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!

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 »

Louisiana Eats:  Oysters From Near & Far

Louisiana Eats: Oysters From Near & Far
July 8, 2016

On this week’s show, we set out to prove that oysters can — and should — be enjoyed year-round. We’re going behind the scenes to get a better understanding of how those salty bivalves go from farm to table.    We begin with Tolar Nolley, founder of the Oyster Company of Virginia, who’s working to mitigate the loss of Chesapeake Bay’s indigenous oysters. Tolar teach us about his conservation programs and their impacts... Read More »

Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
July 2, 2016

From the height of its popularity in the 19th century to its modern revival, absinthe has a long and storied reputation. On this week's show, we learn all about the formerly illicit elixir and those whose ongoing fascination with the spirit has helped transform the discourse and regulations here in the United States. Before false scientific claims and anti-absinthe hysteria lead to it to being banned for almost a century, Pernod... Read More »

Louisiana Eats: Local Favorites & Authentic Flavors

Louisiana Eats: Local Favorites & Authentic Flavors
June 25, 2016

The Louisiana restaurant scene has never been hotter. On this week's show, we're touring some special eateries that should be on your radar. We begin with best buds Aaron Sánchez and John Besh, who reveal the genesis of their collaboration Johnny Sánchez, a restaurant that combines their names and individual culinary sensibilities. Next, we have a conversation with Chef Alon Shaya, the 2016 winner of the James Beard Award for best new... Read More »

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Tours The Whitney Slavery Museum

Breaking The Bonds Of Silence: Louisiana Eats Tours The Whitney Slavery Museum
June 17, 2016

In this special edition of Louisiana Eats, we celebrate the 151st anniversary of Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. We take a trip to the Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in America that focuses entirely on slavery. The vision for the museum originated with attorney and developer John Cummings, who invested 10 million of his own dollars to help educate the public... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Hunts Hometown Hidden Kitchens

Louisiana Eats Hunts Hometown Hidden Kitchens
June 11, 2016

On this week's show, we take a journey in sound with two radio luminaries, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, also known as the Kitchen Sisters. Davia and Nikki visit our kitchen at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum to discuss their amazing trajectory on NPR as well as how they came to uncover Hidden Kitchens, their duPont-Columbia Award-winning series. As we hear the Kitchen Sisters' stories, we also delve into a sampling... Read More »

Beach Bums And Barbecue

Beach Bums And Barbecue
June 3, 2016

For some, the beginning of summer in Louisiana means oppressive heat and thick humidity. For others, it means backyard barbecues and ice cold cocktails! On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we bask in the sunshine as we look at locally produced rum, outdoor grilling, and the recent resurgence of interest Tiki cocktails. We begin with a tour the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery where artist James Michalopoulos has been using Louisiana sugarcane... Read More »

Innovation On Three Continents

Innovation On Three Continents
May 27, 2016

On this week's show, we're traveling to three continents for a fresh look at business innovation. We begin here in the U.S. with Cheryl Bachelder, President and CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and author of Dare To Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others. Cheryl's vision of servant leadership helped to create an amazing turnaround in the company’s success. Then we have a conversation with Ryan Chetiyawardana, more easily known... Read More »

Edible Education With Emeril

Edible Education With Emeril
May 21, 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 »

Pearls Of Wisdom From Grand Isle

Pearls Of Wisdom From Grand Isle
May 14, 2016

On this week's show, we venture down to Grand Isle to explore the current state of Louisiana's shellfish industry. We begin with a visit with the Guerreros family, owners of the Caminada Bay Premium Oyster Company, who are leading the way in new product with Louisiana's first farm-raised oysters. Marcos and Boris Guerrero take us on their compact bay boat to give us a first-hand look at their off-bottom cage... Read More »

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