Raised By The Fork: My 5 Favorite Things To Do In Chattanooga

Andy + Claire Chattanooga

This was written June 3, 2015, by Director of Operations Claire Crowell in her blog Raised by the Fork.

I wrote about Chattanooga back in October 2014 when we first announced that we would be opening a Puckett’s there. We’ve been driving to Chattanooga for mini vacations since I was a kid. In high school, we went down annually for soccer and track state championships. When my younger brother Cliff enrolled at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, the trip became more of a regular thing. Now that we’re anxiously awaiting the opening of Puckett’s Chattanooga, I started thinking: what are my favorite things to do in the River City? It’s full of hidden gems that I’m continuously picking up on, but what I really wanted to do here was put together a list of things I do nearly every time I have more than a few hours in Chatt-town.

Claire’s Five Chattanooga Favorites:

1. Walk Walnut Street Pedestrian BridgeI love that Chattanooga is such a connected and walkable city. It just makes it feel more inviting. For something free and fun (and active) to do, I always try to take a walk across the Tennessee River on the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge. Fun fact: it’s one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world! P.S. there’s some great shopping on the other side.

2. Sip at Rembrandt’s Coffee House. Rembrandt’s is a French-inspired coffee shop located in the Bluff View Art District. You feel like you’ve transported to a little slice of Europe as you sip on your coffee and enjoy their delicious and beautiful house-made chocolates and pastries.

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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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Now At A Kroger Near You: Puckett’s Gift Cards

Y’all know we’re all about that #PuckettsLove, and now we’re spreading it to a Kroger near you! That’s right, folks: you can now buy Puckett’s gift cards—which can be used in all Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant locations + Puckett’s Boat House—in dozens ‘n’ dozens of Kroger locations across Tennessee.

We’ve thought of a few times when you just might when to swing by a Kroger:

1. School’s out for summer! So whether you want to say, ‘Congrats!’ to a student who’s just completed their final exams (and no doubt worked up an appetite during those all-nighters) or you’re putting together a graduation gift basket, pick up a Puckett’s gift card.

2. Father’s Day is right around the corner (can y’all believe it?!) and we all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Pick up a Puckett’s gift card.

3. You’re making a quick trip to Kroger for milk and eggs when your stomach growls, and nothing sounds quite as good as a full plate of homemade Southern cookin’. Pick yourself up a Puckett’s gift card! #treatyoself

We’re still introducing these to different locations so if you don’t initially see Puckett’s gift cards on display…. ask the manager.

Happy gifting, y’all!

Turkey Summer

Straight Grillin’ – Puckett’s Turkey Burger Recipe

Ah… Memorial weekend! Barring Fourth of July, we can’t think of a more patriotic holiday. It brings to mind sunny skies, American flags, cold brew, country on the radio and backyard grilling. (And of course we always take time to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Members of the own Marshall family have recently served in the military, so the day hits particularly close to home.)

If you’re like us & planning to spend time with loved ones around the grill, we put together a fun–and festive–recipe to please the folks. Think avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, chipotle sauce, pretzel buns…..

If you try it, be sure to take a picture & tag us in it so we can share! {psssst: this recipe also appeared in the Chattanooga Times Free Press today!}

– PUCKETT’S [SUMMER] TURKEY BURGER –

Puckett’s Turkey Patty

  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey

  • 1/4 Cup Diced Celery

  • 1/4 Cup Diced Yellow Onion

  • 1 Tbl Chopped Fresh Sage

  • 1/2 Tbl Granulated Garlic

  • 1/2 Tbl Lawry’s Season Salt

  • 1/2 Tbl Ground White Pepper

  • 1 Tbl Butter


Puckett’s Chipotle Sauce

  • 1 Cup Ranch

  • 1 Tbl Chopped Bacon

  • 1 tsp Puréed Chipotles


Turkey Burger Accoutrements

  • Swiss cheese

  • Bacon (we prefer apple-wood smoked bacon)

  • Avocado

  • Bun (we prefer a wheat or pretzel bun)

Directions

In a small sauce pan, sauté the celery and onion until soft. Allow the celery and onions to cool for 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl combine the ground turkey, sautéed celery, onions and spices. Mix well. Allow the mixture rest in the refrigerator for at least one hour (if time allows). Take your turkey burger mix out of the refrigerator. Portion into several patties, depending on the size you like (our picture here shows slider size – but it’s your preference!). Place the burgers on a well oiled grill. You will cook the burgers on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes per side, varying depending on size. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees. Remove from grill.

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat, then chop. Separately, mix ranch dressing, chopped bacon and puréed chipotles well, until creamy.

Take the perfectly seasoned, handmade turkey burger and top with Swiss cheese, bacon strips, fresh avocado slices, and a drizzle of our chipotle sauce on top. Sandwich between a bun–we prefer pretzel, but if you can’t find them wheat is just as tasty–and serve to your guests’ delight!

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Raised By The Fork: Puckett’s Women Build :: Habitat For Humanity

This is written May 13, 2015, by Director of Operations Claire Crowell in her blog Raised by the Fork.

Habitat For Humanity

A couple of weeks ago, Puckett’s teamed up with our local Habitat for Humanity chapter to do a Women Build — a national program where women help raise money and build homes for other women. Habitat’s goal for this program is to engage more ladies and get them active on build sites, build their confidence, and learn new skills along the way. Our home build was in Fairview, TN, where they have already built almost an entire little neighborhood of Habitat homes.

I personally have never done anything like this, and I think it goes without saying it was so much fun! Our task for the day was to put up the siding, from start to finish. We got to cut the boards down to size, make the corner pieces, and put them all up.

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