HELP PUCKETT’S SUPPORT WILLIAMSON COUNTY CASA AND BE ENTERED TO WIN A PLAYHOUSE!

e-casa-web-artPuckett’s Grocery in downtown Franklin and Puckett’s Boat House are currently selling raffle tickets to win the Williamson County CASA’s 2016 playhouse. This amazing local branch of a national non-profit organization provides volunteers to advocate in court on behalf — and alongside of — children who have been in situations of neglect or abuse, and we are thrilled to partner with them for this very important cause!

To raise funds each year, CASA sells raffle tickets for a playhouse that is donated by local partners. This year’s playhouse was designed and built by Franklin Firefighters Charities, and is valued at approximately $20,000.

Now here’s where we come in: during the month of September, diners (that’s YOU!) can purchase a raffle ticket, usually $20, for just $10 from either restaurant to be entered to win the playhouse. We will cover the other $10 for each ticket purchased all month! All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will benefit CASA, and the winner will be drawn at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 during Pumpkinfest in Franklin.

Help us make a difference for the kids in our community buy grabbing a raffle ticket or two while you’re enjoying your favorite Puckett’s eats!

WHO: Puckett’s Gro. Franklin and Puckett’s Boat House

WHAT: Raffle tickets for a playhouse benefiting CASA of Williamson County

WHEN: Sept. 1- Sept. 30

WHERE: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, located at 120 4th Ave S, Franklin, TN 37064, or Puckett’s Boat House, located at 94 E Main St, Franklin, TN 37064

COST: $10

Kickin’ the “Scrub Deal” Up a Notch: Chattanooga Nurses Breakfast Monday, Sept. 12

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Here’s a fun tidbit for ya about our Chattanooga location…we LOVE our local nurses! If you’re up at the crack of dawn to visit us, you’re likely to see a handful of nurses from Erlanger, Parkview or Memorial squeezing in some well-deserved relaxation after a long night shift.

Max Stephenson, our Chattanooga GM, started seeing so many nurses come in the restaurant that he began giving them what he affectionately refers to as the “scrub deal”–mimosas at the happy hour price.

Max & the Puckett’s crew noticed lots of regulars come in after their third shifts, and they wanted to do something special for a group of people constantly putting others before themselves. The Nurses Breakfast was created, and it will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. on Monday, September 12!

“It’s an honor to have nurses choosing to spend their time with us after getting off such an exhausting shift,” Max said. “We’ve really gotten to know a lot of them over time, and we’re very excited to be able to spoil them a little bit with this special breakfast!”

Nurses who come in on Monday wearing scrubs will be treated to tunes by Chattanooga native Courtney Holder from 8 to 9 a.m.–we’ll also have a $5 breakfast buffet and specially priced cocktails.

Please help us spread the word, Chattanoogans!

BREAKFAST BUFFETS & HAPPY HOURS: OUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND ROUNDUP

PBH Atmosphere-46We’ve got football on the brain for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, and the best accompaniment to watching your favorite team is good food and better company, of course! Whether you’re looking for a spot to watch the games or somewhere to fuel up for the weekend we’ve all been waiting for, you’re invited to hang out with us and enjoy the specials we’ll have going on!

Puckett’s Gro. — Franklin
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 3; 7AM – 10PM & Sunday, Sept. 4; 7AM – 9PM
Monday, Sept. 5; 7AM – 9PM

It might be a holiday, but you’ll want to get up early– our delicious breakfast buffet will be available until 12 noon on Monday the 5th. (You can go back to bed after!)

Puckett’s Gro. — Nashville
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 3; 7AM – 11PM & Sunday, Sept. 4; 7AM – 10PM
Monday, Sept. 5; 7AM – 10PM

Don’t worry, Nashville- you too can get in on Puckett’s breakfast delicious breakfast buffet on Monday, at our 5th & Church location!

Puckett’s Gro. — Chattanooga
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 3; 7AM – 11PM & Sunday, Sept. 4; 7AM – 9PM
Monday, Sept. 5; 7AM – 9PM

Nothing like some live music to celebrate having the next day off from work! Mark Kelly Hall will perform from 5PM – 7PM on Sunday, then we’ll see you back Monday for our breakfast buffet.

Puckett’s Gro. — Columbia
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 3; 7AM – 10PM & Sunday, Sept. 4; 7AM – 4PM
Monday, Sept. 5; 7AM – 9PM

Being in MuleTown, USA is special enough, dontcha think? We’ll be open normal hours all weekend!

Puckett’s Boat House
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 3; 11AM – 10PM & Sunday, Sept. 4; 10AM – 9PM
Monday, Sept. 5; 11AM – 9PM

Did someone say Happy Hour?? Sunday and Monday from 3PM – 6PM, the Boat House will have 2 for 1 drafts and $2 off our fresh oysters! (P.S. – Don’t forget Sunday brunch is from 10AM – 2PM!)

Scout’s Pub
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 3; 9AM – 10PM & Sunday, Sept. 4; 9AM – 9PM
Monday, Sept. 5; 11AM – 9PM

We’ll have the games on starting Thursday night all the way through Monday, with drink specials during all the games.

Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9AM – 2PM.

Scout’s Pub is also introducing our first Happy Hour starting on 9/4/16, offered from 4-7 pm Sunday – Thursday, with $1 off all drafts; $6 Scout’s Pub cocktails; 6oz wine by the glass for our 4oz price.

