October 05 - 05
Houston, TX

Southern Smoke Festival, presented by Alaska Seafood, is back on October 5, 2024! We’re bringing out the big stars for our annual park party fundraiser. More than 70 incredible food and beverage pros from across the country will join the best wine, spirit, and beer producers and outstanding live music at Discovery Green in the heart of Downtown Houston.

Proceeds will benefit Southern Smoke Foundation, which has distributed more than $11.7 million to F+B workers nationwide and more than 5,000 no cost counseling sessions.

Tickets on sale July 9 at noon CT! 

Chef Sponsorships Available Now
Chefs
2024 Class of Food & Wine Best New Chefs
Yeti Culinary Stage Demo Chefs
Lexus VIP Chefs
Bartenders
Wine Bars
Chefs
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Ope
Amosu
Houston, TX
ChòpnBlọk
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Lee
Anne Wong
Honolulu, HI
Koko Head Cafe
Chef Thumbnail
Angel
Barreto
Washington, D.C.
Anju
Chef Thumbnail
Aaron
Bludorn
Houston, TX
Bludorn, Navy Blue and Bar Bludorn
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Leonard
Botello IV
Houston, TX
Truth BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Trill
Burgers
Houston, TX
Trill Burgers
Chef Thumbnail
Jeff
Chanchaleune
Oklahoma City, OK
Ma Der Lao Kitchen
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Emmanuel
Chavez
Houston, TX
Tatemó
Chef Thumbnail
Ashley
Christensen
Raleigh, NC
AC Restaurants
Chef Thumbnail
Trong
& Cory Nguyen
Houston, TX
Crawfish & Noodles
Chef Thumbnail
Isabel
Coss
Washington, DC
Lutèce, Pascual
Chef Thumbnail
Kari
Crowe
Fort Worth, TX
MELT Ice Creams
Chef Thumbnail
Cassidee
Dabney
Walland, TN
The Barn at Blackberry Farm®
Chef Thumbnail
Abbas
Dhanani
Houston, TX
Burger Bodega
Chef Thumbnail
Renee
Erickson
Seattle, WA
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Chef Thumbnail
Chelsea
Fadda
Austin, TX
Pecan Square Cafe
Chef Thumbnail
Patrick
Feges & Erin Smith
Houston, TX
Feges BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Tim
Flores & Genie Kwon
Chicago, IL
Kasama
Chef Thumbnail
Sam
Fore
Lexington, KY
Tuk Tuk Snack Shop
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Aaron
Franklin
Austin, TX
Franklin Barbecue
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Terrence
Gallivan
Houston, tx
Elro Pizza + Crudo
Chef Thumbnail
Greg
Gatlin
Houston, TX
Gatlin’s BBQ, Gatlin's Fins & Feathers
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Sarah
Grueneberg
Chicago, IL
Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio
Chef Thumbnail
Meherwan
Irani
Asheville, NC
Chai Pani
Chef Thumbnail
Benchawan
Jabthong Painter
Houston, TX
Street to Kitchen
Chef Thumbnail
Joe
Kindred
Davidson, NC
Kindred Studio (Albertine; Hello, Sailor; Kindred; milkbread)
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Cheetie
Kumar
Raleigh, NC
Ajja
Chef Thumbnail
Graham
Laborde & Benjy Mason
Houston, TX
Winnie’s
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Ryan
Lachaine
Houston, TX
Riel
Chef Thumbnail
Henry
Lu & Evelyn Garcia
Houston, TX
Jūn
Chef Thumbnail
Tracy
Malechek-Ezekiel
Austin, TX
Birdie’s
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Rebecca
Masson
Houston, TX
Fluff Bake Bar
Chef Thumbnail
Lucas
McKinney
Houston, TX
Josephine's Gulf Coast Tradition
Chef Thumbnail
Don
Nguyen
Houston, TX
Khoi BBQ
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Ryan
Pera
Houston, TX
Coltivare
Chef Thumbnail
Felipe
Riccio and Austin Waiter
Houston, TX
The Marigold Club
Chef Thumbnail
Edgar
Rico
Austin, TX
Nixta Taqueria
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Jordan
Rubin
Portland, ME
Mr. Tuna
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Jason
Ryczek
Houston, TX
Little’s Oyster Bar
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Caroline
Schiff
Brooklyn, NY
Monday Diner
Chef Thumbnail
Rodney
Scott
Charleston, SC
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Seth
Siegel-Gardner
Houston, TX
LFG Hospitality
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Austin
Simmons
The Woodlands, TX
TRIS
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Jason
Stanhope
Charleston, SC
The Quinte Oyster Bar + Lowland
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Martin
Stayer
Houston, TX
Nobie’s, The Toasted Coconut, Quiote, Nonno’s Family Pizza Tavern
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Michelle
Wallace
Houston, TX
B’tween Sandwich Co.
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Robin
Wong, Terry Wong, Quy Hoang and Arash Kharat
Houston, TX
Blood Bros. BBQ
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Zachary
and Hannah Welton
Charleston, SC
Weltons Tiny Bake Shop
Chef Thumbnail
Ana
and Lydia Castro
New Orleans, LA
Acamaya
2024 Class of Food & Wine Best New Chefs
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2024
Class of Food & Wine Best New Chefs
Yeti Culinary Stage Demo Chefs
Chef Thumbnail
Tavel
Bristol-Joseph
Austin, TX
Canje
Chef Thumbnail
Ana
Castro
New Orleans, LA
Acamaya
Chef Thumbnail
Kevin
Fink
Austin, TX
Ezov
Chef Thumbnail
Mason
Hereford
New Orleans, LA
Turkey and the Wolf
Chef Thumbnail
Pat
Martin
Nashville, TN
Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
Chef Thumbnail
Fermín
Núñez
Austin, TX
Suerte, Este, Bar Toti
Chef Thumbnail
Christina
Tosi
New York, NY
Milk Bar
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Brooke
Williamson
Los Angeles, CA
Playa Provisions
Lexus VIP Chefs
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Billy
Durney
Brooklyn, NY
Hometown BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Kate
McLean
Houston, TX
Tony's
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Paola
Velez
Washington, DC
Bodega Bakes, Dōekï Dōekï
Bartenders
Chef Thumbnail
Alba
Huerta
Houston, TX
Julep
Chef Thumbnail
Travis
Tober
Texas
Nickel City
Chef Thumbnail
Sean
Umstead
Durham, NC
Kingfisher
Chef Thumbnail
Justin
Ware
Houston, TX
Johnny's Gold Brick
Wine Bars
Chef Thumbnail
13
Celsius
Houston, TX
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Bacchanal
New Orleans, LA
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Central
Market
Texas
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Lees
Den
Houston, TX
Chef Thumbnail
Lolo
Austin, TX
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Montrose
Cheese & Wine
Houston, TX
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Oakwood
Pizza Box
Raleigh, NC
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The
Library
Houston, TX
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The
Roots Fund
The Throwdown
Saturday, October 05, 2024
4:00–8:00PM
Discovery Green | 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Purchase Ticket

