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Southern Smoke 2017 Date/Lineup Announced, Plus Private Dinner Series Next Spring

Austin barbecue titan Aaron Franklin will once again 'cue for the cause at this year's Southern Smoke. Photo by Catchlight Photography.

Posted: May 31, 2017 at 1:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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.

Chris Shepherd and the HOUBBQ Collective host Southern Smoke 2017 on October 22. Photo by Julie Soefer Photography.

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).

Antonio Gianola and Chris Shepherd celebrate the fundraising effort at a previous Southern Smoke event. Photo by Catchlight Photography.

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 for tickets and additional information.

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