Thanksgiving traditions from Jan Marshall

Marshall Family Thanksgiving, circa 1995

Marshall Family Thanksgiving, circa 1995

Fall is such a busy season, and one of my absolute favorite times of the year. But my most treasured time of autumn is Thanksgiving. It quietly ushers its way into the calendar–reminding us all to take pause, reflect on our blessings, and be thankful to God that we live in such a bountiful nation. For our family, Thanksgiving holds some great traditions.

Every Thanksgiving morning, I love to start the day with a light breakfast of spicy pumpkin breads, coffee and a small protein. We all gather to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and know that when we see Santa that the holiday season is officially beginning! I admit that I’m a purist on this matter… I don’t even think about prepping for Christmas until this moment, and until Thanksgiving Day has had its moment in full.

We eat two family meals on this day, and are blessed to do so. Most of our family lives in and around Nashville, so we get to have Thanksgiving Brunch and Thanksgiving Dinner–whew! Walking is a must!  At each gathering, we talk about what we are thankful for, and slow down to visit those we love most in this world. And of course, there is always football to watch!

For the past several years, we’ve had at least one meal at Puckett’s. This one is a new tradition for us. Our extended family loves getting together there, taking our time visiting and having a great meal. An added bonus for me is to watch other families at our place doing the same. I can’t begin to say how special that is to me. It makes all that turkey cooking worthwhile!

When Andy and I first started our version of Puckett’s years ago, the tradition was to for Andy to fry, smoke, and roast a bunch of turkeys, while our kids and I–along with our small staff–would box up literally hundreds of Thanksgiving meals. Now that we have restaurants to share with so many families, it’s special to see this day within its own new tradition.

Some Thanksgiving traditions are always the same, even as times change. When I was a girl, we would go to my grandparent’s farm every Thanksgiving Day. The guys would watch football, while I got first dibs on the Sears and Roebuck Christmas Wish Book. Grandmamma, Mom and I would go over all the deals in the paper, and let the holiday shopping begin! Though we may read now more online than on paper, it is still the same first step into the holiday shopping season.

Yes, all together, Thanksgiving Day is one holiday that is most special to me, and I hope for you as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jan Crouch Marshall is the quiet, steadying force behind the Puckett’s hospitality brand that encompasses Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Puckett’s Boat House, GRAY’S on Main and now Homestead Manor. Along with husband Andy, Jan worked to build A. Marshall Family Food while raising their three children, a son and two daughters. A native Middle Tennessee resident, she loves faith, family, friends and sharing a culture of hospitality and good food.

What is the point of Thanksgiving?

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StyleBlueprint Williamson County have the right idea when it comes to Thanksgiving. Grab your Wonder Woman cape and order some better-than-homemade for Thanksgiving. Then you can relax and enjoy your family. (The whole point of the holiday, right?)

Holiday takeout used to be taboo, but with so many restaurants offering options as good (or better!) as your own culinary creations, why not save some energy, step away from the kitchen and actually enjoy your family? From turkey with all of the fixings to a few sides to augment your meal, there are options galore to help you feed the masses. And if you want everyone to think you are truly Wonder Woman (you are, by the way!), just put these almost-like-homemade goodies in your own casserole dishes and no one will be the wiser.

Thanksgiving meals are available for take-out at places like Puckett's.

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant

(615) 794-5527 • puckettsgrocery.com

Would you like that turkey fried, smoked or traditional? How about a dizzying array of homestyle casseroles like green bean or sweet potato? Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant offers all of the great, down-home essentials for Thanksgiving. A large turkey, roasted or smoked, is $75, fried turkey is $90. Sides, like corn bread dressing and corn pudding, are $9.99 each and feed six to eight people, while a serving for 15 to 20 is $24.99. Not a turkey lover? Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant also offers smoked prime rib, ham, pork and baby back ribs. Order turkeys by Saturday, Nov. 22. Click here for details. 

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That’s What Thanksgiving’s All About

Thanksgiving is about celebrating the past year’s blessin’s around a familial table, not stressin’ in the kitchen preparing a traditional meal, and that’s why our Franklin, Columbia and Nashville locations are offering extensive take-out and dine-in options this holiday season, y’all!

Those of you weary of preparing a whole feast on your own can rejoice! Pick up the phone and order from our extensive holiday to-go menus tailored for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, with options such as whole turkeys roasted, smoked or fried; smoked buffet hams slow-cooked in the Puckett’s famous smoker; cherry-smoked pulled pork; smoked racks of baby back ribs; and more.

The Southern-style sides are also just as likely to be the center of attention on your Thanksgiving table as the turkey, with Puckett’s specialties like our finger lickin’-good casseroles—green bean, squash, broccoli and rice, and sweet potato are favorites—available by the quart or half-pan, along with freshly baked yeast rolls and more. To sweeten the deal, we’re also offering our famous homemade pies and cobblers.

And you know you can look forward to those same made-from-scratch dishes you enjoy at the Franklin, Columbia and Nashville stores year ‘round. Our owner Andy Marshall says that many of the classics are old family recipes that have been handed down over the years.

