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:  Farms from Near and Far

Louisiana Eats: Farms from Near and Far
October 1, 2016

On this week's show, we're looking at farming across the state and the Americas.  We begin on the West Coast, with a tour of Gourmet Mushrooms in Sonoma County, California, where they are mimicking natural growing conditions to cultivate specialty mushrooms indoors. This farm harvests eight different varieties of organic mushrooms for food wholesalers, gourmet grocers, and restaurants all across America.   Then, we return to an urban farm in our own backyard. Three years... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Treasures from the Table

Louisiana Eats: Treasures from the Table
September 23, 2016

  Perhaps nothing tells the story of a kitchen better than the objects that live in it. On this week’s show, we’re bringing in a panel of experts for an education on culinary antiques and collectibles.   We begin with author and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Nick Dawes. Nick's expertise gives him a remarkable view into the lives of people and their ancestors through the relics that they bring to the show. His visit to the Historic New... Read More »

Louisiana eats Meets the Neighbors on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

Louisiana eats Meets the Neighbors on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
September 17, 2016

t's hard to believe that it has been a whole year since we moved our Louisiana Eats! studio into the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. On this week's show, we celebrate this one-year anniversary by meeting our neighbors in the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard corridor in Central City. Of course, our move wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been for the museum's intrepid director, Liz Williams. Liz joins us to reflect back on a year... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Ms Ella of Commander's Palace

Louisiana Eats: Ms Ella of Commander's Palace
September 10, 2016

On this week's show, we celebrate Commander's Palace and its visionary matriarch Ella Brennan, whose highly-anticipated memoir is coming out next week.   First, we speak with Ella’s daughter and co-author, Ti Adelaide Martin. Born into her family’s restaurant dynasty, Ti knows all too well her mother’s revered place both in the food industry and in New Orleans history.  Aware of the fascination with her mother’s life story, Ti wrote down a number of stories... Read More »

Edible Education With Emeril

Edible Education With Emeril
September 3, 2016

On this week's show, we go back to school for no ordinary education. We take an in-depth look at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and their flourishing Culinary Arts division — the only chef's training program offered at the high school level in the nation. It wasn't until recently that the culinary arts discipline was added to the Institute's curriculum. The program's inception was due, in no small... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Cooking for the Young and the Young at Heart

Louisiana Eats: Cooking for the Young and the Young at Heart
August 26, 2016

Cooking For The Young And Young At Heart   With the proliferation of kid’s cookbooks and cooking shows these days, it’s evident that the kitchen is increasingly becoming the favorite playground of many a child. This week’s show is dedicated to the budding chefs of tomorrow and everyone who is young at heart.   We begin with a conversation with Melina Hammer, author of KidChef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook. Filled with over 75 surprisingly sophisticated and healthy... Read More »

Lousiana Eats:  Sipping Suds From Belgium & Beyond

Lousiana Eats: Sipping Suds From Belgium & Beyond
August 19, 2016

On this week's show, we explore the thriving craft beer scene, which takes us from Louisiana to Europe and many places in between.Locally, the undisputed leader of the craft beer revolution is Polly Watts, owner of the Avenue Pub. We have a conversation with Polly and her team, who recently returned from work outing of a lifetime—a trip to Belgium—where they got the opportunity to meet several of the brewers whose... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Coffee, Tea, Or???

Louisiana Eats: Coffee, Tea, Or???
August 12, 2016

On this week’s show, we’re taking a look at the coffee and tea scene across Louisiana.   We begin with Geoffrey Meeker, owner of French Truck Coffee. It took only one cup of coffee from San Francisco to inspire him to become a New Orleans coffee purveyor. Now, Geoffrey and his team are at the vanguard of what many are calling the third wave coffee movement.    Then, we visit one of the many coffee shops that... Read More »

Natchez Sojourn

Natchez Sojourn
August 6, 2016

On this week's show, we're celebrating the tricentennial of Natchez, Mississippi. We'll visit our neighbors across the river and learn how residents are combining history and innovation to make Natchez a singular destination.   Founded in 1716, the river city is home to an impressive array of antebellum mansions and national landmarks. We settle in at one of these estates, the Dunleith Historic Inn, where we’re greeted by historian Terry Trovato, who gives... Read More »

A Region of Extremes: Nordic Culinary Traditions

A Region of Extremes: Nordic Culinary Traditions
July 29, 2016

On this week's show, we voyage to the Land of the Midnight Sun and explore Nordic culinary traditions. To begin our journey, we visit with Chef Magnus Nilsson, the genius behind Fäviken, a world renowned restaurant in a far-flung farming region of Sweden. Magnus has taken on the whole of Scandinavia and beyond in his newly-released Nordic Cookbook, an enormous tome that illustrates the way Nordic food traditions emerged from the... Read More »

Getting into the Spirit at Tales of the Cocktail

Getting into the Spirit at Tales of the Cocktail
July 20, 2016

It's that magical time of year in New Orleans when cocktailians and spirits experts from around the world come together in the blazing heat for the world's pre-eminent cocktail festival, Tales of the Cocktail. On this week's show, we're giving you an insider's view into the Crescent City’s most spirited gathering.  We begin with Kate Gerwin, the first American and first woman to win the Bols Around The World championship in bartending. Kate... Read More »

We're Going Whole Hog... Literally

We're Going Whole Hog... Literally
July 15, 2016

On this week’s show, we’re inviting you to a midsummer barbecue for the ages! We’re traveling through country pithouses and urban kitchens in search of the best whole hog barbecue. We begin with Rien Fertel, author of The One True Barbecue, who demystifies the role of the pitmaster in the tradition of whole hog barbecue in Tennessee and the Eastern Carolinas. Rien’s exhaustive research led him to some of the smokiest... Read More »

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