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Cocktail Contest: You’re The Bartender!

We’re starting something new in 2015, and we’re super excited about it…. now you will be the ones to choose our Drink of the Month each go ’round!

Here’s how this is going to work: every month, the individual teams at our Puckett’s Restaurant locations (that’s downtown Nashville, Franklin and Columbia) will come up with a creative cocktail recipe that is unique to their bar. We’ll snap photos of each libation, and then post them our social media accounts–without revealing the mixologist behind the drinks!

The cocktail that gets the most collective votes across all Facebook pages will be Puckett’s Drink of the Month winner, served up for our patrons to sip in our three towns!

We can’t tell you which team made what, ’cause that’d be cheating. Our bartenders get pretty competitive… this is going to be fun to watch.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view our social media links to get to voting, and be sure to check back each month to see what we’ve whipped up. Cheers y’all!

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You’re Invited: Celebratin’ 10 Years With A Roast With A Toast!

e-Andy-Roast-Art-topWe’re inviting all friends, family and customers of Puckett’s Restaurant to help us celebrate 10 wonderful years in downtown Franklin on Thursday, Dec. 18 with a special night of throwback menu items, live music—and a roast of Andy Marshall, owner of A. Marshall Family Foods Inc.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a prix-fixe menu of Puckett’s classics that y’all will remember from the early days: baked tilapia with pecan and tomato sauce, smoked baby back ribs, chicken ambassador, peach cobbler, cinnamon roll bread pudding and chocolate chess pie. YUM

Once supper is served, we’ll be turnin’ the tables on owner Andy Marshall as he—the king of BBQ and of ribbing—will be the one roasted, with a bit of toasting included, too. Speakers will include a lineup of notable community members, from U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn and Commissioner of Transpiration John Schroer to Williamson County and Franklin Mayors Rogers Anderson and Ken Moore, respectively.

The lively evening will be emceed by Harry Chapman, and will conclude with performances by songwriters who’ve played at Puckett’s for years.

Tickets are $100 and include supper and the show. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County’s initiative to restore the Old, Old Jail. Marshall is a Heritage Foundation board member. To purchase tickets, give us a call at 615.794.5527.

See y’all there!

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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.

Raised By The Fork: Happy 10 Years, Puckett’s Franklin!

This is written December 4, 2014, by Director of Operations Claire Crowell in her blog Raised by the Fork.

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Ten years ago today, we opened the doors to Puckett’s in Downtown Franklin. I was a freshman in college at the time, and left my hostess job in Nashville when my dad told me he was opening a restaurant in downtown Franklin to help out.

Leiper’s Fork raised me, but the restaurant on 4th Avenue in Downtown Franklin is where I truly grew up. I started there as a server and the day that we opened 10 years ago was the first day I had ever touched a point-of-sales computer. Even though we had been in business in Leiper’s Fork for six years before we opened our second location, Franklin was our first full-service restaurant and we still had so much to learn about the restaurant business. I worked here on and off waiting tables while I was in college, and I honestly had absolutely no intention of making a career in the hospitality industry. When I graduated from MTSU, I started helping dad full time as an assistant manager in Leiper’s Fork while I decided whether or not to go back to school for a graduate program. A few months in it became clear to me that I had the bug for the business, it was just simply in my blood. I remember being nervous when I decided to tell Dad that I was here to stay, maybe because it felt like such a grown up decision.

Read the rest of the post here.

Hatch Show Print & Puckett’s: Be Real, Get Local Y’all!

It’s that time of year, and we’re making your gift-giving guide easy this year: Puckett’s has once again teamed up with historic Hatch Show Print–a Nashville institution!–to offer a present that keeps on givin’ this holiday season.

Our own Amy Whidby has worked with Hatch to create 100 limited-edition “Be Real Get Local” posters to sell at Puckett’s downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia locations…. with all of the proceeds benefitting the Nashville Rescue Mission, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County, respectively!

Through the season, each restaurant will offer one-of-a-kind, numbered prints for a minimum donation of $25. The poster sales kicked off during Small Business Saturday, and our head honcho Andy Marshall said he hopes they can help raise the profile of the three non-profits through the effort.

“All of these groups do so much for our communities in Middle Tennessee, and our family here is honored to be able to give back to them this season. It’s something tangible that people can display as art or give as a gift, while directly supporting a non-profit that will use the funds toward their missions,” says Andy.

The iconic Nashville-based Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the nation, and has become a Music City treasure since its handbill printing days 133 years ago. In recent years, Hatch prints have been commissioned by Anthropologie, CNN, the New York Times, Nissan and Nordstrom, among others. Now, they can put Puckett’s on their list!

It was a real honor to work with Hatch, and Amy had a good ole timing doing it: getting a say in the design, taking a tour of their new facilities, and getting to see ’em hot off the press:

 

Another cool part of this whole story? Puckett’ Staff at the restaurants’ locations identified the community-centered organizations.

Take our 5th & Church location, for example: 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 Director of Operations Claire Crowell said the Mission’s work hits close to home for her team and their guests.

“The Mission makes such a difference for people in downtown Nashville who are struggling, people we see face-to-face every day. We can become numb as a community to the challenges they’re facing, and this is one way we can help,” she says.

To get your poster (and donate to a great cause at the same dang time!), visit one of our Puckett’s locations. Or, you can call & place your order… we ship!

 

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