“Most of these dishes—like the cornbread dressing and giblet gravy, the corn pudding and others—have been passed down from the Marshall family Thanksgiving table,” he says. “It made sense that we would share them on the Puckett’s table as well.”

In addition to the take-out options, Franklin, Columbia and Nashville locations will be open Thanksgiving Day—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Franklin & Columbia and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nashville—for y’all to enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with all the traditional fixings: sliced turkey, honey smoked ham, fried chicken and pulled pork, and all of the famous Puckett’s sides with fresh-baked pie to top it all off.

We open our doors every Turkey Day because that’s what Thanksgiving is about—the spirit of community and family.

“This time of year is about spending time with family, and we consider our neighbors and customers an extension of that,” Andy says. “Thanksgiving is a holiday we look forward to each year, to share a home-cooked meal with our loved ones, and we’re excited to continue the tradition for another season.”

When the Marshalls first took ownership of the original Puckett’s, Andy would wake up every morning before sunrise to slow smoke his award-winning barbecue. Come Thanksgiving, whole turkeys would take the place of pork butts in the smoker, and it became a tradition for the whole family to pitch in. For them, Thanksgiving holds nostalgic memories of serving the community.

“We’ve opened our doors and invited our guests in for a full ‘turkey with all the trimmings’ dinner since our first season with Puckett’s. Our family has some great memories all pitching in to prepare the holiday orders, and it’s become a tradition for us,” he says. “Thanksgiving’s not always about spending hours in a kitchen cooking the holiday meal; it’s about time with family and appreciating each other. We want to give people back that time.”

For those of y’all looking for more non-traditional dishes, Puckett’s Boat House—our more coastal restaurant in downtown Franklin, serving Gulf classics with that same Puckett’s twist—is also offering a holiday to-go menu. Choose from coast-inspired options such as oyster dressing, seafood lasagna, fried cabbage, pineapple casserole and more. Head over to the Puckett’s Boat House website at www.puckettsboathouse.com for more details.

For our Nashville, Franklin and Columbia to-go dinner menus, pricing and ordering instructions, visit www.puckettsgrocery.com.

The all-inclusive Thanksgiving buffet is $25, and $12.99 for those kiddos 12 and under. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made on our website or by giving us a call at 931-490-4550 [Columbia] 615-794-5527 [Franklin] and 615-770-2772 [Nashville].

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We’re Comin For Ya Chattanooga!

 

We’re ecstatic to announce that Puckett’s Restaurant is putting down roots in Chattanooga’s Riverfront District!

The Puckett’s story extends back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Now, our locations in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia, respectively, are known for slow-smoked barbecue and other Southern staples for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with live music most nights. The downtown Chattanooga Puckett’s will be located at 2 Broad Street, overlooking the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, and is working toward a Spring 2015 opening!

Chattanooga River Place Patio

Chattanooga River Place Patio

Puckett’s Owner Andy Marshall says his family has always felt at home in Chattanooga, having visited the city for everything from high school sports tournaments to family vacations.

“We absolutely love Chattanooga and have admired the progressive downtown market for some time now. Working with the staff of the River City Company, we feel we’ve found the perfect location,” Marshall said. “The entire district is full of life, with plenty to see and do and a very strong independent restaurant scene. We’re looking forward to being a part of it all.”

Economic development officials have courted Puckett’s for a few years now, according to River City Company Retail Recruiter Blair Mard, who works with prospective tenants as part of the non-profit organization’s partnership with the City of Chattanooga. Mard says the Riverfront District’s proximity to the Aquarium’s ticket office, the IMAX Theatre and other downtown landmarks make it a prime location for a restaurant like Puckett’s.

The 6,750 square-foot first floor will house the eatery, with a large patio adjoining the Plaza. Former Chattanooga Mayor Jon Kinsey serves as Managing General Partner for River Place, LP, the building’s ownership entity. Kinsey says the Puckett’s brand is precisely what the area needs.

“So much has changed since 1993 when the building first opened. We were looking for the best possible option for visitors and locals alike, and Puckett’s is a proven winner in the Nashville market,” Kinsey said. “We’re fortunate to have such a highly regarded regional restaurant expanding into our city. From an economic development standpoint, this is another key driver of both tourism and employment for our downtown core.”

Marshall’s company, A. Marshall Family Foods, was recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies earlier this year, and the Puckett’s restaurants have been recognized in local communities for everything from best barbecue and meat and three to best live music venue and best place to work. The restaurant will employ approximately 70 associates in Chattanooga.

 

Third Thursday Tasting in Columbia

Why limit yourself when you can sample it all?

Join us for our Third Thursday Tasting on Oct. 16 from 5-8 p.m. and sip on some of our favorite red wines! It’s easy to stick with what you know but we’re willing to bet you’ll find a new, go-to after experiencing our tasting. Oh yeah, and did we mention it’s only $15? With an assortment of red wines, paired appetizers and good ‘ole Columbia company, we’d say that’s tough to beat. See y’all there!

 

Columbia Oct 2014- Red Wine tasting