Southern Smoke is primed to throw its best event ever on October 22. Not only has Chris Shepherd's epic barbecue fundraiser changed directions this year to raise money for hospitality industry professionals affected by Harvey devastation, and also doubled its capacity with an additional 200,000 square feet of event space thanks to partner Legacy Community Health, it has also just announced that renowned chefs David Chang and Matthew Rudofker of Momofuku have just come aboard.
The duo round out a truly stellar chef lineup also including John Besh, Mike Lata, Ashley Christensen, Jason Stanhope, Rodney Scott and Aaron Franklin. Local chefs include Brandi Key, Hugo Ortega, Lyle Bento, Manabu Horiuchi, Richard Knight, Jonathan Jones and Patrick Feges along with the HOUBBQ Collective (Justin Yu, Ryan Pera, Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan and cooks from Underbelly and One Fifth).
Chang and Rudofker will serve a 44 Farms Korean-style beef short rib ssam, according to a press release.
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The event also just landed its first-ever title sponsor, WeWork, so do expect a WeWork Lounge with yard games, giveaways and a bar as well.
Tickets to the event are available at SouthernSmoke.org. VIP tickets are $350, which includes early entry, premium wines and a gift bag with participating chefs’ cookbooks. General admission is $200.
The MS Society will resume as the beneficiary of Southern Smoke Spring 2018 as well as a fall festival next year.