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!

Elmer’s Chocolates – A Louisiana Eats Tricentennial Tribute

Elmer’s Chocolates – A Louisiana Eats Tricentennial Tribute
March 13, 2018

If your childhood was spent anywhere from Beaumont Texas to Mobile Alabama, it’s a good guess your Easter basket was filled with Elmer Goldbricks, Heavenly Hash and Pecan Eggs.  With a heritage that reaches backt o 1855, Elmer Candy is not only the oldest candy maker in Louisiana, but one of the oldest in the nation.    On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, Rob Nelson, third generation of the company’s second owners, today’s president and CEO of Elmer Chocolates, gives us a tour of the state of the... Read More »

Stories From The Back Of The House

Stories From The Back Of The House
March 10, 2018

Behind every great restaurant is a great chef. But that chef would be nothing without the scores of people in the front and the back of the house who turn a meal into a memorable experience. On this week's show, we get to know two unsung heroes of hospitality in New Orleans. We begin with the remarkable story of Chef Serigne Mbaye, a 24-year-old Senior Line Cook at Commander's Palace. Though he was... Read More »

Food Network Binge

Food Network Binge
March 3, 2018

When the Food Network launched in 1993, the pastime of binge-watching cooking shows didn’t exist, and chefs weren't celebrities. Today, with shows like Chopped and Iron Chef America airing on primetime, the role of the Food Network has transformed.   On this week's show, we speak with one of the network’s first stars, David Rosengarten. Since he was "discovered" by the Food Network many years ago, David has enjoyed a remarkable career enlightening America about food.    Then, we speak with... Read More »

Silence Of The Hams And Hogs

Silence Of The Hams And Hogs
February 28, 2018

Silence of the Hams and Hogs   In 2008, childhood buddies, Becker Hall and Rene Louape founded Hogs For the Cause during a casual backyard pig roast. Today, Hogs for the Cause has grown into New Orleans largest BBQ event,  spanning two days with 85 teams from across the country competing for the big prize.  But the real cause is pediatric brain cancer. Over the last decade Hogs has awarded 600 grants, partnering with  Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Oschner,... Read More »

Heroes, Villains, and Hamentaschen: Louisiana Eats Celebrates Purim

Heroes, Villains, and Hamentaschen: Louisiana Eats Celebrates Purim
February 24, 2018

Another Carnival season is behind us, but the Jewish festival of Purim is right around the corner.  First, we learn all about Purim with the help of Benay Bernstein. She provides an introduction to this joyful day – one unlike any other on the Jewish calendar. To continue, author Joan Nathan shares her knowledge of global Jewish foodways. As she tells us, the Jewish diaspora even reached the Mississippi River -- to Louisiana’s early... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Quick Bites: Chef Donald Link Uncensored

Louisiana Eats Quick Bites: Chef Donald Link Uncensored
February 23, 2018

Donald Link Uncensored 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 interview that takes you from the rock and roll kitchens of San Francisco to his award-winning restaurants in New Orleans, in this latest Louisiana Eats Quick Bite.   Donald Link Uncensored is a Donald Link the public... Read More »

Nourishing Change

Nourishing Change
February 17, 2018

The South has a rich and varied food history, but too often it's reduced to stereotype. On this week's show, we explore the influence of the South on America’s culinary identity, and the central role African-American and immigrant cooks played in its formation.    We speak with John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. John T., who serves as director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, describes the... Read More »

Beans About Mardi Gras

Beans About Mardi Gras
February 10, 2018

It's Carnival time in Louisiana! This week, we join revelers near and far for the biggest free party on earth. We begin with Devin De Wulf, founder of the Krewe of Red Beans. Devin gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how the krewe puts together their intricate bean suits to roll on Lundi Gras Day. The party continues as we meet some of New Orleans' "unofficial ambassadors." Producers Joe Shriner and Sarah Holtz hit... Read More »

Chisesi’s Pride – A 110 Year New Orleans Family Tradition - A Louisiana Eats Quick Bite

Chisesi’s Pride – A 110 Year New Orleans Family Tradition - A Louisiana Eats Quick Bite
February 7, 2018

On this episode, we meet the Chisesi’s, a New Orleans family who, for five generations have been one of the South’s favorite meat purveyors.  Philip Chisesi, the octogenarian patriarch who still runs the company today, tells the story of how their business grew from selling live chickens in the French Market to the state of the art production facility on Jefferson Highway today. We tour the facility with Nicholas, Philip’s son and... Read More »

Mindfulness and Medicine

Mindfulness and Medicine
February 3, 2018

This week, we learn the health benefits of paying closer attention to what we consume and our emotional well-being. We begin with Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. A long-time student of mindfulness meditation, he explains the psychology of happiness, and why humans use food and drink as a pathway to achieve it. Dr. John J. Hutchings is a doctor of both psychiatry and gastroenterology in the New Orleans... Read More »

Mardi Gras Madness and the Bean – A Louisiana Eats Quick Bite

Mardi Gras Madness and the Bean – A Louisiana Eats Quick Bite
February 2, 2018

On this episode, we make a close study of the relationship between red beans and Mardi Gras.  The day before Fat Tuesday is known as Lundi Gras, or Fat Monday.   Over a decade ago, New Orleans newcomer, Devin De Wulf made his first Mardi Gras costume, entirely decorated with dried red beans.  His costume got such a great reaction that he decided to create his own parade – the Krewe of... Read More »

Tasting The World

Tasting The World
January 27, 2018

On this week's show, we voyage around the world in search of extraordinary and diasporic flavors.  First, author and food activist Bryant Terry discusses the inspiration behind his book, Afro-Vegan. Bryant draws from the diverse flavors of the African Diaspora, interpreting them in new and healthy ways. Next, we meet food columnist Kim Sunée, an adoptee who was born in South Korea. We hear about her memoir, A Mouthful of Stars, which explores the intersections between food,... Read More »

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