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!

Louisiana Eats:  Christmas And Hanukkah Present And Past

Louisiana Eats: Christmas And Hanukkah Present And Past
December 21, 2016

The holidays are here and we’re celebrating family food traditions old and new!    We begin at the home of Chef Isaac Toups, where he and his family celebrate Christmas Cajun-style! Culminating an eventful year for Isaac— he earned the title of “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef: California and opened up a new restaurant in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum: Toups’ South — we join the Toups family for an unforgettable meal. After we... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Does Cuba: Paladares, Cigars and Jazz

Louisiana Eats Does Cuba: Paladares, Cigars and Jazz
December 17, 2016

As the diplomatic thaw between the United States and Cuba continues, new opportunities for Americans to visit Cuba are opening all kinds of doors. In an incredible stroke of luck, Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker had the opportunity to join the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on their landmark visit to Cuba for the Havana Jazz Festival. On this week's show, Poppy shares an audio travelogue from her week-long trip in... Read More »

Louisiana Eats!  Up and Coming Chefs:  Louisiana and Beyond

Louisiana Eats! Up and Coming Chefs: Louisiana and Beyond
December 10, 2016

On this week’s show, we’re capturing portraits in sound of several superstar chefs in Louisiana and beyond.  We begin with Chef Rick Bayless of Chicago's Frontera Restaurants, who spent his childhood poring over Julia Child’s books and watching her on TV before launching his own successful career. Now, Rick’s the 2016 recipient of the Julia Child Award for his transformative Mexican cuisine.   Then, we bring it back home with Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Through determination and dedication to... Read More »

COLLECTION OR OBSESSION?  LOUISIANA EATS EXPLORES THE WORLD OF CULINARY COLLECTING

COLLECTION OR OBSESSION? LOUISIANA EATS EXPLORES THE WORLD OF CULINARY COLLECTING
December 3, 2016

On this week’s show, we spend a day in the life of Louisiana’s most fascinating culinary collectors.   We begin in the French Quarter at Lucullus Antiques, where owner Patrick Dunne takes us into the mind of a collector and describes his favorite hidden gems of the culinary collecting world.   Then, we take a visit to Kitchen Witch, a shop of books for cooks. When Philippe LaMancusa began his career in the restaurant industry back... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  HolidayEntertaining

Louisiana Eats: HolidayEntertaining
November 26, 2016

The holiday season is upon us and we’re throwing the ultimate cocktail party.   No one knows how to entertain quite like like Julia Reed. In her book, But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria! she offers a number of stories from a lifetime of rollicking culinary escapades. Julia lets us in on some tips for hosting a cocktail party for the ages.   Then, we turn to the topic of wine with master sommelier... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  A Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Louisiana Eats: A Thanksgiving Cornucopia
November 19, 2016

    On this week’s show, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving by saving a place at the table for several remarkable stories.   First, we spend a day riding along with the volunteers of the Trinity Loaves and Fishes food truck as they cater to the hungry and transient in New Orleans. All year long, volunteers at Trinity Episcopal Church prepare and deliver food throughout the Greater Metropolitan Area.   Then, we join students, parents, teachers, and neighbors gathered for Edible... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Besh Black Pots & Beyond

Louisiana Eats: Besh Black Pots & Beyond
November 12, 2016

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we join Chef John Besh in the Rouse’s Culinary Innovation Center, located at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, for a lesson in cooking up some oyster stew. We also talk about John's book, Besh Big Easy, which focuses on traditional dishes that he believes are disappearing from Louisiana dinner tables. We'll also meet several talented chefs at the Blackpot Festival & Cookoff held annually in... Read More »

Tales of Powerful Women

Tales of Powerful Women
November 5, 2016

On this week's show, we speak with some powerful and influential women in the food industry who are getting the job done. We begin with local treasure JoAnn Clevenger, restaurateur behind the Upperline. While she is most famous for her Uptown restaurant, JoAnn has worn many different hats over her lifetime, managing multiple businesses with pluck and determination.Then, Jill Pratt, the first ever female General Manager of Zatarain’s, tells us stories from behind the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  A Haunting Halloween

Louisiana Eats: A Haunting Halloween
October 26, 2016

It’s Halloween and there’s no place better in the world to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than in the the ghost laden state of Louisiana! To get you in the spirit, on this week’s show, we tour the cities of the dead, learning tombside all about our dearly departed culinary legends from Sally Asher, author of Stories From the Saint Louis Cemetaries of New Orleans.   Then, we learn all about the business of... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Time Travels Through Historic Restaurants

Louisiana Eats: Time Travels Through Historic Restaurants
October 22, 2016

On this week’s show, we’re taking a tour of the iconic restaurants that have made a transformative impact on American cuisine.   We begin with acclaimed Yale history professor Paul Freedman, who explores two centuries of historical and cultural changes in his book Ten Restaurants That Changed America. Paul's list weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.   Next, we take a visit to Antoine’s, the essential New Orleans restaurant... Read More »

Louisiana Eats!:  To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute to 'A Confederacy of Dunces'

Louisiana Eats!: To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute to 'A Confederacy of Dunces'
October 15, 2016

John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces is internationally revered for having captured the essence and eccentricity of New Orleans — and for introducing readers to its larger-than-life protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. On this week's show, we take a culinary look between the pages of the book that, 35 years ago, was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. We begin with Spud McConnell, well known for his portrayal of Ignatius on stage. The Gonzales-born... Read More »

LOUISIANA EATS:  CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST

LOUISIANA EATS: CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST
October 8, 2016

On this week's show, we're up at the crack at dawn to examine what many consider to be the most important meal of the day: breakfast.  First, we speak with John Currence, the James Beard Award-winning chef who has earned the title of "Big Bad Chef" at his revered restaurant, Big Bad Breakfast. John tells us tall tales from his breakfast joint in Oxford, Mississippi. Next, we experience breakfast after midnight at the 24-hour Trolley Stop... Read More »

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