Annual Events
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Respect the Rosé: Run for the Rosés

We’ve been drinking pink wine with some of our favorite chefs since 2016! Our favorite theme party is back with Respect the Rosé: Run for the Rosés, presented by Lexus, at Brennan’s of Houston on Saturday, June 29. Some of our favorite chefs will collaborate on a multi-course extravaganza made even better by a selection of first-class rosés and other wines from our favorite producers.

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Southern Smoke Festival

Southern Smoke Festival, presented by Alaska Seafood, is back on October 5, 2024! We’re bringing out the big stars for our annual park party fundraiser. More than 70 incredible food and beverage pros from across the country will join the best wine, spirit, and beer producers and outstanding live music at Discovery Green in the heart of Downtown Houston.

Proceeds will benefit Southern Smoke Foundation, which has distributed more than $11.7 million to F+B workers nationwide and more than 5,000 no cost counseling sessions.

Tickets on sale July 9 at noon CT! 

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Southern Smoke Decanted

Decanted, presented by Lexus, unlocks the best of our wines and each other in Southern Smoke’s wine auction, uniting wine lovers with vintners from around the world in a spectacular afternoon benefiting Southern Smoke Foundation. Save the date for Spring 2025!

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May 1–31, 2024
Million for Mental Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re calling our supporters to help SSF continue to provide F+B workers across the country access to no-cost counseling. Join us in raising a “Million for Mental Health”—and letting the F+B community know we’re behind them. Every donation leads to the kinds of conversation, clarity, and relief that help a vital industry refill its cup.
May 1–31, 2024
Southern Smoke Pizza @ Rosie Cannonball
Houston, TX
Inspired by SSF Founder and Chef Chris Shepherd, James Beard Award Semifinalist Chef Felipe Riccio created a Southern Smoke Pizza featuring a Calabrian chili red sauce topped with mozzarella, roasted cremini mushrooms and Schiacchiata Picante. For the month of May, Rosie Cannonball will donate $2 for every pizza sold to support the Million for Mental Health campaign
May 1–31, 2024
Slice out the Stigma with Pizzeria Bianco
Phoenix, AZ
James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Bianco will be highlighting a pizza for the month of May to support the Million for Mental Health campaign.
May 1–31, 2024
Birdie’s Soft Serve for Southern Smoke Foundation
Austin, TX
James Beard Award Finalist Chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel is whipping up a special soft serve to share with guests to support SSF’s Behind You program.
May 1–31, 2024
Winnie's Crawfish for a Cause
Houston, TX
Neighborhood favorite, Winnie's, will be donating $1 from every pound of crawfish sold in the month of May to support the Million for Mental Health campaign.
May 1–31, 2024
Johnny's Gold Brick for SSF
Houston, TX
Heights neighborhood craft cocktail bar, Johnny's Gold Brick, will be creating a special drink and donating $1 from each order for the month of May to support the Million for Mental Health campaign.
May 1–31, 2024
Toast to milkbread!
Davidson, NC
The cute fast-casual restaurant concept by our friends Joe and Katy Kindred has added a donation line for the month of May to support SSF.
May 1–31, 2024
“You Good?” N/A Cocktail at Ma Der Lao Kitchen
Oklahoma City, OK
Chef Jeff Chanchaleune and his team is featuring a special N/A Cocktail the month of May - the “You Good?” includes guava, coconut cream, lime and soda, and will support the Million for Mental Health campaign.
May 1–31, 2024
Toast to Hog & Hominy!
Memphis, TN
Our friends Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman have added a donation line for the month of May at Memphis favorite, Hog & Hominy, to support SSF.
May 1–31, 2024
Aiko's Heal and Spread Healing Mocktail
Houston, TX
With a 100% giveback to the Million for Mental Health campaign, Houston sushi spot Aiko will be offering the Heal and Spread Healing (HASH) Mocktail. The non-alcoholic beverage, made with tea, Herbes de Province, vanilla syrup, and black walnut bitters, will be offered through the month of May in support of SSF’s Behind You program.
May 5–31, 2024
Specials Day & Night at Magna Kusina
Portland, OR
Join Magna Kusina for lunch or dinner to support SSF’s Million for Mental Health campaign. James Beard Award Finalist Chef Carlo Lamagna and his team are featuring their most popular lunch item, the Beef Pares Mami, and showcasing the Pandan Dreams N/A cocktail for dinner.
May 5–Jun 17 2024 | 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Let’s Taco Bout Tacodeli’s Carne Asada Special
Houston, TX
Beginning on Cinco de Mayo, TacoDeli will be donating $1 per Carne Asada taco sold while it's available at Houston’s Washington location. This taco will be available and benefit SSF through June 17.
