October 21 - 23
Houston, TX
A three-day festival to raise funds and awareness for F+B workers in crisis nationwide. Presented by Alaska Seafood + YETI.
Friday, Oct 21
Saturday, Oct 22
Sunday, Oct 23
CHEFS
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Karen
Akunowicz
Boston, MA
Fox & The Knife
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John
Avila
Houston, TX
El Burro & The Bull Restaurant Group
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Bun
B
Houston, TX
Trill Burgers
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Chris
Bianco
Phoenix, AZ
Pizzeria Bianco
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Jamie
Bissonnette
Boston, MA
Little Donkey
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Aaron
Bludorn
Houston, TX
Bludorn
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Leonard
Botello IV
Houston, TX
Truth BBQ
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Tavel
Bristol-Joseph
Austin, TX
Canje
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Dawn
Burrell
Houston, TX
Late August
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Katie
Button
Asheville, NC
Katie Button Restaurants
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Alexana
Cabrera
San Antonio, TX
Mixtli
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Ashley
Christensen
Raleigh, NC
AC Restaurants
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Tom
Colicchio
New York, NY
Crafted Hospitality
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Stephen
Conklin
Houston, TX
Hai Hospitality
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Chris
Cosentino
Houston, TX
Rosalie’s Italian Soul
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Chris
Davies
Houston, TX
Underbelly Hospitality
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Abbas
Dhanani
Houston, TX
Burger Bodega
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Billy
Durney
New York, NY
Hometown BBQ
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Patrick
Feges & Erin Smith
Houston, TX
Feges BBQ
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Kevin
Fink
Austin, TX
Hestia
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Aaron
Franklin
Austin, TX
Franklin’s BBQ
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Terrence
Gallivan
Houston, tx
ElRo
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Greg
Gatlin
Houston, TX
Gatlin’s BBQ
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Sarah
Grueneberg
Chicago, il
Monteverde
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Mason
Hereford
New Orleans, la
Turkey & The Wolf
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Manabu
“Hori” Horiuchi
Houston, TX
Kata Robata
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Chad
Houser
Dallas, TX
Café Momentum
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Stephanie
Izard
Chicago, il
Girl & The Goat
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Marcus
Jacobs & Caitlin Carney
New Orleans, la
Marjie’s Grill
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Sam
Jones
Ayden, nc
Sam Jones BBQ
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Brian
Jupiter
Chicago, IL
Frontier, Ina Mae Tavern
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Shaun
King
Houston, TX
Hai Hospitality
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Cheetie
Kumar
Raleigh, nc
Garland
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Graham
Laborde
Houston, TX
Winnie's
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Mike
Lata
Charleston, sc
FIG & The Ordinary
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Pat
Martin
Nashville, TN
Martin’s, Hugh Baby's
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Rebecca
Masson
Houston, TX
Fluff Bake Bar
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Gabriel
Medina
Houston, TX
Click Virtual Food Hall
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Nicole
Mills
New Orleans, la
Peche Seafood Grill
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Fermín
Núñez
Austin, TX
Suerte
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Trong
Nguyen
Houston, TX
Crawfish and Noodles
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Benchawan
Painter
Houston, TX
Street to Kitchen
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Ryan
Pera
Houston, TX
Agricole Hospitality
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Greg
Peters
Houston, TX
Underbelly Hospitality
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Jacklyn
Pham
Houston, TX
Saigon Pagolac
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Jeff
Potts
Houston, TX
93 Til
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Tim
Reading
Houston, TX
Underbelly Hospitality
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Steven
Redzikowski
Boulder, co
Oak at Fourteenth
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Felipe
Riccio
Houston, TX
Goodnight Hospitality
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Jordan
Rubin
Portland, me
Mr. Tuna
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Easton
Sadler
Houston, TX
R-C Ranch Butcher Shop
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Chris
Shepherd
Houston, TX
Southern Smoke Foundation
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Gail
Simmons
New York, ny
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Jason
Stanhope
Charleston, sc
FIG
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Martin
Stayer
Houston, TX
Nobie’s
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Stephen
Stryjewski
New Orleans, la
Link Restaurant Group
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Rico
Torres
San Antonio, tx
Mixtli
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Melissa
Valenzuela
San Antonio, TX
Mixtli
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Paola
Velez
Washington DC
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Joshua
Weissman
Houston, TX
YouTube
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Chris
Williams
Houston, TX
Lucille’s
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Erick
Williams
Chicago, il
Virtue Restaurant
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Brooke
Williamson
Los Angeles, CA
Playa Provisions
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Robin
Wong, Terry Wong, & Quy Hoang
Houston, TX
Blood Bros. BBQ
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Jack
Yoss
Houston, TX
Hai Hospitality
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Claudette
Zepeda
San Diego, CA
VAGA
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Andrew
Zimmern
Minneapolis, mn
LIVE MUSIC
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Maggie
Belle
New Orleans, LA
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Disko
Cowboy
Houston, TX
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Robert
Ellis
Fort Worth, TX
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DJ
G-Funk
San Antonio, TX
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Shakey
Graves
Austin, TX
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Me
Nd Adam
Austin, TX
Co-Presenting Sponsor
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Official vehicle and vip sponsor
H-Town Welcome Wagon
$ 250
Lexus Early Entry ticket
$ 150
GA ticket
Friday, October 21, 2022
  |  7:00–10:00pm, Lexus Early Entry 6:00pm

