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When the smoke cleared, Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd was proud, grateful and astonished. This is what makes communities amazing.
Houston Chronicle
Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd had a pretty good Sunday. His beloved Houston Astros defeated the Kansas City Royals in the playoffs and the hated Dallas Cowboys suffered a humiliating 30-6 defeat at home to the New England Patriots. Perhaps most importantly, Shepherd, three visiting celebrity chefs and some of Houston's brightest culinary minds raised almost $184,000 for the National MS Society at the inaugural Southern Smoke charity barbecue event.
Culturemap
We hit up a cadre of barbecue-loving pitmasters and chefs from Texas and the South on where they go in their off hours. They'll all be talking 'cue and cooking this Sunday in Houston, Texas at Southern Smoke, a smoky feast organized by Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd and the HOUBBQ collective to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Saveur
October Hot List: Chefs Raising Money for Multiple Sclerosis
Southern Living
Franklin’s delicious, perfectly cooked brisket is only a small fraction of the offerings. There will also be a whole hog prepared by Rodney Scott, of Scott’s Bar-B-Que in South Carolina; grilled fish on the half shell from Sean Brock, of McGrady’s, Husk, and Minero, three establishments also located in South Carolina; and beef cheek ssam (a type of wrap) from Chris Shepherd, of Underbelly in Houston.
Texas Monthly
You’d never know Texas was the largest state in America based on its tight-knit cooking community. That camaraderie will be on full display in Houston this October 11th at Southern Smoke, a project spearheaded by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd to help raise money for former employee Antonio Gianola, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis last year.
First We Feast
When James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd learned his good friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, his first reaction was to “throw a huge party and raise a ton of money.”
The Daily Meal
The highly anticipated charity event Southern Smoke is finally here.
Houston Press
Houston chef Chris Shepherd has made many trips to Charleston over the past few years, and he’s now asking a few Lowcountry friends to reverse the route for a charitable cause.
Charleston Post and Courier