General admission tickets: Your ticket includes all of the food, drinks, and live music you can handle starting at 4:00 p.m. GA ticket holders can experience the new Yeti Culinary Stage, get cookbooks signed by their favorite chefs and meet the 2024 Food & Wine Best New Chefs.

Lexus VIP tickets: Lexus VIP tickets include all of the food, drinks, and live music you can handle starting at 3:00 p.m. (early admission). VIP tickets also include access to the exclusive air conditioned Lexus VIP area inside The Grove and gifts from the Southern Smoke Foundation gift wheel. VIP chefs Billy Durney, Kate McLean, and Paola Velez will be serving bites inside The Grove, and Alba Huerta will be behind the bar. 

Chef Sponsorships: Want to get in on the action before tickets go on sale? Become a chef sponsor and experience SSF24 like an industry pro–early admission before VIP, exclusive events, and more!

Chefs
2024 Class of Food & Wine Best New Chefs
Yeti Culinary Stage Demo Chefs
Lexus VIP Chefs
Bartenders
Wine Bars
Chefs
Chef Thumbnail
Ope
Amosu
Houston, TX
ChòpnBlọk
Chef Thumbnail
Lee
Anne Wong
Honolulu, HI
Koko Head Cafe
Chef Thumbnail
Angel
Barreto
Washington, D.C.
Anju
Chef Thumbnail
Aaron
Bludorn
Houston, TX
Bludorn, Navy Blue and Bar Bludorn
Chef Thumbnail
Leonard
Botello IV
Houston, TX
Truth BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Trill
Burgers
Houston, TX
Trill Burgers
Chef Thumbnail
Jeff
Chanchaleune
Oklahoma City, OK
Ma Der Lao Kitchen
Chef Thumbnail
Emmanuel
Chavez
Houston, TX
Tatemó
Chef Thumbnail
Ashley
Christensen
Raleigh, NC
AC Restaurants
Chef Thumbnail
Trong
& Cory Nguyen
Houston, TX
Crawfish & Noodles
Chef Thumbnail
Isabel
Coss
Washington, DC
Lutèce, Pascual
Chef Thumbnail
Kari
Crowe
Fort Worth, TX
MELT Ice Creams
Chef Thumbnail
Cassidee
Dabney
Walland, TN
The Barn at Blackberry Farm®
Chef Thumbnail
Abbas
Dhanani
Houston, TX
Burger Bodega
Chef Thumbnail
Renee
Erickson
Seattle, WA
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Chef Thumbnail
Chelsea
Fadda
Austin, TX
Pecan Square Cafe
Chef Thumbnail
Patrick
Feges & Erin Smith
Houston, TX
Feges BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Tim
Flores & Genie Kwon
Chicago, IL
Kasama
Chef Thumbnail
Sam
Fore
Lexington, KY
Tuk Tuk Snack Shop
Chef Thumbnail
Aaron
Franklin
Austin, TX
Franklin Barbecue
Chef Thumbnail
Terrence
Gallivan
Houston, tx
Elro Pizza + Crudo
Chef Thumbnail
Greg
Gatlin
Houston, TX
Gatlin’s BBQ, Gatlin's Fins & Feathers
Chef Thumbnail
Sarah
Grueneberg
Chicago, IL
Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio
Chef Thumbnail
Meherwan
Irani
Asheville, NC
Chai Pani
Chef Thumbnail
Benchawan
Jabthong Painter
Houston, TX
Street to Kitchen
Chef Thumbnail
Joe
Kindred
Davidson, NC
Kindred Studio (Albertine; Hello, Sailor; Kindred; milkbread)
Chef Thumbnail
Cheetie
Kumar
Raleigh, NC
Ajja
Chef Thumbnail
Graham
Laborde & Benjy Mason
Houston, TX
Winnie’s
Chef Thumbnail
Ryan
