Chris Shepherd will host the 5th annual Southern Smoke Festival on Sunday, October 6, featuring some of the best chefs and pitmasters from around the country.
Chris hosted his first Southern Smoke event in 2015 after learning his friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 2017, Southern Smoke shifted its focus to provide assistance to people in the food and beverage industry affected by Hurricane Harvey and donated $501,000 to 139 people in need. Recognizing a need, the Southern Smoke Foundation created an Emergency Relief Fund for people in the food and beverage industry in crisis.
To date, the Southern Smoke Foundation has donated more than $1.3 million—both directly to people in need and to organizations that represent the needs of people in our industry. As Chris says, Southern Smoke was created to “take care of our own.”
The proceeds of the 2019 Southern Smoke Festival will once again raise funds for both the Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund and the National MS Society.