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!

Stories From The Back Of The House

Stories From The Back Of The House
September 16, 2017

Behind every great restaurant is a great chef. But that chef would be nothing without the scores of people in the front and the back of the house who turn a meal into a memorable experience. On this week's show, we get to know two unsung heroes of hospitality in New Orleans. We begin with the remarkable story of Chef Serigne Mbaye, a 24-year-old Senior Line Cook at Commander's Palace. Though he was... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Fishes With The Reel Masters

Louisiana Eats Fishes With The Reel Masters
September 8, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re looking at the role fishing plays in the lives of some of the greatest chefs in the South. We begin with Susan Schadt, author of Reel Masters. Susan went fishing and caught portraits of eight renowned chefs who treasure the sport. Next, we send you a postcard from Susan’s book launch event, where chefs and guests gathered together to enjoy incredible seafood dishes. We speak to several of... Read More »

Back In Class

Back In Class
September 1, 2017

On this week’s show, we're going back to school for no ordinary education.    We begin with Chef Jeremiah Tower, whose book, Table Manners, offers a 21st century guide to being a better host and guest. Jeremiah’s lessons on etiquette — and “techiquette” — come from a decades-long career owning and operating restaurants from California to Hong Kong.   Then, we meet some of the students of Big Class, a literacy program in New Orleans that uses... Read More »

Around The World In 60 Minutes

Around The World In 60 Minutes
August 26, 2017

On this week's show, we're embarking on a virtual trip around the world — from Louisiana to China to Israel and beyond! We begin with a journey through modern China with Audra Ang, who uncovered the country’s soul by researching its food. Audra is a curator at the Museum of Chinese in America, which is located in New York’s Chinatown. Then, journalist Andrew Lawler answers the eternal question -- why did the chicken cross the world?... Read More »

Hospitality For The Mind, Body & Soul

Hospitality For The Mind, Body & Soul
August 19, 2017

On this week's show, we meet some individuals who are doing their part to make the world a better place through food.    We begin with the remarkable story of JoAnn Clevenger of the Upperline Restaurant. While she is known first and foremost for her beloved restaurant, JoAnn has taken on many different endeavors over the years, all with the unifying purpose of bringing people together.   Several contemporary health problems originate from eating foods with... Read More »

Listening To The Flip Side Of History

Listening To The Flip Side Of History
August 12, 2017

To tell a truly engaging story, you have to dig deep beneath the surface. When it comes to radio storytelling, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, also known as the Kitchen Sisters, are masters. Through projects like Lost and Found Sound and Hidden World of Girls, the independent producers tell stories for NPR and online "from the flip side of history." On this week's show, we take a journey in sound with... Read More »

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie
August 5, 2017

Louisiana Eats is on the road again, this time to Evangeline Parish, where residents show pride for their French, Cajun, and Creole heritage through their food, music, and traditions. On this week's show, we participate in the annual Le Grand Hoorah celebration, while hitting many iconic spots along the Cajun Prairie. We begin in downtown Mamou, where our gracious host Valerie Cahill gives us a grand welcome at the historic Hotel Cazan. Then, we grab... Read More »

Nourishing Change

Nourishing Change
July 29, 2017

The South has a rich and varied food history, but too often it's reduced to stereotype. On this week's show, we explore the influence of the South on America’s culinary identity, and the central role African-American and immigrant cooks played in its formation.    We speak with John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. John T., who serves as director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, describes the... Read More »

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 »

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