alabama oyster social

Alabama Oyster Social

January 28, 2017 – Jim will be at the Alabama Oyster Social in Auburn, AL along with chefs Ryan Prewitt of Peche, Bryan Rackley of Kimball House, Justin DeVillier of La Petite Grocery, Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar, Cory Bahr of Restaurant Cotton, and Alabama chefs Adam Evans, Leonardo Maurelli III, Bill Briand, George McMillan, Robbie Nicolaisen, Brandon Burleson, Miguel Figueroa, William Walker, Ban Stewart, Caleb Fischer, Rob McDaniel, and David Bancroft.

Tasting tables will feature southern fisherman, farmers, foragers, butchers, brewers, distillers, vintners, and shellfish enthusiasts all to highlight the progressive, sustainable efforts of Alabama oyster farms. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory to first help with the relocation of the research efforts and commercial farms to new farm sites, and ultimately to expand the capacity of Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory’s capacity to serve this flourishing, ‘blue-green’ industry.


Top Chef Season 14 Contestants

December 1, 2016 – Top Chef Season 14 premiere on Bravo. Top Chef just announced Season 14’s new contestants and guess who is competing! Jim Smith and seven other acclaimed chefs from across the country will be battling it out with eight chefs from previous seasons. SEE THE PREVIEW.


Here’s the lineup of Season 14 talented “cheftestants.”

  • Annie Pettry – Louisville, Kentucky
  • BJ Smith – Portland, Oregon
  • Emily Hahn – Charleston, South Caroline
  • Gerald Sombright – Marco Island, Florida
  • Jamie Lynch – Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jim Smith – Montgomery, Alabama
  • Silvia Barban –Brooklyn, New York
  • Sylva Senat – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of Bravo.

World Food Championships

November 12, 2016 – Jim will be at The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL, teaching how to cook something fantastic on the Main Stage of the World Food Championships at 2:15 and again at 3:00. The World Food Championships is the largest competition in food sport, where champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000. GET MORE INFO AND TICKETS.

Photo courtesy of The Wharf at Orange Beach.

Gulf to Table Dinner

November 4, 2016 – Join us for a Gulf to Table Dinner featuring a locally inspired menu of Alabama Gulf Coast seafood and other favorites, prepared by acclaimed chefs including Jim Smith, Josh Quick, David Bancroft, and Martie Duncan. This event is part of the Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at the Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  GET THE INFO AND TICKETS.

Photo courtesy of the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off