This year, Eater is teaming up with James Beard award-winning Southern Foodways Alliance to spotlight their documentary work, premiering a short film every other week. This next piece focuses on a group of oystermen farming small oysters — unusual for the Gulf of Mexico — in Alabama. Now eight different commercial farms call Alabama home where there were none in 2009, and the new system allows farmers to earn a respectable living, and keep them living on the Alabama coast, where good jobs can be hard to come by.
Says Alabama chef, Bill Briand, "The first one I ate it blew my mind and I want everyone to have that same experience. It's like eating salted butter."