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! 2015 Year In Review

Louisiana Eats! 2015 Year In Review
December 26, 2015

As we reach the end of 2015, we're taking a look back at the triumphs and tragedies of the year past. 2015 was a big year for Louisiana Eats! This June, we celebrated our fifth anniversary on the air, with listeners and friends including the NPR affiliates WWNO, WRKF, KRVS and Red River Radio. We found ourselves traveling across the state, the country and the world, covering topics ranging from... Read More »

Globe-Trotting And Growing

Globe-Trotting And Growing
December 18, 2015

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we examine the lives of five different individuals who have taken long, adventurous journeys, both personally and physically, to reach maturity and a clear sense of purpose. We begin with a conversation with Zdenek Kastanek, a self-styled "spirits evangelist" for Proof & Company, an elite distribution business that is helping to shape the pre-eminent cocktail bars of Singapore. Zdenek explains how his odyssey to become a... Read More »

Hanukkah Louisiana Eats Style

Hanukkah Louisiana Eats Style
December 11, 2015

On this week's episode, we celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights, a time when families gather to light the menorah, exchange gifts and feast on traditional foods. First, we share stories with Rabbi Ed Cohn of Temple Sinai, the spiritual leader of the largest synagogue in Louisiana. Rabbi Cohn tell us about his tenure at Temple Sinai and his favorite Hanukkah food memories. Then, we head over to the Lower 9th Ward,... Read More »

Sleighbells And Spirits: Louisiana Eats! Hosts A Holiday Cocktail Party

Sleighbells And Spirits: Louisiana Eats! Hosts A Holiday Cocktail Party
December 4, 2015

It's the holiday season in Louisiana—a time to eat, drink and be merry! On this week's show, we're getting ready for the season by planning the ultimate holiday cocktail party. Master mixologist Adam Seger tells us about his craft of pairing cocktails with art and culinary innovations. We also get a chance to taste his newest creation Balsam Amaro—a versatile vermouth unlike any you've ever had. Next, we visit the Zocolo Neighborhood... Read More »

Poppy In Paris

Poppy In Paris
November 28, 2015

This summer, Louisiana Eats! host Poppy Tooker packed up her recording equipment, bid a cheery adieu to her company of sound engineers and went rogue to make Louisiana Eats! radio in France. On this week's episode, we share Poppy's incredible experience abroad. After the shocking terrorist attacks on Paris eariler this month, we wanted to recall Paris with all of its joie de vivre, and remember the wonderful place it... Read More »

Thanksgiving Eats

Thanksgiving Eats
November 20, 2015

This week on Louisiana Eats!, we gather around the table to delve into Thanksgiving traditions old and new. We hear about an unlikely culinary partnership between cookbook author Brandon Schultz and his cat, Lucy Schultz-Osenlund, who collaborated on a cookbook called Cooking for Two: Your Cat & You, a collection of recipes that will appeal to both man and man's best feline friend.Brandon tells us how he and Lucy celebrate... Read More »

Pearls Of Wisdom From Grand Isle

Pearls Of Wisdom From Grand Isle
November 14, 2015

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 »

Growing Up Brennan

Growing Up Brennan
November 6, 2015

When Owen Brennan opened the Vieux Carre restaurant in 1946, he created a Louisiana dynasty that today numbers more than a dozen establishments run by multiple members of the Brennan’s clan. On this week’s show, we explore what it’s like to grow up Brennan. Lally Brennan and Ti Martin share childhood memories and discuss what it’s like to be at the helm of Commander’s Palace today. Ralph Brennan had five restaurants in his portfolio... Read More »

Cemetery Tales And French Quarter Ghosts

Cemetery Tales And French Quarter Ghosts
October 28, 2015

It's that time of year, when the cemeteries of Louisiana come alive and the streets are haunted by tethered spirits. On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we celebrate All Hallows' Eve by time traveling through the storied tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 with photographer and historian Sally Asher. Sally takes us through the grave sites of our dearly departed culinary legends, and we hear some spooky stories along the way. We... Read More »

Besh, Black Pots & Beyond

Besh, Black Pots & Beyond
October 23, 2015

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 newly released 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... Read More »

Sweet Eats: Sugar And Honey

Sweet Eats: Sugar And Honey
October 16, 2015

What’s sweeter than honey? Sugar! Or is it the other way around? On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we try to answer that question as we examine the sweetest things from Louisiana, California and across the world. At over 100 years old, the Domino Sugar Refinery in Arabi, Louisiana is not only one of the country's oldest sugar refineries, it's also the largest in the western hemisphere. Every day, the installation processes... Read More »

Longevity & Success In The Restaurant Biz

Longevity & Success In The Restaurant Biz
October 9, 2015

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 »

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