Homestead Manor
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 3; 10AM – 10PM & Sunday, Sept. 4; 10AM – 9PM
Closed Monday, Sept. 5

Hattie Jane’s Creamery
Hours: Saturday, Sept. 3; 11AM – 10PM & Sunday, Sept. 4; 11AM – 8PM
Monday, Sept. 5; 11AM – 9PM

We scream for ice cream deals on Monday! Get $5 Milkshakes and Matchmakers all.day.long.
We’ll also have a special flavor for the weekend- a Royal Raspberry and Vanilla swirl!

Meet Lokelani Alabanza: The Face Behind Hattie Jane’s Creamery’s Delicious Homemade Flavors

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Inventing unique ice cream flavors such as ‘Nana Puddin’, Cereal Bowl or The Elvis is a job that most of us only dream of. However, for Lokelani Alabanza, the executive pastry chef at Hattie Jane’s Creamery, this dream is a reality. As if her job wasn’t interesting enough, Lokelani’s story spans worldwide, from Las Vegas all the way to Japan.

Originally from the Bay Area in California, Lokelani was raised in Oregon. After traveling through Europe post-graduation, she landed her first kitchen job in Svendborg, Denmark. What was supposed to be a six-week excursion turned into a six-month stay.

Upon her return to the States, Lokelani enrolled in the New England Culinary Institute in Essex Junction, Vt., which is the alma mater of Alton Brown from The Food Network. She completed several culinary internships in Oregon, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“Although I went to culinary school to be a chef, my first position after graduating was as a pastry chef in LA.” Lokelani said. “It came naturally and just stuck.”

Lokelani’s culinary career has taken her all over the world, presenting her with extraordinary opportunities.  Not only did she work in actress Eva Longoria’s LA restaurant, Beso Hollywood, she opened her own hand pie company while working at Bouchon in Las Vegas. She was even a personal chef in Japan while her husband, now a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was stationed there.

“In Japan, I made it a point to shop local. I would go to local farmers market and buy fresh fish,” she said.

After finding her way to Nashville, Lokelani became the executive pastry chef at The Hutton Hotel. It was during that time that she learned about A. Marshall Family Foods.

“A good friend of mine started working at Homestead Manor and loved it,” Lokelani said. “Through that friendship, I met Corey King (executive chef at Homestead) and the rest of the A. Marshall team.”

In addition to her position at Hattie Jane’s, Lokelani is also the executive pastry chef at Harvest at Homestead Manor and plans to revamp its dessert menu soon.

“The dessert menu at Harvest has been so popular, but it’s been the same for a while,” she said. “I’m ready to shake it up.”

Lokelani says she most enjoys composing dishes. From donuts to tarts, she likes the fun and challenge of putting it all together. However, even though she enjoys working with desserts, Lokelani said she doesn’t have a big sweet tooth.

“I’d really rather just have meat and potatoes,” she said. “When it comes to sweets, I like bready things like bread pudding or almond croissants.”

On September 8, Lokelani will celebrate her one year Nashvillian anniversary since moving from Las Vegas. In her time here, she has had several stand out dining experiences, including a “really beautiful dinner” at Rolf & Daughters and a recent Sunday spent at 5 Points Pizza and Bar 308. While she’s working on creating sweet treats, she’s found friends here who keep her favorite foods in mind.

“One of my friends here often brings me Bahn Mi sandwiches,” she said. “I grew up around Asian flavors, so that’s a comfort food for me.”

Lokelani is looking forward to working further with Claire Crowell, COO of A. Marshall Family Foods and co-owner of Hattie Jane’s, which she calls a beautiful execution of Claire’s vision.

“Overall it’s been really great watching Claire’s vision transpire,” she said. Everyone walks in the door and says ‘Wow!’” She’s created this space that’s so beautiful, and it has been so great to witness. It feels good knowing that we can communicate, and I can experiment with different things.”

We are thrilled to have Lokelani on our team and look forward to seeing her creativity shine through on Hattie Jane’s Creamery’s rotating menu and at Harvest at Homestead Manor!

 

Puckett’s Boat House welcomes Keith Simpkins to our Uncorked Series!

Uncorked CollagePuckett’s Boat House is privileged to have Keith Simpkins lead the remaining sessions of Uncorked, our monthly wine tasting series. A native of Nashville, Keith previously served as Bar Manager at The Southern in downtown Nashville, where he jumped on the fast track to learning about wines which quickly ignited a passion for the experience.  

He is currently a sales manager for Grainger, and says that working outside of the industry has reminded him of his affinity for exploring and teaching the vast complexities of wine on a regular basis.

Leading “Uncorked” on Tuesday, August 16, Keith will encourage guests to keep an open mind as together they taste and discuss four pinot noirs from different regions around the world.

“Wine is whatever you want it to be,” Keith said. “Pinot noir is one of the elegant wines of the world — some of the most affordable and the most expensive — and I am looking forward to engaging with our guests about the differences and similarities within the same varietal. To me, the best part about wine is that there’s no right or wrong answer. Whatever you taste, that’s what you taste and I love to talk about the different flavors and sensations that people will pick up on.”

If you would like more info on future Uncorked events, visit the Puckett’s Boat House website.