2018 Southern Smoke set for Sept. 30 – Houston Chronicle

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Matthew Rudofker rupturing ribs during Southern Smoke 2017. The 2018 eventuality will be hold Sept. 30.

Matthew Rudofker rupturing ribs during Southern Smoke 2017. The 2018 eventuality will be hold Sept. 30.

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Rodney Scott pulling pig during Southern Smoke 2017.

Rodney Scott pulling pig during Southern Smoke 2017.

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Matthew Rudofker rupturing ribs during Southern Smoke 2017. The 2018 eventuality will be hold on Sept. 30.

Matthew Rudofker rupturing ribs during Southern Smoke 2017. The 2018 eventuality will be hold on Sept. 30.

Photo: Gary Fountain, Gary Fountain/For The Chronicle


Ashley Christensen with her spark roasted oysters during Southern Smoke 2017.

Ashley Christensen with her spark roasted oysters during Southern Smoke 2017.

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David Chang about to check his brief ribs during Southern Smoke 2017.

David Chang about to check his brief ribs during Southern Smoke 2017.

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Pitmaster Rodney Scott during Southern Smoke.

Pitmaster Rodney Scott during Southern Smoke.

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Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin serves adult brisket during his counter during Southern Smoke 2016.

Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin serves adult brisket during his counter during Southern Smoke 2016.

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“An annoyance of riches” is cliché, though that’s only what cook Chris Shepherd will have on palm for this year’s Southern Smoke when some of a country’s best chefs and tip practitioners of smoked meats accumulate in Houston on Sept. 30.

Shepherd, who launched Southern Smoke in 2015 as a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, announced this year’s lineup of participating chefs on Wednesday afternoon – whetting a appetites of Houston foodies who commend a eventuality as one of Texas’ best food festivals. The proclamation also came with a sheet sale date: Tuesday, Jul 10 during noon during southernsmoke.org.

Highlights of cook Chris Shepard’s Southern Smoke 2017 Lexus Super VIP Culinary Tour, with special guest (brisket guy) Aaron Franklin and (whole sow guy) Rodney Scott. The debate starts during Underbelly, afterwards visits Crawfish Noodles, Saigon Pagolac and finally, London Sizzler.


Media: Dylan Aguilar, Houston Chronicle



Previous Southern Smokes brought in pitmaster luminaries from via a country. This year is no different. Returning chefs will be Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin and Ryan Prewitt of Peche Seafood Grill in New Orleans – both James Beard Award-winning chefs.

The new faces are:

Daniela Soto-Innes: The James Beard Award-winning cook of Cosme in New York is also chef/partner of Atla in New York. She got her start here in Houston with stints during Brennan’s of Houston, Triniti and Underbelly.

Chris Bianco: Considered one of a world’s excellent pizza makers, he’s a owners of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix. The James Beard Award-winning cook is deliberate a pushing force of America’s artisanal pizza movement. He also is a owners of Bar Bianco, Pane Bianco and Tratto in Phoenix.

Edouardo Jordan: The owners of JuneBaby and Salere in Seattle, Jordan won Best Chef Northwest during this year’s James Beard Awards for Salare while JuneBaby nabbed Best New Restaurant. Jordan was named Food Wine’s Best new Chefs in 2016; JuneBaby was named Best New Restaurant by a same announcement in 2018.

Bill Durney: The owners of Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn, N.Y., Durney helped indurate a New York grill movement. He now is operative on opening Hometown Pan Fired Chicken and a Jewish-style deli, both in Brooklyn, and a live glow and grill grill in Miami.

Vivian Howard: The owners of The Chef and a Farmer in Kinston, N.C., Howard is a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-winning writer of “A Chef’s Life” on PBS. She also is a author of a cookbook “Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of a South” that was named Cookbook of a Year by a International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Jason Vincent: Vincent’s restaurant, Giant, was named one of a Best New Restaurants in 2017 by Bon Appetit. He and his partners recently launched City Mouse grill in a Ace Hotel Chicago.

Pat Martin: The owners of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville is a master of whole sow barbecue. Last year he also non-stop Hugh-Baby’s BBQ Burger Shop in Nashville. He is a member of a Fatback Collective that advocates birthright multiply livestock.

Sam Jones: A third-generation whole sow grill cooker, Jones is a owners of Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville, N.C. In 2012 he was named one of a “Top Ten Pitmasters in a South” by Southern Living. His family owns Skylight Inn in Ayden, N.C., a customary dispatcher for wood-cooked eastern North Carolina-style barbecue. This year he was a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef Southeast.

Southern Smoke will also underline a cooking talents of a HOUBBQ Collective (Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan of The Pass Provisions, Manabu Horiuchi of Kata Robata,  Justin Yu of Theodore Rex, Ryan Pera of Agricole Hospitality, Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s, Erin Smith and Patrick Feges of Feges BBQ, Brandi Key of Lasco Enterprises, Lyle Bento before of Southern Goods and Chris Shepherd of UB Preserv and One Fifth.

This year’s festival will again advantage Multiple Sclerosis. The initial Southern Smoke lifted $454,000 for a MS Society. Last year a eventuality motionless to approach Southern Smoke increase to those in a food and libation attention influenced by Hurricane Harvey (139 people separate a $501,000 raised). To date, Southern Smoke has donated $984,000. This year’s idea will be $300,000 to a MS Society as good as substantiating an puncture assistance account for food and libation attention workers.

Tickets will go on sale Jul 10 during noon. Tickets are $200 for ubiquitous acknowledgment from 4 to 8 p.m.; $350 VIP tickets for early opening and VIP lounges); and 20 tickets accessible during $1,000 for VIP culinary debate with participating chefs on Friday, Sept. 28. The eventuality will take place behind a former Underbelly during 1100 Westheimer.

source ⦿ https://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/bbq/article/2018-Southern-Smoke-set-for-Sept-30-12955063.php

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