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!

Blinded By Science

Blinded By Science
November 18, 2017

On this week's show, we meet some mad scientists of the culinary world and uncover some of the greatest technical secrets of the kitchen and bar. We begin with culinary inventor Dave Arnold at New York’s former Booker and Dax, whose collaborations with Chef Wylie Dufresne have resulted in magical molecular gastronomy. He tells us about some of his wildest experiments in the kitchen. Then, we visit with food scientist and scholar Harold McGee,... Read More »

Can't Beat 'Em?  Eat 'Em!

Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em!
November 11, 2017

On this week's show, we take a look at invasive species in our region and meet some people who live by the motto: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.  We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp. The event's expert attendees show us the culinary and economic benefits of incorporating Asian Carp into... Read More »

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
November 3, 2017

On this week's show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of several influential dessert makers. We begin with Anne Byrn, also known as "The Cake Mix Doctor," whose book American Cake takes readers back to the origins of baking in America. From birthday to wedding cake, Anne has the history behind each delicious layer. Then we get a crash-course in the art of sugar blowing and sculpting with Sidney Galpern at the New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio.... Read More »

Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween Spooktacular
October 25, 2017

Darkness falls across the land, and Halloween is close at hand. This week, we're getting into the spooky spirit by touring some of Louisiana’s most paranormal locales.   We’ll begin at the center of New Orleans’ supernatural history, the French Quarter. Lisa Blount of Antoine’s Restaurant gives us a tour of their ghostliest sites.    From there, we journey up to Mamou, Louisiana to visit the Hotel Cazan. During our stay, we discover the mysteries of Mamou... Read More »

Delta Hot Tamales

Delta Hot Tamales
October 20, 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 »

Acadiana Road Show

Acadiana Road Show
October 14, 2017

I think Poppy's title "The Acadiana Road Show" is much better than my idea. All of them involve being on the road at some point! Reggie, the mp3 of the show is up on Dropbox. Here's some copy:On this week's show, we're traveling through Acadiana to explore traditional and contemporary Cajun foodways. We begin with George Graham, who shares his obsession through stories of cooking in the region through his nationally... Read More »

Hot Ham And Cold Beer

Hot Ham And Cold Beer
October 7, 2017

Whether it “ain’t der no more” or it’s a holiday tradition, iconic brands have a particular staying power over New Orleanians. We love the foods and flavors of nostalgia. On this week’s show, we look back at some favorite brands of the past, and celebrate others that are still thriving! For over 100 years, Chisesi Brothers’ southern-style smoked meat products have been staples in homes, grocery stores and restaurants throughout New Orleans. Fourth- and fifth-generation... Read More »

Treasures from the Table

Treasures from the Table
September 30, 2017

  Perhaps nothing tells the story of a kitchen better than the objects that live in it. On this week’s show, we’re bringing in a panel of experts for an education on culinary antiques and collectibles.   We begin with author and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Nick Dawes. Nick's expertise gives him a remarkable view into the lives of people and their ancestors through the relics that they bring to the show. His visit to the Historic New... Read More »

Decant Take It With You - A Wine Education

Decant Take It With You - A Wine Education
September 23, 2017

Get out your corkscrews! On this week’s show, we’re talking with vintners and wine stewards to better understand the world of fermented grapes.    We'll begin with Duane and Susan Hoff, two Minnesota-natives who founded Fantesca Estate & Winery after helping to get their family's electronics business off the ground -- a company now known as Best Buy.    Next, Richard Betts demystifies the sometimes daunting world of wine. He’s an author, winemaker, and master sommelier who emphasizes... Read More »

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 »

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