starts at 6 p.m. and features great acts like Eric Street, Logan Blade, and Cody Sumpter & The Fish Pickles. A fireworks show will start later in the evening!

FRANKLIN

Come one, come all to Franklin on the Fourth! The free festival kicks off at 10 am with bluegrass music, craft and food vendors, antique cars, and a kids’ zone. Live music will be played on the stage all day, and there will even be a children’s parade starting at 5 p.m.! Franklin on the Fourth wraps up at 8 p.m. so folks can start movin’ over to Harlinsdale Farm for the fireworks show around 9:15 pm. Don’t forget your lawn chairs & blankets!

NASHVILLE

Have y’all heard the news yet?? Nashville’s fireworks display will be the largest in the COUNTRY this year! Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing starts at noon on Saturday with family-friendly games, musicians and inflatables. Music on the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage starts at 6:30 with performances by Annie Bosko, Mikky Ekko, and Martina McBride. Yes y’all, we said Martina McBride. And have we mentioned that it’s all FREE? It only gets better with the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. being accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Stay safe, and enjoy all the Fourth fun folks! #puckettslovesamerica

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Dos And Don’ts Of Summer Patio Perchin’

The sun is shining, flowers are bloomin’, birds are chirpin’ and it’s finally warm enough to enjoy it all on a patio near you. We love our outside seating at Puckett’s—Boat House, downtown Franklin, 5th & Church and soon-to-be Chattanooga all have outdoor dining options—and we want to spread some #PuckettsLove by making sure y’all do too!

Here are some dos and don’ts to follow for the best patio-sittin’ experience:

  1. DO order anything off the menu that is season-specific. Made to compliment the hot days of spring + summer or the colder days of fall + winter, it’ll be fresh + oh-so tasty, we promise.
  2. DON’T forget your sunscreen! We don’t want you to leave lookin’ like a lobster and we know you certainly don’t. Bring your sunglasses too ‘cause nothing is worse than squintin’ your way to a headache.
  3. DO know the restaurant’s policy on dogs. If dogs are allowed on a patio, make sure yours is well-behaved and friendly.
  4. DON’T be that person. Y’all all know who we’re talkin’ about here. Be conscientious of your table-neighbors. Don’t blow smoke in their direction, shout your conversations, etc. Be the Southern ladies & gentlemen we know y’all are.
  5. DO get to know a little bit about your servers. Everyone has a story & voice. Hearing some of theirs might make your day even better!
  6. DON’T be afraid to try something new. We know, we know… Why would you try something new when you already have somethin’ you love? But branch out, y’all. The new item you order could blow your old favorite out of the water. Don’t knock it till ya try it!

It’s time to soak up the sun, y’all, and enjoy some Southern cookin’ patio-style!

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Trail West

Your Guide To: A Day in Downtown Nashville

by LeeAnn Carlen, Puckett’s Events Coordinator

Nashville is hot right now…. I mean, REALLY hot. Journalists are coming from all over the great United States–and really, the world–to talk about our fair city, and write about all of the hot new places to go.

These stories are fantastic and they often give great suggestions–but have you ever thought of what the locals do in downtown Nashville before a show at, say, the Ryman?

Let’s assume we have a glorious Saturday free–or heck, you have in-laws in town and need to busy them–and we want to spend this rare day in downtown Nashville–here are some of my recommendations…..

BREAKFAST

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Of course we have to make one of our stops Puckett’s 5th & Church and one of my very favorite meals there is breakfast. You absolutely have to get a cup of joe–it comes from Muletown Coffee in my hometown of Columbia and it is delish! We are proud to carry it at all of our Puckett’s locations and support a fellow local business. You can even take some home with you!

Currently, my favorite breakfast dish is Andy’s Skinny Omelet with a side of fruit (trying to keep it healthy with the holidays coming up)! But if you are looking for a treat, I HIGHLY recommend The Kings French Toast. It is soooo good.

Grab some great Southern gifts on your way out–we have a great tea towel for Mom, a grill spatula for Dad, and a variety of spices and BBQ Sauces you can pick up.

SHOPPING

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After breakfast, take a walk around downtown and visit some of the great shops. 

