Louisiana Eats

On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!

Victuals And Spider Legs

Victuals And Spider Legs
July 22, 2017

On this week’s show, we take a sonic journey through Appalachia to explore the history and legacy of its unique foodways.   We begin with Troy Ball, whose hobby as a moonshiner became a means of helping her family survive financial ruin. Troy’s memoir, Pure Heart, tells a very personal story of raising two special needs sons while becoming the first legal female moonshiner in Southern history.   In the heart of Kentucky, there is no drink... Read More »

An Ocean Of Cocktails

An Ocean Of Cocktails
July 15, 2017

It's July in New Orleans, which means two things: scorching temperatures and the hottest event in the spirits world -- Tales of the Cocktail! On this week's show, we look at the annual summertime conference that brings the international cocktail scene to the Crescent City.   We begin with Maggie Campbell, head distiller at Privateer Rum, a historic rum company in a seaside New England town. A kind of privateer in her own right, Maggie describes how... Read More »

Collection Or Obsession:  Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting

Collection Or Obsession: Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting
July 8, 2017

On this week’s show, we spend a day in the life of Louisiana’s most fascinating culinary collectors.   We begin in the French Quarter at Lucullus Antiques, where owner Patrick Dunne takes us into the mind of a collector and describes his favorite hidden gems of the culinary collecting world.   Then, we take a visit to Kitchen Witch, a shop of books for cooks. When Philippe LaMancusa began his career in the restaurant industry back... Read More »

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
July 1, 2017

On this week's show, just in time for the Fourth of July, we're celebrating the good old-fashioned American barbecue and the even older tradition of curing meat for preservation and eating.We begin with Rien Fertel, author of The One True Barbecue, who demystifies the role of the pit master in the tradition of whole hog barbecue in Tennessee and the Eastern Carolinas. Rien’s exhaustive research led him to some of the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:Ranchers, Farmers And Fishermen Of The Mississippi Watershed

Louisiana Eats:Ranchers, Farmers And Fishermen Of The Mississippi Watershed
June 23, 2017

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look at the unlikely conservationists who work along the Mississippi River watershed.    We begin with author Miriam Horn, whose book Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman profiles five people who sustain production while preserving their environment. Miriam joins us to talk about her discovery — that there’s much more that unites Americans than divides us.   Then, we speak to a few of the conservationists featured in Miriam’s book, starting with Justin... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Delta Hot Tamales

Louisiana Eats: Delta Hot Tamales
June 17, 2017

On this week’s show, we travel to Greenville, Mississippi for their annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival.    We begin by speaking with author Julia Reed, who participates as the festival’s official Pizzazz Consultant. Julia’s writing has graced the pages of Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine and Garden and Gun. She shares memories of the very first Hot Tamale Festival and the significance of the hot tamale in the Mississippi Delta.   Leading off the festival, Julia facilitates a... Read More »

Champions Of Breakfast

Champions Of Breakfast
June 10, 2017

On this week's show, we're up at the crack at dawn to examine what many consider to be the most important meal of the day: breakfast. First, we speak with John Currence, the James Beard Award-winning chef who has earned the title of "Big Bad Chef" at his revered restaurant, Big Bad Breakfast. John tells us tall tales from his breakfast joint in Oxford, Mississippi. Next, we experience breakfast after midnight at the 24-hour Trolley Stop... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons

Louisiana Eats: Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons
June 3, 2017

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look the evolution of restaurant dining in the America and speak with the co-owner of one the nation's top restaurants.We begin by exploring two centuries of historical and cultural changes with acclaimed Yale historian Paul Freedman. His book Ten Restaurants That Changed America weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.On Paul Freedman's short list... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Tours Farms Afield And At Sea

Louisiana Eats Tours Farms Afield And At Sea
May 27, 2017

On this week's show, we hit the road to tour a variety of farms that do everything from growing fresh produce to raising colonies of honeybees. We begin with a tour of Mahaffey Farms in Princeton, Louisiana, where Evan McCommon has been converting his family's timber ranch into a biodiverse farm. The changes have been slow, but his resolve steady as the 1,100 acres change from a dense forest to... Read More »

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program
May 20, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re traveling from Lafitte bayous to French Quarter kitchens for a look at Louisiana’s Catch and Cook Program. Under Catch and Cook, charter fishing groups can bring their catch to a participating restaurant, where the chef will prepare their fresh-caught fish to order.   We begin by angling on the water with Dickie Brennan, Executive Chef Gus Martin, and Captain Theophile Bourgeouis. Theophile, a lifelong Louisiana fisherman, navigates the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Greece On The Bayou

Louisiana Eats: Greece On The Bayou
May 13, 2017

On this week’s show, we visit the Greek Isles without ever leaving the bayou. Holy Trinity Cathedral on Bayou St. John in New Orleans is home to the oldest Greek Orthodox community in North America. For over 150 years, this tight-knit community has combined food and faith in the traditional way of their ancient ancestors. For 44 years, Trinity members have welcomed thousands of visitors to their annual Greek Festival. Months before the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats: Food TV On The Radio

Louisiana Eats: Food TV On The Radio
May 6, 2017

On this week's show, we look at the role food television plays in the lives of several chefs here in New Orleans.  We begin with one of the youngest stars of food TV, Kaj Hecht, the recent winner of Chopped Junior. To get an understanding of how the 10-year-old New Orleans local came to be a contestant on the program, we invited Kaj and his father Michael into our studio. Next, we visit with Michael... Read More »

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