Our friend David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku, is competing in his second episode of ABC's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and has selected Southern Smoke as his charity! Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, this season features both celebrity contestants playing for charity and frontline heroes.
Dave has long been a friend of Southern Smoke. He cooked with us at the Southern Smoke Festival in 2017 to raise funds for Houstonians in the food and beverage industry affected by Hurricane Harvey, and he's frequently mentioned the foundation as an essential charity during the COVID-19 crisis.
He's already won $8K, so let's cheer him on as he competes for the big prize the food and beverage community!
This event will be socially distanced. Hay Merchant doesn't accept reservations.
About the Southern Smoke Foundation
James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd launched Southern Smoke in 2015 after learning his friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since then, Southern Smoke has donated $763,000 to the MS Society, making it the largest third-party fundraiser in a five-state area.
In 2017, Southern Smoke shifted its focus to provide assistance to people in the food and beverage industry affected by Hurricane Harvey and distributed $501,000 to 139 people in need. Recognizing a need, the Southern Smoke Foundation created an Emergency Relief Fund for people in the food and beverage industry in crisis. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund has distributed $4,046,325 to 2,050 people nationwide.
To date, Southern Smoke has distributed more than $5.7 million—both directly to people in need via the Emergency Relief Fund and to organizations that represent the needs of people in our industry. As Chris says, Southern Smoke was created to “take care of our own.”