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Chris Shepherd’s Houstonian Hoot’Nanny Benefit Dinner

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Chris Shepherd, James Beard Award-winning chef, and mastermind behind many critically acclaimed restaurants, is constantly giving back to his city. Shepherd draws culinary inspiration from his Midwestern roots and tirelessly supports the Houston food community by stocking his restaurant’s shelves with local produce. He strongly believes that local food reflects the people in that community and has emulated this belief to advance the Houston culinary scene.

Photo Courtesy of Julie Soefer

On October 4th, Chris Shepherd invites you to his Houstonian Hoot’Nanny, a benefit dinner for the 5th annual Southern Smoke FestivalThe Southern Smoke Charity was launched in 2015 by Shepard in honor of his friend Antonia Gianola who had recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 

The organization is proud to have donated almost $700,000 to the MS Society and has expanded its goals to help those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Southern Smoke was able to donate $500,00 to those in need after the devastating storm and created an Emergency Relief Fund specifically for those in the food and beverage industry. All proceeds from the Hoot’Nanny benefit dinner will go towards the Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund and the National MS Society.

Chris Shepherd, along with his friends featured in his upcoming cookbook, “Cook Like a Local,” will curate a plethora of delicious local cuisine. The dinner, hosted at the historic Manner House at The Houstonian, will take you on a journey of exquisite flavor innate to the Houston food scene. 

Photo Courtesy of The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

From elegant cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres served at the reception to the delicious array of desserts curated by Victoria Dearmond, this three course meal will give you a true taste of Houston. 

Limited tickets for the event go on sale August 6th at noon, so be sure to go to to grab a seat at this unforgettable event!

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