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!

Nourishing Change

Nourishing Change
February 17, 2018

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 »

Beans About Mardi Gras

Beans About Mardi Gras
February 10, 2018

It's Carnival time in Louisiana! This week, we join revelers near and far for the biggest free party on earth. We begin with Devin De Wulf, founder of the Krewe of Red Beans. Devin gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how the krewe puts together their intricate bean suits to roll on Lundi Gras Day. The party continues as we meet some of New Orleans' "unofficial ambassadors." Producers Joe Shriner and Sarah Holtz hit... Read More »

Chisesi’s Pride – A 110 Year New Orleans Family Tradition - A Louisiana Eats Quick Bite

Chisesi’s Pride – A 110 Year New Orleans Family Tradition - A Louisiana Eats Quick Bite
February 7, 2018

On this episode, we meet the Chisesi’s, a New Orleans family who, for five generations have been one of the South’s favorite meat purveyors.  Philip Chisesi, the octogenarian patriarch who still runs the company today, tells the story of how their business grew from selling live chickens in the French Market to the state of the art production facility on Jefferson Highway today. We tour the facility with Nicholas, Philip’s son and... Read More »

Mindfulness and Medicine

Mindfulness and Medicine
February 3, 2018

This week, we learn the health benefits of paying closer attention to what we consume and our emotional well-being. We begin with Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. A long-time student of mindfulness meditation, he explains the psychology of happiness, and why humans use food and drink as a pathway to achieve it. Dr. John J. Hutchings is a doctor of both psychiatry and gastroenterology in the New Orleans... Read More »

Mardi Gras Madness and the Bean – A Louisiana Eats Quick Bite

Mardi Gras Madness and the Bean – A Louisiana Eats Quick Bite
February 2, 2018

On this episode, we make a close study of the relationship between red beans and Mardi Gras.  The day before Fat Tuesday is known as Lundi Gras, or Fat Monday.   Over a decade ago, New Orleans newcomer, Devin De Wulf made his first Mardi Gras costume, entirely decorated with dried red beans.  His costume got such a great reaction that he decided to create his own parade – the Krewe of... Read More »

Tasting The World

Tasting The World
January 27, 2018

On this week's show, we voyage around the world in search of extraordinary and diasporic flavors.  First, author and food activist Bryant Terry discusses the inspiration behind his book, Afro-Vegan. Bryant draws from the diverse flavors of the African Diaspora, interpreting them in new and healthy ways. Next, we meet food columnist Kim Sunée, an adoptee who was born in South Korea. We hear about her memoir, A Mouthful of Stars, which explores the intersections between food,... Read More »

Sex, Violence & Hospitality

Sex, Violence & Hospitality
January 19, 2018

Editor's note: this episode contains accounts of sexual assault. On this week's show, we take a look at sexual harassment and abuse in the restaurant industry. We speak with service industry leader Tyler Chauvin, who has confronted sexual harassment directly over the course of her career. Now the general manager at Trèo in New Orleans, Tyler has become an unapologetic voice for change, advocating the need to challenge industry norms. Then, we hear... Read More »

Victuals And Spider Legs

Victuals And Spider Legs
January 12, 2018

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 »

Happy 95th Birthday, Leah Chase

Happy 95th Birthday, Leah Chase
January 6, 2018

Join us this week as we celebrate the 95th birthday of a New Orleans icon, our dear friend, Leah Chase. We'll spend the hour honoring Leah's talent and achievements as the undisputed Queen of Creole Cooking.We begin on a special day we spent with Leah in 2012, when Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office kicked off Carnival season at Gallier Hall with king cake and a lovely surprise for Leah.From there, we look... Read More »

2017 Louisiana Eats Year in Review

2017 Louisiana Eats Year in Review
December 30, 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we take a look back at some of our favorite Louisiana Eats moments from the past year.   First, we speak with Lior Lev Sercarz, a chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte in New York City. Lior discusses his career's trajectory from sergeant of the Israeli army to spice master, and explains why he believes both home cooks and professional chefs will benefit from delving into spices.   Next, Top Chef star Isaac Toups tells... Read More »

Portraits Of Two Chefs

Portraits Of Two Chefs
December 23, 2017

This week, we’re sharing portraits of two chef-artists, tracing their paths from cradle to culinary greatness. First, we hear from James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence, whose upbringing in New Orleans has informed his illustrious restaurant career based in Oxford, Mississippi. John describes the through-lines of his craft, which includes a strong sense of place and a healthy dose of humility.In the second half of the show, we speak with Carl Schaubhut, who... Read More »

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program
December 16, 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 »

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