Lachaine
Houston, TX
Riel
Chef Thumbnail
Henry
Lu & Evelyn Garcia
Houston, TX
Jūn
Chef Thumbnail
Tracy
Malechek-Ezekiel
Austin, TX
Birdie’s
Chef Thumbnail
Rebecca
Masson
Houston, TX
Fluff Bake Bar
Chef Thumbnail
Lucas
McKinney
Houston, TX
Josephine's Gulf Coast Tradition
Chef Thumbnail
Don
Nguyen
Houston, TX
Khoi BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Ryan
Pera
Houston, TX
Coltivare
Chef Thumbnail
Felipe
Riccio and Austin Waiter
Houston, TX
The Marigold Club
Chef Thumbnail
Edgar
Rico
Austin, TX
Nixta Taqueria
Chef Thumbnail
Jordan
Rubin
Portland, ME
Mr. Tuna
Chef Thumbnail
Jason
Ryczek
Houston, TX
Little’s Oyster Bar
Chef Thumbnail
Caroline
Schiff
Brooklyn, NY
Monday Diner
Chef Thumbnail
Rodney
Scott
Charleston, SC
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Seth
Siegel-Gardner
Houston, TX
LFG Hospitality
Chef Thumbnail
Austin
Simmons
The Woodlands, TX
TRIS
Chef Thumbnail
Jason
Stanhope
Charleston, SC
The Quinte Oyster Bar + Lowland
Chef Thumbnail
Martin
Stayer
Houston, TX
Nobie’s, The Toasted Coconut, Quiote, Nonno’s Family Pizza Tavern
Chef Thumbnail
Michelle
Wallace
Houston, TX
B’tween Sandwich Co.
Chef Thumbnail
Robin
Wong, Terry Wong, Quy Hoang and Arash Kharat
Houston, TX
Blood Bros. BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Zachary
and Hannah Welton
Charleston, SC
Weltons Tiny Bake Shop
Chef Thumbnail
Ana
and Lydia Castro
New Orleans, LA
Acamaya
2024 Class of Food & Wine Best New Chefs
Chef Thumbnail
2024
Class of Food & Wine Best New Chefs
Yeti Culinary Stage Demo Chefs
Chef Thumbnail
Tavel
Bristol-Joseph
Austin, TX
Canje
Chef Thumbnail
Ana
Castro
New Orleans, LA
Acamaya
Chef Thumbnail
Kevin
Fink
Austin, TX
Ezov
Chef Thumbnail
Mason
Hereford
New Orleans, LA
Turkey and the Wolf
Chef Thumbnail
Pat
Martin
Nashville, TN
Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
Chef Thumbnail
Fermín
Núñez
Austin, TX
Suerte, Este, Bar Toti
Chef Thumbnail
Christina
Tosi
New York, NY
Milk Bar
Chef Thumbnail
Brooke
Williamson
Los Angeles, CA
Playa Provisions
Lexus VIP Chefs
Chef Thumbnail
Billy
Durney
Brooklyn, NY
Hometown BBQ
Chef Thumbnail
Kate
McLean
Houston, TX
Tony's
Chef Thumbnail
Paola
Velez
Washington, DC
Bodega Bakes, Dōekï Dōekï
Bartenders
Chef Thumbnail
Alba
Huerta
Houston, TX
Julep
Chef Thumbnail
Travis
Tober
Texas
Nickel City
Chef Thumbnail
Sean
Umstead
Durham, NC
Kingfisher
Chef Thumbnail
Justin
Ware
Houston, TX
Johnny's Gold Brick
Wine Bars
Chef Thumbnail
13
Celsius
Houston, TX
Chef Thumbnail
Bacchanal
New Orleans, LA
Chef Thumbnail
Central
Market
Texas
Chef Thumbnail
Lees
Den
Houston, TX
Chef Thumbnail
Lolo
Austin, TX
Chef Thumbnail
Montrose
Cheese & Wine
Houston, TX
Chef Thumbnail
Oakwood
Pizza Box
Raleigh, NC
Chef Thumbnail
The
Library
Houston, TX
Chef Thumbnail
The
Roots Fund
The Throwdown
Saturday, October 05, 2024
4:00–8:00PM
Discovery Green | 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Purchase Ticket

