Frequently Asked Questions

Where’s my money going?

Southern Smoke, a 501c3 organization, has once again chosen the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as the beneficiary of this event, in honor of Chris’ friend Antonio Gianola, who lives with MS. The Southern Smoke Foundation has also recently launched a year-round emergency assistance fund for people in the food and beverage industry in Houston. For more information on the fund, please click here.

Where do I purchase tickets?

The only place to purchase them is on this website, Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, July 10 at noon CT.

How much are tickets? 

Super VIP (limited to 20): $1,000 (SOLD OUT)
VIP: $350
General Admission: $200

What is the difference between a VIP ticket, a Super VIP ticket and general admission?

Super VIP and VIP ticket holders have early admission to the event at 3pm. They also have access to premium wines and cocktails inside the VIP Lounges.

Super VIP ticket holders, limited to 20 guests only, receive all benefits of VIP ticket holders, plus a private culinary tour on Friday, September 28 with the chefs.

What is the check-in procedure? Do I have to pick up lanyards in advance?

Not this year! No tickets or receipts needed. Once you are in our system, you’re all set! We also suggest that you enter the names of your guest(s) into the system so that they can easily check in if you arrive separately. The system will prompt you to do so when purchasing or you can sign into the system later and input that information at your convenience. Only VIP ticket holders will receive lanyards, and that will take place at check-in at the event.

Is the event kid-friendly?

We will be checking IDs at the door, and you must show your ID to enter and drink alcohol. Anyone over the age of 3 must purchase a ticket. Strollers are not permitted. There are no discounts for a child’s ticket.

What happens if it rains?

This event is rain or shine. The event will not be rescheduled, and we will not issue refunds.

Are there vegetarian items?

It’s a barbecue event.

Where do I park?

We will offer valet parking, but space is very limited and first come first served. We strongly suggest you consider an alternate form of transportation (Uber, taxi, get your mom to drop you off). If you are traveling far, we suggest using Karr Limousine–they have town cars, busses, and limousines available: 713.780.8300

Can I come and go from the event? 

There is no re-entry.

I’m coming in from out of town, and I haven’t secured a hotel room yet. Do you have special rates at any local hotels?

The Four Seasons Hotel Houston is our host hotel. They’ve graciously offered a $225/rate for Southern Smoke guests. Please call (800) 734-4114 and mention Southern Smoke 2018 to book the special rate.

I’m interested in being a Southern Smoke sponsor. Who should I contact?

Please contact executive director Kathryn Lott at