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!

Seafood Innovation After The BP Spill

Seafood Innovation After The BP Spill
April 18, 2015

On this week’s Louisiana Eats, we’re remembering the devastation of the BP oil spill, which took place five years ago this week. Six weeks after the spill, we produced our very first episode of Louisiana Eats, and there was no way we could ignore the disaster that was unfolding in the Gulf. We interviewed Chef Frank Brigtsen on that first show, who shared some very personal thoughts on what the spill... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Moves to the Fabulous SoFAB

Louisiana Eats Moves to the Fabulous SoFAB
April 11, 2015

Big news on this week’s Louisiana Eats! We move into our new studios, located in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans’ Central City. SoFAB, as the museum is affectionately called, is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and related culture of the South. At SoFAB, all of the cultures that are part of the South’s unique culinary... Read More »

Crawfish & Barbecue: Staples At Spring Gatherings

Crawfish & Barbecue: Staples At Spring Gatherings
April 3, 2015

Getting together with family and friends is something Louisianians do best and in springtime, the weather's just right for barbecues and crawfish boils. This week on Louisiana Eats! we're going around the state to investigate two primary foods that feed the masses this time of year. Sam Irwin grew up in crawfish country, so his fascination with our state's freshwater crustacean seems natural. Sam's the first of many guests to discuss... Read More »

Growing Up Brennan

Growing Up Brennan
March 28, 2015

When Owen Brennan opened the Vieux Carre restaurant in 1946, he created a Louisiana dynasty that today numbers more than a dozen establishments run by multiple members of the Brennan’s clan. On this week’s show, we explore what it’s like to grow up Brennan. Lally Brennan and Ti Martin share childhood memories and discuss what it’s like to be at the helm of Commander’s Palace today. Ralph Brennan had five restaurants in his portfolio... Read More »

Sweet Eats: Sugar And Honey

Sweet Eats: Sugar And Honey
March 20, 2015

What’s sweeter than honey? Sugar! Or is it the other way around? On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we try to answer that question as we examine the sweetest things from Louisiana, California and across the world. At over 100 years old, the Domino Sugar Refinery in Arabi, Louisiana is not only one of the country's oldest sugar refineries, it's also the largest in the western hemisphere. Every day, the installation processes... Read More »

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home
March 14, 2015

This week, we are headed straight to the living room. But we don’t mean the living room in your house; we’re talking about the nearest Irish Pub! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Louisiana Eats! is exploring all things Irish. Tulane History Professor and author of the new book “The Irish in New Orleans,” Laura Kelley gives us a history of Irish immigrants in the Crescent City and how they influenced... Read More »

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans
March 6, 2015

Using food as a way to understand the world is something your parents probably never studied in college, but it’s has become a popular discipline in the past decade. Each year, professor Meryl Rosofsky brings students from NYU’s food studies program to New Orleans for a week-long cultural immersion. We join them at Dooky Chase to hear if their preconceptions of New Orleans are being shed. We’ll also visit the Steamboat... Read More »

Fun Funky and Almost Famous

Fun Funky and Almost Famous
February 27, 2015

It's a fact of life that there's more to people than meets the eye. You may know New Orleans artist Thomas Mann for his jewelry and metal sculptures, but you may be unfamiliar with his interest in food. An accomplished cook and self-styled ovo-lacto-piscean vegetarian, Thomas gets to show off his food chops on Food Network's new competitive cooking show "All-Star Academy" and on this edition of Louisiana Eats. Louisiana Eats... Read More »

Louisiana Eats! Celebrates The Lunar New Year

Louisiana Eats! Celebrates The Lunar New Year
February 18, 2015

Mardi Gras may be over, but festivities for the Lunar New Year have just begun! On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we celebrate the Year of the Goat the way they do in China, with a baijiu toast, courtesy of baijiu enthusiast Derek Sandhaus. Derek explains to us the story behind the ancient Chinese liquor and its recent emergence in the West. Then we'll check in with our roving reporter Ian McNulty about... Read More »

It's Carnival Time on Louisiana Eats!

It's Carnival Time on Louisiana Eats!
February 10, 2015

It's Carnival time in Louisiana! We'll take you into the secret realm of some of New Orleans' oldest Mardi Gras krewes by visiting Antoine's and Tujague's Restaurants. Antoine's fifth generation proprietor Rick Blount gives us a tour of the Rex Room, the Proteus Room, the Twelfth Night Room, and the Hermes Bar. Then, Mark Latter of Tujague's shows us the infamous Krewe d'Etat Room, a place of rollicking misbehavior. In sharp... Read More »

Distilled & Fermented: Alcohol's Past, Present and Future

Distilled & Fermented: Alcohol's Past, Present and Future
February 6, 2015

On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats! sommelier Molly Wismeier and mixologist Adam Seger discuss their involvement inside the wine cellar and behind the bar of Restaurant R'evolution. Then, documentarian Ken Burns talks about the era of Prohibition in American history. We'll also take a quick juant to Shreveport for a local delicacy and close out the program with instructions from Rita Held about cooking with an essential cocktail ingredient, Angostura bitters. Read More »

Home Cooking: Black Pots & Beyond

Home Cooking: Black Pots & Beyond
January 30, 2015

In Louisiana, home cooking requires a lot of artisanal skill. Whether it’s spending hours in the kitchen laboring over a pastry or hours alongside a black pot perfecting a roux, the Pelican State’s best foods are often labors of love. That’s what we’ll discover as we tour the state for our latest edition of Louisiana Eats! In Shreveport we’ll meet with Scott Roebuck and Lizz Bowen, owners of Sevendipity, an up and coming... Read More »

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