Lott Hall at Hermann Park
1700 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77004

Offering a Texas-sized welcome, this opening-night party–the H-Town Welcome Wagon–will take place at the historic and charming Lott Hall at Hermann Park and is hosted by Aaron Franklin and Hot Luck Fest. Here at this 1933 site, Houstonians and out-of-towners will enjoy an evening of delicious bites by some of the most decorated chefs in the country in the beautiful courtyard garden overlooking Hermann Park Golf Course and the stunning, newly renovated indoor ballroom. Headlining a night will be a perfect pair: Southern Smoke founder and James Beard award winner Chris Shepherd and food writer and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons. Add in Texas’ best wines, plus live music by Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, Austin alternative rockers Me Nd Adam, and DJ G-Funk of Houston, and it will certainly be a night to remember!

Southern Smoke on Ice
$ 1000
per ticket
Saturday, October 22, 2022
  |  1:00–4:00pm

Manor House at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
111 N Post Oak Ln, Houston, TX 77024

A bunch of the South’s biggest chefs will help us unveil the raw bar to end all raw bars at the Houstonian. We’ll be setting out tons of cold seafood and shellfish while guest chefs mingle with guests. We’re also hosting an interactive massive whole tuna breakdown, and we’re offering up our favorite high-end wines and bubbles. Tickets are limited for this afternoon soiree.

East Downtown Throwdown
$ 450
Lexus VIP ticket
$ 225
GA ticket
Sunday, October 23, 2022
  |  4:00–8:00pm, Lexus VIP Entry 3:00pm

7 Acres in East Downtown from 8th Wonder Brewery to Vinny’s & Miss Carousel

We’re taking over East Downtown in the only way Southern Smoke knows how: live fires, trailers, and pits. We’re smoking and firing up any and everything we can. Plus, we’ve invited several of the brightest stars in the culinary world on hand, including Tom Colicchio, Andrew Zimmern, Brooke Williamson, Aaron Franklin, Sarah Grueneberg, and Dawn Burrell. Live music? We’ve got it, including New Orleans singer Maggie Belle, Disko Cowboy spinning tunes throughout and headliner Shakey Graves. As always, we’ll also have beer, wine, and spirits, and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Southern Smoke’s Emergency Relief Fund.

3-Day Baller Passes
$ 2000
per ticket
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
  |  October 21–23, 2022

The Baller Pass is our all-access pass that will include the Lexus VIP experience for all three events: H-Town Welcome Wagon, Southern Smoke On Ice and East Downtown Throwdown. The Baller Pass will also serve as a “fast pass” to skip the entry line at each event. Only a small quantity is available. Be a Baller.

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Official vehicle and vip sponsor
Story
Eat well. Do good.

One night in 2015, Chris’s friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola asked if Chris could host a fundraiser for the MS Society. After learning Antonio had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis earlier that week, Chris decided to throw a party with some of his chef and pit master friends and ultimately raised $181,000 for the MS Society.

The event grew each year, with more chefs from around the country traveling to Houston to raise money for a great cause. When Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and the food and beverage industry, we quickly changed our mission for both the Southern Smoke Festival and the Foundation to provide financial assistance to anyone in the food and beverage in crisis nationwide. We continue to serve up flavors from some of the country’s best chefs at our annual festival, all to benefit our fellow industry workers across the U.S.

Food & Wine magazine calls our three-day weekend “unmissable.” The Houston Chronicle calls it “an over-the-top barbecue-beer-and-wine festival.”

We call it our favorite way to get together. Every time you buy a festival ticket, piece of merch, or bid on an auction item, the profits directly support our Emergency Relief Fund and general operations, which gets industry individuals financial help just as soon as they need it. Grants have been used to pay for essentials like groceries, clothing, and medications, and have covered the cost of car repossessions, rent, natural disaster damages, lost wages, and more.

To date, we’ve distributed more than $10 million directly to people in need, and with your support—by wining and dining your way through the weekend—we’re able to help even more of those in need.

Cheers to a damn good time.

FAQ
What is Southern Smoke Foundation?

Southern Smoke Foundation is a crisis relief organization founded by Chef Chris Shepherd in 2015 for people in the food and beverage industry. We provide funds directly to people in need that are battling health crises, winter storm damage, natural disasters, mental health needs, and, of course, those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are the safety net for the food & beverage industry. Our mission is to take care of our own each and every day.

Where’s my money going?

