Frequently Asked Questions

Where’s my money going?

Southern Smoke, a 501c3 organization, is partnering with fellow nonprofit Legacy Community Health, to provide emergency assistance for members of the culinary and beverage community and their suppliers affected by the hurricane through an application process. Click here to fill out an application to receive funds.

Where do I purchase tickets?

The only place to purchase them is on this website,

How much are tickets? 

Lexus Super VIP (limited to 20): $1,000 – SOLD OUT
VIP: $350
General Admission: $200

What is the difference between a VIP ticket, a Lexus Super VIP ticket and general admission?

Super VIP and VIP ticket holders have early admission to the event at 3pm. They also have access to premium wines and cocktails inside the Knob Creek VIP Lounges. They will also receive a bag that includes cookbooks written by some of the visiting chefs and other cool gifts.

Lexus Super VIP ticket holders, limited to 20 guests only, receive all benefits of VIP ticket holders, plus a private culinary tour on Friday, October 20 with the chefs, sponsored by Lexus.

When do I pick up my tickets? 

Your lanyards, which will serve as tickets to the event, will be available for pick up at Underbelly between October 17-20, 2-6pm. The person who purchased the tickets must present an ID. If you’re not able to stop by during those dates, your lanyards will be available at Will Call at the event on October 22.

Please note that you will receive a tax receipt for your donation by December 31, 2017.

Is the event kid-friendly?

We will be checking IDs at the door, 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.

What time does Will Call open?


What happens if it rains?

This event is rain or shine. The event will not be rescheduled, and we will not issue refunds.

Are there vegetarian items?

It’s a barbecue event.

Where do I park?

We will offer valet parking, but space is limited. We strongly suggest you consider an alternate form of transportation (Uber, taxi, get your mom to drop you off).

Can I come and go from the event? 

There is no re-entry.

I purchased a VIP ticket. When/where do I pick up my signed cookbooks?

We will distribute VIP bags at the Knob Creek VIP tent near the entrance/exit . You can pick up your bags at any time during the event. We will be marking your VIP lanyard tag to confirm you have picked up your bag.

I’m coming in from out of town, and I haven’t secured a hotel room yet. Do you have special rates at any local hotels?

The JW Marriott Downtown is our host hotel. They’ve graciously offered a $129/rate for Southern Smoke guests. Click here to book.

I’m interested in being a Southern Smoke sponsor. Who should I contact?

Please contact Lindsey Brown at