General admission tickets: Your ticket includes all of the food, drinks, and live music you can handle starting at 4:00 p.m. GA ticket holders can experience the new Yeti Culinary Stage, get cookbooks signed by their favorite chefs and meet the 2024 Food & Wine Best New Chefs.

Lexus VIP tickets: Lexus VIP tickets include all of the food, drinks, and live music you can handle starting at 3:00 p.m. (early admission). VIP tickets also include access to the exclusive air conditioned Lexus VIP area inside The Grove and gifts from the Southern Smoke Foundation gift wheel. VIP chefs Billy Durney, Kate McLean, and Paola Velez will be serving bites inside The Grove, and Alba Huerta will be behind the bar. 

Chef Sponsorships: Want to get in on the action before tickets go on sale? Become a chef sponsor and experience SSF24 like an industry pro–early admission before VIP, exclusive events, and more!

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 $11 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 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Chef Chris Shepherd in 2015 for people in the food and beverage industry. Through our Emergency Relief Fund, we provide funds directly to people in need that are battling health crises, winter storm damage, natural disasters, and other unforeseen events. Through our mental health program Behind You, we provide no-cost counseling to F+B workers in multiple states. We are the safety net for the American food and beverage industry. Our mission is to take care of our own each and every day.

Where’s my money going?

