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!

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

Tradition Begs For Evolution: Changing Federal Policy & Reviving Local Customs
August 2, 2014

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 »

Investigating Health Care In Louisiana Restaurants

Investigating Health Care In Louisiana Restaurants
July 26, 2014

This week's edition of Louisiana Eats! investigates health care in the restaurant industry from an insider's point of view. We'll hear about life in the kitchen and the toll it takes on the workers who prepare our food. Join us for conversations with Molly Kimball, Chris DeBarr, Ben Thibodeaux, and Leah Chase. Plus, Ryan Hughes returns with culantro and Chris Jay tells us about his favorite catfish camps in northern Louisiana. Read More »

Make Mine A Double: The American Cocktail

Make Mine A Double: The American Cocktail
July 12, 2014

Despite Louisiana’s scorching temperatures in July, thousands of visitors beat a path to New Orleans in search of a cold cocktail at the annual Tales of the Cocktail event. On this week’s show we’ll hear from the founder of the conference, get a dose of history from the King of Cocktails, and hear how a smear campaign kept absinthe out of our liquor cabinets for 100 years. Break out the ice, the bar’s open on... Read More »

Cookbook Construction With Experts And Authors

Cookbook Construction With Experts And Authors
July 5, 2014

Building a cookbook is a lot of work. From recipe testing to photography sessions to finalized editing, the process can be grueling. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear how it gets done, from beginning to end, from a group of authors and photographers. We'll also discuss how social media has also changed our relationship with food by speaking with the managing editor of CNN's food blog, Eatocracy. Plus, Dr. Gourmetand roving reporter Chris Jay return for a weekly check-in. Read More »

A Salute To The James Beard Awards

A Salute To The James Beard Awards
June 28, 2014

Every year The James Beard Awards are bestowed on the most talented individuals in the professional food industry. Louisiana Eats! has been privileged to speak with many of the scholars, philanthropists, and chefs who were honored at this past year's ceremony, so we've gathered them together to hear how their talents and innovations have allowed them to compete on the national level.   Read More »

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food-Studies In New Orleans

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food-Studies In New Orleans
June 21, 2014

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 Warehouse in St. Landry... Read More »

Summertime Fun: Hot Dogs, Picnics, and Kids

Summertime Fun: Hot Dogs, Picnics, and Kids
June 14, 2014

As temperatures rise around Louisiana it's become perfectly clear that summer is here. So this week on Louisiana Eats! we're talking about traditional summertime foods, picnics, and other ways to keep your kids entertained for the summer. Skip Murray is The Hot Dog Man behind the popular New Orleans chain Dat Dog -- we'll speak to him about the booming popularity his stores have experienced in the short years they've been open. And then we're... Read More »

Turning It Around With Food: Triumph Kitchen In Baton Rouge

Turning It Around With Food: Triumph Kitchen In Baton Rouge
June 7, 2014

In Baton Rouge, teenagers looking to turn their lives around are getting involved with Triumph Kitchen.  Directors Chris and Sommer Wadsworth join us to share Triumph’s story and then we’ll turn to New Orleans to hear how Liberty’s Kitchen, a local non-profit, is doing similar work.  Then we’ll be joined by Louisiana Eats! regulars Dr. Gourmet and Ryan Hughes to hear what they’ve got in store for the summer. Ryan’s traveling to Russia to feed a... Read More »

A Taste Of Home: Finding Cultural Identity At The Table

A Taste Of Home: Finding Cultural Identity At The Table
May 31, 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 »

Need A Drink? Raise Your Glass To American Craft Beer Week

Need A Drink? Raise Your Glass To American Craft Beer Week
May 10, 2014

On this week's edition of Louisiana Eats! we raise a glass to American Craft Beer Week with brewers, bar owners, and innovators in the microbrewing industry. We were lucky enough to snag craft beer pioneer Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery for a conversation about the history of craft beer and where it’s going next. We’ll also visit a local breweries when we speak with William McGee of Tin Roof Brewing Company in Baton Rouge and Kirk Coco at NOLA... Read More »

The Ebb and Flow of Louisiana Seafood

The Ebb and Flow of Louisiana Seafood
May 3, 2014

Fresh seafood has defined Louisiana's cuisine for centuries. We're joined by a field of experts to discuss how the our seafood catches impact us ecologically, economically and culturally.  We'll hear from Paul Greenberg about the environmental changes that threaten the Louisiana's shrimping industry and then pass the buck to Louis Raines, a local shrimp distributor. Gerard Marias also joins the program to share his shrimp boiling recipe and techniques.  Plus author Mark Kurlansky talks about the... Read More »

You Don't Have To Be Fancy: New Variations On Fish & Vietnamese Food

You Don't Have To Be Fancy: New Variations On Fish & Vietnamese Food
April 25, 2014

Fine dining restaurants are often where innovations take place in the restaurant industry, but quality food is never limited to those locations. After spending years in white tablecloth restaurants, Jeff and Michael Gulotta started their own place, MoPho,which caters to the palates and pocketbooks of their working class industry friends.  Chef Ryan Prewitt isn't a stranger to quality either. Ryan's been able to replicate the live fire techniques he learned on a trip to... Read More »

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