Historic Homestead Manor Holding Job Fair, May 4

Homestead Manor—one of our new concepts that will include a restaurant, event venue and working farm!is holding a job fair to fill nearly 70 staff positions Monday, May 4 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Cool Springs.

Available roles include a maitre d’, restaurant managers, chefs, servers, hosts, line cooks, prep cooks, server assistants and dishwashers, in addition to bartenders with extensive craft cocktail or wine experience. Interviews will be hosted at 2001 Meridian Boulevard in Franklin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Marshalls say they hope to fill positions for both the restaurant and the special event area through the job fair, and are looking for individuals with a community-oriented heart and a willingness to learn. Those with fine-dining experience are especially encouraged to apply!

“We’re a family-owned business that focuses on treating customers like friends. We’ll be looking for personalities that fit the core of that vision,” says Claire Marshall Crowell, our director of operations for A. Marshall Family Foods Inc., who will be directly involved in the hiring. “Homestead is a new concept for us, and we’re excited to reveal the property to the public.”

If you’re interested, you can download an application at Applicants may bring a completed form to the interview or fill one out on site. A copy of a photo I.D. is requested, and resumes are always welcome.

Homestead’s impressive ca. 1819 antebellum home, which was a ground-zero site for 8,000 Civil War soldiers during the Battle of Thompson’s Station, now serves as the hub for the property. Plans for the Homestead concept include an event barn, a fresh farm-to-table restaurant concept, and educational opportunities involving the on-site orchard, greenhouse and working farm.

Construction is nearly complete on the bar, event barn, and Manor, which will house the eatery. Owner Andy Marshall says the property will open next month.

“As a company, we established early that our focus would be on investing in the community. We’re looking forward to doing that here with Homestead. This is an amazing opportunity for our family to create a hospitality concept unlike anything we’ve done before. We believe this property and its components to be unique to not only to this county, but also to Middle Tennessee,” Andy says.

For updates about Homestead Manor progress and more, visit its website at or Facebook page at Hope to see some of y’all soon!

Homestead Manor

On the heels of earning a spot on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies, A. Marshall Family Foods Inc. announced the purchase of the ca. 1819 Homestead Manor in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., and intentions to enrich the 50-acre property steeped in local history.

Plans include an event barn, a fresh farm-to-table restaurant concept, a farmer’s market and educational opportunities involving Homestead’s on-site orchard, greenhouse and working farm, with a spring 2015 timeline set for opening.

Greg Hargest Q + A: Puckett’s Boat House

We’re growin’ + growin’, y’all, and we’re thrilled to introduce our newest member to the Puckett’s family Greg Hargest, the new general manager at Puckett’s Boat House!

Greg’s an industry veteran, with nearly 25 years of experience in the restaurant business. In his new role, he’ll be leadin’ the daily operations of the Boat House, including mentoring the staff and continuing to get to know our wonderful customers.

We sat down with Greg and asked him the hard-hitting questions so we can get to know the man behind face. Read on to learn a little more about Greg!

Greg Hargest

Q: What’s your role at the Boat House now?

I am now the general manager. 

Q: What were you doing before you joined the Puckett’s family?

I was general manager at Panera Bread.

Q: You’ve been in the restaurant industry a long time (almost 25 years!) What’s your favorite part about working in a restaurant?

Getting to meet so many new and interesting people everyday.

Q: What’s your favorite Puckett’s dish?

Everything is so good, but I find myself eating po’ boys more than anything else.

Q: What do you like to cook in your own kitchen?

My wife says I make a mean steak.

Q: Where can people typically find you on your day off?

I like sports and love to play golf. I also just joined a rec. tennis league.

Q: Who’s your favorite artist/band to listen to on the way to work?

Everyone says this, but I love all music. If you made me pick however, I would say any classic rock.

Q: What do you love most about being Franklin?

It’s one of the best places I’ve ever lived and I’m an Army brat so that says something. The people are all so friendly and it is so beautiful. 

Q: What’s an interesting fact about you that might surprise people?

I have dabbled in flipping houses with a friend for the last five years.

Q: And lastly, what are you most looking forward to in your new role at the Boat House?

To continue spreading the word about how great the boathouse is and getting to watch it grow.

Y’all be sure to pop into the Boat House next chance you get and introduce yourself to Greg!


Columbia Launching “Untapped” Craft Beer Tasting Series

Puckett's Untapped

Calling all beer lovers! We’ve got some news that’s sure to make y’all veryyy hoppy (see what we did there?). 

Next Thursday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m., Puckett’s in downtown Columbia is launching “Untapped”– a monthly craft brew tasting series that’s for everyone, from the connoisseur to the novice!

Every third Thursday, guests will try five featured craft beers and enjoy an array of exclusively paired appetizers. Plus, you’ll learn a little somethin’ too–we’ve partnered with our friends over at Wild Hare Beer Co., a local brewery in Spring Hill that offers a variety of handcrafted ales, porters and stouts. An expert from their staff will be on hand at each Untapped event to educate y’all on the intricacies of craft brewing and the world of beer.

Our first tasting will explore brews that are infused with subtle, seasonal flavors including a dark stout from Tennessee Brew Works Country Roots, that finishes with notes of roasted local sweet potatoes and hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Abita Strawberry Harvest–an exceptional lager from Louisiana–will also be featured with a focus on its refreshingly fruity, springtime qualities.

Tickets are $15 per person and limited seating is available, so give us a call now to reserve your spot at (931) 490-4550! Learn more about Columbia’s Untapped tasting series by visiting their Facebook page at

April Burger of the Month: The Zeus

Our April burger of the month  [at Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant], aptly named The Zeus, is fit for the Greek god himself!

This behemoth is made with freshly ground lamb and piled high with fresh spinach, homemade cucumber tzatziki sauce, balsamic caramelized red onions and feta cheese on a brioche bun. All that and sweet potato fries for just $10.49, y’all! Order up at Puckett’s. 


PBH Apalachicola Oysters [high res]

50 Pearls Discovered in Boat House Oyster

So how’s this for a lucky day?

One sweet lady was feasting on oysters at Puckett’s Boat House on Thursday, and dove into her last oyster. And when she did………

50 PEARLS SPILLED OUT! Yes, fifty. Crazy stuff. And this has gone viral! We’re talking ABC News and Eater–and it’s jumped the Atlantic to The Daily Mail.

We’ve been getting asked: yes, of course we let her keep her pearls! We hope she does something pretty with them. And nope: these are NOT farm-raised oysters. All our oysters at the Boat House are freshly harvested from the Gulf Coast.

Anyhoo: Talk about flashing those pearly whites. We’ll have what she’s having, from here on out!

Learn more about this discovery and the Boat House here (or watch the ABC video below to catch the full story):

ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos