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 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 »

Getting Ready For Mardi Gras

Getting Ready For Mardi Gras
February 2, 2016

It's Carnival time on Louisiana Eats! On this week's show, we learn about Carnival traditions both public and private, and celebrations both large and small. We begin with a lively discussion about New Orleans' Mardi Gras traditions with Errol Laborde, author of Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival.Then, we make our way over to Commander's Palace, where Lally Brennan explains the part her family's restaurant plays in fueling... Read More »

Carnival For Carnivores

Carnival For Carnivores
January 29, 2016

On the cusp of Carnival, the traditional meat celebration before the Lenten fasting begins, we're hosting our very own meat celebration. We begin by joining Isaac Toups at Toups' Meatery for a viewing of Top Chef and a chat about the highs and lows of competing in the nationally televised cooking competition. Then, we pack our overnight bags for a whole hog barbecue sleepover at The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, home... Read More »

From North To South, Louisiana Eats Family Style

From North To South, Louisiana Eats Family Style
January 23, 2016

On this week's show, we examine family food traditions from North Louisiana to the most southern tip of the boot!First, Chef Nick Lama invites us into the kitchen at Avo, an intimate fine-dining restaurant near Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans. A third-generation Sicilian and native New Orleanian, Nick most recently worked as Chef de Cuisine at Gautreau's, where he won Gambit's Emerging Chef Challenge. Nick gives us a Northern... Read More »

A Serving Of Edible Education

A Serving Of Edible Education
January 15, 2016

Knowing the human history behind any dish just makes it taste better. On this week's episode of Louisiana Eats!, we hit the books with several food historians to hear tales of our culinary past. First, we speak with Dr. David Shields of the University of South Carolina, who shares his years of research on American culinarians. His book, Culinarians: American Chefs, Caterers & Restaurateurs, due to be published this year, is the first ever biographical... Read More »

Trailblazers And Award Winners

Trailblazers And Award Winners
January 9, 2016

On this week's show, we catch up with some of the trailblazers and award winners of the Louisiana food scene and beyond. If you have been tuning into the new season of Top Chef on Bravo TV, you might have recognized a familiar face in Louisiana-born Chef Isaac Toups of Toups Meatery. Five episodes into Top Chef's 13th season, Isaac is holding his own. We'll get the behind-the-scenes scoop from Isaac,... Read More »

A Region of Extremes: Nordic Culinary Traditions

A Region of Extremes: Nordic Culinary Traditions
January 2, 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 »

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 »

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