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 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 »

Lady Legends In Their Own Time

Lady Legends In Their Own Time
March 18, 2016

What turns an ordinary woman into a legend? On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we attempt to answer that question by taking an in-depth look at four inspiring women who have conquered life's challenges and become legends in their own time. We begin with a conversation with media darling Terry Flettrich Rohe, a pioneer of New Orleans radio and television. Those who grew up in the Crescent City in the 1950s may... Read More »

Irish Pubs & The Feast Of Saint Patrick

Irish Pubs & The Feast Of Saint Patrick
March 12, 2016

Whether it means indulging in a Full Irish breakfast, marching in the Irish Channel Parade, or simply enjoying a pint of Guinness at the local Irish pub, it's time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we explore Irish history and heritage in the Pelican State, hear stories from 21st century Irish immigrants, and take a tour of local pubs to hear how they observe the Feast... Read More »

Bringing Racial Justice To The Table

Bringing Racial Justice To The Table
March 4, 2016

This episode of Louisiana Eats! examines African-American culinary life and culture in slavery times and today. Historic New Orleans Collection curator Erin Greenwald gives us a private tour of Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808–1865, a 2015 exhibit that examined the domestic slave trade in America. Solomon Northup, the free man of color who wrote the memoir "Twelve Years A Slave" comes to life with some... Read More »

Cravings, Addiction And Recovery In Restaurants And Bars

Cravings, Addiction And Recovery In Restaurants And Bars
February 27, 2016

Since we began broadcasting Louisiana Eats! over five years ago, we've noticed a recurring theme when speaking with chefs, bartenders and restaurant owners about a certain aspect of the hospitality and service industry culture. From the front of the house to the back, across Louisiana and the entire country, there is a substance abuse problem in bars and restaurants. On this week's episode, we speak with Will Arendell, a renowned substance... Read More »

Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Absinthe Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
February 20, 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 Celebrates Valentine's Day

Louisiana Eats Celebrates Valentine's Day
February 10, 2016

There's romance in the air on Louisiana Eats! In celebration of Valentine's Day, we take a trip to the very top of Louisiana, to Holly and Derek Schreiber's Sainte Terre, which hosts some of Louisiana's most romantic weddings. Situated in the small town of Benton, Sainte Terre combines Holly and Derek's culinary prowess and New York style with the devotion of a truly family-run business. Back in the city, master sommelier Molly... Read More »

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