Southern Smoke Festival is Southern Smoke Foundation’s largest fundraiser. Money raised for our main event The Throwdown will go toward Southern Smoke Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, which directly impacts food and beverage workers in crisis nationwide, and Behind You, Southern Smoke Foundation’s program providing no-cost mental health counseling to F+B workers in multiple states. Approximately 15 percent of all funds raised will go to Southern Smoke Foundation’s general operations to ensure the organization can run at its highest capabilities. View Southern Smoke Foundation’s impact to-date here.

Are festival tickets available?

Tickets will be on sale July 9, 2024. Want to get in on the action before tickets go on sale? Become a chef supporter and experience SSF24 like an industry pro–early admission before VIP, exclusive events, and more! Sponsorships start at $5,000.

Are sponsorship opportunities still available?

Absolutely! We have some awesome partners at our side, and we love getting to know more rock stars who want to support our mission for the 2024 festival and beyond. Want to chat? Please contact Caroline Nabors at caroline@southernsmoke.org to inquire about sponsorships.

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?

We’ve reserved the George R. Brown Convention Center in case it rains.

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 will post each chef’s dish prior to the festival. 

Can you bring outside food and drink into the event?

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

General Admission
$ 225
October 5, 2024
  |  4:00PM

Discovery Green

Your ticket includes all of the food, drinks, and live music you can handle starting at 4:00 p.m. GA ticket holders can experience the new Yeti Culinary Stage, get cookbooks signed by their favorite chefs and meet the 2024 Food & Wine Best New Chefs.

On Sale July 9, 2024

Lexus VIP
$ 500
October 5, 2024
  |  3:00PM

Discovery Green and The Grove

Lexus VIP tickets include all of the food, drinks, and live music you can handle starting at 3:00 p.m. (early admission). VIP tickets also include access to the exclusive air conditioned Lexus VIP area inside The Grove and gifts from the Southern Smoke Foundation gift wheel. VIP chefs Billy Durney, Kate McLean, and Paola Velez will be serving bites inside The Grove, and Alba Huerta will be behind the bar.

On Sale July 9, 2024

Local Chef Supporter
$ 5000
October 5, 2024
  |  2:30PM

Discovery Green and The Grove

Show your support by sponsoring an SSF24 chef! Your sponsorship will cover the cost of food and equipment for one local SSF chef of your choice on a first come, first served basis. Plus, you can skip the line for your chef (2 people only), and their signage and menu will list your name as their chef presenter.

You’ll also receive:
-2 VIP tickets with early entry at 2:30pm (even earlier than VIP entry) for Chris Shepherd’s pre-shift speech with all the chefs.
-An invitation for 2 to attend the Chef Welcome Party on October 3.

The list of available chefs on the ticketing page is updated in real time. Please email caroline@southernsmoke.org to confirm your chef immediately after purchase.

Visiting Chef Supporter
$ 10000
October 5, 2024
  |  2:30PM

Discovery Green and The Grove

Show your support by sponsoring an SSF24 chef! Your sponsorship will cover the cost of travel, lodging, and food for one SSF chef of your choice on a first come, first served basis. Plus, you can skip the line for your chef (2 people only), and their signage and menu will list your name as their chef presenter.

You’ll also receive:
-2 VIP tickets with early entry at 2:30pm (even earlier than VIP entry) for Chris Shepherd’s pre-shift speech with all the chefs.
-An invitation for 2 to attend the Chef Welcome Party on October 3.

The list of available chefs on the ticketing page is updated in real time. Please email caroline@southernsmoke.org to confirm your chef immediately after purchase.

LODGING
Four Seasons Hotel Houston

1300 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010

We’re so honored to have the Four Seasons Hotel Houston as the Official Hotel Sponsor of Southern Smoke Festival 2024! The Four Seasons Hotel Houston is located in the heart of the city. With its boldly stylish rooms and lavish amenities, the Four Seasons Hotel Houston redefines the idea of modern indulgence in a luxe hotel experience. Room rates for Southern Smoke Festival guests begin at $335/night.
BOOK A ROOM
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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 2024 the best it’s ever been, then we’d love to hear from you.

Interested in sponsorship?