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!

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 »

Why I Decided To Keep The Family Business Alive

Why I Decided To Keep The Family Business Alive
December 13, 2014

At one point in their lives, each of our guests had to choose whether or not they would inherit a family business. The answer didn't always come quick and, most of them had to change the business to make it their own, but each decided to carry their family's tradition to the next generation. The Avenue Pub had been a family business for nearly 20 years before Polly Watts claimed it... Read More »

From Kitchens To Cocktails - Entertaining Louisiana Eats! Style

From Kitchens To Cocktails - Entertaining Louisiana Eats! Style
December 5, 2014

With so much to do during the holidays and so little time to do it, they often don't feel like "the most wonderful time of the year." But if you pocket a word of wisdom from our guests, perhaps you'll be able to go about the next couple weeks breathing easier.  Jennifer Chandler is a mom like any other mom who wants to do right by her family while living in a fast... Read More »

Gratitude and Giving: Thanksgiving 2014

Gratitude and Giving: Thanksgiving 2014
November 26, 2014

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is the oldest Orthodox Church in America. For 150 years the members of the church have passed down their traditions bit by bit, day by day. But now that our culture has changed and fewer people have extra time on their hands, the culture could be in jeopardy of being lost. We'll speak with the women of the church as they prepare finikia to... Read More »

A Taste of Home: Finding Cultural Identity at the Table

A Taste of Home: Finding Cultural Identity at the Table
November 22, 2014

Whether they’re short trips across town or long voyages across the oceans, we all take journeys. On this week’s Louisiana Eats! we’ll speak with writers and restaurateurs about their personal quests for cultural identity. Kim Sunee’s appetites include travel, knowledge and food. Her trip to Korea is one of the main topics she writes about in A Mouthful of Stars, which explores another dimension of Kim’s creativity: her poetry. We’ll also hear how owning a restaurant helped Fatma... Read More »

Closest To The Original Source: Biodiverse Farms and Ayurvedic Cocktails

Closest To The Original Source: Biodiverse Farms and Ayurvedic Cocktails
November 15, 2014

Evan McCommon has been converting his family's timber ranch into a biodiverse farm. The changes have been slow, but his resolve steady as the 1,100 acres change from a dense forest to an open savannah.   Changes are also taking place on the menus of some of New Orleans' popular restaurants: the Eat Fit NOLA program encourages restaurants to reduce the sodium, fat, or sugar from dishes without sacrificing taste, while Sharon Floyd has found ways to incorporate ayurvedic medicine into cocktails. But... Read More »

Imitators Vs. Innovators: Imported Asian Seafood & Modern Mexican Cuisine

Imitators Vs. Innovators: Imported Asian Seafood & Modern Mexican Cuisine
November 8, 2014

The interior of Aaron Sanchez and John Besh’s new restaurant is split into two designs: one that looks like the iconic architecture of New Orleans, and the other is an homage to Sanchez’s vibrant tattooed body. Even though both of these chefs have found success independently, their new collaboration at Johnny Sanchez is having each chef second guess what they took for granted.  We’ll also be joined by author Paul Greenberg, who spent three years writing... Read More »

Culinary Mentorships: Creativity Doesn't Come Overnight

Culinary Mentorships: Creativity Doesn't Come Overnight
November 1, 2014

Among the many professions that require an ongoing sense of inquiry and creativity is a chef. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about the illustrious career of Jacquy Pfeiffer,a pastry chef who's helped found The French Pastry School in Chicago and has also been the subject of a documentary by D.A. Pennebaker. Then we're joined by the Nola Pie Guy, a graduate of The French Pastry School, to hear how his education prepared him for a... Read More »

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