Puckett's 2012 Hatch Show Print

The Puckett’s Hatch Show Print

Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the country, and it just so happens to be down the hill from us in Nashville, right on the Broadway strip. They’ve been creating these amazing posters for everyone from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks, The Grand Ole Opry to small tent revivals for many years. In fact, when you go to a show at the Ryman today, and you see those cool posters that they sell for every show, you’re looking at a Hatch Show Print.

We’ve known for a long time that a Puckett’s Hatch Show Print was something that we wanted to do, but it wasn’t until we started discussing our plans for Christmas fund-raising that we found the right time to do it. The idea was to have the team at Hatch create a limited edition Puckett’s poster, and we would donate the sales to local organizations in our Nashville and Franklin communities. The idea was a hit with everyone, so we connected with Hatch right away on coming up with something really cool.

It was neat to see how they run their letterpress shop. Type is laid out by hand, chosen from the drawers and shelves that contains letters, some over 100 years old. Rolling the poster through the press is done in stages, so if you have a 3 color poster (like we do), they would roll each sheet through the press three seperate passes. Even the design process itself is nostalgic- no high-tech computer programs involved what-so-ever, you deal with them in person or via fax. You let them know the text you’d like and they take it from there. A mock-up was made, with simple black ink, we loved it and the presses started rolling! What they are doing in that shop is really amazing, and their team of artists are so good at what they do, they actually make it look easy! (Y’all really owe it to yourselves to take a little field trip to Hatch Show Print. The historic Nashville institution is open Monday-Saturday, and it’s free to stop in and browse.)

Hatch Mock up and Inside

We’re so happy with the final product, and hope y’all love it as much as we do! We’re selling them now at our Nashville and Franklin Puckett’s Gro. locations for a minimum donation of $25. These limited edition prints are the first in what is sure to be a long running series. We invite y’all to stop by in person and purchase one. We’re especially excited to be selling these on Small Business Saturday, November 24- which is a day to celebrate and support small businesses.

Puckett's 2012 Hatch Show Print

In Nashville we’re donating the sales to the The Nashville Rescue Mission. Many of y’all have heard of the Mission, but just in case- The Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to helping the hungry, homeless and hurting. They strive to restore hope and transform lives by offering programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery. $2.26 provides a meal to a homeless man, woman or child.

In Franklin, we’re donating to Mercy Community Heathcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic), which provides complete primary healthcare to patients of all ages, both insured and uninsured. Their services include sick and urgent care, counseling and social services, chronic illness management, and psychiatry. Because 70% of Mercy’s patients are uninsured or on TennCare, they need to raise $1.3 million annually.

Both of these organizations do so much for our communities in Middle Tennessee. We’re really honored to be able to do something for them this Christmas season!

Pam shows off a daily special in Franklin

Get To Know The Family: Pam Pelham

This week we’re featuring a face that many of y’all know and love- Pam Pelham! Pam was one of our very first servers to join the Puckett’s family several years ago in Franklin. She has that special knack to make our guests feel like they are the only guest in the restaurant. Pam has regular customers who have been loyal to her for years. Her feisty attitude and charming smile make your day start right at Puckett’s! She loves her hubby, Greg, and her three handsome sons, Hunter, Lane, and Dillon.

Pam shows off a daily special in Franklin
We asked Pam some “Get To Know You Questions” and this is what she had to say:

What’s your favorite thing about working in Nashville/Franklin?
Great atmosphere/fun! Love the people

What brought you to the area?

What is your favorite type of music- do you have a favorite local band/artist?
Country / Duh! Michael McDonald

If you had friends or family coming in from out-of-town, what local attraction would you make sure to take them to?
Dinner at Puckett’s, Show at the theatre, then Sweet CeCe’s

Meet any celebrities while working at Puckett’s, if not who would you love to see walk thru the doors today?
Have met and made wonderful friends with some celebrities, but I would love to meet Jim Parsons… The Big Bang Theory (Sheldan Cooper)

If you weren’t working for Puckett’s, what might you want to be doing for a living?
No clue… haven’t though about it.

If you could have supper with anyone, who would it be and why?
Betty White, I am sure she has some awesome stories to tell

What’s your favorite thing on the menu?
Bologna w/eggs for breakfast or as a sandwich for lunch

What word describes you best?

Make sure to watch Andy’s interview on “Moore with The Mayor”

Andy was honored to be interviewed by Franklin Mayor Ken Moore for his new Moore with The Mayor program. In this interview Mayor Moore discusses a range of topics with Andy, including a great overview of the forthcoming Gray’s On Main restaurant.

Along with being available to watch on Youtube, Moore with The Mayor will air on Franklin’s Cable Channel 10. Here’s a list of air dates and times:

Monday August 27 – 9:30 am, 1:30 pm, 10:03 pm
Tuesday August 28 – 9:45 pm
Wednesday August 29 – 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 11:00 pm
Thursday August 30 – 2:15 pm, 8:50 pm, 10:30 pm
Friday August 31 – 10:01 am, 2:01 pm

Congratulations to Doris and Pam! Featured in an International Travel Magazine

Puckett’s and Downtown Franklin were recently featured in a German Magazine.  We are proud to report that Doris Stringer, and her daughter, Pam Pelham were recently featured in the German Magazine, “Glucksblatt,” when travel writer Gunther Matejka stopped by the restaurant.

Doris and Pam in the German publication GlucksblattMatejka visited with a large group of European travel writers.  When Pam heard him speaking German, she joined in the conversation, much to his delight.  Doris and Pam are from Germany, and still have family there.  They are also some of our most beloved associates with all of our customers in Franklin, and have the longest working relationship with Puckett’s, starting with our first year of operation.

The travel writers fell in love with Pam and Doris, and all of Franklin.  It is such a thrill to have them represent our Puckett’s family on an international level.

If you just so happen to be fluent in German, check out the article right here!

Andy in the garden

Recipe: Andy’s Summer Veggie Lasagna

Williamson AM did a great piece on Andy this past Sunday. He discusses his love of cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients, stemming from when he was a young teenager, and how he has incorporated this into Puckett’s from the very beginning at Leiper’s Fork to most recently, Puckett’s Boat House in Downtown Franklin.

Along with the article, he also shared a Marshall family favorite- Summer Veggie Lasagna. Most all of these veggies come from the garden. We wanted to share this recipe with you here on the blog.

Andy in the garden
Read The Williamson AM’s peice “From grocery to restaurant, Andy Marshall has fresh taste for food” here

Andy’s Summer Veggie Lasagna


2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 ½ cups zucchini, diced

1 ½ cups yellow squash, diced

1 ½ cups egg plant, diced

1 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

½ cup diced green pepper

½ cup diced sweet red pepper

10 fresh Roma tomatoes, diced

1 cups water

½ cup of red wine

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

1 teaspoon sugar

5 fresh basil leaves, diced

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, crushed

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 (15-ounce) container reduced-fat ricotta cheese

1 ½ cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

¼ cup grated Romano cheese

9 whole wheat lasagna noodles


1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan add olive oil, sauté onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, yellow squash, egg plant, mushrooms and peppers; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, water, red wine, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Hint: thicken the sauce to preference by sifting flour, if needed.

2. Drain noodles; set aside. Combine the ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella and Romano cheese. In an ungreased 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish, layer a third of the remaining sauce, three noodles and half of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and noodles. Spread reserved sauce over top.

3. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.