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Restaurant Workers Aren’t OK: Charities Issue Urgent Plea for Federal Assistance

POSTED: August 31, 2020 AT 12:24 pm   /   Feed The Need, News

Leaders of the Southern Smoke Foundation and the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation have released an urgent plea explaining just how dire the current economic crisis is for hospitality workers. In Houston alone, dining rooms are currently operating at 50% of regular guest occupancy. Bar workers are even worse off. Bars have been completely closed for […]

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Houston-Based Charity for Hospitality Workers Extends a Hand to Chicago

POSTED: August 10, 2020 AT 2:34 pm   /   Feed The Need, News

The front page of the Southern Smoke Foundation website prominently displays the slogan “Taking care of our own.” In the wake of COVID-19, those words extend to members of the service industry nationwide, too. While Houston’s hospitality industry has felt the big, negative impact of the COVID-19 situation and related shutdowns, it is not the […]

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Cleverley Stone’s Daughter Is Leading Houston Restaurant Weeks

POSTED: June 11, 2020 AT 11:46 am   /   Feed The Need, News

Today, Houston Restaurant Weeks announced that Cleverley Stone’s daughter, Katie, is stepping into her mom’s role overseeing the annual fundraiser that supports the Houston Food Bank. Stone passed away recently after a difficult battle with uterine cancer but wanted the 17-year old multi-week charity event she founded to continue. This year, the dine-out fundraiser is […]

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Restaurants and Organizations Join Forces on Houston Food Donations — Updated

POSTED: April 13, 2020 AT 7:01 pm   /   Featured, Feed The Need, News

James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd launched Southern Smoke in 2015 to support his friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola, who 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. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, Southern Smoke’s […]

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