WE’RE CRAZY FOR THE ‘CUE!

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.

 

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

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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!

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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!

 

 

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM.. FOR AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

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!

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(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!

IT’S (ALMOST) TURKEY TIME – WHO WANTS FREE DESSERT?

pucketts-food-pecan-cobbler-21Puckett’s was built on the idea of serving home cooked, Southern favorites to customers who feel more like family to us in comfortable environments more reminiscent of their own kitchens than restaurants. So y’all know we aren’t letting Thanksgiving go by without offering a full catering menu + Thanksgiving Day reservations in our restaurants to whomever wants to do Turkey Day the Puckett’s way!

Puckett’s Gro. in Franklin, Nashville, Columbia, and Chattanooga and Puckett’s Boat House will all offer to-go catering for your family gathering or on a larger scale, say, for an office party! Or, you can dine in at any of these restaurants on Nov. 24 and enjoy a special Thanksgiving menu at each. Additionally, we’ve got two private rooms and a larger event space in Columbia that you can rent out if you want to let us do the cooking AND the cleaning (we don’t mind!)

To place your Thanksgiving to-go order for Puckett’s, click here; to inquire about a Puckett’s holiday catering order with Puckett’s, click here. To make reservations for dining in the restaurants, or inquire about booking a private room, please call the restaurants: [Puckett’s Franklin: (615) 794-5527 | Puckett’s Nashville: (615) 770-2772 | Puckett’s Columbia: (931) 490-4550 | Puckett’s Chattanooga: (423) 708-8505]

To place a Thanksgiving to-go order or learn about holiday catering orders from Puckett’s Boat House, click here. To make Thanksgiving day reservations at Puckett’s Boat House, please call the restaurant: (615) 790-2309.

Because we love the holiday (and you all!) so much, we’re extending a few special offers to those early bird planners in Middle Tennessee who want to get ahead of the madness [hint: it includes free dessert!]

— Book your to-go catering by Nov. 1; receive 2 free pies or a half pan of cobbler with $100 min. purchase.
— Book your office catering order by Nov. 1; receive free dessert with $500 min. purchase.
— Book your holiday party in one of our Columbia private rooms/ event space by Nov. 1; receive free dessert with $500 min. purchase.

The cut-off for booking your catering order is Nov. 20, so why not make your plans a few weeks earlier this year and get free dessert out of the deal?!

Thanksgiving Day hours for the restaurants are:
Puckett’s Franklin: Seating at 11AM; 12:30PM; and 2PM
Puckett’s Nashville: 11AM – 4PM
Puckett’s Columbia: 11AM – 3PM
Puckett’s Chattanooga: 11AM – 4PM (EST)
Puckett’s Boat House: 11AM – 3PM