Claire Crowell: A. Marshall Family Foods

Claire Marshall Crowell began her journey in the restaurant industry when she was just 12 years old by helping out around her family’s first restaurant, the original Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. The Marshall Family has since expanded A. Marshall Family Foods, Inc. to include five Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant locations, Puckett’s Boat House, Homestead Manor, and an upcoming steakhouse concept, Deacon’s New South. … Continue reading Claire Crowell: A. Marshall Family Foods

Women’s History Month: The Old School Farm to Table

Susan Richardson has always been one to challenge the status quo and forge opportunities… she was the only female on a Lake Tahoe wildland fire management team early in her career, and when an opportunity emerged to start a business around supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities, she jumped at the chance. Millar Rich, LLC, was founded in 2007, with a primary mission of providing residential, … Continue reading Women’s History Month: The Old School Farm to Table

Wendy Burch & Elise Loehr: Table 3 Restaurant & Market

Photo: Wendy Burch (seated) and Elise Loehr Wendy Burch studied international law in Paris, edited an ex-pat newspaper in China, and worked for a United States Senator. Elise Loehr spent her childhood years in Germany, later developed an interest in wine and now holds the rare designation of advanced sommelier. That the two friends would end up back in their hometown of Nashville as co-owners … Continue reading Wendy Burch & Elise Loehr: Table 3 Restaurant & Market

Kitchen Cabinet Opportunity Award

Photo: (LR) Chef Marylou Tate, Professor, the Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College; Jay Sheridan, Nashville Kitchen Cabinet; Mi’Kael Reed; Chef Donald Reed; Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association President & CEO Greg Adkins The Nashville Kitchen Cabinet has recognized Chef Donald Reed of Nashville with its inaugural Opportunity Award. A presentation was held during the recent Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Education … Continue reading Kitchen Cabinet Opportunity Award

David Swett: A Nashville Staple

Photo: Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean Swett’s has been serving Nashville “fine food since 1954,” and not much has changed during those 62 years — including the man behind the operation, David Swett. What started off as a beer tavern run by his mother and father, Walter and Susie Swett, transitioned to the restaurant it is today when Susie began serving a limited menu of Southern staples … Continue reading David Swett: A Nashville Staple

Fred Lee: A Half-Century in the Business

Fred Lee figures it’s been close to 50 years since he first started serving at Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse. Fred was a student at Tennessee State University back then, and he remembers owner Mike Kelly as a high school student in 1968. “It was a way to make extra money,” Fred says. “For most guys that went to TSU, restaurants were one of the few ways … Continue reading Fred Lee: A Half-Century in the Business

Chef Donald Reed

Photo: From left to right, Hal Cato and Donald Reed Chef Donald Reed remembers the first time his grandmother let him cook spaghetti and meatballs for the family. He was six years old, and that was before his world was broken apart. Not long after, due to a series of family crises, Donald ended up in foster care. The next eight years were a blur … Continue reading Chef Donald Reed