Southern Smoke Festival

  • Dates: 10/21/2022, 10/22/2022, 10/23/2022
James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd and the Southern Smoke Foundation will host Southern Smoke Festival 2022 Oct. 21-23, 2022, featuring more than 60 of the best chefs and culinary celebrities—Tom Colicchio, Sarah Grueneberg, Cheetie Kumar, Brooke Williamson, Erick Williams, plus a whole slew of Houston chefs. 

H Town Welcome Wagon (Lott Hall at Hermann Park): Friday, October 21, 7-10 PM

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. Texas’ best wines will be poured, live music will be played throughout the evening, and Southern Smoke founder and James Beard award winner Chris Shepherd will take center stage with food writer and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons. It will certainly be a night to remember!


Southern Smoke on Ice (The Houstonian): Saturday, October 22, 1-4 PM

Some 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 whole tuna breakdown (with made-to-order hand rolls to follow), and we're offering up our favorite high-end wines and bubbles. Tickets are limited for this afternoon soiree.


East Downtown Throwdown (EaDo): Sunday, October 23, 4-8 PM

Southern Smoke Festival is hosted by and benefits Southern Smoke Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports food and beverage workers nationwide in crisis. The 2019 festival raised $573,394 for the foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, which distributes funds to individuals like restaurant and bar workers, farmers and ranchers, and winemakers and distillers nationwide experiencing crises like natural disasters, medical emergencies, accidents, loss of wages, and other unforeseen events. 
To date, the Southern Smoke Foundation has distributed more than $10 million directly to people in the F&B industry nationwide in crisis via the Emergency Relief Fund.
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