Columbia Event Space: Open House Celebration

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Decades (and decades) ago, the second floor of the Porter-Walker Building in Historic Downtown Columbia, Tenn., was used as a showroom for farm equipment: think tractors, and lots of ‘em.

Fast-forward to Feb. 6, 2014—and that space looks a whole lot different than John Deere green. Over the last year Puckett’s has transformed the 7,500 square-foot space into a romantic, raw event space… aptly named Columbia Event Space!

Last Thursday, our team held an open house party to celebrate those community members who’ve helped us along the way. Here’s a behind-the-scene look at how the bash looked:

Image a big open room of exposed brick and rough wooden beams. Now picture that area spotted with old antiques—like a giant Cadillac billboard plucked from an old Tennessee field—carefully curated by local picker William Powell.

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To really spice up the space, we brought high-back white leather furniture, which Event Designer Laurie DeAnne Hardman says allowed for comfort and easy conversation. Silver and moss green linens accented long tables and cross-back chairs; whiskey barrels acted as silver tops with high back-bar stools.

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Guests were entertained by live music from the Ham family band, and dug into the catered Puckett’s spread: think the Southern food we’re known for, alongside elevated dishes that our chefs are just as skilled at whipping up.

To start off, folks nibbled on passed Hors d’oeuvres the likes of fried pimento cheese with moonshine pepper jelly; country ham and buttermilk cornbread; bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp. Later, they dined at our chef-attended grits station that was a smorgasbord of pick-your-own stone-ground grits, asiago cream sauce, creole sauce, mushrooms, pimentos, catfish, sausage and oh so much more!

And we can’t forget the biscuit bar–people were surrounding that table all night long! Puckett’s southern style and sweet potato biscuits could be paired with fresh apple butter, peach preserves tomato jam, bacon jam strawberry preserves, marshmallow cream, candied pecans, and house-made chocolate sauce! Yep, we were certainly “jammin!”

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All in all, it was one rockin’ night that portrayed what Columbia Event Space is all about—a raw space that you can make your own, in a laid-back and historical setting.

Scroll to the bottom to see more photos from the night. If you’re interested in booking the space, call (931) 490-4550 for further questions

The details:

Holds: Seats 250 for a seated dinner; 350 for a reception-style, mixed seating.

Great For: weddings, corporate gatherings, graduation and birthday parties, and music events.

Preferred Planner: Laurie DeAnne Hardman of Laurie DeAnne Events

*SPECIAL* Book an event for the month of February, March or April, and receive $500 off a weekday rental and $1,000 off a Saturday rental (offer good through the end of April).

Thank you to those vendors who helped us make it one great night: 

Event Designer

Laurie DeAnne Hardman of Laurie DeAnne Events


Puckett’s Events and Catering 




Southern Event Rental 


Ham Family

Custom Lighting

105 Design Studio


Johnathon Campbell Photography


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Plenty Of Fish In The Sea Party At Puckett’s Boat House Feb. 14

Tired of hearing your friends gush over their Valentine’s Day date plans? So are we. That’s why Puckett’s Boat House is hosting a Plenty of Fish in the Sea singles event this Valentine’s Day.

Join us in our Baitshop bar this Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 for guys, $30 for ladies, and include two drinks and a spread of your favorite Boat House appetizers. We’ll also have live music courtesy of Raven Cliff starting at 8 pm. See y’all there!

Puckett’s Boat House is located at 94 E. Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tenn.

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New Gluten-Free Alternatives At Puckett’s Boat House

The number of people with food allergies seems to be on the rise, and we’ve noticed more and more of our customers are requesting wheat-free dishes. In response, Puckett’s Boat House has added several inexpensive options for y’all with celiac disease and wheat allergies.

We’re offering tasty signature Cajun dishes such as the mojo wings tossed in a choice of hot, mild or honey jalapeño sauce, a hand-cut Sanibel salmon fillet and grilled grouper. Other items that were already incorporated into the Boat House menu include the BBQ shrimp & grits, as well as a variety of the specialty salads.

Those with celiac can also enjoy many of our side items, including rice pilaf, creamed spinach, chipotle-cheese grits, sautéed vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes and coleslaw.

And don’t think we forgot dessert! We’ve also added a gluten free chocolate mousse pie that replaces a traditional flour crust with one comprised of pecans and dates, and is lightly sweetened with agave nectar.

We understand how hard it can be dining out with a food allergy, and we hope these additions to our menu will allow us to form new relationships with those who have struggled to eat out in the past.

Puckett’s Boat House is located at 94 E. Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tenn.

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Puckett’s Boat House Rolls Out Skinny Menu

A new year means a new list of resolutions for many of y’all Middle Tennesseans—and topping that list is often a healthier diet. Luckily, you can still indulge in a delicious Puckett’s Boat House lunch or dinner without breaking your resolution!

We’ve released a new “Skinny Menu” for y’all determined dieters and healthy eaters, with all dishes falling under 400 calories. We’ve got items such as steamed mahi mahi, blackened ahi tuna salad and more.

Dessert’s on there too! Try out the low-calorie gluten-free chocolate mousse pie that replaces a traditional flour crust with one made of pecans and dates, and is lightly sweetened with agave nectar.

So just because you’ve resolved to eat healthier doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice taste. Come join us at the Boat House for a refreshing eggplant lettuce wrap with grilled eggplant, squash, zucchini, carrots, peppers and broccoli, or a delicious salmon wrap with fresh tomato and basil pesto served in a pita shell.

Happy eatings!

Puckett’s Boat House is located at 94 E. Main Street in downtown Franklin, Tenn.

Homestead Manor: A Magical Place

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On March 5, 1863, the Battle of Thompson’s Station raged around a sweeping 50-acre property and one Williamson County plantation home.

In spring 2013, Homestead Manor commemorated 150 years since the skirmish with its grand re-opening of the beautiful home–which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the property has a conservation easement through The Land Trust of Tennessee. {want to know more about the history? click here}

Built by the Giddens family between 1809 and 1816 the home sits as a preserved oasis surrounded by 47-acres of lush green grass, mature trees with hanging branches that shade the property and gentle hills that define the horizon. There’s sweeping versatility when it comes to Homestead Manor–it’s a newly renovated space that can serve as a private venue for community and corporate events, weddings and oh so much more.

But that’s not why we’re writing today–because, well, it must be your lucky day!

Homestead Manor Plantation is offering a limited spring special through February 15: receive $1,000 off venue rental for Saturday bookings and/or $500 off venue rental for weekday bookings for events in February and April 2014. 

We know, right? Too good to be true! If you’re interested in this (fabulous, as Ms. Dolly Parton would say!) deal, just email Laurie here. To see standard rental rates, head here.

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