Road trip and research

Sometimes you’ve just got to get out of town and see how food is served in other areas. There is nothing like a road trip to get a different view, and for BBQ where is a better place than Memphis!

We rolled into Top’s BBQ in Memphis with some friends –nothing fancy-just great Memphis style BBQ

On down south we traveled to Mississippi….Greenwood Mississippi to be exact, home of The Viking Corporation and where the movie “The Help” was filmed.  BB King and some great blues also hales from this part of the Delta.

Greenwood is also home of world famous Luscos Southern restaurant. There is tons of history there both in the plantation and prohibition era. In today’s time, the likes of George and Laura Bush and Emeril have gone there for their own research. The food is Southern and yummy!

We drove on down to Oxford, Mississippi and enjoyed a great SEC football game. While there, we got to see firsthand the number on tailgate party in the USA-at the famous “Grove.” I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I’m a University of Tennessee girl. It was impressive to say the least.

That evening, we trekked on down a bit to Taylor and ate catfish at “Taylor’s Grocery.” It was farm raised Mississippi catfish at its best. ..home-style. I loved sitting on the porch with a crowd of people and waiting for our name to be “hollered out.”

We ended our trip back in Greenwood at the Crystal Café. This little local place had some good scratch Southern cooking and amazing rolls and desserts.

It was great fun and a pleasure to see good Southern cuisine and culture just down the road a couple of hundred miles from Tennessee. I can’t wait for the next culinary adventure. I love this kind of road trip!

b-salad

Eat healthy at Puckett’s!

Another tasty salad ready to eat at Puckett's!After turning 50 years old this year, Andy and I decided it’s time to take our health a bit more seriously. We have joined Blue Sky MD and gone on a pretty strict eating and exercise program. That sounds pretty normal and even boring for most. You may think it’s a hard challenge to accomplish such a task as owners of Puckett’s. Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s doable and even enjoyable to eat healthy at Puckett’s.

Because we cook from scratch, it’s easy to ask for substitutions in how our food is prepared.   We mix up our salads, steam our vegetables, and change up our chicken, fish and beef to have a variety of great flavors with healthy seasoning options. Our staff in the kitchen does a terrific job, and they take great pride in making all of our food delicious, even if it is the healthy or light fare.

Some of our favorites are egg white omelets with veggies for breakfast; blackened salmon with a little feta cheese; filet not wrapped in bacon; steamed veggies; mashed sweet potatoes; grilled or blackened chicken; and any of our salads modified to our needs.

The results have been great!  We’ve both dropped pounds and gained energy. Of course, there will be a day when we will work our regular fare into our meals again. But, in the meantime, we are living proof that you can eat healthy and often at Puckett’s.

Also, I want to mention how grateful we are to the staff at Blue Sky MD in Franklin. They are tremendous. We really appreciate their approach in retraining our overall health as we move into this next season of our life.

Restaurant Week 2011

It's Restaurant Week 2011!From today, September 5, through Sunday, September 11, you can get out and support your local economy, and have a great time doing so. Today kicks off The Nashville Originals’ “Nashville Restaurant Week.” It is a time of great menu specials and discounts with independent restaurants all over our city.

The Nashville Originals is a group of 43 restaurant owners dedicated to sustaining the independent restaurant as a fixture in Nashville’s culture and community. There are members in and all around the city of Nashville.

Though I am not claiming to be an economic expert, I do have enough common sense to know that we all can play a part in helping out the overall economic growth by shopping, dining and supporting our local businesses. As most things that truly work in this world, it takes a grass roots approach; and there is not any way more enjoyable than eating out, getting pampered, shopping, or playing locally. Maybe if we all did a little of that, we wouldn’t need politicians and Wall Street worrying themselves so much.

Sure, I may be simplifying a bit. Nonetheless, it’s a start, and a delicious way to do it.   Puckett’s is offering a special large three course meal for $20.11—a great value for sure.  Go to the below link to learn more about the Nashville Originals and see our special menu as well as all of the other participating restaurants. Happy Dining!

Learn more about Nashville Originals

SEYA SEC Football Kickoff Party and People’s Choice BBQ Competition

Puckett's team gets ready to compete!

Last Thursday, Puckett’s 5th and Church competed  in the first annual People’s Choice BBQ Competition at the SEC Football Kickoff Block Party presented by Nashville Sports League and the Southeastern Young Alumni Charitable Foundation (SEYA).  Several hundreds of people joined the party at Nashville’s trendy Gulch community, close to the downtown area. Puckett’s squared off against some of Middle Tennessee’s best BBQ eateries in town, and won! We were voted The People’s Choice!

We won!Our award!

Our team did a fabulous job during the entire event, and had a great time. It was also so much fun to introduce our restaurant to several in the community who had yet to hear of Puckett’s. What a great way to meet an entire community, by winning a major competition! We are so proud of all of our staff at Puckett’s.
We enjoyed serving up great food to a great group of people!
Everyone love BBQ!

The block party is being held in part to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. “Since 2009, the SEC Football Kickoff Block Party has proven to be a tremendously successful event and this year with the help of local businesses like Puckett’s, we hope to raise $40,000 for adolescent oncology.

Studio Tenn celebrates at Puckett’s!

Puckett’s in Franklin is so proud to help sponsor Studio Tenn’s production of “Guys and Dolls” at the Franklin Theatre going on now.  We celebrated their opening night last Thursday with a reception for the cast, crew and sponsors  at Puckett’s.  Everyone was in great spirits.  It was a packed house was lively as all were enjoying the evening with food, beverage, and singing from the cast.

Studio Tenn celebrates at Puckett's in Franklin!

Studio Tenn’s Theatre Company is stacked with wonderful talent straight from Broadway itself.  We all know Nashville is loaded with great musical talent.  However, it doesn’t stop there.  Studio Tenn’s founders, directors and actors have had major roles on Broadway such as “Jersey Boys,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and in movies such as “Country Strong.”

Several of the cast members, including the two directors were raised in this area before they took their talents across the nation. They are proud to come back home and be a vital part of this community through theatre and the arts.

Andy and I enjoyed the “Guys and Dolls” production every bit as much as what we’ve seen in New York.  The lovely and intimate seating in the Franklin Theatre is like having a private showing of a major production.

Guys and Dolls

“Guys and Dolls” plays a few more days and is almost completely sold out, however, I would recommend trying to get a ticket online at franklintheatre.com.

This Christmas, the company is performing “A Christmas Carol,”December 8-18.  They will perform “The Miracle Worker, February 23-March 4.  I would highly suggest that you get a ticket to all of these.  It is something to be proud of for Franklin and the Nashville community.