  • Manuel is such a Nashville staple and represents how Traditional Nashville and New Nashville are blissfully marrying. Try one a rhinestone jacket, post on your socials and tag us @puckettsgrocery #puckettssuggests!
  • Tatyana’s is newer to the Broadway scene but was a much welcomed addition. It’s a great place for the ladies to get a super chic, retro inspired outfit. Something for New Year’s Eve, perhaps?
  • Fire Finch is a great little boutique down the road from Puckett’s that has everything your gifting heart desires. Candles, jewelry, clothing, oh my!

LUNCH

ACME Feed & Seed

After all that shopping, you have surely worked up an appetite. Head to one of Nashville’s new favorites with some of the best views of the river in town: Acme Feed and Seed!

It’s Saturday, and we’re downtown, so we are obviously starting this lunch with a drink. I’m a big fan of the Sunset Grove, but they also have tons of other local beers that you should try.

Lunch is going to be a hard decision. You guys, the food is so good. I have an internal struggle each time I go as to whether I should order the burger (please douse your fries in the Texas Ketchup) or the Hatchery. I have dreams at night about the Hatchery. 

WONDERINGS AROUND

Country Music Hall of Fame

The absolute best place to spend a few hours in downtown Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame. I grew up just outside of Nashville and have been relatively indifferent to most country music for my entire life, but let me assure you–that doesn’t matter. This place is like living history.

It is such a treasure and Nashville is so very lucky to have it. Catch the Bakersfield Sound exhibit before it closes December 31st and carve out some time to visit Hatch Show Print! They have lots of vintage posters on site; see if you can find a Puckett’s one and hit us up on our socials–@puckettsgrocery #puckettssuggests.

COFFEE BREAK

Frothy Monkey

Now it’s time to rest those barking dogs and start fueling yourself for a night on the town. Head back north to the Frothy Monkey coffee shop. They have a variety of beverages to choose from (even wine and cocktails in the downtown location), but one of my favorites is a classic almond milk latte. If you end up have a few extra minutes, pop into a few of the art galleries that surround it. They are full of beautiful, local art!

HONKY TONK HIGHWAY

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In this local’s opinion, there is only one Honky Tonk that is even worth spending time on and that is Robert’s Western World! Robert’s is an absolute classic and the place I choose to spend my Downtown Nashville nights. I prefer the balcony bar and always try to make room for a cheeseburger and crinkle cut fries- and maybe a shot of Fireball too, if you’re feeling fun. Robert’s is home to to BrazilBilly, their house band, and it is honestly some of the best music that you will find in Downtown.

If you feel like moseying onward, stick with the classics… Tootsies, The Stage and Layla’s!

DINNER

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Originally a hotel, Merchant’s Restaurant has been a staple in downtown Nashville for a number of years now. They did some revamping a few years ago and it is now equally as chic as it is delicious.

Drop everything you are doing and immediately order the Duck Fat Tator Tots. Ok, order 2–they will go FAST. I’m a really big fan of their classic cobb salad, but you also can’t go wrong with the mac ‘n’ cheese (never a bad choice), steak frites or the sweet tea pork loin.

AFTER THE SHOW

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One of my favorite spots in downtown is not exactly a secret, but it is kind of tucked away and slightly off the beaten Broadway path. Pub5 opened across from Bridgestone Arena a little over a year ago and it is your perfect nightcap location. I’ve given your bellies a workout today, but if you have room, you must try the Poutine. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve never been to Canada and had traditional poutine, but this is one of the best American versions that I’ve ever had. Wash it down with a Jackalope Thunder Ann and call it a night!

And there you have it y’all! Enjoy your action packed day in Downtown Nashville…. don’t forget to come back and tag us at #puckettssuggests. Have a good one y’all! 

LeeAnn Carlen, Events Coordinator
Being born in Texas and growing up just south of Nashville in Columbia, TN made our Nashville Coordinator a true, well-rounded Southerner. After getting her Music Business degree from Belmont University, LeeAnn worked in Artist Management on Music Row for a number of years and it was there that her love for events grew. She started branching out and planning weddings on the side in her “free time” and jumped at the chance to work at Puckett’s when it appeared. She currently facilitates all catering and events in the Nashville area and would love to hear from you! Email her at leeann@puckettsevents.com.

