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!

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 »

Crawfish, Chicken And Cold Pop

Crawfish, Chicken And Cold Pop
May 15, 2015

Author Andrew Lawler sits down with us on this week’s Louisiana Eats! to discuss Why Did The Chicken Cross The World, which is also the title of his new book. You’ll be amazed by the many ways that simple bird has impacted humanity over the ages. Even Queen Victoria gets into the act, with her fascination for fancy hybrid chickens helping to bring about the “chicken bubble.” Would you pay thousands... Read More »

Bringing Racial Justice To The Table

Bringing Racial Justice To The Table
May 9, 2015

This episode of Louisiana Eats! examines African-American culinary life and culture in slavery times and today. Historic New Orleans Collection curator Erin Greenwald gives us a private tour of Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, an exhibit that examines the domestic slave trade in America. Solomon Northup, the free man of color who wrote the memoir "Twelve Years A Slave" comes to life with some amazing... Read More »

Jazz Fest Performers Take You Inside Their Kitchens and Out on the Road

Jazz Fest Performers Take You Inside Their Kitchens and Out on the Road
May 1, 2015

To celebrate Jazz Fest, we're taking you back to 2013, where we learned how these fabulous performers get fed. Life on the road might be difficult for traveling musicians and their crews, but the perks of this lifestyle are almost impossible to replicate. Chef Anne Churchill spends her summers traveling as a cook for one of rock's most popular touring bands and has the stories to prove it. She joins us on Louisiana... Read More »

April in Paris

April in Paris
April 25, 2015

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we take a virtual trip to Paris. Our first stop is a rendezvous with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu at the St. Roch Market – a place where charcuterie, crepes and cheeses are served – much like in a Parisian marché. St. Roch is the last of the original city markets that formally dotted New Orleans' cityscape. Built in 1875, this landmark has recently been... Read More »

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 »

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