#PUCKETTSLOVE(S): DEB ABEYTA

img_0353This is the second post in a three-part series of employee spotlights we are sharing as part of the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s Employee Appreciation Week. Today, our hats are off to Deb Abeyta.

Deb Abeyta, a Nashville transplant, says the sense of family that A. Marshall Family Foods has provided her so far has been wonderful.

“You really are family with this company,” she said. “I have only been a part of it for six months, but I already feel so wanted and appreciated for all the work I do and ideas I have.”

In a short amount of time, Deb has made quite the impression on her co-workers.

“She started with us in April, and by June she quickly worked her way up to a full time shift leader,” Autumn Friese, general manager at Puckett’s Gro. at 5th & Church, said.

“Deb always shows pride in her work and maintains a professional attitude.”  

Deb, along with her husband and their two daughters, relocated to Nashville from Colorado because they were inspired by the agriculture.

“We moved to Nashville to find our way to buying a piece of land to build a farm on and retire with something to leave the kids and to help the environment,” Deb said.

Deb said she loves how fast-paced Puckett’s is and that there is never a dull moment in downtown Nashville.

“There is always an event or convention or concert which brings us so many types of people to serve. We get to serve Nashville inspired food to people from all over the country and the world.”

Her favorite Puckett’s menu item is definitely the brisket taco salad.

“It’s the perfect salad,” she said. “After that, it’s probably the homemade chicken salad sandwich.”

Deb feels that serving at Puckett’s allows her to put her degree in psychology to good use as she is constantly anticipating the needs of her guests and co-workers.

“Deb spends time with her guests and makes them feel very welcome,” Autumn said. “We are looking forward to what she has to offer in the future.”

In addition to serving at Puckett’s, Deb is also a teacher to her daughters.

“We homeschool, so I try to use my time to teach the girls and myself different aspects of life and Nashville,” she said.  

The culture of music and fun in Nashville is what Deb enjoys most about her new home.

“I enjoy the way it is growing and changing,” she said.  

We’re glad Deb found her way to us in Nashville!

#PUCKETTSLOVE(s): Brianna Dills

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Monday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 14 marks Downtown Employee Appreciation Week in Nashville. Puckett’s Gro. at 5th Ave. & Church St. is participating by offering downtown employees ½ off of breakfast platters and free coffee with the purchase of a breakfast platter all week (available 7AM – 11AM), in addition to ½ off appetizers all day on Friday.

We truly believe that our team of people is the best of the best, and to show our appreciation we will spotlight three of downtown Nashville Puckett’s star employees this week on our blog, beginning with Brianna Dills.

Brianna Dills has been at Puckett’s for just six months, but Billy Hearn, Kitchen Manager at 5th & Church, already refers to her as a “rockstar line cook.”

“Brianna started out as dishwasher here at Puckett’s, but very quickly we saw that she was eager to learn and do more,” Hearn said. “Brianna learned a few stations on the line and excelled at all of them. She now can run any station and is always a positive motivating presence. She is one of those employees that you appreciate and makes everyone’s day a little better just for having worked with her.”

This guitar-playing California girl said she had her sights set on Nashville from the age of 16.

“I love the music. Plus, Nashville always seemed like such a cool place,” Brianna said.

Brianna said she enjoys working downtown, in the center of Music City.

“There are always lots of people everywhere,” she said. “It’s convenient, the atmosphere is great, and music is everywhere.”

Music– what drew her to Nashville in the first place– is very important to Brianna. She loves to listen to Kacey Musgraves, her favorite artist.

In her spare time, Brianna enjoys making her own music–she not only plays guitar, but also writes music as well. Her favorite genre is country, just one of the reasons Puckett’s has been a great fit for her.

“I love the awesome staff here,” she said. “I enjoy making people happy with good food.”

In her opinion, A. Marshall Family Foods is unique compared to other companies, especially when it comes to their hands-on involvement with the restaurant and its employees.

“They’re different because they really care about the employees. They give us good benefits and treat us really well.”

Although the people are at the top of the list of reasons Brianna loves working at Puckett’s, the food is a close second.

“My favorite thing to eat at Puckett’s is the pulled pork,” she said, “in any form!”

We’re so happy to have Brianna on our team! Stay tuned throughout the week for two more employee profiles!

Puckett’s Gives Back: Nearly $2,000 Donated to The Land Trust for TN

About a month ago, two of our Puckett’s restaurants participated in a day-long campaign called “Eat Green for Tennessee,” in an effort to raise money for an organization that is near and dear to us, The Land Trust for Tennessee.

