Annual Supporters

American Express and Resy know restaurants and the unflinching, hard work that food and beverage workers get done daily. They supported Southern Smoke first through the December 2021 Resy Cookie Box, including cookies made from recipes by acclaimed chefs across America. Then in March 2022, the entities once again teamed up for the Let’s Grab a Table campaign. After Americans made 1 million reservations on Resy to start March, AMEX and Resy donated $500,000 to Southern Smoke. Resy is a longtime supporter of the Southern Smoke Festival and continues to support the org through the annual Resy Cookie Box. 


Lexus has been an outstanding partner of Southern Smoke Foundation. Our founder, chef Chris Shepherd, is a Lexus Chef and has taken part in the company’s culinary events. Meanwhile, Lexus has been a critical part of our Southern Smoke Festival, sponsoring an area for VIP guests and supporting food and beverage workers nationwide through their generosity. Lexus was the presenting sponsor of the inaugural 2024 Southern Smoke Decanted wine auction. 


Southern Smoke and YETI make a great team. The Austin-based manufacturer has supported the mission to #TakeCareofOurOwn for years. In 2020 it named Southern Smoke as a charity beneficiary for its annual film tour, and it regularly puts their might behind the foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund. YETI was the presenting sponsor of Southern Smoke Festival 2022 and 2023 and will present the Yeti Culinary Stage at the 2024 Southern Smoke Festival.

Alaska Seafood

Southern Smoke Foundation was honored to name Alaska Seafood a presenting sponsor of its 2022, 2023 and 2024 Southern Smoke Festival, and we were privileged to showcase Alaska Seafood’s fresh, wild-caught seafood at the festival. Plus, Alaska Seafood is a dedicated supporter of Southern Smoke Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, backing our mission to lift food and beverage workers out from crisis nationwide.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka / Love, Tito’s

Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Southern Smoke Foundation go back a long way. They were one of the first to lift us up during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing us to increase the help we could give to food and beverage workers hit hard by the ongoing crisis. Its charitable foundation Love, Tito’s has been a dedicated supporter of Behind You, our program offering accessibility of mental health services to F+B workers nationwide.

MML Hospitality

McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality, which operates more than a dozen restaurants in Austin, as well as properties in Houston, Aspen, New Orleans and soon in California, is an annual supporter of Southern Smoke Foundation and its mission to provide emergency relief and access to no cost mental health counseling to those in the F+B industry.

Pat Martin Investments

Pat Martin Investments is an annual supporter of Southern Smoke Foundation and its mission to provide emergency relief and access to no cost mental health counseling to those in the F+B industry.

Fort Worth Food & Wine Foundation

Fort Worth Food & Wine Foundation supports Southern Smoke’s efforts in the DFW region, both financially and by spreading awareness of SSF’s resources to their constituents in the food and beverage industry.

To every person who has ever helped keep our fellow F&B workers—and their families—afloat, thank you.

Your generosity directly impacts our industry, oftentimes by allowing your neighbors to keep the lights on, afford life-saving medications, or simply buy basic necessities like clothing. Without you, none of this would be possible. We’re so happy to have you with us.