As Southern Smoke Foundation’s largest fundraiser, money raised will go toward Southern Smoke’s crisis relief efforts for food & beverage workers. View Southern Smoke Foundation’s impact to-date here.

Are festival tickets available?

Tickets go on sale on August 30 at noon CT.

To attend all three events, do I have to purchase separate tickets?

If you’re quick, you will be able to purchase our Baller Pass that will include entry to all three events. If you are not able to snag the Baller Pass, you can purchase individual tickets each event here. Tickets to Saturday’s Southern Smoke On Ice event is extremely limited.

Will each day showcase the same chefs?

No, to see the lineup of chefs each day click here.

Are sponsorship opportunities still available?

Yes, please contact Caroline Nabors at caroline@southernsmoke.org to inquire about sponsorship.

Can I come and go from the event?

There is no re-entry for any of our Southern Smoke Festival events.

What happens if it rains?

All events are rain or shine. The event will not be rescheduled, and we will not issue refunds.

Is the festival kid-friendly?

We will be checking IDs at the door at all events, and you must show your ID to enter and drink alcohol. Anyone over the age of 3 must purchase a ticket. Strollers are not permitted. There are no discounts for a child’s ticket.

Is the festival pet-friendly?

No, we will not be permitting animals at any of the Southern Smoke Festival events. *With the exception of medically advised service animals.

Will the festival have vegetarian options?

Each participating chef will be featuring a dish of their choice. We cannot guarantee that there will be vegetarian options available.

Can you bring outside food and drink into the event?

No food or drink is permitted into any of our Southern Smoke Festival events.

What time can Lexus Early Entry ticket holders get into Friday’s H-Town Welcome Wagon event?

Lexus Early Entry ticket holders get in one hour early at 6 p.m., as do media with an all-access badge. General admission ticket holders get in at 7 p.m.

What time can Lexus VIP ticket holders get into Sunday’s East Downtown Throwdown event?

Lexus VIP ticket holders get in one hour early at 3 p.m., as do media with all-access badges. General admission ticket holders get in at 4 p.m.

How does the check-in process work?

All tickets are electronic and will be sent via email by Eventbrite after purchasing! In the email confirmation, Eventbrite will provide a QR code for our team to scan at the door. Upon check-in, you’ll receive a wristband if you’re over 21, and VIP ticket holders and approved media will receive a lanyard that grants them entry into the VIP areas.

Where do I park?

H-Town Welcome Wagon (Friday, Oct. 21): We strongly recommend ridesharing, as parking is extremely limited. As the Official Vehicle Sponsor, Lexus will be providing Complimentary Valet Services to attendees driving a Lexus vehicle. 

Southern Smoke On Ice (Saturday, Oct. 22): Complimentary Valet Services will be available. Rideshare is also an option.

East Downtown Throwdown (Sunday, Oct. 23): We strongly recommend ridesharing! There is no parking on-site. We will have a Rideshare drop off location that will be shared in advance of the festival. As the Official Vehicle Sponsor, Lexus will be providing Complimentary Valet Services to VIP attendees driving a Lexus vehicle. 

LODGING
C. Baldwin

400 Dallas Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Located in the heart of Houston, the C. Baldwin redefines the idea of modern indulgence in a luxe hotel experience. Through a fusion of sensuous materials, sophisticated touches, impressive guest rooms, and incomparable culinary offerings, the C. Baldwin holds secrets of the past and promises of the future.
BOOK A ROOM
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Friday, Oct. 21
H-Town Welcome Wagon

Lott Hall at Hermann Park
1700 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77004

  • Rideshare is encouraged
  • Extremely limited parking available
  • Complimentary Lexus Valet Services
    (Must be driving Lexus vehicle)
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Saturday, Oct. 22
Southern smoke on ice

Manor House at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
111 N Post Oak Ln, Houston, TX 77024

  • Valet only
    (Complimentary Valet Services will be available)
  • Rideshare is available
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Sunday, Oct. 23
East downtown throwdown

East Downtown
Houston, TX 77003

  • There is no parking on-site
  • Rideshare is highly recommended
    (We will have a Rideshare drop-off location that will be shared in advance of the festival)
  • Complimentary Lexus Valet Services
    (Must be driving Lexus vehicle)
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Co-Presenting Sponsor
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Official vehicle and vip sponsor
Together, we keep the fire burning.
Southern Smoke Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together foodies and culinary titans while supporting members of the food and beverage industry nationwide in crisis. There are few things we love more than throwing a huge party, but we definitely can’t do it without our sponsors.
We are grateful for the people, organizations, and businesses that put their weight behind Southern Smoke Festival. You all rock. If you’re interested in helping us make Southern Smoke Festival 2022 the best it’s ever been, then we’d love to hear from you.
Co-Presenting Sponsors
Official Vehicle & VIP Sponsor
Official Hotel Sponsor
Official Media Sponsor

Interested in sponsorship?