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A Guide To: Creating Your Christmas Tablescape

by LeeAnn Carlen, Puckett’s Events Coordinator

Happy Holidays!

I am so excited to have the tree up, Christmas music on, and twinkling lights everywhere. Christmas is my favorite season, in part because of the entertaining and decorating opportunities that abound.

Many people think they aren’t skilled at creating a beautiful holiday table, but think of it this way–you decorate your tree, right? A table is very similar! Below are some photos of a Christmas tablescape that I put together and step-by-step instructions on how to make your dining room the star of the season.

Step 1: Take a good look at your “canvas”

Determine if you want to showcase your table and use only a runner or placemats, or if it might need a little bit more coverage (ahem, like mine) and require a full tablecloth. I was decorating our Director of Operations–Claire Crowell’s–Farm Table in her dining room, and I knew that I wanted to showcase it and not have it fully covered. I wanted to incorporate some traditional Christmas colors and decided that the Cherry Red dupioni/satin runner from our dear friends at Southern Events would be a perfect accompaniment to the farm table… and would lay a nice color base on our table. I selected the Silver Fairmont runner to use as an accent color (and “fluff”), and this is where the foundations of our table started!

Step 2: Determine what you have

We rented all of our dishes so we could leave the clean up to someone else and fully enjoy our time together, but take a look in your cabinets! Do you have beautiful wedding china that you never use? Dishes passed down from your grandmother? Now is the time to bring them out! I used the Artisan Dinner Plate from Southern Events to anchor the high/low combinations of our table. It looks beautiful on the silver charger (more on that later), but the casualness of the plate pairs nicely with our farm table while our red charger pulls out the subtle red accents on the plate.

Decor is often much easier than we think. Take a look around your dining room at what you might already have and then head out to your yard! Claire had beautiful mercury glass hurricanes on her entry table that I knew I wanted to incorporate as well as some adorable candles in the shape of Christmas trees. Outside, pull stems from a holly bush and pick up pinecones, pineleaves and even branches from your yard to add a juxtaposition to your holiday table. Bonus? These items are nature’s Christmas gift to you and cost nothing!

Step 3: Determine what you need

Linen placemats or chargers are a great way to add a little excitement and variety to your table and those we definitely needed to rent (or check out the deals at Hobby Lobby–all Christmas decor is 50% off!). I decided to grab a silver charger to put our plates on and then focused on our linen napkins. Because I wanted to incorporate another traditional Christmas color without it looking too garish, I decided on the Moss Green Crush napkin over a true Christmas green. It really pulled the table together nicely!

Step 4: Final Touches!

This is the fun part–put everything together! I didn’t want our napkins to be folded so fancily that guests were afraid to use them, but at the same time I wanted them to have a little flair. I folded them into a triangle then took about an inch at the bottom and folded it under. Then I took the corners, brougt them up and tied them into a double knot. The hammered flatware and a little sprig of sparkling, silver holly berries then tucked nicely inside. I added our Recycled Wine Bottle glasses and a little ambiance with our mercury glass votive holders, lit our candles and voila! Our tablescape was complete.

If you’re stressed about preparing the meal that goes on the holiday table, we’ve got you covered there too! Puckett’s offers extensive to-go menus full of holiday favorites, with that special Marshall touch. If choosing the perfect spread intimidates you, Claire created this special “How To Guide” just for you!

We’d love to see photos of your Christmas decor and your family around the dining room table! Tweet your pictures to us and use the hashtag #averypuckettstable.

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LeeAnn Carlen, Events Coordinator
Being born in Texas and growing up just south of Nashville in Columbia, TN made our Nashville Coordinator a true, well-rounded Southerner. After getting her Music Business degree from Belmont University, LeeAnn worked in Artist Management on Music Row for a number of years and it was there that her love for events grew. She started branching out and planning weddings on the side in her “free time” and jumped at the chance to work at Puckett’s when it appeared. She currently facilitates all catering and events in the Nashville area and would love to hear from you! Email her at leeann@puckettsevents.com.