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!

Culinary Revolutionaries

Culinary Revolutionaries
June 23, 2018

On this week's show, we discuss sustainable food policy with culinary revolutionaries from around the world. While growing up, Michel Nischan spent a lot of time on his grandfather’s farm. So the thought of eating fresh food was second nature to him. Now he's focused on changing food policy on a federal level. Next, Wynnie Stein reflects on the evolution of the Moosewood Collective, a group of cooks, artists, and activists who have been... Read More »

Quick Bites:  De-cyphering Buttermilk Graffiti

Quick Bites: De-cyphering Buttermilk Graffiti
June 21, 2018

If you are a devoted foodie – it’s a good guess you already know who Edward Lee is. Especially if you caught his Emmy nominated season of Mind of a Chef.  Born in Korea, Edward grew up in Brooklyn, but a single trip to the Kentucky Derby transformed him into a new style Southerner, one whose world includes kimchi with a side of fried boloney. We sat down in our studios with  Edward when he blew through... Read More »

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence:  Louisiana Eats Tours The Whitney Slavery Museum

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Tours The Whitney Slavery Museum
June 16, 2018

In this special edition of Louisiana Eats, we celebrate Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. We take a trip to the Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in America that focuses entirely on slavery. The vision for the museum originated with attorney and developer John Cummings, who invested 10 million of his own dollars to help educate the public about the truths of... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Louisiana Eats!

Happy Birthday, Louisiana Eats!
June 8, 2018

On this week's show, we’re celebrating the 8th anniversary of our show's debut!    We're digging through the archives for some of our favorite moments from the past 8 years, starting from the very beginning. The first episode of Louisiana Eats broadcast on June 9, 2010. That year also marked the 125th anniversary of New Orleans’ streetcar line. We look back at our very first field piece, when we took a streetcar... Read More »

Not Your Typical  Cup of Joe

Not Your Typical Cup of Joe
June 2, 2018

There’s nothing like a cup of good, hot coffee. On this week's show, we look at the art of the coffee bean in our state and beyond.  We begin with a local favorite—PJ’s Coffee—which Phyllis Jordan founded 40 years ago. Phyllis reflects on the early years, when she became the first commercial iced coffee purveyor in New Orleans. Then, we visit the coffee capital of the world—Seattle—where baristas grind out cutting-edge coffee... Read More »

Quick Bites:  Au Revoir, Ms Ella

Quick Bites: Au Revoir, Ms Ella
June 1, 2018

Au Revoir, Ms. Ella   There will only be one Ella Brennan.  For over seven decades, the matriarch of the Brennan clan influenced and elevated American hospitality like no other.  On Thursday, May 31, 2018. Ella Brennan passed away in her Garden District home surrounded by loving family.   In the spring of 2015, Ella welcomed the Louisiana Eats team into her home for a conversation about her life and thoughts on the restaurant... Read More »

Holy Spirits, A Quick Bite with Father Bill Dailey

Holy Spirits, A Quick Bite with Father Bill Dailey
May 31, 2018

The Reverend Father Bill Dailey, is a Catholic priest with an   unusual resume. Along with his holy orders, Father Bill is a lawyer,   law professor, instructor of philosophy, and cocktailian mentor to   bartenders across the country! We spoke with Father Bill about the   spiritual service he provides during Tales of the Cocktail and his   thoughts on how to imbibe with virtue.   Despite his wide exposure to the most cutting edge of cocktails,... Read More »

Toasting The Tricentennial - Part Deux

Toasting The Tricentennial - Part Deux
May 26, 2018

On this week's show, we continue our tricentennial tribute to New Orleans with a look at brand new research in the field of archeology. We speak to Jim Bruseth and Toni Turner, who reveal a surprising turn of events that preceded the city's official founding. Evidently, if the French explorer La Salle hadn't blundered in his attempt to form a colony here, we would have been celebrating our 300th birthday 30 years... Read More »

Quick Bites:  An Arnaud's Centennial Celebration

Quick Bites: An Arnaud's Centennial Celebration
May 21, 2018

On February 29th, 1918, a French wine salesman named Arnaud Cazenave opened Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The extravagant, eccentric “Count”—as he dubbed himself—spent decades expanding the restaurant in size and scope, creating an institution specializing in French Creole cuisine. One hundred years later, the legendary restaurant remains an institution, with endless stories to tell. On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, we sit down with the Casbarian family, for... Read More »

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

Collection Or Obsession: Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting
May 19, 2018

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 »

East Asian Eats

East Asian Eats
May 12, 2018

On this week's show, we're having a full on East Asian culinary exploration. We begin by commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquake with former AP reporter Audra Ang, author of To The People, Food is Heaven. Audra shares what it was like to be there in the aftermath of such a catastrophic event. Then, we’ll learn the history of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. with U.C.... Read More »

Louisiana Eats!:  To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute to 'A Confederacy of Dunces'

Louisiana Eats!: To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute to 'A Confederacy of Dunces'
May 5, 2018

John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is internationally revered for having captured the essence and eccentricity of New Orleans — and for introducing readers to its larger-than-life protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. On this week's show, we take a culinary look between the pages of the book that, 37 years ago, was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. We begin with Spud McConnell, well known for his portrayal of Ignatius on stage. The Gonzales-born... Read More »

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