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!

Portraits Of Two Chefs

Portraits Of Two Chefs
December 23, 2017

This week, we’re sharing portraits of two chef-artists, tracing their paths from cradle to culinary greatness. First, we hear from James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence, whose upbringing in New Orleans has informed his illustrious restaurant career based in Oxford, Mississippi. John describes the through-lines of his craft, which includes a strong sense of place and a healthy dose of humility.In the second half of the show, we speak with Carl Schaubhut, who... Read More »

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program

Angling For Dinner: Louisiana's Catch And Cook Program
December 16, 2017

On this week’s show, we’re traveling from Lafitte bayous to French Quarter kitchens for a look at Louisiana’s Catch and Cook Program. Under Catch and Cook, charter fishing groups can bring their catch to a participating restaurant, where the chef will prepare their fresh-caught fish to order.   We begin by angling on the water with Dickie Brennan, Executive Chef Gus Martin, and Captain Theophile Bourgeouis. Theophile, a lifelong Louisiana fisherman, navigates the... Read More »

A Hunt On The Wild Side!

A Hunt On The Wild Side!
December 9, 2017

On this week's show, we’re sharing stories from modern day hunters and gatherers. We begin on the forest floor with Danlyn Brennan, who has spent her life foraging wild edibles. Her passion for wild craft is clear yet complicated by a desire to keep her methods and locations hidden.  Author Susan Schadt discusses her book Wild Abundance, which explores Southern hunting tradition through a blend of photography, stories, and recipes. Then, we travel to the island of Kauai... Read More »

Making Spirits Bright

Making Spirits Bright
December 2, 2017

December is upon us, and we're gearing up for the holiday revelry by learning tricks of the trade from a few remarkable cocktailians.    We begin with David Wondrich, one of the world's leading experts on the cocktail. He tell us about the early days of the craft cocktail revolution.   Next, we mix it up with the bar crew at Zocolo Neighborhood Eatery & Drinkery in Shreveport. Bartender Aulden Morgan has been transforming the cocktail menu into... Read More »

Give Peas A Chance

Give Peas A Chance
November 25, 2017

On this week's show, we're celebrating peas on earth.We meet farmers, distillers, and plant breeders who are pioneers in their fields. We begin with Ben Branson, founder of Seedlip—a distillery producing non-alcoholic spirits using peas grown on his 300-year-old family farm in Northern England.Then, we learn about Dr. Calvin Lamborn, known as the Father of the Sugar Snap Pea. We speak with his son, Rod Lamborn, who is a cinematographer working hard to preserve his... Read More »

Blinded By Science

Blinded By Science
November 18, 2017

On this week's show, we meet some mad scientists of the culinary world and uncover some of the greatest technical secrets of the kitchen and bar. We begin with culinary inventor Dave Arnold at New York’s former Booker and Dax, whose collaborations with Chef Wylie Dufresne have resulted in magical molecular gastronomy. He tells us about some of his wildest experiments in the kitchen. Then, we visit with food scientist and scholar Harold McGee,... Read More »

Can't Beat 'Em?  Eat 'Em!

Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em!
November 11, 2017

On this week's show, we take a look at invasive species in our region and meet some people who live by the motto: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.  We begin at the Best of Bycatch dinner at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, where a highly invasive fish is on the menu: the Asian Carp. The event's expert attendees show us the culinary and economic benefits of incorporating Asian Carp into... Read More »

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
November 3, 2017

On this week's show, we indulge our sweet tooth with the help of several influential dessert makers. We begin with Anne Byrn, also known as "The Cake Mix Doctor," whose book American Cake takes readers back to the origins of baking in America. From birthday to wedding cake, Anne has the history behind each delicious layer. Then we get a crash-course in the art of sugar blowing and sculpting with Sidney Galpern at the New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio.... Read More »

Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween Spooktacular
October 25, 2017

Darkness falls across the land, and Halloween is close at hand. This week, we're getting into the spooky spirit by touring some of Louisiana’s most paranormal locales.   We’ll begin at the center of New Orleans’ supernatural history, the French Quarter. Lisa Blount of Antoine’s Restaurant gives us a tour of their ghostliest sites.    From there, we journey up to Mamou, Louisiana to visit the Hotel Cazan. During our stay, we discover the mysteries of Mamou... Read More »

Delta Hot Tamales

Delta Hot Tamales
October 20, 2017

On this week’s show, we travel to Greenville, Mississippi for their annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival. We begin by speaking with author Julia Reed, who participates as the festival’s official Pizzazz Consultant. Julia’s writing has graced the pages of Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine and Garden and Gun. She shares memories of the very first Hot Tamale Festival and the significance of the hot tamale in the Mississippi Delta. Leading off the festival, Julia facilitates a... Read More »

Acadiana Road Show

Acadiana Road Show
October 14, 2017

I think Poppy's title "The Acadiana Road Show" is much better than my idea. All of them involve being on the road at some point! Reggie, the mp3 of the show is up on Dropbox. Here's some copy:On this week's show, we're traveling through Acadiana to explore traditional and contemporary Cajun foodways. We begin with George Graham, who shares his obsession through stories of cooking in the region through his nationally... Read More »

Hot Ham And Cold Beer

Hot Ham And Cold Beer
October 7, 2017

Whether it “ain’t der no more” or it’s a holiday tradition, iconic brands have a particular staying power over New Orleanians. We love the foods and flavors of nostalgia. On this week’s show, we look back at some favorite brands of the past, and celebrate others that are still thriving! For over 100 years, Chisesi Brothers’ southern-style smoked meat products have been staples in homes, grocery stores and restaurants throughout New Orleans. Fourth- and fifth-generation... Read More »

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