When Puckett’s caters around our area, you never know who you’ll get to see. It’s amazing and an honor that we get to serve. Whether it’s governors, or celebrities, it’s always fun. Yet, just as wonderful, we get to serve princesses and their fathers at a ball.
In the past week, we got to cater a fundraiser hosted by Mike Wolfe of the “American Pickers.” The party was held to support Nashville’s historic Belcourt Theater. Being a fellow lover of all things history, Mike opened up his new shop in Nashville which houses some of his items he picked. Fellow Leiper’s Fork citizen Alex Ciremelli decorated the shop. (She owns Serinite Maison, designs for influential people all over town and is married to famous musician Gary. They are the kindest neighbors you’ll ever know. I’ll share more on them in another blog soon). As fans of the show, it was fun to see the items he picked on display. Mike is truly one of the nicest celebrities we’ve met. It was kind for him to host such a great cause for a historic icon in Nashville.
On a different note, Andy had a thrill when he got to meet football hall of famer, Phil Simms. Andy and I were helping our daughter finish up this catering event at Chris Simms house. We love the Simms family as they are regulars at Puckett’s. We also got to work with some of the famous “Memphis Boys” as they were getting ready to play at the Franklin Theatre. The Memphis Boys are well known in the music world for working with Elvis Presley in the early seventies. They are legendary.
But, that’s not all. In Franklin, Puckett’s got to cater with The Princess Ball hosted by Franklin Tomorrow. Fathers in town get to dress up with their daughters and attend a father/daughter ball. It was truly a highlight of our week at Puckett’s. There is nothing sweeter to watch, or a more precious group to serve. It’s been a great week at Puckett’s for sure!
Hobbies are a way to refresh your spirits. Summer is a great time to look get back into what you like to do with your free time, or expand on it.
Around here, one of our favorite hobbies has been our new garden. We planted it back in the early spring and posted some pictures. Below is a picture of our garden this morning.
As most of you know, it’s a daily task to keep up with the weeding and critter control. Deer and Japanese beetles are our biggest pests. We’ve heard all sorts of odd advice on keeping deer at bay; everything from human hair, to Irish Spring soap and more. We’ve tried them all. Last week, we broke down and sprayed deer repellent, afraid it would stink us right out of our yard. It didn’t, and it worked for a while. With the rain, however, we’ve got to spray again. Unfortunately, they really enjoyed the sunflowers before we had success in repelling them.
The work is paying off, though. We have already had buckets and buckets of zucchini. The yellow squash is coming on strong, and we even already had one tomato! It was very exciting. I love our herbs. They like rocky soil, so it’s a bumper crop there for sure.
It is relaxing to be outside and enjoy watching something new grow. Now, I must go on to my next favorite hobby, reading cookbooks. I need a bunch of zucchini recipes!
Well, CMA Fest 2011 is in the history books now, and it will go down as a huge one for Puckett’s. Thank you so much to the fans who joined us at all of our locations. It is really special to us at the downtown Nashville Puckett’s. It was such a thrill to serve new and old guests alike in this one and only festival. We had guests who only ate at Puckett’s the entire time they were in Nashville. We had people visit us from literally all over the world. Most of them said they wanted to know what “real Southern food” tasted like. We believe most all of them were happy, and we were surely proud.
CMA fest is amazing, really. There is no where else in the world, or any other genre of music that is celebrated like this one. I heard Blake Shelton say on television today that it is like a family reunion of sorts. That is a great way to describe this CMA party for sure. We felt that way with guests who’ve visited Puckett’s in Franklin or Leiper’s Fork before, and wanted now to see what the Nashville restaurant was like. It was good to see old and new faces alike.
As always, it is so rewarding to serve our customers. Many thanks to our CMA participants: Coldwater Jane, Mallory Hope, Heather Morgan, Trent Willmon and his entire Ropin’ Lineup, Jesse Lee, Love and Theft, the Carter Twins, Johnny Bulford, Chris Roberts and of course The Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
Our buddy, Trent Willmon’s 6th Annual Ropin’ Pen Party and Celebrity Hi Stakes Team Roping was a great success bringing cowboys, cowgirls and even a Titan ropin’ and putting on a great show at Puckett’s! We met and enjoyed Ashton Shepherd on Saturday as she performed at Puckett’s. She invited some of her fans to Puckett’s, and it was a good time indeed.
We hope and pray all of our CMA visitors have a safe trip home, and we look forward to next year.
Summer is a time of festivals all over this country, and the South in particular. We love to celebrate life around here, and there is nothing like a festival to do it. Last week in Franklin, we re-opened our beloved historic Franklin Theatre. It is spectacular, indeed, and worth a trip just to see how versatile and spectacular it is. To celebrate, we had a festival of big proportions. Since the theater first opened in the 1930’s, we had big screens set up on the street playing the classics of “King Kong,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” There was a swing band dance, and a “speak easy” going on at the same time. Of course, there was festival food. At the end of the night, the historic theatre played “Gone with the Wind.” It was a party indeed!
In Nashville, we are gearing up for the biggest festival our city hosts: the one and only CMA fest. We are expecting thousands to converge on our fair city and enjoy a large celebration of all that is country music. There is nothing like the loyalty of the country music fan and the appreciation of the artist. Where else in this nation do you have five days of concerts of mega proportions plus the chance to meet and greet with your favorite artist while walking through a whole convention center of booths celebrating the relationship between fans, the artists and their music. It’s our first CMA fest at Puckett’s in Nashville. We are geared up and excited to serve our guests as they enjoy our hometown and it’s biggest party.