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!

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 »

From Urban Farms to Oyster Reefs

From Urban Farms to Oyster Reefs
January 24, 2015

The LSU AgCenter fosters agricultural, engineering and scientific programs across the state. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, Poppy crosses the state to hear how Ag agent Grace Peterson is connecting Shreveport residents with regional food. We also cultivate tomatoes with Bobby Fletcher near the Mississippi River and float downstream with Dr. John Bell to learn how the Louisiana oyster can help rebuild coastal wetlands. We travel from the Gulf of Mexico to Shreveport's... Read More »

Why Are These Beverage Craftsmen Concerned With Water Conservation?

Why Are These Beverage Craftsmen Concerned With Water Conservation?
January 17, 2015

Water conversation and ecology are at the utmost concern to beverage makers likeGreat Raft Brewery and Cakebread Cellars. Andrew Nations has gone to great lengths to figure out ways to change the taste profile of Shreveport's water, and Bruce Cakebread has helped organize a group of winemakers to ensure that their family businesses will survive the ongoing drought in California. We'll join each of them on site as they focus their attention towards... Read More »

How Three Foodies Stay At The Top Of Their Field

How Three Foodies Stay At The Top Of Their Field
January 10, 2015

For the past twenty years Dana Cowin has been Food & Wine's editor in chief, but has keep a secret from her readers. Despite being surrounded by food nearly every single day, she never learned how to cook. But with the help of her friends, many of them famous celebrity chefs, Dana has mastered her mistakes in the kitchen and learned some invaluable life skills along the way.  We're also joined by Tony Abu-Ganim, one of the world's leading mixologists. He's... Read More »

Louisiana Eats! 2014 Year In Review

Louisiana Eats! 2014 Year In Review
December 27, 2014

There were so many different food stories that emerged this past year that we had a hard time narrowing them down to a single hour of programming. Whether it was the Gulotta  brothers opening up their own restaurant in Mid-City or a national grocery store returning to the city, there seemed to be new food stories popping up everywhere. It wasn't just local either: one of our favorite chefs traveled to Russia and The New York Times stuck... Read More »

Holiday 2014: When Hanukah & Christmas Collide

Holiday 2014: When Hanukah & Christmas Collide
December 20, 2014

Scholar Michael Twitty says that during the holidays, "everybody's stuff is all mixed up." He speaks from experience: Michael's connected to Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa celebrations that keep him busy this time of year. He's one of the many guests who'll sit at our table to discuss how their holiday traditions are kept alive and why food is often at the center of those traditions.  We'll hear from Madeleine Wright about creating a staple holiday... Read More »

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