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!

Ready For Second Helpings: Bill Cosby, Jeff Henderson, and Sean Wilsey

Ready For Second Helpings: Bill Cosby, Jeff Henderson, and Sean Wilsey
August 30, 2014

When Bill Cosby announced his return to television this past week, we were delighted to share our exclusive interview with this comedy legend. Bill talks about his fondness for gumbo, some backstage shenanigans from a local crew, and reflections from the Civil Rights era. Plus Jeff Henderson's new television program is helping Mom & Pop restaurants curtail their menus in healthier directions. Stuffed shrimp fromEddie's Restaurant in Shreveport is on Jeff's list, but the mythology behind their iconic... Read More »

Personal Eating Choices: A Small Dietary Debate

Personal Eating Choices: A Small Dietary Debate
August 23, 2014

With so much dissenting information over dietary choices, it's tough to know which regime is right for you. We're not choosing sides, but in the next hour we'll speak with experts who know where they firmly stand. Nina Teicholz spent nine years researching The Big Fat Surprise, which advocates a diet of meat, cheese, dairy, and eggs. Not your style? Stick around for Wynnie Stein's reflections on The Moosewood Collective, an innovative restaurant built on 60's idealism.  We'll also visit... Read More »

Familiar Voices At The Table

Familiar Voices At The Table
August 16, 2014

We've invited some of our favorite guests back for this week's edition of Louisiana Eats! They might have all been on the program before, but they've each got something new to bring to the table. Environmental reporter Paul Greenbergexplains why "the Dead Zone," in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to be larger than ever this summer. On a more light-hearted note, we'll be joined by Chef Tenney Flynn to discuss the... Read More »

Stay Indoors Or Get Out Of Town: Ways To Beat The Heat

Stay Indoors Or Get Out Of Town: Ways To Beat The Heat
August 9, 2014

  When it's unbearably hot in Louisiana, there's not much you can do to beat the heat. Take a tip from the guests on this week's show: cool down with a brew or leave town for a couple of weeks. If you head over to the Avenue Pub, expect to be greeted by a knowledgeable staff willing to share their beer knowledge with you: just don't expect any free samples. We'll head over to... Read More »

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 »

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