The Land Trust serves to protect Tennessee farmland, open spaces and other landscapes to ensure that the great people of Tennessee will continue to have places to farm, fish, hunt, bike, relax and eat locally.

pg-nashville_eat-green-for-tn-check-presentationWhy is the Land Trust so important to us? Funny you should ask! As a matter of fact, one of our very own properties, Homestead Manor, is under a land trust. If you’ve been out to see us in Thompson’s Station, you may or may not know that in addition to a beautiful historic home that houses our restaurant, Harvest, plus an awesome barn that’s used as an event venue, we’re sittin’ on 50 acres of land, 40 of which are a working farm! It’s out there that we grow organic ingredients and take them right on up to the house to use in the restaurant (how’s that for farm to table?) and it’s through protection of the Land Trust that we’ll always be able to keep the farm goin’ and growin’!

So, back to Eeat-green-for-tn-2016_chattanooga-1at Green for Tennessee. Together with over 30 other restaurants and breweries, Puckett’s Gro. in downtown Nashville and Chattanooga pledged to donate a percentage of the day’s proceeds on Sept. 14 to the Land Trust.

We are beyond proud to announce that our two participating restaurants were able to donate nearly $2,000 combined!

 

We gathered the Puckett’s troops and presented checks at the Nashville and Chattanooga restaurants to the Land Trust. We do our best to give back to as many deserving organizations as possible and were thrilled to be able to participate in this campaign.

For more information on The Land Trust for Tennessee, please visit their website at www.landtrusttn.org.

HERE AT AMFF, FAMILY IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!

img_0241We here at A. Marshall Family Foods know that one of the most important things in life is family. Heck, the word is even in our company name! So we were thrilled to have all our employees take the afternoon off recently and bring their loved ones to Homestead Manor for our Family Fun Day!

Each of our restaurants pitched in and provided tasty foods — we’re talkin’ hamburgers, hot dogs, mac & cheese, pulled pork (we’re Puckett’s, after all!) — and we’re pretty positive not a single person left hungry. Of course, it’s not a summer party without homemade ice cream, and it sure was a treat to have ice cream from Hattie Jane’s Creamery to top off all the delicious food.

Did we mention the activities? Several brave souls volunteered to get in the dunking booth (we suspect the ice cold water felt pretty good after spending some time outside), but our CEO Andy Marshall’s participation was probably the most popular spectacle of the day. We don’t have photographic evidence, but trust us, it was just as entertaining to watch as it sounds!

Now, we always like to spark a little friendly competition between our restaurants, so we put a bartender from each location’s skills to the test and let the crowd vote on who made the best cocktail. Bragging rights were given to Ryan Donahue from Homestead Manor, whose “Farmer Joe’s Apple Sippy” won first prize.

We are so fortunate to work with an amazing team of talented, compassionate and intelligent people and were so glad to spend a late summer afternoon with them and their families! You can check out more pics from the day on Homestead Manor’s Facebook.

Muletown MusicFest Returns to Columbia this weekend!

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Muletown MusicFest returns this Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 to bring all the best in local musical talent together in Columbia, Tenn! The festival, entering its second year, combines multiple venue concerts, local food and street performances for a weekend of fun for the entire family. The lineup features an array of diverse music groups, as well as cast members of AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.”

The festival will feature close to 40 different bands in a number of venues, restaurants and shops throughout Downtown Columbia. Most of the music and festivities are free of charge, and tickets available for late afternoon and evening headliners. Puckett’s Gro. in Columbia is thrilled to not only be a sponsor of the festival, but to also host several free and ticketed events throughout the weekend! 

FRIDAY:
Memphis-born, Grammy nominated R&B singer Wendy Moten kicks the festival off at Puckett’s. She will take the stage in our upstairs event space from 6 to 7 p.m on Friday night, September 30. Actor Anson Mount, the Tennessee native known for his portrayal of Cullen Bohannon on AMC’s “Hell On Wheels,” will follow after from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday night wraps up with a VIP performance by 15-piece funk band Tim Akers and The Smoking Section from 9 until 11 p.m. This high-energy show features a hand-picked group of Nashville’s finest studio-players, who love all things funk.

SATURDAY:
The Puckett’s stage downstairs will feature several artists throughout the day on Saturday, and all performances downstairs are free to the public. The Cord Martin Quartet will start us off, taking the stage from 12 to 1 p.m. Paul Burch, recently featured in Rolling Stone for his latest album Meridian Rising, performs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter and Columbia resident Damien Boggs is up next, from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by Jason Matthews, Calynn Green, and Carmen Brandy performing together from 6 to 7 p.m.

The night moves upstairs to our event space as Jason Eskridge, who is a featured singer on Oprah Winfrey’s new show, “Greenleaf” and has toured with the Zac Brown Band, performs on the upstairs stage Saturday night from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Long Players will finish out the festival at Puckett’s from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased now online. They are $30 for access to Saturday’s paid venues and $50 for Friday’s VIP night. Proceeds of the festival benefit United Way of Maury County.  We’ll see y’all there!