Eat Alabama Oysters!
If you’re looking for a fun Friday night. where you can enjoy delicious oysters and other dishes prepared by some of the South’s hottest chefs, sip craft beer and cool cocktails all while raising money for an important cause, then get yourself over to Auburn, to the second annual Alabama Oyster Social on January 29 and support the men and women of Alabama’s oyster farming industry. (Learn more about our state’s oyster farming in our fall issue article, here.)
Photos by Luke Lindgren
Just like it did last year, this “party with a purpose” will feature oysters shucked and prepared by influential chefs including Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club & Ovenbird, Ryan Prewitt of Peche, Bryan Rackley of Kimball House, LisaMarie White and Kelly Fields of Willa Jean, Adam Evans of Brezza Cucina, Justin DeVillier of La Petite Grocery, Michael Gulotta of MoPho, Derek Emerson of Walker’s Drive-In, Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar and Alabama chefs Leo Maurelli, Bill Briand, George McMillan, Rob McDaniel and David Bancroft. Wash all the goodies down with libations provided by Back Forty Beer, Cathead Distillery, Sazerac Bourbon, International Wine and Pinnacle Imports.
That’s the “party” part; the purpose is to celebrate Alabama’s tasty farmed oysters as well as the hard work of the farmers and to raise funds for the research done by Dr. Bill Walton and his team at Auburn University’s Shellfish Lab on Dauphin Island. This has never been more important. The leases to use the waters that were home to many of the oyster farms were recently denied for renewal, affecting favorites like Murder Point, Turtlebacks, Captain Zeke’s, Pass Huitre and Southern Pearls as well as the Shellfish Lab’s oyster farming enterprise zone, where essential research and oyster seed raising were conducted and “starter farms” were located. The non-renewal forces a move for all, which brings unexpected expenses. All proceeds from the Oyster Social will be donated to the Shellfish Lab to help offset some of the costs and help it continue its vital work. The goal is to raise $100,000.
Get your tickets here, and hurry! This event is bound to sell out.