May 18–19, 2024
NYC Behind You Bake Sale with Chef Caroline Schiff & Friends
New York, NY
James Beard Award Finalist Chef Caroline Schiff has organized a citywide bake sale featuring bakeries and pastry chefs from all over NYC. From May 18-19, participating businesses will offer a baked good with a portion or all proceeds going back to SSF. Make sure to keep up with Caroline on Instagram for more info!
May 20 2024 | 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Pizza with a Purpose
Bethesda, MD
Mention Southern Smoke Foundation on your visit, and California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of all food and beverage sales on your check to SSF. Purchases include dine-in, take-out, catering, and online orders at when you enter BACK20% at checkout.
May 23–26, 2024
Hot Luck Live Food & Music
Austin, TX
We're heading to Austin this Memorial Day weekend as the beneficiary of Hot Luck, Aaron Franklin's big food and live music bash. Enjoy food from Ashley Christensen, Sarah Grueneberg, Mason Hereford, and more, and live music from bands like The Mummies and Lightning Bolt.
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May 25 2024 | 12:00–1:30 pm
Free Austin Industry Roundtable
Austin, TX
Join Southern Smoke Foundation, Hot Luck and the University ofHouston Psychology Clinic for an industry roundtable discussion on resources available to create a healthier workplace. Learn about how to prepare for a crisis and how to apply for crisis grants; no cost mental health resources for F+B resources in 10 states and D.C.; tips on financial fitness. Panelists include Jesse H. Walker, M.A., Southern Smoke liaison and clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Houston; Chefs Ashley Christensen, Edgar Rico and Tavel Bristol-Joseph; Southern Smoke Chief Mission Officer Cat Bill; Southern Smoke Founding Director Chris Shepherd; and moderator Matthew Odam of the Austin American-Statesman.
May 27 2024
Memorial Day at Tarrant’s West
Richmond, VA
Tarrant's West will be donating a share of their sales on Monday, May 27, to support Behind You in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and to celebrate Behind You launching in Virginia this summer.
Jun 6 2024 | 6:00–9:00 pm
Get Frosted at Rosé Way
Spring, TX
Step into your pink mode and get ready to sparkle at this year’s Rosé Way. Rosé wines, sparkling wines and trending sweet wines will flow as guests enjoy getting their posh on with a fashion show by Chloe Dao, beauty experiences, music, door prizes and more. Plus have your photo taken in sparkly gems and bid on a Smokin’ Hot Chef Culinary Experience to benefit the Southern Smoke Foundation.  The gorgeous venue, The Peach Orchard, will have your jaw-dropping at the beauty as you arrive.
Jun 9 2024 | 5:00–8:00 pm
Back to the Future Dinner at Feges BBQ
Houston, TX
Join Feges BBQ for Back to the Future, a collaborative dinner with seven of our chef (and beverage!) friends from their pre-Feges days in support of the Southern Smoke Foundation. They'll gather around the butcher's table, share cherished memories, and recreate some of their favorite dishes from the aughts with a modern twist. The single-seating, family-style multi-course dinner will come with beverage selections by Southern Smoke Foundation's Beverage Director, Matthew Pridgen, for a nostalgic and delicious Sunday Supper. All proceeds from this event will go to SSF to support individuals in the F+B industry with emergency relief funding and access to mental health services at no cost.
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Jun 13–17, 2024
Food & Wine Classic
Aspen, CO
Amazing food, the best wine, the most wonderful people from all across the food and beverage industry, and the Rocky Mountains. Just a few reasons why the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is one of the premiere food and beverage events of the year. Join us on top of Aspen mountain for a walk-around tasting featuring F&W Best New Chefs from past to present! Hosted by FOOD & WINE Editor-In-Chief Hunter Lewis and F&W Best New Chef Alum and Southern Smoke Foundation founder Chris Shepherd, guests will enjoy an outdoor cookout with delicious grilled bites and premium beverages. Thank you to Food & Wine for making Southern Smoke Foundation one of the charity beneficiaries of the Classic, along with No Kid Hungry.
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Jul 26 2024 | 5:00–9:30 pm
Farmstead Live Fire x Southern Smoke Foundation
St. Helena, CA
Join us for the inaugural Farmstead Live Fire x Southern Smoke Foundation event! Eight exceptional chefs from across the country head to Napa Valley to sear and celebrate with us on the Farmstead Lawn. Indulge in a variety of delectable dishes, sip on refreshing cocktails, and savor wines from the renowned Napa Valley wineries. It will be an unforgettable evening dedicated to supporting food and beverage workers.