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 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 »

South Of The Border With Louisiana Eats

South Of The Border With Louisiana Eats
May 7, 2016

On this week's show, we journey across the state to learn about the flourishing flavors of Latin American cuisine in Louisiana. We begin with Chef Hans Limburg of Mizado Cocina, who explains the evolution of Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of ingredients and food traditions in Japan and Peru. Next, we speak with Peruvian celebrity distiller Johnny Schuler. Johnny is a Peruvian restaurateur, reality television star, and the master distiller at Pisco Porton.... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Life Changes

Louisiana Eats Life Changes
April 29, 2016

It's really true what they say: You are what you eat — and drink! On this week's show, we call in the experts to learn about the effects of our eating and drinking habits on the human mind, body and spirit. To begin, we speak with our resident health and food policy expert, senior editor for The Atlantic, Corby Kummer. Corby's recent investigative reporting reveals that eating healthy fat while eliminating... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Does Cuba: Paladares, Cigars & Jazz

Louisiana Eats Does Cuba: Paladares, Cigars & Jazz
April 23, 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 »

Longevity & Success In The Restaurant Biz

Longevity & Success In The Restaurant Biz
April 15, 2016

There are few businesses harder to succeed in than the restaurant business. On this week's show, we hear some of America's greatest success stories from the hospitality world. We begin with a conversation with Danny Meyer, founder and CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group. Danny has won a staggering 26 James Beard awards for his family of successful businesses in New York City. He explains the importance of customer... Read More »

To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute To 'A Confederacy Of Dunces'

To Ignatius With Love - A Culinary Tribute To 'A Confederacy Of Dunces'
April 9, 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... Read More »

Louisiana Eats Meets The Neighbors On Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

Louisiana Eats Meets The Neighbors On Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
April 2, 2016

It'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... Read More »

Planting Seeds For Thought

Planting Seeds For Thought
March 26, 2016

From community gardens in North Louisiana to village farms in Sub-Saharan Africa, local leaders are cultivating a passion for regional cuisine and sustainable agriculture. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we learn about the push for community-driven food policy and meet some advocates who are inspiring people to think differently about how they eat. First, we visit Mary Dumars at Valencia Youth Garden in Shreveport’s Stoner Hill neighborhood, who explains how their... Read More »

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