Southern Smoke 2017 Date/Lineup Announced, Plus Private Dinner Series Next Spring
Mark your calendars for October 22, the date for Southern Smoke 2017. Tickets go on sale this year at noon on August 7. Once again, chefs Chris Shepherd (Underbelly, One Fifth); Ryan Pera (Coltivare, Revival Market); Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, (both of The Pass & Provisions); and Justin Yu (Better Luck Tomorrow) will host the third annual barbecue block party to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
As before, the flavor fest will surround Underbelly, Hay Merchant and Blacksmith with a savory array of smoked meat, beer and wine served up by a dream team of Southern chefs and pitmasters. This year, they include Austin’s Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue); Charleston’s Rodney Scott (Rodney Scott’s BBQ), Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope (FIG); Raleigh, NC’s Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner, Death & Taxes); and New Orleans’ John Besh (Restaurant August, Lüke).
The event was inspired by Shepherd’s longtime friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola, who was diagnosed with MS in 2014. This year, Southern Smoke aims to raise $300,000 for the MS Society and expands to bi-annual status with a new series of intimate chef’s table dinners, to be held during Spring 2018 at private homes around Houston. These dinners will be collaborative affairs, with each meal prepared by one local and one visiting chef. Local chefs Hugo Ortega (Hugo’s, Xochi), Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi (Kata Robata), Brandi Key (SaltAir, The Dunlavy) and Lyle Bento (Southern Goods) have all signed on to cook, in addition to the founding chefs of Southern Smoke. Stay tuned for the announcement of visiting chefs.
Tickets are $200 for general admission, with a VIP package priced at $350. Visit SouthernSmoke.org for tickets and additional information.