Chef David Chang’s ‘Millionaire’ win means huge donation to Houston charity
HOUSTON – Celebrity Chef David Chang’s smarts have netted a huge donation for a Houston charity. Chang won the top prize on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on Sunday and he designated Southern Smoke as his non-profit recipient. The Houston-based organization aims to aid people in the food and beverage industry that have been affected by disasters. Southern Smoke co-founder Chris Shepherd said Chang’s donation will help hundreds of people. If you’d like to donate to Southern Smoke, go to southernsmoke.org.
Wine Time: Matthew Pridgen, Wine Director at Southern Smoke and One/Fifth
"Absolutely, yes," said One/Fifth wine director Matthew Pridgen when asked if his team's non-profit Southern Smoke is still accepting applications for financial assistance. Sommelier Matthew Pridgen is the Beverage Director at the Underbelly Hospitality restaurant group and the Wine Director at its flagship concept One/Fifth. Hes also the Special Events, Wine, and Silent Auction Director at Southern Smoke, a non-profit association that provides assistance to Houston-area restaurant workers in times of need. MP: Weve had a tremendous outpouring of support from the community and nationwide of people donating to Southern Smoke. HP: When you first started Southern Smoke, did you ever think that youd be helping out during a global pandemic?houstonpress.com
Southern Smoke Receives Huge Donations from Houston Texans and Tito's Vodka
Over the weekend, the Houston Texans Foundation donated $50,000 to Southern Smoke while Tito's Vodka has chosen it as one of four beneficiaries of an immediate $1 million dollar donation to support the hospitality industry. All of the funds from the Houston Texans Foundation will be used for applicants in Houston and the surrounding areas. Shepherd had announced that Southern Smoke Spring was being canceled due to coronavirus fears, as reported here in the Houston Press . The Southern Smoke Foundation quickly began receiving numerous applications for help from food and beverage professionals. Chris Shepherd's Southern Smoke Foundation is a light in a dark world.houstonpress.com