Southern Smoke Festival | H-Town Welcome Wagon

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Southern Smoke Festival | H-Town Welcome Wagon

Southern Smoke Festival's H-Town Welcome Wagon

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Lott Hall 6201 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030

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About this event

Presented By Alaska Seafood + YETI

Hosted By Aaron Franklin and Hot Luck Fest

Southern Smoke Festival's


Offering a Texas-sized welcome opening-night party,

H-Town Welcome Wagon will take place at the historic and charming Lott Hall at Hermann Park and is hosted by Aaron Franklin and Hot Luck Fest.

Here at this 1933 site, Houstonians and out-of-towners will enjoy an evening of delicious bites by some of the most decorated chefs in the country in the beautiful courtyard garden overlooking Hermann Park Golf Course and the stunning, newly renovated indoor ballroom.

Headlining a night will be a perfect pair: Southern Smoke founder and James Beard award winner Chris Shepherd and food writer and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons. Add in Texas’ best wines, plus live music by Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis, Austin alternative rockers Me Nd Adam, and DJ G-Funk of Houston, and it will certainly be a night to remember!

*Please note, this is a rain or shine fundraising event! No refunds available.*

Complete Chef List:

  • John Avila of Henderson & Kane General Store and El Burro & the Bull - Houston, TX
  • Bun B of Trill Burgers - Houston, TX
  • Terrence Gallivan of Elro - Houston, TX
  • Mason Hereford of Turkey & The Wolf; 2020 Food & Wine Best New Restaurant, 2017 Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant - New Orleans, LA
  • Chad Houser of Momentum Cafe - Dallas, TX
  • Brian Jupiter of Frontier - Chicago, IL
  • Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar - Houston, TX
  • Gabriel Medina of Click Virtual Food Hall - Houston, TX
  • Trong Nguyen of Crawfish & Noodles - Houston, TX
  • Benchawan Painter of Street to Kitchen - Houston, TX
  • Jacklyn Pham of Saigon Pagolac - Houston, TX
  • Jeff Potts of 93 Til - Houston, TX
  • Jordan Rubin of Mr. Tuna and Crispy Gai - Portland, Maine
  • Easton Sadler of R-C Ranch - Houston, TX
  • Chris Shepherd of Southern Smoke Foundation; 2020 James Beard American Cooking, 2014 & 2013 James Beard Best Chef Southwest, 2013 Food & Wine 10 Best New Chefs in America - Houston, TX
  • Gail Simmons, Top Chef Judge; The Good Dish Co-Host - NYC
  • Paola Velez of Small Orchida; 2021 Food & Wine Best New Chef; 2021 Time Out People of the Year; Esquire Pastry Chef of the Year, 2020 - Washington DC
  • Joshua Weissman, YouTube Chef - NYC
  • Jack Yoss of Loro - Houston, TX


  • Robert Ellis
  • Me Nd Adam
  • DJ G-Funk

Proceeds benefit Southern Smoke Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund supporting food & beverage workers nationwide.

**This is a rain or shine fundraising event! No refunds available.**

If you have any issues purchasing tickets, please contact Caroline Nabors at or 504-261-5974.

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