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!

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 »

Halloween Treats That Are Beyond Delicious

Halloween Treats That Are Beyond Delicious
October 25, 2014

On this week’s program we speak to Manbo Sallie Ann Glassman about the role food plays in ceremonial vodou, chat with Mary Ann Winkowski about her ability to speak with the departed, and learn about rituals, mojo bags, and herbal remedies from Miriam Chamani. Plus, Scott Gold throws a Halloween party and Chris Jay visits the Grill of the Dead in Shreveport.  Read More »

California Field Trip: Lessons From The American Harvest Workshop

California Field Trip: Lessons From The American Harvest Workshop
October 18, 2014

For 28 years, Cakebread Cellers in Napa Valley has gathered together a small group of chefs, journalists and food enthusiasts for an intensive four day seminar at the American Harvest Workshop.  The Louisiana Eats! team was invited to participate at this year’s program, so we’ve brought back some of our favorite stories from the West Coast. On this week’s show, we harvest chardonnay in the vineyard, take a wine tasting class... Read More »

American Distillers On A Quest For Quality

American Distillers On A Quest For Quality
October 10, 2014

It probably won’t surprise you that people who distill, prepare and sell alcohol are generally cheery. But what is it about their job that puts them in such a good mood? Some get to meet new faces every day, while others study the history of their profession, while even fewer teach the trade to apprentices. Whatever the case, they’re all willing to share their knowledge with others and pursue a... Read More »

From The Newsroom To The Classroom: Food Media & Food Studies

From The Newsroom To The Classroom: Food Media & Food Studies
October 3, 2014

Over the past twenty years, conversations about food have entered mainstream American culture. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear how food has grown in the newsrooms and classrooms of American society with food writer Brett Anderson andprofessor Elizabeth Engelhardt. Plus, Zester Daily's Corie Brown and CNN's Kat Kinsmen drop by with their insider perspectives on food media.  Read More »

Curious Romantics & Passionate Investigators: Louisiana Culinary Preservationists

Curious Romantics & Passionate Investigators: Louisiana Culinary Preservationists
September 27, 2014

If you sit down with Joey Fonseca to discuss alligator hunting, he'll let you know that governmental regulations make his blood boil. But you'll also quickly learn that his excitement for alligator hunting is contagious. Joey's one of this week's guests whose work preserves culinary traditions. Another is Dr. Oliver Houck, an environmental professor at Tulane. His frequent visits to the Mississippi River batture have taught him to love that mysterious place and give him a handful of... Read More »

Community Potlucks - Same Old Values, Brand New Flavors

Community Potlucks - Same Old Values, Brand New Flavors
September 19, 2014

Since most Louisianans are nurtured to embrace an extraverted social life, getting together is second nature to life in the Bayou State. But as often as bombastic parades and revelries help build our communities, spending time over at ya mom’s house is just as important. On this week’s show we’re joined by a group of guests who want nothing more than for you to be comfortable in your own home. Nancy... Read More »

Tailgating Expeditions Around The South

Tailgating Expeditions Around The South
September 13, 2014

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we speak with Taylor Mathis about his escapades around the Southeast in search of the best tailgate parties on College Game Day. We'll also hear from Bill Heavey, who spent a year eating foraged food and writing about it in his new book It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It. Then we hear from a pair of cocktail masters about their craft: Eats! catches Simon Ford on his latest trip to Louisiana and... Read More »

On The Record With Donald Link: Candid Stories From A Bold Chef

On The Record With Donald Link: Candid Stories From A Bold Chef
September 6, 2014

At one point during his cooking career, Donald Link's co-workers nicknamed him "Hot Shot." Was it deserved? That depends on who you ask. Donald shares his side of the story with us in a revealing inteview that takes you from the rock and roll kitchens of San Francisco to his award-winning restaurants in New Orleans. We'll also hear about Skip Murray's new restaurant, Scott Gold's advice about French fries, and Ian... Read More »

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