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!

Conservation And Conscience On Gulf Coast Farms

Conservation And Conscience On Gulf Coast Farms
August 7, 2015

On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats!, we visit two Gulf Coast farms where, through collaboration and innovation, farmers are creating better products that will help preserve the environment and give back to the community. We begin in Washington Parish at Stoney Point Farm, where farmer Tim Roper is collaborating with Dan Ballister of Smoke Hall Foods to create a new product, the General's Hot Sauce. We learn about the new... Read More »

Beach Bums And Barbecue

Beach Bums And Barbecue
July 31, 2015

For some, Louisiana summers mean oppressive heat and thick humidity. For others, it means backyard barbecues and ice cold cocktails! On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we bask in the sunshine as we look at locally produced rum, outdoor grilling, and the recent resurgence of interest Tiki cocktails. We begin with a tour the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery where artist James Michalopoulos has been using Louisiana sugarcane to handcraft small batches... Read More »

American Distillers On A Quest For Quality

American Distillers On A Quest For Quality
July 24, 2015

It probably won’t surprise you that people who distill, prepare and sell alcohol are generally cheery. But what is it about their job that puts them in such a good mood? Some get to meet new faces every day, while others study the history of their profession, while even fewer teach the trade to apprentices. Whatever the case, they’re all willing to share their knowledge with others and pursue a... Read More »

Popping Up All Over

Popping Up All Over
July 17, 2015

Pop-up restaurants have been becoming increasingly popular all over Louisiana. These nomadic entrepreneurs move into bars and restaurants, often serving delicious, unconventional food for armies of devoted diners. To find out more about these indie bands of the restaurant world, we go to the source, speaking with some of the newest and most exciting pop-ups in New Orleans at the 2015 Propeller Pop event. Then, for a closer look at... Read More »

Shaken And Stirred: Inside Tales Of The Cocktail

Shaken And Stirred: Inside Tales Of The Cocktail
July 10, 2015

This week on Louisiana Eats!, we go behind the scenes at the biggest annual cocktail gathering in the world, Tales of the Cocktail. We begin with Mr. Cocktail himself, Paul Tuennerman, husband of the visionary leader and founder of Tales, Ann Tuennerman. Mr. Cocktail spills the beans on what life is like as the husband of the powerhouse who is Mrs. Cocktail. Then, legendary Las Vegas bartender Tony Abou-Ganim recounts his illustrious history... Read More »

On The Record With Donald Link: Candid Stories From A Bold Chef

On The Record With Donald Link: Candid Stories From A Bold Chef
July 4, 2015

At one point during his cooking career, Donald Link's co-workers nicknamed him "Hot Shot." Was it deserved? That depends on who you ask. Donald shares his side of the story with us in a revealing inteview that takes you from the rock and roll kitchens of San Francisco to his award-winning restaurants in New Orleans. We'll also hear about Skip Murray's new restaurant, Scott Gold's advice about French fries, and Ian... Read More »

Growing Into Adulthood

Growing Into Adulthood
June 27, 2015

Sooner or later, we all have to grow up, but exactly what that process entails can vary dramatically. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we investigate what it means to be an adult and the journey of self-discovery. First, we speak with Zdenek Kastanek, a self-styled "spirits evangelist" for Proof & Company, an elite distribution business that is helping to shape the pre-eminent cocktail bars of Singapore. Zdenek explains how his journey... Read More »

Innovation And Tradition On The Red River

Innovation And Tradition On The Red River
June 19, 2015

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we're celebrating our one-year anniversary on the airwaves of Red River Radio by highlighting the burgeoning food scene of northern Louisiana. We tour Mahaffey Farms with innovative farmer Evan McCommon and even get to meet his heritage breed pigs and chickens. Then, we learn about the growing urban farming movement from LSU Ag agent Grace Peterson and visit Gullo's Fresh Produce and Bake Shop to learn... Read More »

Peanuts, Pasta And Patriachs

Peanuts, Pasta And Patriachs
June 12, 2015

Just in time for Father’s Day, Mayor Mitch Landrieu talks about his special relationship with his dad, former mayor Moon Landrieu, and how he benefits from Moon’s 40 year prospective on what it takes to be mayor of New Orleans.   Then, we have a visit with the Lee Brothers, Matt and Ted Lee, whose passion for Southern food has taken them from boiled peanut vendors to TV personalities. We get the... Read More »

All In The Family

All In The Family
June 5, 2015

Have you ever noticed how many family business center around food? That’s especially true of the restaurant business! On this week’s Louisiana Eats!, we hear from several multigenerational restaurateurs of note. Ella Brennan, the matriarch of the Brennan clan remembers her brother, Owen, founder of the original Brennan’s restaurant. The legendary Ella goes on to discuss her life in restaurants and the superstar chefs who got their start in the Commander’s... Read More »

Tradition Begs For Evolution: Changing Federal Policy & Reviving Local Customs

Tradition Begs For Evolution: Changing Federal Policy & Reviving Local Customs
May 30, 2015

Michel Nischan, Toby Rodriguez, and Brian Kyzar are all men with grand ambitions. Even though they work in different parts of the country, they each plan to bring about changes within their niche of the food industry.  Michel's been in the game for over 35 years. Among the many jobs he's had, Michel's done farm work, cooked in a kitchen, and opened a restaurant with Paul Newman. Now he's focused on changing food policy on the... Read More »

Greece On The Bayou

Greece On The Bayou
May 23, 2015

On this week’s Louisiana Eats!, 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 42 years, Trinity members have welcomed thousands of visitors to their annual Greek... Read More »

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